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.
The group has three full-length albums, a self-titled album released in 2012, 2016’s Halfway Between, and due out on May 3rd on Mountain Fever Records, On Time.
“While emphasizing their instrumental and vocal versatility, Colebrook Road insists on staying true to the spirit and sound of a bluegrass band.” -Ted Lehmann, IBMA nominated Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year, No Depression
“This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable albums from a young band that I’ve spun in nearly four decades of being a reviewer. This Harrisburg, PA outfit has a real synergy, both vocally and instrumentally, between its five talented and consistently complimentary members; an abundance of exciting original material; and a refreshing contemporary grass sound that stays very much in the traditional bluegrass mode.” -Richard D. Smith, author of Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass, Bluegrass Unlimited
“Colebrook Road embodies what bluegrass music is all about. A traditional spirit while bringing to life a new and revitalized energy. Their technical ability and vocal prowess is remarkable for a young band who have old souls.” -Phillip Chorney, Founder and Director, IBMA event of the year Charm City Bluegrass Festival
“Lyrically and musically well constructed, with haunting harmonies and great instrumental breaks by all members…Multiple band and solo bluegrass contest award winners…[they] are definitely a group to check out.” – Kathy Hicks Murray, Live Music News and Review
“Performers Colebrook Road proved their worth with self-penned beauties and creative covers of Billy Joel and Paul Simon. While fans expect—and get—exceptional entertainment from the ‘big guys,’ the surprises come from the younger artists who bring hunger, promise, varied influences, and incredible talent. Magical harmonies and songs inspired by Maya Angelou distinguish these new artists from the “pop” artists who rule the airwaves these days.” – Gene Knapp, Elmore Magazine
“Colebrook Road won over the judges and the packed house with their strong, clean picking and blended bluegrass sound.” – Jen Hughes, Bluegrass Today
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Wade and Jesse in September 2008- the first meeting that sparked the idea for Colebrook Road
Lead vocals & guitar
1st place Winner, 2014 Watermelon Park Fest mandolin contest, Berryville, VA
Fiddle & baritone vocals
1st place Winner, 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest, Westminster, MD
Banjo, dobro & bass vocals
1st place Winner, Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest, Telluride, CO
Upright bass & tenor vocals