“These boys are pickers that can really 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 four 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 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bluegrass Album Band and James King, Randy is a native of Pennsylvania and now resides in Welcome, NC, with his wife and twin daughters. Randy took up the mandolin later in life and was mentored by Marvin Tysinger.
Jon Essick (stand-up bass; tenor and lead 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. His daughter attends App. State while his son is a senior in high school. Jon and his fiancé , Julie Easter plan to marry in 2017.
At the young age of 17, Blake Lanning (banjo, lead vocals) of Reedy Creek, NC has quickly become known as one of the next great banjo players from the hotbed of Davidson County. Encouraged by his Grandpa Tommy Lanning, Blake took up the banjo at age 10 learning from Joe Jones and has finished in the top of the youth division at the Galax fiddler's convention every year he entered including a runner up and First place. Blake loves 4 part harmony and has begun singing with the group and is learning fast and holding his own with the group.
Jerry Tysinger (guitar, bass & baritone vocals) also toured with Jon in The Welcomaires and has earned a reputation for his steady rhythm guitar 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.