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Carrie Hassler adds new banjo player

Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain have a new banjo player, Zach Gilmer.

The 17-year-old Virginia native began playing the banjo at age 10, began formal lessons at 14, and the same year placed third in the Virginia Folk Music Association's (VFMA) Junior Entertainer category. The following year, he placed second in the Adult State Banjo category and in 2007 became the Adult State Banjo Champion. "We are very excited about the energy and freshness that Zach brings to the band. It is amazing the talent and maturity he has at such a young age," said Hassler.

Gilmer replaces Josh Miller. ]

Hassler records for Rural Rhythm Records and are touring behind "CHHR2."

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