Band Personnel Changes

Image634898687712443213A couple of changes in the bluegrass lineups to be noted this week.  

First, Darin and Brooke Aldridge announced that their two year Fiddle Player Rachel Boyd Johnson is not going to be on their 2013 tour.  No replacement for Rachel has been announced yet as they will be holding auditions soon.   Here is Rachel’s statement:

After 2 years of making beautiful music, life-long friendships, and accomplishing dreams with Darin and Brooke Aldridge, I have decided that it is time for me to come off the road. Since Darin, Brooke and the rest of the band have become my very best friends, this decision was extremely hard to make, but after much prayer and consultation with my family, I feel like it is time for me to stay home and begin my new journey as a gooey-mooshy newly-wed and aunt. God has truly blessed me with my experience with Darin and Brooke and I am so thankful to have their support and friendship. I wish them the absolute best….. as in an Opry-filled, award-winning best!!

I am also currently having complications with my right foot and will have to have surgery in the undesirably near future. The surgery typically has a 6-week recovery, so it doesn’t look like I am going to be able to show off my new shoes I got on sale at Belk any time soon. Unfortunately it will be even longer before I will be able to get back on stage with Darin and Brooke and the band.

Thank you, friends, fans, and family, for all of your love and support that has helped me to accomplish my dreams and made me feel loved every single place that we have traveled. I hope each of you will understand this decision that I have made for my family. I will miss seeing you from the stage, but no worries; I still plan on sawing a tune every now and then.

God bless each and every one of you.


Rachel Johnson Boyd”

Also, Blue Moon Rising welcomes David Mowell, younger brother of the groups bassist Tony Mowell, who will be taking over the mandolin spot.  Brandon Bostic will be moving to the resonator guitar and dropping much of his lead vocal work while he concentrates on his new marriage his recording studio and a new band, The Likely Culprits.

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