BIOS OF THE BAND MEMBERS
One of the most important
characteristics for any band is to have grounds of commonality. These
abound among the members of Dry Branch Fire Squad. All
of the guys in the band have strong work ethics, varied interests,
close ties to their families, have had success in professional
endeavors outside of the field of music, and bring nearly boundless
energy and enthusiasm as well as a variety of musical experiences to
their efforts in doing the band’s work and to their respective
one might suspect with such individuals, they have strong respective
Tom Boyd is "to the manor born" (as the old saying goes) if manor were manner and that manner were MUSIC. Tom started singing in church with his parents and just never stopped, although he did eventually fledge. He still sings with Mom and Dad whenever he visits them and Tom flatly states that Dad can still sing higher--and that's high indeed. Tom sings all the parts, and in DBFS he is best known for his wonderful high baritone though he sings tenor just as often. He is an expert banjoist and Dobro player who has performed over the last forty years with the likes of Larry Sparks, The Allen Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Jack Casey and many others. He has recorded with not only those folks but also Chubby Wise, Ricky Skaggs, and even was a stalwart on Ron Thomason's first solo album back in 1972. He has been married to his lovely wife, Sharon, for 41 years; and they have two children who always make them proud. In fact, for the last twenty years Tom and his daughter, Deanna, have enjoyed playing music together. Tom has worked all his life in fields other than music as well; he's been a machinist, a luthier, a manager, and a business owner. He has many hobbies and likes drag racing an '89 Super Pro Mustang GT with his son, Jason. By the way, Jason drives. Tom kept forgetting to turn off the turn signal.
Jeff brings the skill that band members dream of in a band mate: He drives. Oh, sure, almost every road musician drives, but Jeff is a professional; he has long made his living driving trucks. John Duffey once said, “I don’t charge for playing music; I charge for getting there.” Well, with Jeff on-board, DBFS may even add to its stellar reputation for “getting there”, having only missed one date in 40 years and that caused by a trip to the ER. Jeff has an impressive professional musical resume as a bass player who sings bass, baritone, and lead. He has performed and/or recorded with The King’s Journeymen, Higher Ground, the Jennie Lynn Band and Jetts Creek along with short stints with several other bands. Jeff is an avid hunter. He’s been married to his wife, Karen, for 17 years and they have four children and one grandchild.
Adam is no stranger to the bluegrass community. He started with the Dry Branch Fire Squad at the age of 18, in January of 2000 where he played guitar, mandolin, and carried the tenor singing duties. In mid-2003, Adam left the band to stay home, and start his young family. However the call of the road proved too much, and in 2006, Adam received a call from Joe Mullins about a new band he was wanting to start called Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Adam recorded 4 projects in his 6 year stint with the Radio Ramblers. During that time, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers won the IBMA 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year award. At the end of 2012, Adam left the band to relocate to Arizona where he spent a year working for The Mandolin Store. After a year there, Adam moved his family back home to south-western Ohio. Adam spent 2014 playing in a short lived high octane band called American Drive run by Dwight McCall. American Drive disbanded at the end of 2014. Since then Adam has become a sought after fill in musician.
Adam is glad to be returning to the Dry Branch Fire Squad. Here is what he had to say.
“You know, there’s something special about returning to one’s roots. I’m a bit older now, and I have a new prospective on music and entertainment. According to Thomas Wolfe, you can’t go home again, but this sure does feel like I’m doing just that, and I am blessed to have that opportunity.”
R on started out as a child and never got over it. His
early years above the Clinch River in Russell County, VA, were
tied with all the succeeding ones for being the most enjoyable
of his life. He has been able to make his living doing
things he loves. He has taught both math and English at
almost every secondary level, including college; farmed, trained
and competed with horses, and been instrumental in the production
of bluegrass music festivals and horse expositions; including
the two great festivals, Grey Fox and High Mountain Hay Fever
both of which DBFS proudly host. His professional music
career started at the age of 13, and since then he has played
and/or recorded with The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Wilson
Brothers, Joe Isaacs, R icky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, and
a host of others. Nowadays he enjoys such activities as
horseback riding, mountain climbing, skiing, conservation advocacy,
cowboying, and seeking out adventures in the wilderness. He
writes occasional articles and helps with civic functions. R
on still hopes to get some kind of book written about his experiences
in bluegrass music and the many unique people he has met as
a result. He started DBFS in 1976 and is known to enjoy music-making
more now than ever.