Darren Beachley
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Darren Beachley

Point of Rocks, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1989 | SELF | AFM

Point of Rocks, Maryland, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 1989
Solo Americana Bluegrass

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"Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - 'Lonely Street'"

Finest Moments on 'Lonely Street'

The whole album kicks off with one of the collection's best songs, "Monroe's Mandolin" (purchase/download). Later comes a terrific vocal turn on "Johnny and Sally" (purchase/download), featureing Darren Beachley's great lead vocals (Lawson and Carl White on harmonies).
"Down Around Bear Cove" (purchase/download) is a fantastic instrumental that the liner notes attributes to Josh Swift (resophonic guitar) and co-written with Lawson. Lawson's mandolin, Brandon Godman's fiddle, and Swift pull of some pretty impressive, incredibly tight arpeggios.

Although Lonely Street is chock full of fantastic performances, it all culminates with a terrific gospel tune, "When the Last of Our Days Shall Come" (purchase/download). Not only are Beachley's vocals at peak form here, but the song also shows off the exquisite instrumental skills of Lawson, Swift, and the rest of the band. - Folk Music About dot Com


"Darren Beachley & Legends of The Potomac"

Though it’s sometimes oversold, the MD-DC-VA area really is a bluegrass hotbed, and has been for a long time. Upon his departure from Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver, lead and tenor singer Darren Beachley got the idea to round up some stellar area veterans from across several generations, and their Patuxent Music debut Take Off shows it as a fine one. Tom Gray’s the first bassist into the IBMA Hall of Fame and Mike Auldridge, as they say, needs no introduction — he’s one of the greatest dobro players ever. But Norman Wright has been a favorite among the cognoscenti, too, for his years with the Country Gentlemen, Bluegrass Cardinals and the Travelers, while banjo man Mark Delaney has pitched in with a variety of regional players; check out his break on the Jeannie Seely classic “Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye.” Good stuff from a good bunch.
— Jon Weisberber - Nashville Scene


"Darren Beachley & Legends of The Potomac "Take Off""

For decades, the greater Washington, D.C., region has been an incubator for great bluegrass and newgrass bands, both long-lived (Seldom Scene) and ephemeral (Chesapeake). Darren Beachley & Legends Of The Potomac is the latest supergroup to emerge from this ever-shifting constellation, and its name pays homage to the region’s glorious tradition.

Though this band is fresh to the scene, the faces in it certainly aren’t. All five members of Legends—Beachley, tenor vocals/guitar; Mike Auldridge, resonator guitar/pedal steel guitar/vocals; Norman Wright, mandolin/vocals; Mark Delaney, banjo/guitar; and Tom Gray, acoustic bass—are veterans of acclaimed ensembles from whose shadows Legends Of The Potomac has emerged. Not surprisingly, there’s a strong sense of continuity in the music, as well. The rich, impeccable harmonies, the clean, spacious production, and imaginative song choices conjure up immediate and positive comparisons with formative bands like the Seldom Scene and the Country Gentlemen.

These 14 tracks include blasts from the distant and not so distant past, such as the Louvin Brothers’ “You’ll Forget” and “Leavin’ And Sayin’ Goodbye” (a ’70s Faron Young “countrypolitan” hit). But, there is also a healthy offering of noteworthy new material, including a pair of ballads, “Other Side Of Lonely” and “Love Don’t Know,” penned by Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis.

Most satisfying is “Tall Weeds And Rust,” a powerful and timely ballad about losing an ancestral forty acres to suburban sprawl and blight. Cowritten by Don Rigsby, Tom T. Hall, and Dixie Hall, it features a fine guest vocal from Tom T. with stellar backing from this exceedingly accomplished new bluegrass supergroup. (Patuxent Music, P.O. Box 572, Rockville, MD 20848, www.pxrec.com.) BA - Bluegrass Unlimited


"Darren Beachley & Legends of The Potomac"

If you like the "high lonesome sound" of bluegrass keeps this album from Darren Beachley and
Legends of the Potomac definitely recommended. Guitarist and singer Beachley was playing in Doyle
Lawson & Quicksilver and the members of his band are all old hands in the bluegrassvak. Norman
Wright played the mandolin at the Bluegrass Cardinals and the Country Gentlemen, banjo and Mark Delaney
guitar, also at the Country Gentlemen, while Mike Auldridge (pedal steel and resophonic guitar) a
bluegrass legend - he played in many bands and bluegrass on countless CDs as
session musician. Tom Gray is the last row of the top musicians in this band, which is really just
robust, antiquarian bluegrass playing with the piercing tenor of Beachley sometimes in the foreground.
The guys running already for quite a while, but the approach is extremely energetic and fresh. Musicians
with experience, who are very much looking forward to and which have a particularly contagious, crystal clear picture
created. Lovely. Tom T Hall you can hear as a guest singer in Tall Weeds and Rust, Rachel Johnson and Ray
Legere the gastfiddlers and Nate Leath plays as guest the Ampex tape box for percussion effect. - Moors Magazine (Dutch)


"Darren Beachley & Legends keep Bluegrass flowing"

When Darren Beachley and Legends of the Potomac formed recently, he and his band mates -- some of the best known bluegrass players in the region -- opted to develop a style all their own and not look back. That may just prove to be the formula for success.
"We didn't get into this per se to sound like a Washington, D.C., band," Beachley said. "We wanted to play material that wasn't done by anyone else to make the songs and the sound uniquely ours."

Beachley, a Frederick, Md., native, and his band mates certainly have the right music credentials to develop their own style. As veterans of such renowned bands as Bill Harrell and the Virginians, the Seldom Scene, the Travelers and, of course, Darren Beachley and the Maryland Line the members are among the best in the format.

"After you accomplish one dream, there are always others down the road," he said. "After winning so many awards and performing at so many events I realized what is next is to make my own music."

But don't think that the band is all about Beachley.
"It is a five-man vision in this band," he said. "When we go into a rehearsal, there aren't any ideas that go untried."

Although the sagging economy has kept many venues scampering for revenue, the bluegrass scene in the Washington area is alive and well considering the crowds Beachley has seen.

"I think people are looking for something different other than canned music you hear on pop music and country music," he said. "I think people are looking for something real -- the real deal -- and I believe we are offering up music that is fresh and exciting."

That's why you'll often find the band playing for community fundraisers and benefits or just taking time at "meet and greets" with their fans.
"Our fans always have time for us so we have time for them," Beachley said. "We feel an obligation to them."
Expect that fan base to grow as the band makes even more of a name for itself behind its just released album "Take Off."

"The record is great; I am tickled to death with it," Beachley said. "I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real. The [band members] are like a bluegrass fantasy picks. I am very blessed I've gotten these guys." - Washington Examiner


Discography

1989 "Cant Return To The Homeplace" South Central Bluegrass -Webco Records
1991 " I Need A Song" Jeff Presley & South Central Bluegrass - Webco Records
1991 " Caution to The Wind" Jack Sandbower - Buck Hollow Records
1999 "Ridin' The Lines" The Travelers - Hay Holler
2003 " Remembrances" Darbe Music
2005 " I Love You To The Moon and Back" Blue Circle Records
2005 " Country Gentlemen Tribute Vol 1" Bill Yates and Friends - Mastershield
2005 "Sounds of Heaven" Tribute To Vince Gill -CMH Records
2006 "He Lives In Me" Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Horizon
2007 "More Behind The Picture" Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver-Rounder
2007 "Country Gentlemen Tribute Vol 2 Bill Yates and Friends-Mastershield
2007 "Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie" Bill Emerson -Rebel
2008 " Help Is On The Way" Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Horizon
2009 "Lonely Street" Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Rounder
2010 "Take Off" Darren Beachley & Legends of The Potomac - Patuxent
2010 "Going To The Dance" Chris Warner - Patuxent
2010 "Canarys Song" Kenny Ray Horton -Fader 4
2011 " Daydreams" Cory Piatt - Patuxent

2013 "The Songs That I Sing" -Mike Andes 

2020 " Happiness of Having You"- Linda Lay  Mountain Fever

2020  " Still" -Kenny Ray Horton  Fader 4



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He's back! Darren Beachley will be performing again in 2020 with Linda Lay & Springfield Exit.


"The time just feels right". "And I love Linda's voice and we sing really good together and I am all about good vocals". The news is out!!!. Darren Beachley will be back to performing with Linda Lay & Springfield Exit. After putting their stamp on several of Cracker Barrel's Heritage Series CDs in the early 2000s, Linda and David performed a number shows with the brilliant mandolinist and former Johnson Mountain Boy David McLaughlin. At some of their first concerts at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at the Lowell Folk Festival, they received standing ovations and rave reviews. With these auspicious results, they have continued performing together as Springfield Exit. The group is now considered one of Virginia's outstanding bluegrass trios. They perform original songs and a wide variety of their own arrangements of old standards and traditional songs as well as new country, blues, swing, bluegrass, and folk instrumentals. Together they have performed at numerous National Folk Festivals, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many others. Today the trio is joined by acclaimed fiddler and banjoist Troy Engle. For their 2019 Richmond Folk Festival appearance, Troy will pick up the pedal steel and pass along the banjo duties to their good friend and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, Sammy Shelor.

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