Matt Leadbetter is one of the top dobro players on the circuit today. Being raised in a musical family he started playing at the early age of 8 years old. Growing up he would go out of town with his dad, dobro great Phil Leadbetter to watch him perform. Seeing his father play the dobro, Matt new that was the instrument for him.
Now with nearly 20 years playing and 14 years on the road, Matt has already accomplished many things in his career. He landed his first road gig in 2000 where he traveled with Lynwood Lunsford and the Misty Valley Boys. He spent a year with Lynwood and also recorded on the album "It's A Carolina Morning". In 2002, Matt took the gig with Blue Moon Rising and performed with them for nearly a year. Once Matt got out of school, he started performing with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. You can hear Matt's dobro and harmony work on two of Valerie's CD's entitled "That's What Love Can Do " along with the gospel album "Wash Away Your Troubles". Matt spent nearly 2-1/2 years with Liberty Pike before taking the job with the IBMA award winning group the Lonesome River Band.
Matt's playing along with his harmony vocals started getting recognized across the country by fans and some of the best artist in the business. You can hear Matt on the Lonesome River Bands IBMA nominated album "The Road With No End". At the end of 2007, Matt took the gig with Grammy Award winner Marty Raybon (former lead singer for Shenandoah). Matt spent nearly 3 years with Marty traveling across the U.S playing some of the biggest country/bluegrass festivals around. Matt also recorded dobro and harmony vocals on 2 of Marty's albums which were both nominated for awards.
“I am really looking forward to this journey with the Dale Ann Bradley Band. I have always been a big fan of her music over the years. Dale Ann has one of the most gifted voices as well as one of the best bands on the circuit so I am very honored to be a part of it.”
Scott Powers -
My love for music started at an early age, my family would always gather and sing and play. I first learned to play the guitar at 12 and as I grew older i wanted to learn more. I started playing the mandolin later on as my love for bluegrass grew stronger with a lot of influences.
I have traveled with several different bands and have had the chance to play with a lot of musical icons. When I'm not on the road you can find me in church where I love to play and sing about my Lord. I am very excited to climb aboard and be a part of the Dale Ann Bradley Band and I'm looking forward to the
Tim Dishman was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, Tim Dishman has family roots deeply planted in Alabama and West Virginia. He grew up playing drums and occasionally electric bass in his family’s Gospel band. He turned to Bluegrass at thirteen when he received his first guitar and his first Tony Rice album. He started his bluegrass career playing guitar with The Porter County Bluegrass Band. He later played electric bass with The Kenny Stone Unit.
When Tim met Special Consensus leader, Greg Cahill, he finally got an opportunity to show off his talents as an acoustic bass player and tenor singer. Tim became a member of Special Consensus in 1999 and traveled with the band through 2004, playing on both the “25th Year Anniversary” project as well as the award-winning “Route 10” album.
Tim also was guitar player and vocalist of the Tina Adair Band as well as bassist for Mark Newton & Steve Thomas. Tim’s most recent stint has been with the country super star, Alan Jackson. Tim played bass on the latest Alan Jackson “The Bluegrass Album” and plays a select number of dates with AJ when he does his bluegrass shows.
Tim is also a two-time nominee for Bass Player of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Jody King started his professional career with THE LOST AND FOUND in 1988. He recorded one album with them on Rebel Records and then later left to pursue a college degree. During that time, he formed the band REMINISCE with Ronnie Bowman, Alan Bibey, Mike Hartgrove, Garland Carter, and Kim Gardner. The band played several major festivals and the members had a great time before eventually all moving on to more established bands. Soon after the dispersion of REMINISCE, Jody helped form the band AFTER 5 with James Doncsecz, Greg Luck, Kim Gardner, and Alan Purdue. They recorded one album and were the 1995 SPBGMA International Band Competition Champions. Also in 1995, Jody recorded some banjo on 1995 IBMA Album Of The Year, Cold Virginia Night, by Ronnie Bowman.
In August of 1997 the remaining members of AFTER 5: Jody, James, and Kim decided to join forces with NEW VINTAGE members Russell Johnson and Earl Lewellyn. During their 3 year stay with NEW VINTAGE they recorded NEW VINTAGE’s final studio record for Pinecastle called Changing Times. In 1999, Jody also released his first solo project, Another Day, featuring such award winning artist as Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Kenny and Amanda Smith among others.
From 2004-2006 Jody was the band leader for Melonie Cannon, working closely with the legendary award winning Nashville producer Buddy Cannon. He was also the session leader for her Rural Rhythm Records album, “AND THE WHEELS TURN.”
When not on the road, he can be found building custom guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc; a skill he gained as an apprentice to Jimmy Edmonds. He also performs as a solo artist with his own band PALLET TOWN which includes his daughter Kayla on bass.