New Band – American Drive

by | 10 Aug, 2012

Rural Rhythm Records has announced the formation of the new band American Drive.

This high-octane bluegrass band includes group members of J.D. Crowe & The New South who are carrying on now that J.D. Crowe has announced his retirement. American Drive includes the talents of: Rickey Wasson on lead and harmony vocals and guitar; Dwight McCall on lead and harmony vocals and mandolin; Matt DeSpain on resonator Guitar and Kyle Perkins on bass from The New South. They are joined by Justin Jenkins on Banjo formerly with the bands Grasstowne and Blue Moon Rising.

We are so excited about being a part of the American Drive team. Rickey, Dwight, Matt, Kyle and Justin are about to start a new chapter in their musical journey that will surely delight Bluegrass fans all over the world. THE NEW SOUTH had the absolute privilege of supporting one of our legends in Bluegrass for many years…and now the time has come for them to step into the spotlight and continue to create top-notch Bluegrass for years to come  Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.

Rural Rhythm has also announced today’s new single release, Long Haul Trucking Man from American Drive’s self-titled debut album scheduled for release on 16th October, 2012. The song is now available to radio stations at and the track is also included on the label’s Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks disc mailed to radio today.


American Drive will make their debut at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention during the band’s Official Showcase next month in Nashville, TN. For more information on the IBMA’s week long Business Conference, Awards Show and Fanfest, please visit

The band is moving in high gear and will soon be launching a brand new website at, but fans can check them out now at Facebook.  American Drive is now accepting bookings for 2013. Interested parties should contact Rickey Wasson at 606-481-0240 or Dwight McCall at 513-616-0680. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding American Drive.