ABOUT THE BAND

We're a Birmingham - based Country Music band, performing a repertoire of classic songs that are great for dancing or listening. Songs of juke joints, truck driving, love and loss, roads and railroads...

 ...a foot tapping, free - wheelin', good time band, guaranteed to provide great musicianship and entertainment for any occasion and to fill dance floors at any Line Dance or Country & Western event. No backing tracks, just a whole lot of fun with a great and authentic sound. Knoxville Highway are:

Bob Gessey

Bob Gessey - vocals and guitar
Bob is an award winning singer songwriter who has appeared on BBC and Local radio many times, showcasing the breadth and depth of his original material. As a performer, Bob is comfortable playing solo but enjoys the camaraderie and influences that only other top musicians can bring. He is a master of finger style acoustic guitar playing and a superb vocalist.
These qualities made him a natural front man for Knoxville and the laidback style and humour that he brings to the band's performances offer audiences an entertaining and memorable night out.

Alan Garwood

Alan Garwood acoustic & electric guitar and mandolin
Alan Garwood plays guitar and mandolin with Knoxville Highway. His clean style of playing is distinctive and helps make the band's sound readily recognisable. Alan listens to country music ancient and modern. Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Commander Cody, Alan Jackson and Shelby Lynne number among his favourites.

Ken Stratford

Ken Stratford double bass
Ken Is a much in demand Upright Slap Bass player whose style and drive is the soul behind the 'Knoxville Sound'.
His background has its roots in Country Music and Blues and his heart is firmly set in the styles of Western Swing, Classic Country and the driving beat of Modern Country music.

Stuart Neal Stuart Neal - pedal steel guitar, electric guitar and dobro
Stuart started playing pedal steel guitar and five-string banjo with the Harpers Ferry and he brings a wealth of experience to the band. His great pedal steel licks and fills, delivered on his authentic Sho-Bud pedal steel guitar, drive our faster numbers along...and his soulful solos on slower numbers like Tennessee Waltz and Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain are enough to bring a tear to a glass eye!
Alan Nicholls  Alan  (Big Al) Nicholls - drums
Alan has a wealth of experience in a wide range of styles and provides the rock-solid rhythms behind Knoxville's sound.
We are also privileged to be able to call on the services of two great Country fiddlers - Bob Hodges and Heather Gessey