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Meet Jeff and Colin

Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker is a multi-album recording artist and bluegrass fan-favorite from central Kentucky. Famous for his mandolin-playing and vocal lead singing, with over 30 years in music, Jeff has performed and recorded across America and internationally with musical acts such as the Lonesome River Band, Dailey & Vincent, and many more. With Dailey & Vincent, Jeff has performed multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry and Madison Square Garden, and on national media networks like PBS, RFD-TV, Sirius XM, to the acclaim of critics and fans alike. 

Jeff began playing guitar at age six with his father and biggest influence, Vester Parker, who encouraged Jeff, imparting the lesson that “[Y]ou need to practice. You have to know what you’re doing, and keep learning.” Jeff started playing the mandolin after he saw his first live performance of the Russell Brothers. For ten years, he performed at Renfro Valley where he was broadcast in over 200 radio stations with its Renfro Valley Sunday Morning. In 2001, Jeff began his partnership with the Lonesome River Band, and in 2007, he joined with The Dailey and Vincent band. Jeff’s collaboration with these groups has only grew his reputation as a leading vocal and instrumental talent and leading personality in bluegrass music.

As Jeff Parker & Company, he has produced four albums, “Two Roads to Travel” (2004), “Go Parker!” (2012), “It’s Christmas Time” (2013), and “Jeff Parker and Company” (2015), and "Time Has Made A Change" (2019), the latter of which included his new partner in music, Colin Ray.

In 2020, Jeff Parker & Colin Ray will be touring across the country at a venue near you. For booking information, email jeffmusicmando@yahoo.com for more information. 

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Colin Ray is from Lincolnton, North Carolina. He began playing music at the age of six when he got his first guitar as a Christmas present. He followed that up by learning banjo and mandolin under close instruction from Darin Aldridge. Colin is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a major in Spanish and minors in Bluegrass and General Business. Colin has been a member of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band in various capacities on Mandolin, Guitar and Banjo. He was a member of the band Dreamcatcher for nearly a year on mandolin and vocals, and was a previous member of Jeff Parker & Company before coming on as an equal partner in the group.

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Max Silverstein grew up in Bangor, Maine. After starting to learn how to play the Violin at age 6, Max soon began learning how to fiddle. Max graduated from East Tennessee State University in May of 2019 with a Major in Bluegrass.

 

He was a member of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band playing both Fiddle and Guitar. Max has also toured with a popular Bluegrass Gospel band known as Chosen Road and was a member of the band, Dreamcatcher. Max is now looking forward to playing alongside Jeff Parker and the rest of the band!

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Tyler comes from a musical family — his mother and uncle were part of a family bluegrass band that his grandfather ran in the 1970s, and his father was a pianist.  Although he sticks to the upright bass with Jeff Parker and Colin Ray, he also plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and trumpet. Tyler’s influences from the bass world include Barry Bales, Edgar Meyer, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Tom Gray, Marc Shatz, and Todd Phillips.

 

He has participated in many bands including Vicki & Crew, Grand Central, Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters, Jeremy Morris & the Harvest Road Band, Bridgewater, and, for 8 years, with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, where Tyler played bass on Mike’s “On Down the Line” and the Grammy-nominated “Tall Fiddler” album and garnering 2 IBMA awards as part of Instrumental Group of the Year.  

 

After being born and raised a Hoosier in Avon, IN, Tyler has settled in Johnson City, TN with his bass-playing wife, Nienke, from the Netherlands. Tyler is excited about the future opportunities ahead and looks forward to seeing everyone out there! 

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Barry is from eastern Kentucky, where he started learning banjo at 7 years old. He played with local bands until he was hired out of high school by Larry Sparks and stayed 12-13 years.

 

Barry joined mandolin great Dave Harvey and the Wild & Blue Band, and worked with many great artists such as Dale Ann Bradley. With his friends and great musicians from J. D. Crowe’s band, Barry was a member of Wildfire and has  played with artists such the Harley Allen band, James King Band, Dave Adkins Band and many others.  He has traveled to all 50 states, performed in Europe, all across Canada, and the Virgin Islands.

 

 The Nashville Scene critics pick said  “[as] Music City’s  banjo genius, Barry Crabtree, [is] both tasteful and blazingly fast, as well as the possessor of a delightfully dry sense of humor.” He is looking forward to joining with Jeff Parker & Colin Ray.

 

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