Our Story

Randall Hibbitts, a Southwest Virginia native, was born and raised in the "Little Country Town" of Grundy.  He was introduced to traditional bluegrass music such as The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, Reno and Smiley, Flatt and Scruggs, at the very young age of twelve.   As a young boy, his parents took him to every festival possible, which became the foundation for his strong, traditional background.  Those childhood experiences, helped to create the sound and style that he has today.  Randall began touring professionally with Dave Evans and Riverbend and later went on to traveling with Ralph Stanley II.  His most recent stent was when he landed the position of  bass player for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Being a traditionalist, this was a dream come true for Randall, and he was privileged to serve as the last bassist for Dr. Ralph Stanley and takes with him precious memories of playing stages across America with such a tremendous bluegrass legacy.  Hibbitts has played many notable venues including The Grand Ole Opry and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, CA., Merlefest, and Bean Blossom, Indiana, and many more.

Randall Hibbitts, a Southwest Virginia native, was born and raised in the "Little Country Town" of Grundy.  He was introduced to traditional bluegrass music such as The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys, Reno and Smiley, Flatt and Scruggs, at the very young age of twelve.   As a young boy, his parents took him to every festival possible, which became the foundation for his strong, traditional background.  Those childhood experiences, helped to create the sound and style that he has today.  Randall began touring professionally with Dave Evans and Riverbend and later went on to traveling with Ralph Stanley II.  His most recent stent was when he landed the position of  bass player for Dr. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Being a traditionalist, this was a dream come true for Randall, and he was privileged to serve as the last bassist for Dr. Ralph Stanley and takes with him precious memories of playing stages across America with such a tremendous bluegrass legacy.  Hibbitts has played many notable venues including The Grand Ole Opry and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, CA., Merlefest, and Bean Blossom, Indiana, and many more.

Dillon Abney started playing music when he was thirteen.  At first, his interest was in playing rock music. Then, his Grandpa brought him over to Joe Isaacs house to introduce him to bluegrass music. That day changed Dillon's life forever. He instantly developed a love for bluegrass music and that will never change. He went home and strung up his dad's acoustic guitar and hasn't looked back! Down the line, Dillon learned how to play the banjo with the help of Vester Parker and Danny Barnes. His first band role was playing rhythm and lead guitar for Joe Isaacs and Mountain Bluegrass.  He has also shared the stage with Vester Parker, Melvin Goins and Don Rigsby. Dillon also has a strong Faith in God and plays in the choir at his home church, Owsley Fork Baptist. Dillon has been influenced by Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Joe Isaacs, Vester Parker, The Stanley Brothers, Bluegrass Cardinals, Parker Brothers and more.

Dillon Abney started playing music when he was thirteen.  At first, his interest was in playing rock music. Then, his Grandpa brought him over to Joe Isaacs house to introduce him to bluegrass music. That day changed Dillon's life forever. He instantly developed a love for bluegrass music and that will never change. He went home and strung up his dad's acoustic guitar and hasn't looked back! Down the line, Dillon learned how to play the banjo with the help of Vester Parker and Danny Barnes. His first band role was playing rhythm and lead guitar for Joe Isaacs and Mountain Bluegrass.  He has also shared the stage with Vester Parker, Melvin Goins and Don Rigsby. Dillon also has a strong Faith in God and plays in the choir at his home church, Owsley Fork Baptist. Dillon has been influenced by Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Joe Isaacs, Vester Parker, The Stanley Brothers, Bluegrass Cardinals, Parker Brothers and more.

Alex Hibbitts grew up in Grundy, VA, learning mandolin, guitar, and bass from the area’s numerous musicians. At 17, he joined Randy Kohrs and the Lites on mandolin, and since then, has performed with Alecia Nugent, New River Line, and The Midnight Ramblers – a group with which he toured the United Kingdom in 2009 and Germany in 2010. Along the way, he graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music. He has spent the past four years as the mandolin player for The Expedition Show, including recording the band’s two most recent releases on Mountain Fever Records. Hibbitts now makes his home in Sevierville, TN, where he operates the Depression Lies Recording Studio.

Alex Hibbitts grew up in Grundy, VA, learning mandolin, guitar, and bass from the area’s numerous musicians. At 17, he joined Randy Kohrs and the Lites on mandolin, and since then, has performed with Alecia Nugent, New River Line, and The Midnight Ramblers – a group with which he toured the United Kingdom in 2009 and Germany in 2010. Along the way, he graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music. He has spent the past four years as the mandolin player for The Expedition Show, including recording the band’s two most recent releases on Mountain Fever Records. Hibbitts now makes his home in Sevierville, TN, where he operates the Depression Lies Recording Studio.

Junior Blankenship has 36 years in the industry and is no stranger to Bluegrass Music. He has shared the stage and studios with legends such as Dr. Ralph Stanley, Sammy Adkins, Larry Sparks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Tom T Hall and many more! Junior holds true to his roots and old time mountain music. Junior was given the honor of Kentucky Colonel on August 2, 1978. He was presented with the Carter Stanley memorial guitar for his service in May 2014, and in 1987, Junior was awarded with a 10 year service award by Dr. Ralph Stanley for being a Clinch Mountain Boy for 10 consecutive years.

Junior Blankenship has 36 years in the industry and is no stranger to Bluegrass Music. He has shared the stage and studios with legends such as Dr. Ralph Stanley, Sammy Adkins, Larry Sparks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Tom T Hall and many more! Junior holds true to his roots and old time mountain music. Junior was given the honor of Kentucky Colonel on August 2, 1978. He was presented with the Carter Stanley memorial guitar for his service in May 2014, and in 1987, Junior was awarded with a 10 year service award by Dr. Ralph Stanley for being a Clinch Mountain Boy for 10 consecutive years.

Don Anderson was born and raised in New England and later became a longtime veteran of the Upstate NY bluegrass scene with bands including Lost Time and Hard Times. More recently, after relocating to Tennessee with his family, Don spent several years traveling throughout the East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region playing bass and singing with the Dennis Cove Band. Anderson was heavily influenced early on by progressive bands such as Tony Trischka, New Grass Revival and Blue Highway and later on began to follow the first generation bluegrass masters more closely. Don has years of back road experience and a musically open mind. In his spare time, he enjoys his family, vegetable gardening and fishing.

Don Anderson was born and raised in New England and later became a longtime veteran of the Upstate NY bluegrass scene with bands including Lost Time and Hard Times. More recently, after relocating to Tennessee with his family, Don spent several years traveling throughout the East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region playing bass and singing with the Dennis Cove Band. Anderson was heavily influenced early on by progressive bands such as Tony Trischka, New Grass Revival and Blue Highway and later on began to follow the first generation bluegrass masters more closely. Don has years of back road experience and a musically open mind. In his spare time, he enjoys his family, vegetable gardening and fishing.