Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Expedition Show Adds New Member

Blake Williams, Wayne Southards and Kimberly Williams are proud to announce the addition of Alex Hibbitts to The Expedition Show. Alex will join the band on mandolin, mandola and baritone vocals.

At the ripe “old” age of 23, Alex is an accredited musician on several instruments, a creative songwriter, and an outstanding harmony vocalist. Alex originally hales from the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia, but now resides in Johnson City, Tennessee. He began his musical adventure at a very young age of 4 with a guitar lesson from his dad. His appreciation and dedication to bluegrass music soon began when he got his first mandolin at age 10. After playing with local and regional bands throughout his teenage years, Alex got his first professional music job and has performed with noted bluegrass artists such as Randy Kohrs, Alecia Nugent, Wildfire, New River Line, and The Midnight Ramblers. Alex is a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He also obtained a minor in Bluegrass while enrolled in the Bluegrass/Old-time & Country Music Program at ETSU. Alex has recorded 2 solo projects and his latest, “The Chronicles of Depression”,was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered at A^2 Studio which he owns. Both projects feature many of today’s popular bluegrass artists including Jimmy Van Cleve, Josh Swift, Josh Miller, Hunter Berry, Darrell Webb, Clay Hess, Daniel Salyer, Brandon Green and more. Alex endorses J'BOVIER MANDOLAS, STACY MANDOLINS, and SILVER ANGEL MANDOLINS.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have Alex join our band", stated Blake Williams. "He brings a very fresh approach to our music while still holding on to the tradition of bluegrass. We just can't wait to hit the stage with our new configuration!"

The Expedition Show first began in January 2002 under the name Williams & Clark Expedition. With the traditional, high-lonesome vocals of the International Acoustic Music Association's 2009 “Male Vocalist of the Year”, Wayne Southards, and the contemporary, songbird-style of Kimberly Williams, this band touts two of the finest lead vocalists in professional music today. Grammy-winning banjo player, Blake Williams is a master comedian and can work an audience into the palm of his hand with his wit and delivery. Add the driving energy of young mandolinist Alex Hibbitts to the mix and The Expedition Show promises to be one of the most entertaining bands in bluegrass music.

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