BOB LOVETT grew up singing gospel music with his family , and then later singing lead and learning harmonies with a southern gospel group , the desire to play guitar led to an opportunity to play bluegrass . Lonnie Hoppers , former bluegrass boy in Bill Monroe's band ,was a relative who agreed to teach Bob rhythm guitar . These lessons landed him the lead singer position in Lonnie's band "New Union " for 13 years and the opportunity to travel the country with top musicians playing festivals and other venues , highlighted by a trip to Australia in 2002 .

NED HORNER is a husband to his lovely wife Emily, and father to two wonderful children. Ned loves attending church and especially enjoys playing the doghouse bass and also the fiddle to Ozark's Gospel music, understanding that music and singing are critical to Christian faith and worship. Ned is a 5th grade teacher, and elementary music teacher in Springfield MO. Ned also plays Viola with the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, and is concertmaster for Ozark Festival Orchestra.

MICHAEL SMARTT is from La Vergne, Tennessee, and grew up in a musical family and began playing the fiddle at the age of 13. He has enjoyed success in the contest circuit and played on a variety stages from local churches to the 1996 Olympics, and eventually at the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Auditorium.  Music opportunities led to his travels in Europe, Puerto Rico, and many U.S. states. 

                   Meet the Band

BRIAN GRIM was born, raised and resides in Springfield MO., and comes from a family of musicians and music lovers. His Grampas  original Victorola and dozens of Hawaiian slide guitar records from the 1930's were his inspiration for playing the "Dobro" slide guitar. Brian has been the a live performer and recording session artist for several bands in the greater Ozarks area, including the Hosea Bilyeu Family and many others. Brian does much of the songwriting for the band as well as bass vocals.

ROGER MATTHEWS skill as a banjo player surfaced when he  won first place at the Malibu Mountain Bluegrass festival and was named California banjo champion .  Later ,playing with Radio Flyer , the group won the KFC emerging bluegrass  band of the year . While playing with "Midnight Flight winner of Silver Dollar City's single mic contest. 

Bob Lovett

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