Urban Hillbilly

Band members:

Clay Jones

Clay Jones

Nominated for a grammy on Jim Van Cleve solo cd No Apologies
Won 3 IBMA Awards
Emerging Artist of the year 1993
Recorded Event of the Year 1996
Recorded Event of the year 2006
From Mocksville, North Carolina (near Winston-Salem).
First public performance: at the Snuffy Jenkins Festival with a band called The Carolina Bluegrass Band
1991, moved to Japan and worked there as a musician, playing everything from jazz to bluegrass.
1992-1994, joined Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina as guitarist.
1994-1996, took a two-year hiatus from touring.
1995, played guitar on “Bluegrass ’95” CD which won IBMA award for “Instrumental Album of the Year” in 1996.
1996-98, worked with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
1999, worked with the Gena Britt Band.
2000, worked with the Schankman Twins.
2003, joined Mountain Heart.
2005, released solo project “Mountain Tradition.”
2007, left Mountain Heart to pursue solo projects, but rejoined the band 16 months later (December 2009)

Clarence Mabry

LC Mabry

Clarence Mabry was born in Radford, VA in 1968. His love for music started with his family who sang Bluegrass Gospel at church and family reunions. By the time Clarence was in his teens, he was playing regularly with most south-west VA bluegrass and country bands and even started going to music festivals around the same time. When he was in his early 20’s, he left home with a suit case and a guitar bound for Nashville. He landed a gig at Tootsies Orchid Lounge and about 7 more venues on Broadway. It was at this time that his courage at writing blossomed into a gig at Arista records as a guest writer. This eventually sent him to Europe to do test marketing on songs from the group of song writers at Arista. He worked with a few road bands in the mid 90’s such as David Allen Coo, Jeannie C Riley, Jack Green and Marty Stuart. Clarence returned home to begin work on his songs and continued playing with his local heroes while developing his own style of Bluegrass Americana songwriting.

Dale Reno

On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia.

The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially, he built his first set of drums using old paint cans found in the garage.

At the age of 11 his father began teaching him how to play the guitar.

A year later, Dale Reno attended a Bill Monroe Festival where he saw Marty Stuart playing a mandolin with Lester Flatt and he took up the instrument with a deep passion.

At about the same time he joined The Tennessee Cut-ups fronted by dad Don and his partner Bill Harrell. Growing up on the road he was blessed with being around some of the greatest musicians in the world and he was able to learn from a host of great mandolin players, Red Rector, Frank Wakefield, Jimmy Gaudreau, John Duffey and Sam Bush included.

Since the Tennessee Cut-ups folded when Don Reno passed away (1984) Dale has played with his brothers Ronnie and Don Wayne in the Reno Brothers band; Lonesome Standard Time; Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers; actor and country singer Tom Wopat; and Grass to the Bone.

Dale “Deacon” RenoStarting in 2000, using the moniker “Deacon,” Dale Reno played mandolin and guitar in the bluegrass-rock music fusion band Hayseed Dixie. The band, which began as a comic tribute to rockers AC/DC in a bluegrass style, developed a strong following, especially in Europe.

Most recently he has, with Don Wayne and Mitch Harrell, formed the 21st century version of Reno and Harrell, Sons of the Legends. Their first album, Reno Bound, was released in 2013.

David Carroll

David Carroll