Dry Branch Fire Squad (Host Band)

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Dry Branch Fire Squad

I’ve seen audiences so convulsed with laughter
that minutes had to pass before the show could go on.”

Joe Wilson, National Council of Traditional Arts

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The Dry Branch Fire Squad has been the proud host band of Grey Fox ever since our first festival. For over four decades, the Dry Branch Fire Squad has traveled the byways of America as one of bluegrass music’s favorite bands – celebrated for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang.

Bandleader, Ron Thomason started out as a child and never got over it. With impeccable timing and delivery – in the tradition of a Mark Twain or a Will Rogers – Thomason’s humorous social commentaries, catchy lyrics and song choices make Dry Branch Fire Squad one of the most entertaining acts on the circuit. He has toured with the likes of Joe Isaacs, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley.

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Having performed with Larry Sparks, The Allen Brothers, Mac Wiseman and Hylo Brown, expert banjo picker and Dobroist Tom Boyd is best known for his soaring high tenor voice. Jeff Byrd has an impressive musical resume as a bass player who sings lead, baritone and bass. He has performed with The King’s Journeymen, Higher Ground, the Jennie Lynn Band and Jetts Creek. Adam McIntosh first started out with the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 2000, playing guitar and mandolin, and singing tenor. In 2003, he joined Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. In 2015, Adam returned to the Dry Branch fold.

The band’s latest recording projects are Don’t Forget the Song and The Gospel Way. Filming is underway for a Dry Branch Fire Squad TV documentary slated for release next year. Dry Branch also hosts the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival every July in Westcliffe, Colorado.