“Fantastic traditional Bluegrass is the fare as Fox Mountain Express blends three and four-part harmonies to create a beautifully unique sound,” said Will Nichols, producer of the weekly music event. “This is their second appearance on the Jubilee.”
The band was co-founded in 1977 by Georgia Country Music Association Hall of Fame inductee Mike Castleberry and his wife, Inez Pinion Castleberry, eldest daughter of the late legendary Bluegrass artist "Boxcar" Pinion, and traveled extensively throughout the Southeast for 25 years.
“Mike started playing guitar at 9 and studied under Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Blake,” said Nichols. “Inez began playing upright bass at age 18 and sings lead vocals.”
Trading off on lead vocals, singing harmony and also playing guitar is Ruth Pinion Hicks. Sister to Inez, Ruth began playing guitar at the age of 11 and has written and composed several songs. She has been playing with Fox Mountain Express for 20 years.
On banjo is Kevin Shrader of Flat Rock, Ala. Kevin plays with the Dade County Boys and has won several state and local banjo competitions.
Regulars on the Jubilee include award-winning singer-songwriter Elmer Bramlett, Danny O’Boyle, Emily Varnell, and the Cowboy Church Band and Chorale. Nichols, known as "The Gospel Gun" is the announcer and a crowd favorite.
“There is no admission to the Jubilee and everyone is welcome. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are event,” continued Nichols. “And each week we give away some terrific door prizes. We are located between Blackburn Road and Blue Springs Road in the Dockery Heights subdivision.”