The seeds of Acoustic Endeavors were sown. Warren and Kelly returned to the US in 1992 and settled in Jonesborough, TN where they attended the Bluegrass Music program at East Tennessee State University under the direction of mandolin master, Jack Tottle. Warren and Kelly were student band directors in the program and Acoustic Endeavors got its start here in Jonesborough as they needed to perform to support themselves during school. The initial lineup included Glen Rose on banjo, Tommy Austin on mandolin,Warren on bass and Kelly on guitar. They won 4th place at the SPBGMA band contest with this formation in 1994. The next edition of Acoustic Endeavors in Jonesborough included: Glen Rose on banjo, Tim Laughlin on mandolin, Amanda Mathis on fiddle, Warren on bass and Kelly on guitar.
They won the South Carolina Pizza Hut regional championship in 1995.They recorded and released their first CD of all-original music in 1994 called Coming Of Age. It featured Warren on bass, Kelly on guitar, Tommy Morse on banjo, Tim Laughlin on mandolin, Ernie Power on dobro and Randy Utterback on fiddle, harmonica, guitar and keyboard. After completing the ETSU program, Warren and Kelly moved to Nashville in 1995 and reformed the band with Greg Honeycutt on bass, John Golden on banjo, Kelly on guitar and Warren on mandolin. They showcased at IBMA that year and in 1996, Greg joined them in Nashville. They report that lean times were in the offing, though they wrote some great songs and played some fabulous music. In 1997, Warren, Kelly and Greg returned to Roanoke and the band was in a sort of inactive status until Dewey joined later that year.
They performed in and around Roanoke and at festivals in VA, WV, NC and TN while recording demos of the new material they were writing and arranging. They did not have a full time banjo player until John joined in early 2000. With a full compliment once again, they set to work recording in earnest with Sneak Preview as the result. The year 2002 marked the 10th Anniversary of the band and, to celebrate, they reissued the debut release (Coming Of Age) and included two bonus tracks featuring the current band. It was retitled, Coming Of Age...
Again, and is available online. Greg Honeycutt left the group in 2003, Warren switched back to bass, and they brought noted SW VA fiddler Billy Hurt on board. This is the band that recorded the current CD, On A Farm, with both Greg and Warren featured on bass on different tracks. On A Farm has been released to bluegrass radio, and the first single, Tennessee Iris, distributed via Prime Cuts Of Bluegrass. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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