“By The Way is comprised of some of the best pickers from some of the best groups around,” said Will Nichols, producer of the free weekly show. “They’re also one of the favorites of the Jubilee — making their third appearance.”
Musicians from The Mercy River Band, The Bluegrass Travelers and the Liberty Boys, as well as a few select members unique to By The Way get together to form a band known for sweet harmony and musical prowess.
“As you would imagine, the members of By The Way vary somewhat from show to show,” said Nichols. “But a look at their recent CD release, ‘A Life Worth Living,’ gives a snapshot of the band.”
The CD features Ivan McNelly singing lead and baritone vocals along with Eric McNelly on guitar and singing lead and baritone vocals. Junior Peak carries lead and tenor vocals and Keith Greer plays the mandolin and shares lead vocals. Ronnie Richmond plays the banjo and Cullis Orr shares lead vocals and plays the harmonica.
Hannah McNelly plays fiddle and bass fiddle and Nathan McNelly sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. Riley Peak plays banjo and guitar and Morgan Greer sings lead vocals. Larry Guy plays dobro and Robert Garren Hall plays banjo. Danny Marshall plays upright bass and Chloe McNelly is featured on cello. Michael Summers plays bass fiddle and Michael Lee adds bass guitar
“There is no admission to the jubilee and the public is invited. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are event,” said Nichols. “And each week we give away some terrific door prizes. We pass the hat for the band and to help with expenses.”
Regulars on the jubilee include Southern Gospel singer Amy McAlister, singer-songwriter Elmer Bramlett, and the Cowboy Church Band and Chorale. Nichols is the announcer and a crowd favorite.
The Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is held at the Cleveland Cowboy Church in the Dockery Heights community between Blue Springs and Blackburn Roads. The address is 3040 Blythe Road, Cleveland TN 37323.