Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome is a recently formed band that consists of Jeff Brown, Austin Brown, Kyle Murphy, Nick Goad and Mitch Walker.
Jeff began playing at the very young age of nine. He and his brother formed the Richlands Bluegrass Boys performing at festivals, fairs, Churches, family reunions etc. In 1993, Jeff started to work for the legendary Larry Sparks as bass player and tenor singer. Jeff worked as a Lonesome Rambler from 1993 to 1996. He continued to play various dates and recording projects until forming Still Lonesome. Jeff has performed on many famous stages such as: the Grand Ole Opry at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee, along with the television shows Austin City Limits in Austin Texas and Song of the Mountains on PBS. One notable, while performing with Sparks at the Carter Fold in Hiltons Virginia, Jeff was ask to play bass for Johnny Cash along with his wife June Carter Cash. Jeff currently serves as Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Richlands Freedom Festival. Jeff served as the director of the Traditional Music Program at Southwest Virginia Community College. Jeff also served as Coordinator and Co-Chair for the Virginia Mountain Music Festival and the Mountain Music Jamboree. Jeff serves on the musician’s board with The Crooked Road. Jeff also toured with The Charlie Sizemore Band and has pulled fill in duties with the band Blue Highway and Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Jesse McReynolds and many more. Jeff is looking forward to his next chapter in Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music.
Austin Brown now 17 years old has been playing guitar and bass since the age 3. He is currently in the 10th grade. In addition to music, he enjoys football and fishing. Austin’s music influences are Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Wyatt Rice, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, Barry Bales, D. Sparks, Mike Bub and many others.
Kyle Murphy is very talented fiddle player, mandolin player and song writer originally from Culver City, CA He grew up around bluegrass music, playing with his dad and sister in The Murphy Family Band from a very young age. Since then he has gone on to play with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band and recently completed a tour of Japan with the group.
Nick Goad is from Stuart Virginia. Now 20 years old, he began playing guitar when he was 9 and mandolin at the age of 12. He has earned numerous trophies at a very young age including Best All Around Performer and 1st Place in Mandolin at Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention. He is currently studying business administration. Musical influences include Chris Thile, Adam Steffey and Sierra Hull to name a few. Nick states that he is looking forward to his future in the music industry.
Mitch Walker from Raleigh, North Carolina is currently a student at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is presently working on two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Bluegrass and the other in Economics. Mitch has been playing banjo since he was 13. He grew up in a musical family with both his grandfather and uncle both playing bluegrass music. Mitch took lessons from long-time IIIrd Tyme Out's former banjoist, Steve Dilling. Steve left an impression and he discovered how much he wanted to play bluegrass. Mitch spent some time touring with The James King Band and most recently with Audie Blaylock and Redline.