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Rich In Tradition


Jay Adams, Greg Jones,

Ronnie Edwards & Jacob Harbour

Artist Biography

Jay Adams - Banjo and Vocals

Jay grew up in Spray NC (now Eden). His first influences in bluegrass music were Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley, all the pioneers of the music. Around the age of 16, Jay began playing banjo with the help of Kerwin Smith, a cabinet maker from Shiloh, NC.  

After high school, Jay enlisted in the US Marines and used his enlistment bonus on his first Gibson (an RB-250) which he still uses today. Jay married his wife Teresa while he was in the corps. After he completed his time in the Marines, Jay became a lineman for Energy United where he has worked since 1986.

He has played music part time with many groups; The Country Aires, Bill Stanley, The Easter Bros., Cornerstone, Blue Steele, Greenhouse River Boys, The Adams Bros., Master's Five and others. Jay's main influences on the banjo include Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Gene Parker, and Craig Smith. His current favorite is Jim Mills.

Jay became a Christian at the age of 13 and rededicated his life to the Lord in 1987. He has been active at Floyd Baptist Church since. He serves as a deacon, Adult Sunday School teacher, and plays guitar and sings with his family and friends at church. Jay has written several gospel songs which have been recorded. He also enjoys hunting, restoring old Jeeps and does some instrument repair, too.

Jay lives in Pine Hall, NC with his wife, Teresa, and has two daughters, Ellie and Katie. Jay says the most important part of his music is using it to lift up Christ and to share with others the many blessings that God has given him.

Greg Jones- Mandolin and Vocals

Greg was born in the heart of the bluegrass and old time haven Mt. Airy, N.C. Growing up with a family of musicians and singers made it a lot easier to get the pickin’ bug. At the ripe old age of 15, he found himself with a hankering to learn an instrument. So, in order to keep up with his brother who had learned the banjo 6 months earlier, he needed to get started. Influenced by an uncle nicknamed “Smoke”, he picked up the mandolin and started learning everything from Bill Monroe to David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs. Holding the hand of traditional bluegrass and contemporary new grass along with Grisman’s dawg music, Greg set out to learn all he could keep up with family and friends who could already pick and could do it well. Playing early on with several groups including, “The Cana River Boys”, “Backyard Bluegrass”, and “Boarderline”, Greg went on to play with more established bands such as “Piedmont Grass”, and the early versions of “The James King Band”. In 1994, he joined the bluegrass gospel group “Cornerstone”, staying with them until April of 2000, when the band split up to venture into other directions. Then, in May of 2000, Greg joined “The Bluegrass Tradition Band”. They had 1 recording, won the 2001 Galax Fiddlers Convention, and played at the 2002 National Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine. On July 3, 2003, at the Carter Fold in Hilton, Virginia, Greg got to perform with Johnny Cash. Bluegrass Tradition was scheduled to perform that night and Mr. Cash was to perform that night too. It turned out, that Mr. Cash needed a baritone singer and Greg was the only one in sight. This performance happened just 2 months before Johnny’s death. What an honor it was of Greg to take in that great moment. In 2004, Greg began to venture out again with some other bands, hooking up with legendary songwriter and banjo player Cullen Galyean and his band “The Bluegrassers”. Mickey Galyean, Cullen’s son, was also a member of the band. Their playing was always hot, but the singing was smokin’ hot. Greg and Mickey took turns with lead and tenor, while Cullen nailed the baritone every time. They played mostly at local festivals, private parties, and a fiddler’s convention here and there. Then in 2006 Greg and Mickey got together with Brad Hiatt on bass, Jay Adams on Banjo, and Tim Martin on fiddle, to form “Rich-in-Tradition”. Shortly after forming the band, they set the fiddler’s conventions ablaze, winning 4 out of 5 conventions (including Galax Fiddlers Convention). Greg says that his life has been a great ride and is ready for what lies ahead. Greg still lives in Mt. Airy with his wife Shannon, his son Daniel, and two daughters Katie and Emily.

 Ronnie Edwards- Guitar and Vocals

Ronnie has been flatpicking for over forty years. He played with a band called "Commonwealth" from 1984 to 1987, then from 1987 to 1990 with "Summer Wages." He then moved to Nashville in 1990 and was a songwriter for Crosswinds Publishing. He later wrote for MCA, Still Working Music, Major Bob Publishing (which is Garth Brooks' Publishing Company) then he spent several years writing for Warner/Chappell. In the meantime, he had moved back to Mt. Airy and has been with Rich in Tradition since the first of 2012. Ronnie is married and has a daughter and a son.

Jacob Harbour- Bass and Vocals

Jacob started playing music at the age of thirteen. He plays the banjo, guitar, and bass; and also enjoys singing baritone and occasionally lead. He has played, recorded and filled in with several bands in the Patrick County, VA area, as well as Stokes County, NC. Jacob gives his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ all of the credit for his musical abilities, and is very thankful for his gift. He is currently attending college as an English major, and hopes to be a high school teacher in the future. He is very excited to be playing the bass for Rich in Tradition, and is enjoying every minute of it. When not playing music, you can find Jacob camping, hunting, four wheeler riding, participating in church activities, and spending time with his girlfriend, Caroline. Jacob lives in Danbury, NC.


Jay Adams
3579 US 311 N
Pine Hall, NC  27042


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