Grasstowne is a band comprised of a very well respected veteran of bluegrass music as well as four of the finest young musicians in bluegrass today. This combination together is one of the hottest and energetic bands touring today! The band’s first two projects “The Road Headin’ Home” and “The Other Side of Towne” went to #1 and #2 respectively on the National Bluegrass Charts. The Road Headin’ home remained at #1 for three months and also won the 2008 “Album of the Year” award. Their latest project “Kickin’ Up Dust” is currently in the top 5 on the singles and CD chart and rising!
Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’S, Alan Bibey has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music. A stylist who turned heads as an original member of The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, BlueRidge and now Grasstowne his tasteful innovations and pristine execution earned him inclusion in The Young Mando Monsters project, Mel Bay’s Mandolin book “The Greatest Mandolin Players Of The Twentieth Century” as well as The Bluegrass All-Stars Sugar Hill Records project. Alan has been awarded “Mandolin Performer of the Year” for 2007, 2009 and 2010. His contributions to The Acutab Sessions: Knee Deep In Bluegrass helped the compilation to earn IBMA’s “Instrumental Recording of the Year”. He has instruction books and videos/ dvd’s available through AcuTab and Mel Bay. The solo recording “In The Blue Room” was voted top Instrumental recording by County Sales. In 2004 Alan was nominated for a Grammy for the BlueRidge project “Side By Side”. Last but not least, in early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature Series line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history.
Guitarist Dustin Pyrtle comes from a musical family and area rich in bluegrass
tradition. He and Alan are both from Stokes County, NC as well as a host of other great musicians(including Dustin’s Great Uncle, Lou Reid). Dustin is from a little town called Westfield. He started playing bluegrass at the age of 8 and is very accomplished on guitar and bass. He has played with many top regional bands including Broken Wire, Midnight Ramblers, Amber Collins and No Speed Limit and Riverview. He has an incredible vocal range and is a great rhythm guitar player. His playing is an important ingredient in the overall sound of the band. We are excited for all our friends and fans to hear this awesome new talent and looking forward to playing together for a long time to come.