Barry Waldrep is an Alabama based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire. Waldrep and another music partner formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin’ in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May 2009. Rollin’ in the Hay produced seven CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.
During this time, Waldrep recorded twenty-one bluegrass tribute albums with CMH Records in Los Angeles for such artists as Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Phish, R.E.M., Tim McGraw, The Allman Brothers, Neil Diamond and others. He was also featured on the CD Masterworks of American Bluegrass also produced by CMH Records. At this point, Barry started recording solo records and doing studio sessions with other artists.
Zac Brown invited Waldrep to join him on his Breaking Southern Ground Tour from September 2009 through September 2010. Waldrep is featured on the Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar CD/DVD, along with Kid Rock and Little Big Town. During this time he met the husband and wife country duo Joey + Rory. He did a tour with them during the Zac Brown Tour, and in some cases, they all toured together. In addition, Waldrep played the Grand Ole’ Opry several times and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which was the previous home of the Grand Ole’ Opry.
In January 2013, after landing a record deal with Singular Records in San Francisco, California, Waldrep began the Smoke From the Kitchen sessions, which is a bluegrass banjo/southern rock project. Featuring such iconic guests as Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Paul T Riddle (Marshal Tucker Band), Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band) and David Grisman, the album was released to critical acclaim in May of 2014.
In 2016, Barry toured as part of Grammy winning Country star John Berry’s band for Berry’s 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour, also opening five of the twenty shows.
2017 finds Barry reuniting with touring mates Jason Bailey and bassist Bryan Hall (son of the legendary founding member of southern rock legends and Alabama Music Hall of Fame members Wet Willie, Jack Hall), along with new member and drummer Caelan Berry, son of Country legend John Berry to form an explosive combo. This ensemble is steeped in southern rock, country, blues and jazz and with additional guests as schedules allow, provides an unforgettable musical experience. Jimmy Hall, legendary front man for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductees Wet Willie, as well as touring singer for Rock legend Jeff Beck will appear as their featured guest on many dates in 2017.
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