Sassafras is based in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and have been performing together for over 20 years. Sassafras pays homage to the Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs era, but also enjoys progressive Newgrass music as well. Their repertoire includes a range of musical styles including ole-time, country, folk, western swing and originals. We are available for corporate events, private party, weddings, community events and more.
Sassafras has shared the stage and/or studio with a wide range of prominent bluegrass and Americana artist including: Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, Charlie Waller, John Cowan, Jim Lauderdale, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas , Allison Krauss, Tim O'Brien, Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Arthur Smith, Josh Graves, Kenny Baker, Benny Martin, Mac Wiseman, Tut Taylor, Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman, Doug Jernigan, Jim Buchanan, Steve Dilling, Kim Gardner, Wayne Henderson, Steve Lewis, Tony Furtado, Leon Hunt, Kruger Brothers, the late Roy Huskey Jr., and others.
Sassafras band members have performed at a long list of venues: Grand Ole Opry, Merlefest, Walnut Vally Festival (Winfield, KS), Riverhawk Music Festival (Florida), Song of the Mountians (PBS TV Series), King Pup Syndicated Radio, Red White & Bluegrass Festival (NC), Albino Skunk Festival (SC), Plum Hollow Festival (SC), Chomp & Stomp Festival (Georgia), Mean Fiddler (London, England), Bass Mountain Festival (NC), Denton Bluegrass Festival (NC), Okeechobee Fest (Florida), Bluegrass in the Spring (CA), Strawberry Festival (Virginia), Cherokee Bluegrass Festival (NC), Vanceburg Festival (KY), Stuart Festival (Virginia), Christmas in July Festival (NC), Bean Blossom Festival (Indiana), High Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Pickin' in the Plains (Kansas), Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival (Pennsylvania), Rogersville Bluegrass Festival (New Brunswick, Canada), Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival (NC), HoustonFest (Virginia), Southern Ohio Indoor Bluegrass Festival, IBMA (Raleigh, NC), AGEC Bluegrass (Paris, France), Didmarton Bluegrass Festival (England), Ironbridge Bluegrass Festival (England), North Yorkshire Bluegrass Festival (England), North Wales Bluegrass Festival (Wales), Scottish Bluegrass Association (Edinburgh, Scotland), Hamishes' Hoose (Paisley, Scotland), Brookfield Knights Scottish Tour (Loudon Temple Prod.), Güglinger Bluegrass Festival (Germany), and an unlimited number of pubs and clubs.
Wes Tuttle (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) - Wes has shared the stage with Doc Watson, Josh Graves, Kenny Baker, Benny Martin, Mac Wiseman, Jerry Douglas, Steve Dilling, Kim Gardner and others. Wes has also recorded with Tony Rice, Ronnie Bowman, Russell Moore, Jim Buchanan. Wes has been very active in the music scene for many years and is well-known in the bluegrass community. Wes is an employee of the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service. Wes resides in Moravian Falls with his wife Ann and one of his sons, Gray.
Billy Gee (upright bass, vocals) - Billy has shared the stage with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, John Cowan, Jack Lawrence, Wayne Henderson & The Kruger Brothers and toured as bassist with bluegrass legend Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen, until Charlie's death in Aug. 2004. Billy was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in 2016, as a recipient of the Dr. T.R. Bryan Wilkes Heritage Award. He is currently touring as a member of the Darin & Brooke Aldridge Band. He recently performed with with them in Nashville, on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. When not performing, Billy runs his own guitar repair business, Guitar Specialist, and is a respected warranty station for several brands including Martin, Taylor and Fender. One of his many clients was the legendary Doc Watson.
Chris Bryant (banjo, vocals) - Chris is a seasoned banjo player and has a solid bluegrass pedigree. In the 1980's, Chris performed with the legendary Arthur Smith. Chris also recorded commercial and radio spots with Arthur Smith and Joe Maphis during that period. In the 1990's, Chris played banjo as a member of Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen. Chris was an original member of the Darin and Brooke Aldridge band, and has performed with other local bands such as The Wood Family Tradition. Chris runs his own business making banjo components, capos, and Shelor finger picks.
Randy Gambill (guitar, vocals) - Randy has performed with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Jernigan & Jack Lawrenceand worked with the late Roy Huskey Jr. Randy lived abroad for 10 years. During that time, he toured Europe promotingbluegrassand Americana music, where he shared the stage with Allison Krauss, Tim O'Brien, Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Tony Furtado English Folk-diva June Tabor, and ex-Fairport Convention member- Jerry Donahue. Randy also writes songs and contributes original material for Sassafras.