Audie Blaylock and Redline

Honoring Tradition Through Innovation

AUdie blaylock

“Audie Blaylock’s mellow, wailing tenor and lightning-fast guitar picking have made him one of the names to watch in the world of traditional bluegrass.”–ALL MUSIC GUIDE

 Award-winning vocalist and guitarist, Audie is certainly one of the hottest Bluegrass artists today.  Born in El Paso, Texas into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings and went on to play locally in the Lansing, MI area where he grew up. In 1982, at age 19, Audie joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nine years on the road learning the craft of bluegrass from one of the music’s first-generation legends.  Audie's 2004 album "A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: King of Bluegrass" led him to a Grammy nomination, a highlight of his career.  Since then Audie has performed with such class-acts as Rhonda Vincent, Michael Cleveland, Harley Allen, Del McCoury, and many others.  Audie's passion for authenticity and innovation is evident in his music, as he both writes and arranges many of the songs Redline performs.

In addition to running and directing Redline, Audie is also a classic car enthusiast.  He holds the distinction of being the only bluegrass performer able to tell the model and make of almost any pre-2000's car simply by the sound of its engine.

 

 

eVAN WARD

Evan started playing the banjo at age 11 and, simply put, never stopped.  Born in Indianapolis, IN (where he now lives), as a child Evan heard a cassette recording of Flatt and Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and has never been the same since.  Evan started playing with local bluegrass bands at age 14, and he joined Redline at age 17.  He currently holds the honor of being the only bluegrass banjo player who knows both Latin and Ancient Greek, and in addition to playing full-time with Redline he teaches Latin in secondary school.  Evan sings lead with the group in addition to almost every other part, and you should be on the lookout for a new solo album featuring his singing and playing which will be in the works this summer.

Reed jones

A native of West Liberty, OH, Reed was fascinated by blues and traditional Americana music from an early age.  By the time he was 16 Reed was playing in a Christian rock band with musicians thrice his age, and by the time he went to college he was playing mandolin in a bluegrass band.  While in college he completed an original research project on the now legendary recording "The Bluegrass Album," and his research was later cited in the official Tony Rice biography "Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story."  From 2005-2010 he played bass with several bands, including Unlimited Tradition, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.  Since 2010 he has been the bassist for Redline, and Reed also teaches history in secondary school.  Reed is a prolific songwriter, having penned the song “The Road That Winds,” which Redline recorded as the theme for the Travel Channel series "Back Road Gold."  He holds the distinction of having told some of the best jokes in bluegrass music, and you might find him one of these days browsing a local antique store near you.

mason wright

Originally from Rocky Mount, VA, Mason Wright began studying classical violin when he was seven years old and bluegrass fiddle at age nine.  It wasn't long before he was playing gigs at local coffee shops and attending fiddlers conventions.  At age twelve Mason and his siblings formed a family band and performed frequently at local venues and bluegrass festivals. While playing fiddle in the family band, Mason was also a member of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra.  After high school Mason moved to Winchester, VA to attend Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied instrumental performance. While attending school, Mason joined bluegrass band Lonesome Highway. During his seven years with the band he gained valuable knowledge and experience in the world of bluegrass.  Mason has been playing fiddle for Redline since May of 2017. When he's not on the road with the band, Mason teaches bluegrass fiddle in Winchester, VA where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.