Garrett Newton is an exceptional banjo player. Not only can he play banjo, he can talk banjo with the best. Garrett has fronted his own band, the Garrett Newton Band for several years and two album releases on Pinecastle Records. He has played on stage with national artists such as Marty Raybon, Kenny Ingram, Ben Greene, Steve Dilling, and James King.
He is endorsed by Yates and Mitch banjo and plays the Earl Scruggs style. He has his own banjo project entitled “Young Heart, Old Soul” which includes several bluegrass standard instrumentals, and original song written by Garrett. This project is on Pinecastle Records.
Although Garrett started bluegrass at a young age, his ability of playing will let you think he is much older. He can talk about the history of bluegrass in detail with anyone.
Garrett is looking forward to touring with Caroline Owens and hopes they will visit a stage near you soon!
Caroline Owens is an American Bluegrass and Gospel artist. She has performed alongside many of her heroes such as Alison Krauss, The Isaacs, and Suzanne Cox. She has made quite a name for herself in the North Carolina bluegrass community and is so excited to be partnering with Pinecastle recording artist Garrett Newton on this new venture.
Parks Icenhour began playing the guitar and mandolin as a young boy, providing rhythm for his dad who played the banjo. As a teenager, he drifted away from bluegrass but picked it up again while studying at East Carolina University where he met Tommy Edwards (The Bluegrass Experience) and enjoyed many impromptu picking sessions in their dormitory. In 1971, he met Glen Dyer, father of Allen Dyer, and they have been picking together as the "Brother's 'N Bluegrass" for the last 45 years. He has recorded two albums with Glen and several projects with various recording artists, including background guitar music for a museum of history documentary featuring Andy Griffith as the narrator. His preference in bluegrass is strictly traditional with Doc Watson and Norman Blake as his favorite guitarists. Parks is excited to be a part of the Garrett Newton Band and provides the bass vocals and lead guitar work for the group. Parks works as a professional engineer. He endorses GHS Strings.
Greg Penny remembers playing music at an early age with his dad. At age eleven, he played guitar while his dad sang at prisons and rest homes. Soon, he switched to playing drums for many years in various bands and churches. Later, he fell in love with bluegrass music and experimented on different instruments before settling on the bass. He has played with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, The Kudzu Ramblers, and now with The Gentlemen of Bluegrass. His great timing and tone is the core for the rhythm of the band, He also sings lead on gospel quartet numbers. Greg is married with three children and lives in Garner, North Carolina.