|Gary Ruley & Mule Train Pull Into VMI Parade Grounds July 3rd|
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and flat footing shoes to the VMI Parade Grounds on July 3rd for Lexington Sunrise Rotaryâ€™s annual festivities that includes an acoustic performance this year by Gary Ruley & Mule Train starting at 6 p.m. - a musical treat that you will not want to miss. As the 2010 winner of the Chamber of Commerce â€śGroup Arts/Entertainer of the Yearâ€ť award, Gary Ruley & Mule Train formulates a bluegrass, new grass and roots music ensemble, connecting generations of yesterday and today with inventive sounds of powerful acoustic music.
Ruley started honing his musical skills at a young age and has engaged in countless performances across the country. He has successfully released five CDs and has performed with internationally acclaimed rock violinist Ann Marie Calhoun and flat-picking guitar master/songwriter Larry Keel. Calhoun has played with Jethro Tull, Ringo Starr, Steve Vai and Dave Matthews. Ruley has also shared the stage with bluegrass legends Tony Rice, Vassar Clements and Mac Wiseman, to name a few.
For this show, Ruleyâ€™s acclaimed band members and guests include Danny Knicely (mandolin, fiddle), Will Lee (banjo), Shannon Wheeler (fiddle) and David Knicely (bass).
Danny Knicely is a fourth generation multi-instrumentalist from a Virginia family steeped in music. With years of experience as a professional musician touring worldwide, he has won many awards on mandolin, guitar and fiddle. He has recorded with McGraw Gap, Larry Keel, Corn Tornado and Purgatory Mountain, performing in such venues as Merlefest, Telluride, Floyd Fest, Birchmere, the Fillmore, and House of Blues, Louisiana.
Will Lee, founding member of the acclaimed McGraw Gap bluegrass band, Will has also toured extensively with Walkers Run, Larry Keel and Ruley. Following in his fatherâ€™s footsteps, Will's father, Ricky Lee, played with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
Shannon Wheeler of Thaxton, Virginia, does the fiddle work. Having performed professionally with The Deer Creek Boys and The Churchmen, Shannon steadfastly performs in the Bill Monroe-style and adds a good blend of musical talent to the Mule Train.
Rounding out the group is David Knicely, Danny's brother, providing the solid acoustic bass work to thread together this dynamic group. He also has many years experience in performing and touring with McGraw Gap.
Gary Ruley & Mule Train are sure to provide the right amount of vocal expressiveness with hot licks to spare. Ruley performs a limited number of public shows, many of which are to sell-out crowds. So, be sure to mark your calendar for this not-to-be-missed performance at VMI on July 3rd at 6 p.m.