One of the things that has always made Big Medicine such a fun band to be in is the infusion of classic, early Bluegrass sounds courtesy of Jim Collier. His guitar picking, singing, and mandolin playing are powerful additions to any band.
Jim has decided to devote more attention to his fantastic Bluegrass band, the Rye Mountain Boys, and pursue some of his other many interests and talents. We wager that he will spend more time in his shop that he calls the Banjo Spa, and we know that he will do his best to keep the instrument collecting citizens of the United States on their toes.
Jim is a good friend to us all, and while we will miss him on the road, we will still get the chance to play with him at fiddlers conventions and in the living room. We'll also be in the front row at RMB shows. You'll know when we are in the house, because we will be the ones applauding the longest and the loudest. And we aren't above shanghai-ing him for a fun job now and again. We wish him the best, because he is the best.
As for Big Medicine, we're going to play as a trio for a while, and see how that feels. It is still Big Medicine, just a slightly adjusted dose.
~Kenny Jackson, Bobb Head, and Joe Newberry
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