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Dry Branch Fire Squad

Dry Branch Fire Squad was a modern bluegrass band dedicated to bluegrass, old-timey, and Southern gospel music traditions. Mandolin player and comedian Ron Thomason founded the Fire Squad in 1976. The earliest incarnation the group included guitarist John Baker, banjo player Robert Leach, and bass player John Carpenter. Two years later, Mary Jo Leet became the group's vocalist. The group released a series of independent releases before signing with Rounder in 1978; they would stay with the venerable roots label for the rest of their career.

The Fire Squad continued to release albums on Rounder throughout the 1980s; standouts included Good Neighbours & Friends (1985) and the gospel-flavored Golgotha from a year later. By 1996's Live! At Last, the group included Thomason, guitarist Adam McIntosh, and banjoist Dan Russell; Mary Jo Leet was joined by her husband, Charlie, on harmonies and acoustic bass. The live album displayed the Fire Squad's penchant not only for traditional bluegrass and other Americana styles, but uproarious comedy as well. Memories That Bless & Burn appeared in 1999. The record mixed older material with new, and featured vocalist Suzanne Thomas. The band followed with 2001's Hand Hewn, and continued to be a favorite on the bluegrass and folk festival circuit. A second live album, the double disc Live at the Newburyport Firehouse, was released on Rounder in 2005. In 2007 Rounder released Thirtieth Anniversary Special, a retrospective that included four new tracks, followed by the all new Echoes of the Mountains in 2009. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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Very great down home gospel

Music!
You'd think they could get his name right.
estoner49
I remember seeing them at the Birchmere several years after seeing them in '84 or '85 at The Riverdale Pizza Pub in MD!
The man's name is THOMASON!!
The posted bio needs some serious editing. Reads like they are no longer a group. See http://www.d r y b r a n c h f i r e s q u a d . c o m / p e r f o r m a n c e _ s c h e d u l e . a s p for 2012 schedule.
jolywo
Ron Thomason was my high school English teacher in the early 80's. Loved it when he brought in his mandolin and played for us. Fabulous teacher and musician.
Lineup for the last 6 years or so has been Ron Thomason on lead vocals, guitar & mandolin; Tom Boyd on dobro, banjo & harmony vocals; Dan Russell on bass & harmony vocals; & Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin & harmony vocals. Still going strong!
lmhaley6
Ron's last name is THOMASON!
phunt513
I saw them several times at the Birchmere - they are hoot. Great band and Ron is a genuine county wit - making fun of himself and us. Still have his book "Lonesome As A Car Up On Blocks".
CalSag1
mighty fine job fellers
aaaune
One of the best bands I've ever seen. Ron Thomason is one of the funniest people I've seen and tells great stories between songs. You should correct the spelling of his name.
jolywo
Yep, the name is Thomason. I remember. He was my freshman English teacher. As he would say, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, it is spelled Thomason."
wouldn't be greyfox without 'em!
syrups9907
As of 05-30-10 the name is still misspelled.
You have the name wrong for Ron Thomason, not Homason.
lmhaley6
I would like to reiterate the comment below that the lead man's name is THOMASON, not Homason. I just saw them last weekend (July 2009)and they are defintely still performing, although some of the members have changed since your review. Please correct the name so that you will not be passing along incorrect information. His name is misspelled on the artist page; however, it is spelled correctly on album pages.
rlove36
RD Says
Drybranch fire squad are the greatest.
The front man's name is Thomason, not Homason. As far as I know the band is still extant (I saw them in 2007) so the review shouldn't be in past tense.
amazing truly amazing. If you play at all you get it

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