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Second Chance Bluegrass: Bio

“These boys are pickers that can actually sing!” is how one fan enthusiastically described Second Chance Bluegrass after recently hearing them on tour. Although the group members do not necessarily subscribe to the belief that a musician has to fall into the “either/or” category of a picker or a singer, the guys sure appreciated the compliment… 2CB (short for 2nd Chance Bluegrass – get it?) is comprised of five musically versatile artists that are quickly earning a reputation on the regional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel circuit for delighting audiences with their intricate, all-male harmonies, while their high-energy, acoustical music polish is pleasing even the most puritanical of bluegrass critics. Forging their name from a scripture found in 1 John 1:9 that states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” Second Chance Bluegrass is committed to serving God, whom they feel has given them a second chance in life through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Armed with this verse and living this mission, 2CB is pickin’ and singin’ a message of what they simply describe as, “bluegrass blessing” to a diverse fan base of music lovers that spans the entire south east. Randy Dally (mandolin, guitar; lead & harmony vocals) is an accomplished mandolin player with rich vocals that gives 2CB an unmistakable sound. Inspired by such artists as….., Randy is a native of Pennsylvania and now resides in Welcome, NC, with his wife and three daughters. Jon Essick (stand-up bass; tenor vocals) is a veteran vocalist and musician, currently serving as the Praise and Worship leader at his home church in Welcome, NC. Jon toured the southern gospel circuit extensively with The Welcomaires during the 1990’s and made the transition to high bluegrass tenor singing in 2002 with 2CB while playing the bass. Greg Pettigrew (banjo) has quickly become known for a driving banjo style and an uncanny ability to get it right all the time. Inspired at age nine by Larry McNeely on a Glen Campbell show, Greg has studied with and drawn from heroes like Earl Scruggs, JD Crowe, Sonny Osborne, and mentor Steve Dilling. Greg lives in Monroe, NC with his wife and has two daughters who both attend UNCW. Randy Shumaker (guitar, dobro; lead & harmony vocals) provides the majority of lead vocals for the group. Having toured with such southern gospel artists as The Faithful Servants and The Sounds of Joy in the 1990’s, Randy now lends his voice and songwriting talents. Randy penned the title cut of 2CB’s debut album, “Bend in the Road” after a life-changing bout with lymphoma in January of 2008. As of September 2010, Randy was officially declared in remission from his cancer and lives in Welcome, NC, with his wife and has two children. Jerry Tysinger (guitar, bass & baritone vocals) also toured with The Welcomaires and has earned a reputation for his unique guitar accompaniment style and solid bass and baritone vocals. Jerry picked up the guitar at age 7 and has been playing ever since. Jerry lives in Welcome, NC, with his wife and two daughters.