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Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters / Bio

Johnny Campbell is a third generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up listening to Bluegrass greats Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys, and the Stanley Brothers. Johnny’s long-bow fiddling style is modeled after the late, great Kenny Baker, as well as his brother Jimmy Campbell, who played extensively with both Jim & Jesse and Bill Monroe. To Johnny, Bluegrass is not just a genre of music, but a lifestyle. Sticking strictly to the roots of first generation bluegrass musicians, Johnny brings enthusiasm and charisma to an oft mislabeled musical category. Johnny has won several fiddle competitions over the years, including Uncle Dave Macon Days, LaGrange Fiddle Competition, and Yeehaw Junction. He is a founding member of the Volunteer String Band (a Nashville Jamgrass band), has toured with James Monroe and helped San Francisco based band Windy Hill win several band competitions, including Emerging Artist in The California Bluegrass Association, First Place at Yonder Mountain String Band’s String Summit and Second Place at Rocky Grass. After 35 years as a sideman Johnny is now up front. In the oft' heard words of Johnny himself, “Let’s Pick!” Johnny started the Bluegrass Drifters in Santa Cruz, California with his wife Whitney.

Whitney Campbell is the backbone of the band, holding down the upright bass. Beginning on guitar at age 12, she comes from a folk and country background. After taking a long hiatus to raise two children, Whitney joined the Upcreek Drifters. While a bit of a late comer to the genre of bluegrass, she is charging ahead full throttle, making up for lost time. In addition to her ability to switch between vocal parts for some of the Bluegrass Drifters signature harmony numbers, she is also the major songwriter for the band and is currently working on her own solo music project.

Jeff Burke has been a professional musician for the last ten years touring and performing all over the US and the world as part of the group Jeff & Vida. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Yonder Mountain Stringband's Harvest Music Festival, The Rainforset World Music Festival in Borneo and this year will be performing at Merlefest in North Carolina. After relocating from New Orleans to Nashville, TN Jeff has spent time with some of Nashville's greatest musicians, continuing to hone his skills as a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is an accomplished Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo player, and has become a sought after jamming and instrument instructor in Nashville.

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Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
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Nashville, TN

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