Fast Track is technically a new band – they’ve just released their debut, self-titled album from Engelhardt Music Group – but the members themselves should be familiar faces to most bluegrass fans. Formed from members of David Parmley’s Cardinal Tradition…Read more
“When we found out David was retiring, our first thought was that he deserved it and we were so happy for him. Our second thought? We aren't ready!!! And so....Fast Track was born. From our three advancing members, Dale Perry, Steve Day and Ron Spears, we were privileged enough to add two more veteran grassers to our band family, with Jesse Brock and Duane Sparks. Together we have created an incredible sound that we can't wait to share with all of you. We really enjoy playing music together and are focusing on original music arranged and performed in our own unique and traditional style. We look forward to seeing all of you on down the road and continuing to pick, grin and pick some more! Thank you so kindly for your support!!”
— Fast Track Band
MODERN TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS SUPER-GROUP
Fast Track is a band that formed following the retirement announcement of long time Cardinal Tradition band leader, David Parmley. Three of the four members decided to form the band and sought out to fill the remaining spots, mandolin and guitar, seeking instrumentalists who were also strong vocalists. Wow, did that ever work in their favor.
The five members of Fast Track are not only all highly decorated in awards from the IBMA and SPBGMA organizations, but are also veteran players on the Grand Ole Opry stage, across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Between all of the gentlemen, they have performed with, recorded on and participated in countless projects with bluegrass and country music royalty throughout their most impressive careers.
The Fast Track members are: Dale Perry (banjo, bass vocals), Steve Day (fiddle, vocals), Ron Spears (bass, vocals), Jesse Brock (mandolin, vocals), and Duane Sparks (guitar, vocals). The band has already compiled their list of music from favorite songwriters, as well as original music they have written, that they will be choosing from for a project set to begin recording immediately, with an EP to be released after the first of the year. That highly anticipated release can not come to soon according to the overwhelming support and encouragement the band has already received from their fans in the bluegrass community.
“Fast Track’s opening salvo shows that while it remains hard for traditionally based bluegrass bands to separate themselves from similarly focused groups, employing disciplined vocals, backed by deeply rooted accompaniment and solos can still create a signature sound that is recognizable while remaining traditional.” - Bluegrass Unlimited