Eddie Adcock was born in Scottsville, Virginia. His professional musical career as a 5 string banjoist began in 1953 when he joined Smokey Graves & His Blue Star Boys, who had a regular show at a radio station in Crewe, VA. His exposure with Graves led to jobs with other musicians, including Mac Wiseman, Bill Harrell, and Buzz Busby. Between 1953 and 1957, he floated between different bands and began a stint with Bill Monroe in 1957. Jim Cox, John Duffey, and Charlie Waller asked him to join their new band, The Country Gentlemen. He now performs almost exclusively with his wife Martha and calls Lebanon, Tennessee his home. Eddie belongs to a number of business organizations, including IBMA and the Folk Alliance. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Banjo Institute. Eddie was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1996.
Tom Gray, widely considered the leading bluegrass bassist of his generation, was born in Chicago, Illinois. His first bluegrass instrument was a guitar. He then moved to mandolin, but the deep tones of the bass soon attracted him. He listened avidly to the recordings of the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs. The bassist joined the Country Gentlemen in 1960, replacing Jim Cox. The lineup of Gray, John Duffey, Eddie Adcock, and Charlie Waller would take bluegrass music to new audiences around the country. In weekly jam sessions, acclaimed musicians John Duffey, Ben Eldridge, John Starling, Mike Auldridge, and Dave Auldridge. The music was so good, Duffey agreed to come out of a self-imposed retirement and The Seldom Scene was born. Between 1971-1987, Gray toured nationally and internationally with The Seldom Scene. Tom Gray was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1996.
Danny Stanley is one of the finest entertainers on the bluegrass circuit today. His lead resonant voice continues to amaze audiences as few lead singers can. He handles the guitar and mandolin chores for the band and writes many of the songs he sings. Danny’s abilities to change into the comical character of “Hobo Joe” keep fans in stitches. His dead-on imitations of several well-known artists such as Lester Flatt, Mac Wiseman, Jim Reaves, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and even Elvis Presley are always a treat. Danny toured several years with his family, The Stanleys, before becoming a founding member of his most recent group of 13 years, Carolina Sonshine. Fans are amazed at Danny’s great talent and rave about the wonderful performance he brings to the stage.
Danny is co-founder and co-leader of The Gentlemen of Bluegrass. Danny Stanley is married to Mary Sharon Stanley. He has four children and eleven grandchildren. He enjoys fishing, painting portraits, spending time with his grandchildren, and songwriting.
Tom Langdon, co-founder of The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, played with several regional bands before joining the touring groups Carolina Sonshine and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. Although he performs with the banjo, resonator guitar, and Scruggs style guitar, his early influence was mainly the guitar of Chet Atkins. At the age of 14, he got his first sight of Flatt and Scruggs as they performed on the back of a flatbed truck in his nearest town, Four Oaks, NC. He was intrigued by the sound of Scruggs' banjo. Shortly after, his brother-in-law, Eugene Snead, let him borrow his banjo to learn on. He sings baritone vocal part and that assists the Gentlemen in getting the vocal blending that they are noted for.
Tom is married to Lorraine Jordan and has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. He is retired from school administration and owns an earned doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Tom enjoys engineering at his West Station Studio in which many well known bluegrass talents have recorded. He also provides sound for the Garner United Methodist Church.
Julian Rowland, also known as JC, has been playing music and singing since receiving his first guitar at the age of nine. He grew up in Lexington, NC where he lives with his wife, Bonnie. Between them, they have two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren.
JC did not get into bluegrass music until he met Ronnie Prevette, former mandolin and tenor singer for Jimmy Martin. Ronnie also grew up in Lexington. Ronnie showed him some chords and became a big development influence. JC met John Duffey and The Seldom Scene in Denton, NC in the early 80's and has been hooked on bluegrass ever since. JC's first band was a local group called Backyard Bluegrass. Then, while attending a Jim and Jesse & The Virginia Boys show, he met Howard Honeycutt and members of Movin On Bluegrass. They were needing a mandolin player and tenor singer. He joined the group and stayed there for ten years.
JC shares his faith by playing electric rhythm guitar at Lexington Community Church in Lexington.
JC became a member of The Gentlemen of Bluegrass in January 2013. His mandolin playing and vocals reflect the style and sounds of his mentors, Prevette and Duffey. His inclusion with the Gentlemen rounds out their well known vocals and tight harmonies.
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 Kudzoo Ramblers, and now with The Gentlemen of Bluegrass. Greg is married with three children and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Hobo Joe, also known as Danny Stanley, follows the Gentlemen around from town to town. He lives on the other side of the tracks. Although cognitively and aroma challenged, Hobo brings fans to their feet with his impersonations of such stars as Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Mac Wiseman, Lester Flatt, and many more.