Eddie Rose and Highway Forty. From where does this 5-piece bluegrass band draw it’s name? It comes first from the singer himself, Eddie Rose and the highway intersecting North Carolina and Tennessee to bring these men together, in order to present honest music at times dripping with emotion.
Let’s introduce you to Eddie Rose and Highway Forty.
Eddie Rose began honing his singing skills with his family, The Rose Family Quartet, at the age of nine. This singer’s singer brings 40+ years of musical knowledge and ability to this new configuration, appearing alongside folks such as Paul Williams, Bobby Hicks, Raymond Fairchild and more recently with Balsam Range. Eddie’s roots come from the Gospel realm in addition to 25 years experience with his former band, Hazel Creek.
Gary Allen, who plays bass and sings tenor with the band, has been around the bluegrass scene for a long time. Gary and Eddie Rose have been friends and played music together for 30+ years! Their harmony is nothing short of superb! Gary also has a rich background in southern gospel music.
Perry Woodie first discovered bluegrass music in 1975 at his first bluegrass festival. He credits banjo legend J.D. Crowe as his biggest influence on the banjo. Perry has performed with some incredible musicians in his career such as Mac Wiseman, Midnight Flyer, The Linville Ridge Band, and in recent years with Darin and Brooke Aldridge. After a short break, he has now decided to become a full-time member of Eddie Rose and Highway Forty.
David Leatherwood adds dobro playing and baritone vocals to the band. He comes to the group knowing Eddie for a number of years and has been involved with him in several music sessions. Among such dobro greats as Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, and Rob Ickes, David still considers his dad Charles to be his biggest influence on the instrument.
Though this band is new to the bluegrass scene, you will truly enjoy the music of Eddie Rose and Highway Forty.