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Studio Guests on Friday's Highway  


David Mansfield


At 18, David Mansfield joined Bob Dylan’s band for a four year stint, recording 3 Dylan albums along the way (for which he was awarded Gold albums for “Desire” and “Hard Rain”). From that impressive start, David has gone on to become one of the most widely admired and sought-after composers, producers, and musicians in music and film. He was a founding member of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, and was awarded a platinum album and a Grammy Award for “The Way It Is.” In addition, he is an award-winning film and television composer with many major scoring credits (e.g. “Heaven’s Gate”). The list of artists with whom he has worked is stunning and too extensive to list in full, but a few notable names include: Lindsey Buckingham, Bonnie Bramlett, T-Bone Burnett, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roseann Cash, Bruce Cockburn, Marc Cohn, Shawn Colvin, Jim Croce, Robbie Robertson, Jakob Dylan, Steve Earle, Richie Furay, Jerry Garcia, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Chris Hillman, Bruce Hornsby, Bernie Leadon, Roger McGuinn, John Mellencamp, Michael Nesmith, Herb Pedersen, Bonnie Raitt, Justin Timberlake, and Ringo Star. David is a multi-instrumentalist and, on Friday’s Highway, shared his talents on acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel, dobro, violin and mandolin.

Byron House


Byron House is a “first call” bass player working out of Nashville, Tennessee.  He has been described by Sam Bush as the “first choice for upright bass . . . who also plays electric and fretless bass" all of which Byron played on  Friday’s Highway.  Often described as versatile, tasteful, unique, spontaneous and musical, Byron has played with Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jorma Kaukonen, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Buddy Miller, Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek, and many others.  He was honored with a Grammy nomination in 2005 for his work on Mark O’Connor’s 30-year restrospective.  From 2010-2011, Byron was a member of legendary Led Zeppelin vocalist’s, Robert Plant’s, Band of Joy, and recorded the album “Band of Joy” which placed 8th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.

Phil Madeira


Phil Madeira is a highly regarded Nashville-based musician, singer, songwriter and producer whose one-of-a-kind talent has resulted in extended stints with Emmylou Harris’s back-up band, The Red Dirt Boys, Buddy Miller, and the Phil Keaggy Band. In addition, Phil has served as a session musician or songwriter for Alison Krauss, Mat Kearney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buddy Miller, Garth Brooks, The Civil Wars, Julie Miller, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby and many others. He has appeared in concert with Buddy Miller, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, Boz Scaggs, and Patty Griffin to name a few. Another multi-instrumentalist, Phil plays electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, dobro, piano, harmonica, and percussion, most of which are featured on Friday’s Highway. Phil also coproduced Friday’s Highway with Lowell.


Photo credit : Robyn Taylor


Vince Gill


Vince Gill’s guitar and vocals grace more than 400 albums in addition to his own. He has sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammy Awards (the most of any Country artist), won 18 Country Music Association Awards, and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From early collaborations with Ricky Skaggs, Pure Prairie League, and Rodney Crowell’s back-up band, the Cherry Bombs, Vince has gone on to become an iconic and much-loved figure in Country music. Recently, BMI honored Vince with the BMI Icon Award for his lifetime work as a songwriter and the CMA Awards awarded Vince with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence (only the second such award to ever be given, the first to Johnny Cash). Vince joins the Haines Bros. by providing the high 4th harmony on “Sweet Eyes” and the lead guitar of “Youngstown.” Vince appears out of the goodness of his heart and courtesy of MCA Records.


Bryan Owings


Bryan Owings is another Nashville-based musician of the first order.  He currently is serving as the drummer for Emmylou Harris’s highly regarded five piece back-up band, The Red Dirt Boys.  Byron has worked and recorded with a growing list of some of the best recording artists in the world.  His credits include Shelby Lynne, Buddy and Julie Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Phil Madeira, Iris Dement, Patty Griffin, Justin Townes Earle, Jars of Clay, Allison Moorer, Delbert McClinton, and Solomon Burke.  Bryan provided the solid rhythm foundation upon which Friday’s Highway was created.

Michael Clark


Gold record award winning record producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Clark, has a long history of working with many of the great talents in popular and country music.  He has recorded or performed with John Mellencamp, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Gary Wright, Johnny Lang, Eddie Money, Jimmy Ryser, Sam Bush, The Wright Brothers, Carrie Newcomer, and John Talbot (of Mason Proffit), among others.  Michael joins The Haines Bros. and the Friday’s Highway gang on acoustic guitar (“Changing Hands”) and banjo (“Friday’s Highway”).




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