Four members of the Shady Grove Ramblers in the 1960s. They pose shoulder to shoulder with their musical instruments

Shady Grove Ramblers

A Texas bluegrass band with a near six-decade legacy

Founded by Tom and Anne Uhr in 1966, the Shady Grove Ramblers are an institution in the American Bluegrass scene. Though the band has been composed of many instrumentalists, the current line-up is thus: Tom Uhr (lead vocals and guitar), Loyd ‘Stinky’ Hinch (mandolin and tenor vocals), Buddy King (banjo and bass vocals), Kenny Sewell (fiddle), Ferrell Stowe (DoBro guitar), and Dean Morrow (upright bass). The combination of these musicians results in a classic bluegrass sound.

The Shady Grove Ramblers are unique amongst bluegrass artists in that many of their songs are originals, composed by lead guitarist Tom Uhr, who also was a songwriter for Ricky Skaggs. According to Texas State University, the Shady Grove Ramblers are the second longest continuously performing bluegrass band in Texas. The band has earned many accolades, including the 1974 ‘Best Vocal Band in America’ by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.

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