Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier will perform at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the Bluegrass on Broad concert series in downtown Kingsport. imbo Whaley photo.
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Born and raised in the Great Smokey Mountains, Jimbo Whaley grew up around music, but never dreamed that he would become a musician himself.
Whaley and his band Greenbrier will bring their unique style of bluegrass to downtown Kingsport for Friday night’s Bluegrass on Broad concert. Show time is 7 p.m. at the corner of Broad and Market streets.
While working at a hotel in Pigeon Forge, Whaley, along with Kipper Stitt and Mike Gwinn, volunteered to play music and represent Pigeon Forge at a trade show. Having little professional training, the trio was taken aback when their music was a hit.
“It just took off for us,” Whaley said. “We started a band called Pine Mountain Railroad and we began touring all over the count r y. ”
Although Pine Mountain Railroad basically began from nothing , the group definitely claimed their spot in bluegrass music. The band was an “Emerging Artist of the Year” nominee by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
When touring ended, Whaley decided that he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family, but still play music.
“When I came off the road and left Pine Mountain Railroad, we wanted to keep playing, but just more local and regional shows rather than all over the country,” he said.
Whaley picked up Roger Helton and Scott Carris and they created the band Greenbrier, which began playing local shows. After Stitt was finished on the road, Whaley recruited him as well. Surrounded by great friends, Whaley and the members of Greenbrier are content with playing only local shows and remaining close to their families.
“Everyone wants to play music and they want to stay at home with their family at the same