Dry Branch Fire Squad

Along with the Hotmud Family, the Dry Branch Fire Squad was heavily involved with the rebirth of bluegrass music in the Dayton, area during the 1970s. Led by Ron Thomason, the band has survived into 2016 still issuing CDs, although Thomason has moved to Colorado. For years the band returned each year to the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton for its annual New Years’ show. A lot of fine musicians have been members of Dry Branch, including: Chris Montgomery, Johnny Baker, Robert Leach, John Hisey, John Carpenter, Mary Jo (Dickman) Leet, Charlie Leet, Suzanne (Edmundson) Thomas, Bill Evans, Dave Edmundson, Dick Erwin, Brian Aldridge, Tommy Boyd, and Dan Russell. The band has had 15 LPs or CDs on Rounder, three on Rite, two self-issued, and one on Gordo. The 2016 band includes Ron Thomason, Tommy Boyd, Adam McIntosh, and Jeff Byrd.

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