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Driven: Bluegrass Without Mercy at World of Bluegrass

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 You'll Be Lonely, I'll Be GoneAre you looking for new bluegrass music? Check out the new band called Driven. This powerful group will make its debut at the 2014 World of Bluegrass as an official showcase artist of the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. Walking a fine line between traditional and contemporary Bluegrass, Driven will leave enthusiasts begging for more with their creative music, dynamic personality and high-energy shows!

Following the release of their critically acclaimed album titled, You'll Be Lonely, I'll Be Gone, Driven is set to make some noise in the Bluegrass world!

Brandon and Blake’s musical careers began together, thanks to their parents, Bob & Susan. After Bob & Susan attended the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS in 1985, they wanted to learn bluegrass. By the time Blake and Brandon were born in 1987, Bob was playing guitar and Susan played banjo. It would be Bob and Susan’s bluegrass bands, and attending festivals that exposed the twins to the music, throughout their childhood. When Brandon and Blake were young they used to lie on the living room floor in between all the members of Mom & Dad’s bluegrass bands during band practice. They usually stayed long enough to fall asleep in the same spot.

Through the years, the twins were heavily influenced by the Bennett Brothers Bluegrass Band in Wichita, KS, as well as many other friends they saw annually at the Walnut Valley Festival. Thanks to this inspiration, the boys would pick up instruments at the age of 10. Brandon chose the mandolin because of its look and sound, while Blake realized the upright bass was the only missing piece for a family band. From 1997-2007 the boys played with Mom and Dad as “The McLemores.” In addition to playing with the family band, Brandon and Blake expanded their horizons by performing with a second northwest Kansas group called “Grassfire.”

Today, In addition to “Driven”, the twins play cowboy/western swing music with friend Allen Bailey, as part of “Marshall Allen Bailey & The Silver Bullets”. The trio has performed a number of shows, and previously recorded both a live CD and DVD. The group is currently working on its first studio project, which will include performances by Jake & Rebekah Workman, and Shelby Eicher!

Also, the twins, their parents, and brother, Ryan, all help a committee of close friends put on the “Pickin’ On The Plains Bluegrass Festival” in Colby, KS. Their hope is to spread their love of bluegrass to others.

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