Ted Lambert is the musical director of bluegrassbackingtracks.com
from song selection to arrangement to artistry. Ted's incredible style is heard in his playing rhythm and acoustic guitar on an American Acoustech Guitar from Stutzman's Guitar Center built by Dave Stutzman and Tom Lockwood. Ted plays his flatiron A-5 mandolin and Gibson Granada 5-string banjo for bluegrass in its truest form. Ted has been on the bluegrass musical scene for 35 years as a bluegrass musician. He is the founding member of Creekbend and member of Lost Time, Lee Ron Zydeco and the Hot Tamales and the Lambert family band. He has previously performed with John Rossbach and Chestnut Grove and has been a versatile multi-instrumental session player on numerous recordings. Ted has over 25 years of promoting bluegrass concerts with over 150 shows including Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson, the Country Gentlemen, IIIrd Time Out, Larry Sparks, Bluegrass Cardinals, and Del McCrory. Ted has hosted weekend banjo camps with Pete Wernick and Tony Trishka and guitar camps with Dan Crary and David Grier. Ted has had the privilege to open for Ralph Stanley, Crystal Gayle, Willie Nelson, The Band, Charlie Daniels, and Diamond Rio. Ted hopes that this project will be a powerful tool to promote and encourage bluegrass musicians to learn and play with an experienced bluegrass ensemble.
Justin Lambert is the principle bass player on the Bluegrass Backing Tracks. He has played bass for the last three years in the regional band Lost Time. He has been part of the host bands for the Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival since its inception. Justin has played as an opener for the Buffalo Bluegrass Concert series with the Lambert Family band and had the opportunity to open for Ralph Stanley at Hamilton College. Justin's solid timing and rhythm are an integral part of Lost Time. He is expanding his bluegrass career by working on his bass singing and writing music while getting ready to attend Canisius College in the Fall.
Chad Darou has been playing bluegrass music since the ripe old age of 8. He was trained both classically and learned by playing with several bands. He is the 2008 national banjo champion. Chad has been a teacher of bluegrass music for close to 15 years now, working mainly in Watertown, NY. He has also hosted dobro workshops at some of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the USA. Chad has played banjo, dobro, or mandolin on stage and in the studio with such greats as Bill Keith, Bill Harrell, Frank Wakefield, Gibson Brothers, Del Reeves, Bill Anderson, Heather Berry-Mabe, Travers Chandler, and the Abrams Brothers.
Born and raised in Lackawanna, NY (a steel mill town, south of Buffalo), Mark began playing harmonica at age eight. He played songs on his Marine Band that he'd heard on local radio by ear, the way his dad taught him to. He began playing five string banjo at 15 and soon after that formed a local bluegrass group with his brother, Chris called, the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. When high school finished, he decided to make music his career by pursuing a degree in Music Education with piano as his primary instrument. After graduation with his BA in Music, he went to work for Young Audiences of Western New York doing school concerts. In college, he began playing chromatic harmonica and added sight-reading music to his harmonica skills. His first Dobro was bought in the early 80's and he soon joined Creek Bend as their Dobro player. He still plays with them and they have two CD's available on the Copper Creek record label from Roanoke, VA Mark has played on various recording projects for other artists, has a internationally known Dobro instructional DVD published on the Murphy Method website and has a new book on jamming for Dobro players on Mel Bay Publications. Mark teaches Dobro every summer at the Augusta Heritage Workshops during Bluegrass Week in Elkins West Virginia. This year he is teaching with Rob Ickes.
Reid began playing the fiddle when he was four years old. At 22 years old, he has been playing
music for 18 years, and has more recently picked up the mandolin. He has been the Montana
State Junior-Junior Fiddle Champion twice and the Junior Champion once. Reid also took top
honors in 2006, 2007, and 2009 as the Wyoming State Mandolin Champion. He is a recent
graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester, but enjoys
playing bluegrass as often as possible.
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