Biography: County Farm
COUNTY FARM is an Asheville, NC bluegrass band whose eclectic sound springs from the diverse backgrounds of the band members. The COUNTY FARM repertoire includes tunes by artists ranging from the Stanley Brothers to John Prine to R. Crumb.
Jay Mullenax - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals. From Franklin, WV, Jay Mullenax is the founder of County Farm. Jay has a remarkable ability to remember more tunes than most of us have ever heard. He sings most of the leads for COUNTY FARM, and is a formidable picker on mandolin and guitar. Pickin’ an’ hollerin’ on the Asheville jam scene, Jay brought the “Inmates” together through his great talent and old-fashioned hard work.
Paul Leech - Bass, Vocals. From Pittsburgh, PA, Paul Leech picked with Jay in Grass Combustion, a hard working West Virginia band formed on the porch of Terrapin Station. When Jay moved to Asheville, he encouraged Paul to move to Asheville too. Jay told the local musicians about Paulie's golden ear and monsterous bass chops. When Paulie arrived, we were not disappointed. A “bass player’s bass player”, Paulie can play anything.
Tom Dudley - Guitar, Vocals. From North Haven CT, Tom Dudley first got into bluegrass as a teenager, frequenting "the Enormous Room" in New Haven, a venue that played host to Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley and others. Tom gravitated toward jazz, and went on to study music at Berklee College in Boston. When Tom moved to Asheville in 1995, he had not played his acoustic guitar in 10 years. He joined the Asheville bluegrass jam scene, and found a supportive community.
Neal Crowley - Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals. From Lexington, KY, Neal Crowley has played with The New Kentucky String Ticklers, and Kentucky Wild Horse, among many others. After moving to Asheville, Neal joined COUNTY FARM in September, 2001. Neal teaches banjo and fiddle in Asheville.
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