The Rambling Rooks

Years at Winfield: 

The core members of the bluegrass super group the Rambling Rooks --Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, and Kenny Smith, -- began playing together with the Lonesome River Band in the '90s, but didn't officially begin working as a trio until 2013. All three musicians are high-profile performers who have done their share of touring, recording, and songwriting in both bluegrass and country music.

Vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Bowman has released four solo discs, performed with Lost and Found, and co-wrote the number one country hits "Never Wanted Nothing More" for Kenny Chesney and "It's Getting Better All the Time" by Brooks & Dunn. Two time Grammy nominee Don Rigsby's high tenor vocals and mandolin have been heard with numerous bluegrass acts over the years including the Bluegrass Cardinals, J.D. Crowe & the New South, and Longview. Rigsby also performs traditional bluegrass and gospel music in a duo with guitarist Dudley Connell. Guitarist Kenny Smith and his wife Amanda have released several CDs together on the Rebel label, along with Kenny's 1997 solo album of religious themed songs, Studebaker, for Sugar Hill. Smith has also released a variety of instructional DVDs and transcription books for guitar. In 2013, the Rambling Rooks began playing selected auditoriums and festivals, and released their first self-titled album on Rounder in June of that year. They are also intending to expand their lineup from a trio to quartet with the addition of an unnamed banjo player.