Wednesday, November 19, 2008
– Darrell Webb, most recently guitarist for Rhonda Vincent, will join Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper as lead vocalist and guitarist in December. Webb replaces Todd Rakestraw.
Raised in a West Virginia home rich with the sounds of hard core traditional bluegrass, Webb started playing mandolin when he was eight and later picked up the guitar and banjo during the frequent jam sessions hosted by his father. His professional music career started at 19, when he filled the mandolin position for the Lonesome River Band at the departure of Dan Tyminski who joined Alison Krauss + Union Station. At 21, he joined bluegrass veteran J. D. Crowe.
"I'm very excited about this!" said Webb. "Me and Michael have been jamming together for years, and we never dreamed we'd be able to play in a band together."
Cleveland said, "We had the opportunity to play together again at a recent event and things just fell into . He is a great talent and we are thrilled to have him in the band!"
The group also includes Jesse Brock on mandolin, Marshall Wilborn on bass and Jessie Baker on banjo. Webb will make his debut with the band on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Dec. 26.