meet the band
The Grassifieds came together in early 2006 in Walkertown, NC thanks to what mandolinist Jim Grubbs describes as his "surgical instruments." A flatpicking guitarist, songwriter, and avid fan of the mandolin, Jim purchased his first mandolin and began learning to play it while recovering from a surgical procedure that gave him a few weeks off of work - hence, it was his "surgical instrument." Just four weeks later, Jim invited brothers Greg and Joel Barnett to join him on guitar and banjo for the first of what became a weekly picking party. Six months later, with the addition of a couple of talented friends on bass and vocals, The Grassifieds opened for beach music icons The Embers in a "mountains-to-sea" concert at the Ft. Hamby Amphitheater in Wilkesboro, NC.
The present lineup of The Grassifieds includes veteran bluegrass performers Jerry Martin and Pete Wright, who were added in 2010 after dissolving the local band String Fever. Jim, Greg, Joel, Jerry, and Pete were joined by Dr. Amanda Hinds on fiddle in 2012. The Grassifieds appeared as a part of MerleFest 2013 and 2014 and have since played everywhere from Louisville, KY to Birmingham, AL, all over the Carolinas and southern Virginia. They've headlined as well as opened for acts like Darin and Brooke Aldridge and The Becky Buller Band. They regularly earn prizes in area fiddlers' conventions and are in high demand for private events in addition to their frequent public appearances on the Triad's "barbecue circuit."
The Grassifieds write and perform traditional bluegrass delivered with tight harmonies and masterful instrumentals. Give us a "Like" and follow The Grassifieds on FaceBook to catch them in your area! Better yet, complete our Contact Form to book them for your next event!