Barry Waldrep & Friends
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 9:15 PM / Show 9:30 PM
Barry Waldrep, a Georgia based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin' in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country and performing over 300 dates per year for 16 years.
Zac Brown, a close friend, invited Waldrep to join him on his Breaking Southern Ground Tour from September 2009 through September 2010. Waldrep is featured on the Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar CD/DVD, along with Kid Rock and Little Big Town. During this time he met the husband and wife country duo Joey + Rory. He did a tour with them during the Zac Brown Tour, and in some cases, they all toured together.
In January 2013, after landing a record deal with Singular Records in San Francisco, California, Waldrep began the Smoke From the Kitchen sessions, which is a bluegrass banjo/southern rock project. Featuring such iconic guests as Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Paul T Riddle (Marshal Tucker Band), Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band) and David Grisman, the album was released to critical acclaim in May of 2014.
Alabama native Kelli Johnson leans on musical influences such as Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent and has always been inspired by the pure melodies and lyrics found in classic artistry. Kelli has an innate ability to produce fresh music that defies genre boundaries.
Her music has been featured in national television commercials, independent films, political campaigns, and recordings by other artists. It has also been featured on the Phil Mack International Country Music Show, broadcasting in Ireland, the UK, and parts of Germany.
In 2011, Kelli won the Alabama Texaco Country Showdown. Her single "Over My Head" was awarded Grand Prize in the prestigious 2013 Nashville International Summer Songwriting Series.
Having performed together on many occasions over the years, it was only natural that these two accomplished artists would find themselves working as a duo. The synergy they enjoy on stage is infectious and the melding of their instruments and voices, along with their love of the same musical genres results in magic each time they step on stage.
Barry Waldrep has been performing on stage since he was 6 years old. Growing up in a Bluegrass family, he got a taste of the road at an early age and has never looked back.
Latest projects include Touring with The Zac Brown Band 2008, 2009, 2010 and apprearing on The Zac Brown Band "Pass the Jar" CD/DVD
Touring with Joey & Rory ACM's Top new vocal Duo 2010, and appearing on their 2010 release "Album #2"
Appearing on the Randy Travis 25th anniversary CD, Released 2011