Dry Branch Fire Squad


The Dry Branch Fire Squad is and has been for nearly 40 years, Tom Boyd, Jeff Byrd, Adam McCintosh and Ron Thomason.

   For (almost 40) years Dry Branch Fire Squad has been one of bluegrass music's most popular bands, renowned for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang.  The (quartet) is positively adored for its droll, scampy stage shows, fueled by Ron Thomason's cornpone-and-hard-cider wit. On their irresistible Rounder concert CD, Live at the Newburyport Firehouse...his laconic monologues unfurl like long, laze serpents:  When they strike, it's with such suddenness and accuracy that they almost leave you too breathless to laugh.  Almost.  With a career spanning (nearly 40) years and a baker’s dozen albums, they have simultaneously preserved and expanded upon the bluegrass tradition. Musically, their starting point is a powerful, ruggedly soulful brand of classic bluegrass, which they enliven and reinvent using a wide ranging repertoire which encompasses vintage and contemporary sources.  Sue Ann Pearson--NBP Firehouse Concert Hall

 "There is no band in bluegrass or country music today that captures the soul of American music better than the Fire Squad." Keith Lawrence, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

One of the most important characteristics for any band is to have grounds of commonality.  These abound among the members of Dry Branch Fire Squad.  All of the guys in the band have strong work ethics, varied interests, close ties to their families, have had success in professional endeavors outside of the field of music, and bring nearly boundless energy and enthusiasm as well as a variety of musical experiences  to their efforts in doing the band’s work and to their respective performances.