Wintergrass 2011 Performers-The Josh Williams Band

Josh started his bluegrass path taking banjo lessons at 9 years old and added guitar and mandolin shortly after. By the age of 12 he had formed his own regionally touring and recording  band “Josh Williams and High Gear”. Shortly after Pete Wernick  asked Josh to participate in a group called “The Bluegrass Youth All-stars”.  This band was made up of players about Josh’s age, and was scheduled to appear at the IBMA Awards Show in Owensboro, Kentucky, in October of 1993.  These original Bluegrass Youth All-stars included Josh Williams on banjo, Chris Thile on mandolin, Cody Kilby on guitar, Michael Cleveland on fiddle, and Brady Stogdill on bass.  This band was an instant success, and led to the formation of “The Young Acoustic All-stars”, a group that recorded one album for New Haven Records, “Somewhere Down The Road”. Josh continued with High Gear until 1999 and then joined the Chicago based band Special Consensus until leaving to fill the guitar position with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in 2003 while recording a few solo projects. Josh played with the Rage until January 2008 when he left to form the Josh Williams Band.

Josh’s guitar playing has won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year 3 times and SPGMA Guitar Player of the Year 5 times.

Josh Williams- guitar, vocals Jason McKendree – banjo, Nick Keen-mandolin, Randy Barnes-bass

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