Hickory Ridge

Hickory Ridge


Hickory Ridge is an awesome Bluegrass Band, featuring breath taking harmony vocals and supurb insturmentation!


Brian Brewer is one of the best guitar players and singers in the south central PA area. He began performing at an early age with his parents gospel band and has been entertaining audiences ever since. He has performed with many bands such as Jay Armsworthy and the Eastern Tradition, Roadside Cafe, and now Hickory Ridge. Both his guitar picking and his vocals will leave you wanting more. Adding to his list of talents is now songwriting in which he takes great pride.

Mike McDonald picked up his first musical instrument at the early age of 7 and began his journey as a guitarist taught to him by his grandfather. He was introduced to the world of bluegrass music by his best friend,Tommy,at the age of 12. He has been hooked on bluegrass ever since attending his first bluegrass festival in Gettysburg, PA where Little Roy Lewis captured his undevided attention. Since that time he has played with many bands including Cedar Ridge, Cross Creek, Strung Together and now for the past 5 years Hickory Ridge. He developed a love for the mandolin while playing with Cross Creek and has also learned to enjoy the baratone vocal part. His passion for the bluegrass sound can easily be heard through both the perfected insturmental licks he performs as well as his heart felt vocal performances. He has also written a "hang on to your seat" instrumental.

Matt Hickman is a talented,self-taught banjo player following in his grandfather's footsteps. At age 11 his parents bought him his first banjo and he soon began to learn the clawhammer style of playing. Matt's desire to play "bluegrass style" began when he was introduced to Earl Scruggs' music. He has performed with many bands like Long Meadow
Mining Co, Red Moon, Southern Sage, and now performs his undeniable sound with Hickory Ridge. Matt too has accomplished his resume by writing several instrumentals.

Lewis Layton has performed all over the country opening shows for many famous country artists. His solid bass playing and high tenor vocals round out the band. He spent many years touring and performing full time with Keystone Grass. Venues include none other than the Grand Ole Opry, the Silver Dollar City and Nashville Palace. He spends his time now with Hickory Ridge not only as a musician and vocalist but also as a producer. He owns and operates Back Creek Records.


Albums: Carolina Callin' Me released in 2005
Lovin' and Losin' released in 2008

Set List

set #1
Carolina Callin' Me
Aint Nobody Gona' Tie Me Down
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
32 Acres
Dismal Hollow
On My Way Back To The Old Home
Blue Night
Mary Ann
House Of Gold
Weeping Sad And Lonely
Katie Daley

set # 2
If You Were My Tomorrow
Heaven's A Ride
Cyder Creek
Rovin' Gambler
The In Crowd
Back To The Bar Rooms
Dirty Old Couch And Chair
Blue Ridge
Under A Lonesome Moon
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Devil's Road

Our sets are approximately 45 -50 min. We generally play 2-3 sets per concert. Our sets are comprised of original, traditional, and gospel bluegrass music.