Mainstays in the Atlanta bluegrass scene for the past 30+ years. These veteran musicians have performed all over Georgia at Wedding celebrations, Corporate Parties, Private Backyard Events, University Parties, and Bluegrass Festivals. 8th of January's main concern for your event is for you and your guests to feel that you hired the "Best of the Best". We specialize in 2,3 and 4 part vocal harmonies and solid instrumentals. It is our goal that selecting 8th of January will make your event something that will be "Memorable". And YES we do take special requests!
We are members of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association, and one of our members was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame's Hall of Honor. 8th of January members are all life long musicians with close to 200 years experience combined.
8th of January will entertain your guests with selections from Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Alison Krause, Seldom Scene, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead and several other surprises along the way. We can also tailor your needs by offering sound reinforcement if needed.
Bob Knysz – Mandolin – Vocals
Bob's music roots begin in Chicago, where he started playing music at the age of 8. Blues, Folk and Rock guitar were his early influences. In 1978 he discovered the mandolin with Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson and Jethro Burns as his early mandolin influences. He began playing mandolin professionally in 1979 in Chicago and became a member of the Atlanta music scene in 1982. His love affair with the mandolin has brought him through many musical idioms including: blues, bluegrass, country, acoustic, classical, choro, and jazz. Bob has played with the Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass in the Backwoods, Bluegrass Five, Good Medicine, Hot Club of Atlanta, and the Handsaw Brothers. Bob is also the co-founder and concertmaster of the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra.
David Ellis – Banjo/Guitar/Fiddle/Dobro – Vocals
Born and raised in the Atlanta Ga area, David began his future in music at the age of 14, learning how to play banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bass. Later he picked up the resophonic guitar (dobro) as an additional instrument. David has played mostly bluegrass,country, gospel, blues and celtic music in additional to southern rock, and contemporary Christian music. He was groomed in bluegrass playing with Fast Train, Windy Creek, Bullsboro, Pony Express, Cedar Hill, Atlanta BlueGrace, and as a fill in musician with several other groups in the Atlanta area.
Buck Peacock – Guitar – Vocals
Born and raised in North Carolina and playing professionally since 1963, Buck cut his bluegrass teeth on the Union Grove and Galax fiddler's conventions and the first ever Bluegrass Festivals at Fincastle, VA. Always teetering on the cutting edge of Bluegrass trends, Buck was a part of the movement that changed the face of Bluegrass into “Newgrass” as part of the New Deal String Band. Moving to Atlanta in 1971, he continued that approach with Rosebud, the house band at Muhlenbrink's in the original Underground Atlanta until 1981. Buck has also played with the Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band, Atlanta Bluegrass Allstars. In 2002 Buck was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame's Hall of Honor.
Ed Davis – Bass – Vocals
A native of Alberta, VA, Ed has enjoyed bluegrass music as long as he can remember. Although classically trained as a music educator at East Carolina University and Georgia State University, his main musical interest has been bluegrass for almost 40 years. After moving to the Atlanta area in the mid '70s, he played bass and banjo with Chattahoochee Station. Since that time he has performed with Pony Express, Bluegrass in the Backwoods and Faculty Grass. Having eclectic musical tastes, he has played cello in the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra, electric bass in the Steve Shivers Trio and Community Bible Church Chapel Orchestra, and mandola in the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra. Ed spent 37 years as a music educator in Georgia public and private schools and now serves as orchestra director at Jonesboro United Methodist Church.
Walt Dean – Dobro – vocals
Walt is an Atlanta native and 40 year veteran of the Atlanta music scene. Beginning guitar while in high school, Walt was soon playing in neighborhood bands and by the 70's was working professionally and had decided on a life in music. Over the following decades, Walt has played thousands of gigs of every type, size, genre and venue, and has worked as a guitar teacher as well as doing recording sessions in Atlanta and Nashville. He has studied music and guitar with Atlanta guitar luminaries Bob Shaw at the Atlanta School of Music, George Petsch at the Atlanta Guitar Center, Merrill Dilbeck at Metro Music, Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Graham Jackson, as well as dozens of workshops, most notably with players such as Howard Roberts and Rob Ickes.
Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Alison Krause, JD Crowe, George Jones, John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Goodman, Grateful Dead, Norman Blake, Johnathan Edwards, Beatles, Tim O'Brien, Chris Hillman, Bob Dylan, Nick Lowe to name just a few.
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In addition to Atlanta, 8th of January will also travel to East Point, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mansfield, Norcross, Thomasville, Decatur, Hampton, Mc Donough, Howard, Red Oak, Morrow, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Redan, Stockbridge, Clarkdale, Jonesboro, Rex, Locust Grove, Marietta, Ellenwood, Inman, Riverdale, Fayetteville, Forest Park, Griffin, Lovejoy, Conley, Jenkinsburg
and many other locations in and around the Atlanta area.
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