By Sherrie Norris
Just hours before the recent performance of Surefire Bluegrass
Band at the Hayes Center in Blowing Rock, the amazing young
groups latest CD arrived. If early sales are any indication,
a spokesperson stated, its sure to be a hit, just like
the group itself.
Taking their audience by storm in every venue they play, the
awesome foursome has put the tradition back in bluegrass.
Their combined musical talent, incredible skills and stage presence
are reminiscent of days gone by when bluegrass was bluegrass
and everyone knew it.
Having won the inaugural Hayes Grass competition earlier this
year, which garnered them an opening spot for Lonesome River
Band and their own concert in November, Surefire is on its way
to the top of the music industry its schedule showing
up this month in a bluegrass publication that features only
the best in the business.
With young, multi-talented prodigy Robby Norris on mandolin
(and anything else he puts his hands to), Tom Isaacs, a true
banjo sensation, the incredible tenor and guitar playing John
Bryan and the amazing senior member Tim Norris on bass, the
group has begun attracting attention of big names in the music
With a schedule thats filling up by the day, Surefire
has been invited to close out this years events at the
popular Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA on Saturday, December 13.
In the meantime, they are quickly gaining a dedicated fan base
at area events such as the Mountain Music Jamboree in Glendale
Springs and are already booked for numerous 2009 headlining
festivals including Appalachian Mountain Music Fest in Boone,
Music Fest n Sugar Grove, Ola Belle Reed Homecoming Festival
in Lansing, High Country Bluegrass Festival in Boone, as well
as numerous private functions.
The groups debut recording The Old, Old House,
released on Christmas Eve, 2007, helped introduce a fresh new
talent and versatility that quickly took hold. From that point,
the groups popularity has practically exploded in the
Surefires second recording is now available and disappearing
from the shelves at a rapid pace. Meet Me By The Moonlight features
12 cuts of the same hard-driving, high-lonesome bluegrass/gospel
favorites that weve come to love and identify as having
been written just for Surefire, despite the fact that most have
been recorded countless times by other artists through the years.
Included on the CD are such favorites as One Kiss Away From
Loneliness, What Would You Give in Exchange For Your Soul and
Goin to Georgia. The strong lead and harmony vocals on
this project will be a pleasant surprise for all who listen.
The bands energy and enthusiasm that fans have come to
expect on stage carries over well into the recording. Its
not only a must-have for bluegrass fans in the area, but will
make great Christmas gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people
on your list.
Dont wait another day before stopping by Appalachian
Music Shoppe in Boone for your copy, or see one of the members
of Surefire while supplies last.
Keep watching for an upcoming DVD of Surefire that was recorded
live during their recent concert at the Hayes Center.
The Surefire Bluegrass Band may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling Tom Isaacs at (828) 297- 1727.