Eddie Rose and Highway Forty. From where does this 5-piece bluegrass band draw it’s name? It comes first from the singer himself, Eddie Rose and the highway intersecting North Carolina and Tennessee to bring these men together, in order to present honest music at times dripping with emotion.
Let’s introduce you to Eddie Rose and Highway Forty.
Eddie Rose began honing his singing skills with his family, The Rose Family Quartet, at the age of nine. This singer’s singer brings 40+ years of musical knowledge and ability to this new configuration, appearing alongside folks such as Paul Williams, Bobby Hicks, Raymond Fairchild and more recently with Balsam Range. Eddie’s roots come from the Gospel realm in addition to 25 years of experience with his former band, Hazel Creek.
Gary Allen, who plays bass and sings tenor with the band, has been around the bluegrass scene for a long time. Gary and Rose have been friends and played music together for 30+ years! Their harmony is nothing short of superb! Gary also has a rich background in southern gospel music.
Josh Hodges At 23 years of age, Josh has been playing the banjo for 15 years now. At a young age, he was exposed to Bluegrass artists such as Flatt and Scruggs, The Osborne Brothers and Ricky Skaggs. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2015, where he was a part of their Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program. He resides in the small area of Sandy Mush North Carolina. He recently released his first Bluegrass Album titled "Highway 63". This Album features Adam Steffey on three instrumental tunes. To find out more about Josh and His Album you can visit joshhodgesbluegrass.com.
Ben Hodges, currently attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been playing the mandolin for about 12 years. As a brother to Josh, he was exposed to bluegrass through various local festivals and old Osborne Brothers tapes. Some of his greatest influences include Tony Rice, Bobby Osborne, Adam Steffey, Ricky Skaggs, and the father himself, Bill Monroe. Ben has a love of bluegrass roots and old time music, but tastefully blends in elements of jazz and newgrass.
George Giddens, Resides in Bakersville, NC with his wife and son. He has toured with country stars Tommy Overstreet, Jimmy Dean, Ray Price and Moe Bandy. He is currently touring with the Dillards (The Darling Family from the Andy Griffith Show). He also enjoys singing with his family. He has made appearances on stage with Bluegrass groups Country Gazette, The Whites and Lost and Found. He grew up in Texas. And started out playing violin, trading over to the fiddle.
Though this band is new to the bluegrass scene, you will truly enjoy the music of
Eddie Rose and Highway Forty!