Winners of the 2016 D.C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest in Washington D.C., winners of the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival band contest in Hebron, CT, winners of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest band contest in Berryville, VA, and winners of the 2011 Pickin’ In The Panhandle Bluegrass Festival band contest in Martinsburg, WV, Colebrook Road has become a standout string band, a bluegrass powerhouse made up of five individuals whose sum is more than the total of their talents.
From modest beginnings as a four-piece band, Colebrook Road now plays as a five-piece ensemble and has become a familiar name throughout the Mid Atlantic region. The band is composed of lead singer, guitar player, and songwriter Jesse Eisenbise, mandolinist and winner of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest mandolin contest Wade Yankey, upright bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell, banjoist, bass vocalist, dobro player, and winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest Mark Rast, and fiddler, baritone vocalist, and winner of the 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest Joe McAnulty.
In addition to award-winning members from an array of backgrounds, the songs performed are almost exclusively original compositions with varying themes. The band writes intricate and dynamic arrangements filled with both vocal and instrumental harmony that creates an interestingly modern, complex, and varied sound while still adhering to the larger bluegrass genre. Colebrook Road is a standout string band.
Following the 2012 release of their eponymous first effort, the group released their sophomore album, “Halfway Between,” on May 7, 2016. Like their first, the album features all-original vocal and instrumental songs- ten studio tracks, plus a bonus live recording from their contest win at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival.
“This is a very promising, solid band deserving a wider hearing. When you hear them, you’ll be impressed!” – Ted Lehmann, Bluegrass Nation
“Colebrook Road won over the judges and the packed house with their strong, clean picking and blended bluegrass sound. They hit the groove from the get-go with Mark Rast kicking it off expertly on banjo. Smiles and nods galore when Joe McAnulty dropped in on the fiddle. People quickly realized these guys are good. The band knocked it out of the park with Halfway Between, an original that showcased Jesse Eisenbise’s singing, song-writing, and guitar-playing prowess along with their spot-on group harmonies. Each player broke it down and showed off their talents. Wade Yankey gave an impressive mandolin solo and Jeff Campbell kept solid time on the bass. All were skilled in their own right, and they played seamlessly as part of the greater good.” Jen Hughes, Bluegrass Today
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Wade and Jesse in September 2008- the first meeting that sparked the idea for Colebrook Road
The current lineup of Colebrook Road by the Susquehanna at Selinsgrove- January 2015