The Farm Hands

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Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, The Farm Hands, Bluegrass, Songwriters, SMSWF, Gatlinburg, TNThe Farm Hands are one of the most exciting and talked about bands in Bluegrass Music. At the 2016 Bluegrass Music Awards, the Farm Hands were named for a second consecutive year bluegrass music’s Gospel Band of the Year as well as being named Vocal Group of the Year. This followed up an incredible 2015 when they received one of the industry’s highest honors-Entertainer of the Year. Since their inception in 2010, they have received over 40 awards and nominations including 2014’s Album of The Year. Their YouTube videos, Facebook, and Twitter pages have thousands of followers.  Their monthly newsletter is a regular feature in ‘Bluegrass Unlimited’, the bluegrass industry’s top publication. They are one of the busiest touring bands in bluegrass, performing over 150 dates per year.

In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves became the newest inductee into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famous Grand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Red Line guitar and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 11 times and the last 8 years in a row.

Gospel music icon Bill Gaither calls Farm Hand’s bass player Daryl Mosley “a poet-and we don’t have many poets left.” As a multi-award winning songwriter, Daryl has written songs featured on ‘American Idol’, ‘The View’ and “True Hollywood Story’, and has several #1 songs to his credit, including the southern gospel classic, ‘(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All.  Daryl is a four time nominee as bluegrass music’s Male Vocalist of the Year and in 2016 was named Songwriter of the Year.

Two time Guitar Player of the Year nominee Keith Tew has toured with his band High Strung, Vassar Clements of the Grateful Dead, Rock County, and performed on the Grand Ole’ Opry as a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band.  Keith is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter who has written songs recorded by many artists including Mountain Heart and Lou Reid and Carolina. The Lonesome River Band’s recording of Keith’s song, ‘Am I A Fool’ was named Song of the Year a few years back.

Although Bennie Boling is a multi-instrumentalist, most of his time with the Farm Hands is spent on the banjo. His tremendous talent has been recognized by the bluegrass industry by nominating Bennie as  Banjo Player of the Year the past three years in a row. Bennie, who sings bass in the Quartet, is also a talented and successful songwriter, having written songs recorded by country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, Jeanie Seeley and many others.