About Us

Who We Are

After singing in the Southern Gospel group, The Welcomaires, cousins Jon Essick (Banjo-Bass 2002-present) & Jerry Tysinger (Guitar 2002-present) joined with Jon’s sister Amy (vocals 2002-2006) and her husband Randy Dally (mandolin 2002-present) along with another cousin Freddie Craver (guitar 2002-2006) to form a family bluegrass group. Shortly thereafter, a bass player named Sid Curry (upright bass 2002-2006) joined the band. Sid’s testimony spawned the name of the group, Second Chance Bluegrass. Sid had played bluegrass on the radio in the ’50s and had just survived a near-death experience during a routine gall bladder procedure. Sid said, “You folks gave me a second chance at playing bluegrass and the Lord gave me a second chance at life to tell as many people as I can about Jesus.” Sid gave his testimony each and every night about his experience until he had to leave the band to care for his wife. Sid would later come back and record a recitation for each of the first 2 CDs for the group.

In 2005, Randy Shumaker (banjo- guitar-dobro 2005-2016) joined the band and brought a strong lead vocal to the group. Randy’s vocals coupled with Jerry, Randy D, and Jon to form a new sound that became recognizable as Second Chance Bluegrass. Tom Hyatt (banjo 2007-2010) joined the band in 2007 on banjo and Jon moved to the upright bass and Randy to the guitar. Now the group was ready to record. Randy Shumaker had written a song about his battle with cancer named Bend in the Road and it became the title track to the first project. The group now had a ministry going and sang in 67 churches and venues that year alone. Tom Hyatt moved to Kentucky and after a few months Greg Pettigrew (banjo 2010-2014) from Monroe, NC took over the banjo and the group’s ministry continued to grow. After Greg had to leave the road, Terry Martin (2014-2014) played banjo for a little while until his health wouldn’t allow him to continue. A 17-year-old banjo player from Reedy Creek, NC stepped in and took the banjo role and still holds it today. During 2014 the group recorded It’s About Time, which included the banjo work of Greg, Terry, and Blake.Back in 2007, Randy Shumaker had been diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live. Randy ended up living for 9 years before a blood disease finally overtook him in 2016. Randy was an inspiration to Second Chance as well as many people with his songs and testimony. Although this was a difficult time for the band, they remembered his last request for the group to continue sharing the gospel and “keep on singing”. In 2019, the band released the long-awaited self-titled album Second Chance Bluegrass. They continue their mission together to share both their love for Bluegrass and their love for Jesus with everyone and everywhere they have the opportunity to perform.

Second Chance Bluegrass is a Bluegrass Gospel group committed to sharing the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.

If you like soaring harmonies, exceptional musicianship and encouraging ministry and testimony you’ll like us!  This is not your grandparent’s bluegrass group.  We are energetic and youthful yet passionate about the traditions of our music.  If you enjoy the driving sounds of traditional bluegrass with all the dynamic harmonies and style of today’s sounds, you’ll love Second Chance Bluegrass and the unique presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music we present!

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Jon Essick

Jon Essick is no stranger to bluegrass. At the ripe age of 5, while living in Welcome, NC, Jon fell in love with singing. It didn’t take long for him to learn to clog. Even in elementary school, Jon would compete at fiddler’s conventions showing the world his love and talent for bluegrass. Jon joined The Welcomaires as a tenor in 1991, and it was there that he fell in love with harmony. As a founding member of Second Chance, Jon began by playing the banjo, but in 2007 he moved to the bass. Now Jon continues to show the world his love for bluegrass while remembering talents such as Russell Moore and Doyle Lawson for their influence on his musical style.

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Jerry Tysinger

Jerry Tysinger is one of the founding members of Second Chance, but his bluegrass story began long before Second Chance was a thought. Inspired at an early age by Mike Riddle and the Primitive Quartet, Jerry followed in his father’s footsteps and began a journey in gospel music. Jerry’s guitar and bass singing joined the Welcomaires in 1994, and he has been playing guitar and singing bass for audiences all over ever since.

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Randy Dally

Hailing from a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, Randy Dally’s love for music began as a teenager. Randy started playing guitar while listening to rock, rhythm, and blues. The driving chop of Bill Monroe’s mandolin grabbed his attention in his twenties and never let go. One year, Randy’s wife gave him a mandolin for Christmas. From then on, he began to teach himself how to play the mandolin while studying the styles of Wayne Benson and Doyle Lawson. In 2002, Randy, along with his bandmates, formed Second Chance and has been with them ever since.

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Blake Lanning

Blake Lanning is the newest, and youngest, member of Second Chance. Blake joined the seasoned band in 2015 at the age of 17. Blake’s skill as a bluegrass musician has proved to be well beyond his years. He wields an award-winning, no-nonsense, driving banjo that draws the audience in. Combined with his smooth lead vocals, Blake was clearly created for bluegrass. He grew up in Reedy Creek, NC listening to the likes of Terry Baucom and Doyle Lawson, and now enjoys influencing others as a member of Second Chance.

1

Jon Essick

Jon Essick is no stranger to bluegrass. At the ripe age of 5, while living in Welcome, NC, Jon fell in love with singing, and it didn’t take long for him to learn to clog. Even in elementary school, Jon would compete at fiddler’s conventions showing the world his love and talent for bluegrass. Jon joined The Welcomaires as a tenor in 1991, and it was there that he fell in love with harmony. As a founding member of Second Chance, Jon began by playing the banjo, but in 2007 he moved to the bass. Now Jon continues to show the world his love for bluegrass, while remembering talents such as Russell Moore and Doyle Lawson for their influence on his musical style.

2

Jerry Tysinger

Jerry Tysinger is one of the founding members of Second Chance, but his bluegrass story began long before Second Chance was a thought. Inspired at an early age by Mike Riddle and the Primitive Quartet, Jerry followed in his father’s footsteps and began a journey in gospel music. Jerry’s guitar and bass singing joined the Welcomaires in 1994, and he has been playing guitar and singing bass for audiences all over ever since.

3

Randy Dally

Hailing from a small town in southwestern Pennsylvania, Randy Dally’s love for music began as a teenager. Randy started playing guitar while listening to rock, rhythm and blues, but the driving chop of Bill Monroe’s mandolin grabbed him in his twenties and never let go. One year, Randy’s wife gave him a mandolin for Christmas. From then on, he began to teach himself how to play the mandolin while studying the styles of Wayne Benson and Doyle Lawson. In 2002, Randy, along with his bandmates, formed Second Chance and has been with them every day since.

4

Blake Lanning

Blake Lanning is the newest, and youngest, member of Second Chance, who joined the seasoned band in 2015 at the age of 17. However, Blake’s skill as a bluegrass musician is well beyond his years. He wields an award winning, no nonsense, driving banjo that draws the audience in. Combined with his smooth lead vocals, Blake was clearly created for bluegrass. He grew up in Reedy Creek, NC listening to the likes of Terry Baucom and Doyle Lawson, and now enjoys influencing others as a member of Second Chance.