EDDIE ADCOCK and TOM GRAY
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.
For special requests, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass have teamed up with Bluegrass Hall of Famers Eddie Adcock and Tom Gray. With banjoist Eddie Adcock and bassist Tom Gray, legendary strains of history, nostalgia and a bit of old "newgrass" lifts the Gentlemen of Bluegrass' persona to new heights. Their instrumentation blends perfectly with the Waller/Duffey influenced vocals Stanley, Rowland, and Langdon.
Gentlemen of Bluegrass with Tom Gray and Eddie Adcock