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Edgar Loudermilk Band Featuring Jeff Autry at Randy's Pickin' Parlor

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Edgar LoudermilkThird generation bluegrass bass player, singer and songwriter, Edgar Loudermilk, is joined by Jeff and band to bring an unforgettable night of bluegrass and hard country. Loudermilk and Autry will be performing Saturday, March 19th at 8 pm at Randy's Pickin' Parlor located at 1304 E. Highway 80, Bldg 2, Bloomingdale, GA 31302.

Influenced greatly by his father and grandfather, Edgar Loudermilk cut his teeth on bluegrass by learning to play bass to the legendary record, "Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1" record. Surrounded by music at an early age, he was only nine when he began playing bass in his family's band, Loudermilk was also exposed to the great music of some of his famous relatives, The Louvin Brothers. He continued to play in his family's band until he was 20 years old when he joined a group called Carolina Crossfire. The band had quite a following in the Georgia area and it wasn't long before he decided to expand his options and try his hand at playing professionally, a decision that has made him a staple for elite artists in bluegrass music.

In 2001, Loudermilk auditioned for, and was hired by Rhonda Vincent. About a year later, he was encouraged to audition for one of the greatest voices in country music who he had heard was making a move to bluegrass. In December of that year, Loudermilk became the bass player and tenor singer in the newly formed group Full Circle and would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years. "I really enjoyed playing with Rhonda and Marty," stated Loudermilk. "My first professional job was with Rhonda and I learned so much from her. Working with Marty was really a great experience because we not only played bluegrass, but we got to play some of the old Shenandoah music, too."

Here is a clip from last year's performance at the Parlor

Jeff Autry was born in 1965 in Decatur Georgia. At age 12, he began learning chord forms on guitar and playing with his dad in a local bluegrass band. He began his music career at 19 working with the Georgia based bluegrass band Clearwater where he stayed for three years. At 26, he joined the bluegrass swing band, The Texas Rangers performing guitar and lead vocals. The band, which included banjo master Scott Vestal, played an eight month tour of Japan. After returning to the U.S., Jeff joined Rounder recording artist The Lynn Morris Band and toured the bluegrass circuit throughout the U.S.

Jeff is highly regarded as one of the most talented guitarist of our time performing and recording with many of the bluegrass legends he grew up admiring, including Sam Bush, Vasser Clements, Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan and the John Cowan Band. His recording credits include the award winning instrumental series Bluegrass 96 through Bluegrass 2001, his own solo album titled Foothills (all on Pinecastle Records), Leftover Salmon mandolinist Drew Emmett’s solo album, as well as the John Cowan Band’s Sugar Hill Records release, Always Take Me Back.

Glen Crain has been around music all his life. He started playing drums as a small child, and as a teenager learned to play bass. At the age of 25, he started learning Dobro and lap steel guitar. Glen has performed with numerous bands over the years and enjoys all types of music. But, his passion is bluegrass. One of the very first bluegrass bands Glen played Dobro in was the Kelley Mountain Boys. This band included Marvin Loudermilk, Bobby Loudermilk, and a very young, Edgar Loudermilk. Glen played with several other South Carolina based bluegrass bands, most notably, New Dixie Storm from 2000-2010. While Glen appreciates all the new styles of dobro, his favorites remain Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas.

Zack Autry comes from a long line of music lovers and musicians, coming by it naturally. He grew up singing and playing music in church and at family gatherings. He started playing the mandolin at age 8 and the fiddle around 9-10 years old. He is a self taught musician and singer who, although not instructed necessarily, but was nudged in the right direction by his musical mentors; notably, his father Jeff Autry and grandfather Bobby. Jeff is one of the best acoustic flat pickers alive today and Bobby was a well-known upright bass and guitar player from North Georgia. Zack grew up on a strong foundation of Gospel, Bluegrass and country music, and through his grandfather, a love and appreciation of the hundreds of fiddle tunes written and played around his home. Zack plays mandolin and fiddle chiefly, although he also plays guitar, and has a smooth, strong voice capable of a wide range.

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