David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition


David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition

“David Parmley … his voice still has the ability to rattle the rafters.”
—Bluegrass Today

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David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition are re-christening anew the deft playing and stunning harmony arrangements that made the Bluegrass Cardinals famous on the bluegrass circuit from 1976 to 1991. All the current band members have performed together, in various configurations, in either the original Bluegrass Cardinals or in David Parmley & Continental Divide. They racked up an impressive total of 10 nominations from The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in 2016!

At the age of 17, David Parmley began a heralded career as the front man, lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Cardinals. David’s mellifluous voice was the backbone of the their distinctive sound for 15 years before he struck out on his own with the chart topping David Parmley and Continental Divide for two decades.

Banjo player and bass singer Dale Perry joined The Bluegrass Cardinals in 1985. He went on to join The Lonesome River Band and spent 11 years with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver before reuniting with David to play banjo for Continental Divide in 2003. Fiddler Steve Day worked with the Cumberland Highlanders and Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition before touring with David Parmley and Continental Divide for 13 years.

Wrong Side of the Door

A singer with astounding power and range, Ron Spears is a prolific songwriter and a solid upright bassist. He has toured with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Special Consensus, Continental Divide, The James King Band and Reno & Harrell. Steve Thomas has worked with The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and Mark Newton.  In addition to playing mandolin and singing all the vocal parts, he plays harmony fiddle on several of the band’s most engaging arrangements.

The band’s recent self-titled debut recording features 5 Bluegrass Cardinal numbers, a couple of great old country standards and several brand new songs by some of today’s great new writers.