“Like a band of Stretch Armstrongs, IIIrd Tyme Out’s penchant for wrapping their arms around songs well beyond bluegrass occupy much of their discography. From Ernest Tubb’s ‘Thanks A Lot’ to Sam Cooke’s ‘You Send Me,’ their 25+ years of bluegrass feature chances taken with creative flair attached.” ~ Tom Netherland, Bristol Herald Courier ~
“…it’s more than just longevity that gets Russell Moore’s name out front. The man is, to put it simply, one of the finest singers you’ll ever hear, and he makes it seem positively effortless.” ~ Jon Weisberger, The Nashville Scene ~
Bio: For over three decades, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been touring and releasing great, original bluegrass music. After spending some formative years as a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (and recording some legendary bluegrass music in the process), Russell Moore formed IIIrd Tyme Out in 1991, and bluegrass music hasn’t been the same since. IIIrd Tyme Out helped to usher in a new era of youthful, energetic bluegrass, and established a unique sound that has lasted well into the 21st century. Now, nearly three decades later, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are still one of the most in demand bluegrass bands on the circuit today.
The current 3TO lineup includes a mix bluegrass veterans and some of the music’s hottest young pickers. Wayne Benson has been a member of IIIrd Tyme Out for years, and has remained among the top mandolin players in bluegrass for over two decades. Keith McKinnon plays a mean five-string banjo, and Nathan Aldridge’s traditional fiddle style gets audiences on their feet. Colton Baker is the band’s newest member, playing bass and singing stellar harmony. The culmination of talent has made for one of the most exciting 3TO lineups to date.
Russell’s zeal and hunger for creating original bluegrass music is inspiring. “I’m loving what we’re doing. I’m so grateful that I get to go out here week in and week out and perform up to, not only other people’s’ expectations, but also to my expectations.”
IIIrd Tyme Out has been named IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven times, with Russell being the most-awarded male vocalist in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Awards (six awards and counting). After more than a quarter-century of fronting his own band, and having nothing left to prove to anyone regarding his band’s place among bluegrass’ elite, most folks would begin to coast and play it safe. Not Russell. He is as eager as ever to push his and his band’s limits. “I want to perform well. If I couldn’t do that I probably wouldn’t be out here running up and down the roads playing music because it’s that important to me.” He also (thankfully) shows no signs of slowing down. “I’m having the time of my life and am loving what I’m doing. I’ll keep on doing it as long as I’m physically able to produce what people want to hear and what satisfies me as well.”
Since 1991, IIIrd Tyme Out has been headlining bluegrass festivals and topping bluegrass charts. IIIrd Tyme Out hits including “Moundsville Pen,” “Erase The Miles,” “John and Mary,” “Raining In L.A.,” “I’m Leaving Detroit”, “The Best Durn Ride,” and “Lovin’ You, Goin’ Blind” are still staples on bluegrass radio. The band’s latest album, It’s About Tyme generated rave reviews from fans and critics alike, and produced a handful of chart-toppers, including “Brown County Red,” “I’m Leaving You and Fort Worth Too,” and “Cottontown.” Russell points to the new music from IIIrd Tyme Out among his among his favorite in the band’s illustrious history. “We’ve just grown as a band and individually. We’ve matured over the years.”
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have helped write bluegrass history for going on thirty years, but they’re not stuck in the past. As a band, they’re looking ahead to the future, while still maintaining their position as leaders in bluegrass today. “We’re thrity-two years into it, and we’re just as ready to hit the road and play the music as we were our first day out on the road in 1991.”
Learn more about Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at www.iiirdtymeout.com.