James "Barry" Waldrep (born November 18, 1962) is an American Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. Main instruments played are acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo.
Waldrep and Rick Carter, Telluride's guitarist formed the bluegrass/jam band Rollin' in the Hay in July 1993, with Stan Foster joining in 1994 after several bass players coming and going the first year. The band was based in Birmingham, Alabama, and formed as a side project. After 5 years of playing weeknights with Hay and weekends with Telluride, Rollin' In The Hay became a full-time band touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May of 2009. Rollin' in the Hay produced 7 CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.
During this time, Waldrep recorded 21 bluegrass tribute albums with CMH Records in Los Angeles for such artists as Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Phish, R.E.M., Tim McGraw, The Allman Brothers, Neil Diamond and others. He was also featured on the CD Masterworks of American Bluegrass also produced by CMH Records. At this point, Waldrep started recording solo records and doing studio sessions with other artists.
Zac Brown invited Waldrep to join him on his Breaking Southern Ground Tour, he did from September 2009 through September 2010. Waldrep is featured on the Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar CD/DVD, along with Kid Rock and Little Big Town. During this time he met the husband and wife country duo Joey + Rory. He did a tour with them during the Zac Brown Tour, and in some cases, they all toured together. In addition, Waldrep played the Grand Ole' Opry several times and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which was the previous home of the Grand Ole' Opry.
In January 2013, after landing a record deal with Singular Records in San Francisco, California, Waldrep began the Smoke From the Kitchen sessions, which is a bluegrass banjo/southern rock project.
Origin: Randolph County Alabama,
Genres: Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana, Southern Rock,
Years Active: 1969 - Present,
Labels: CMH Records, Singular Records, Delta Grass Records,
Associated Acts: Zac Brown Band, Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Blackberry Smoke, Joey & Rory, Randy Travis,
Smoke from the Kitchen lineup:
The lineup on Smoke from the Kitchen includes:
Bass: Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) Drums: Paul Riddle (The Marshall Tucker Band) Hammond: Coy Bowles (The Zac Brown Band) Guitar: Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) Guitar: Benji Shanks (Captain Soularcat/Last Waltz Ensemble) Mandolin: David Grisman (Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan) Keyboards: Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band and Rolling Stones) Vocals: Paris Luna With Aaron Trubic
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