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MOUNTAIN SMOKE: Bio

Forty years of music, spanning four decades, and the sound is as fresh now as when they began. Mountain Smoke is original, unpredictable, and their audiences are as varied as the music they will encounter. Built with elements of country and folk, the power of newgrass, and the sweet flow of mountain ballads, the music is timeless. As songwriters and musicians, they remain on the leading edge of acoustic music.

Mountain Smoke has been twice selected "Oklahoma's Favorite Band" by the reader's poll in the 'Daily Oklahoman', and "Oklahoma's Best Country Band" by the 'Oklahoma Gazette' Music Awards. Playing a mixture of their original songs, and music they have adapted to their unique style, Mountain Smoke will take you on a musical journey. With a smile, they will tell you, “We have played at the White House in Washington D.C., in the Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma and most everywhere in between.”

In addition to performing at The White House and for Presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and every Oklahoma Governor since 1973, the band's list of performance credits reads like a who’s who in bluegrass and country music. Appearing with Alabama, Asleep At The Wheel, Hoyt Axton, The Bellamy Brothers, Blood Sweat & Tears, Jimmy Buffett, Roy Clark, Vassar Clements, Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen, Charlie Daniels, Elvin Bishop, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Chris Hillman, Willie Nelson, New Grass Revival, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gary P. Nunn, Pure Prairie League, Leon Redbone, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, George Strait, Shoji Tabuchi, Three Dog Night, Mel Tillis, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams, Jr., and of course, the history making “KISS” concert.

The latest Mountain Smoke CD, "Roads Well Traveled" is available from CD Baby.com or direct from this website. Other recording credits include the theme song "Another Dusty Road" for the motion picture "Savannah Smiles", CD's "Bluegrass Hop", "Sing and Dance Again" and two record LP's, "On Blue Ridge" (featuring Vince Gill) and "Lettin' It Slip Away". Both early Lp's are now digitally re-mastered and available on one CD!



Mountain Smoke is Billy Perry (banjo, mandolin, guitar, and vocals), Tom Bergman (guitar, banjo, and vocals), Kenny Davis (resonator and pedal steel), Rich Dimonico drums and percussion), Gary Howe (fiddle and mandolin),Roger Mashore (bass, guitar and vocals), and Hal Clifford (guitar and vocals).

The group is also known for launching the musical careers of Vince Gill ,and David Coe (with Michael Martin Murphy).