Cory & Jarrod Walker
Brothers Cory and Jarrod Walker, now students at Middle Tennessee State University, are highly respected multi-instrumentalists who have performed nationally, and internationally in well-known touring bands and as a duo. As a duo, they have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Titan Stadium in Nashville, and were featured on ABC and CBS television CMA specials with Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs. Their latest CD, “New Branches”, recieved significant national radio airplay, and was very warmly reviewed by “Bluegrass Unlimited”.
Cory and Jarrod’s younger brother, Tyler, a Plant City, FL high school sophmore, plays powerful rhythm and lead guitar. He can be heard on “New Branches” as well as Scott Anderson’s newest release, “Tales From the Swamp”.
Austin Wilder, a former Lakeland, Florida resident now living in Tennessee, provides complex but very talented guitar solos that borrow from bluegrass, jazz, and swing styles. Austin also handles the majority of the lead vocal duties with a voice that can easliy reach the highest of tenor pitches.
The Bluegrass Parlor Band is a highly energetic group that plays hard-driving bluegrass, newgrass, and jazz with equal enthusiasm and skill.
The Bluegrass Parlor Band started in 1982 as the mainchild of the nationally syndicated bluegrass d.j., Tom Henderson. His goal was to provide highly talented bluegrass youths in the cenrtal Florida area an opportunity to play in a professional setting. Alumni of the BGP Band reads like a who’s who of the national bluegrass scene. Aubrey Haynie, Jason Barrie, and David Crow (former International Bluegrass Music Association president) are a few of the notable musicians who have been members of the band. The current band members have matured and are now spread out between Tennessee and Florida, but do get together for reunion shows.
Cory playing banjo, guitar, and resonator guitar, and Jarrod playing mandolin have been fortunate enough to play many great venues.
Cory has played on the 2003 IBMA Awards show as part of the “YOUNG AMERICAN BLUEGRASS IDOLS”.
Cory and Jarrod were invited to play as the core band for IBMA’s “Kids on Bluegrass” segment in 05 and 06 and were part of the youth band, “Juvenessence” that performed on the IBMA FanFest main stage. They each were invited and taught on the workshop stage at the 06 IBMA FANFEST.
Cory and Jarrod starred on a CBS television special with Keith Urban in 2004 and on ABC in 2005 with Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, and Kix Brooks.
In 2005 and 2006, they were asked to play at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Award ceremony, opening for Alison Krauss and Union Station in 05 and Diamond Rio in 06.
They have performed on the Grand Ole Opry several times.
They have two recordings currently available. The second one, “No Need for Words” has received extensive airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio among other stations.
Their CD recorded in the summer of 2006 includes guests’ artists Ricky Skaggs, Chad Brock, Robert Hale, Darrell Webb, Cia Cherryholmes, Mark Fain, Jason Moore, Jim Hurst, Cody Kilby, Clay Jones, Phil Leadbetter, Matt Leadbetter, Jim VanCleve, Andy Leftwich, Scott Vestal, and Clay Hess.
Cory also performed on a Sierra Hull Rounder project, where he was the banjo player, playing alongside Sierra, Dan Tyminski, Tony Rice, Barry Bales, Stuart Duncan, Jim VanCleve, Jerry Douglas, Clay Hess, Rob Ickes, Ron Block and Alison Krauss.