Bio

Buck McCumbers is a veteran of the bluegrass music scene. He started playing at the age of 16 on the Spencer, WV radio. In 1967, he started playing with Frank Necessary and the Stone Mountain Boys recording one album and several singles with them. He also was a member of the WWVA Jamboree. He then formed with his family the McCumbers Brothers Band, recording their first album in 1976 on Old Homestead Records. He was one of the founding members of the group License to Drive. They produced 2 recordings. In 2002, he was instrumental in forming the band Buck & Company. His repertoire includes several recordings on different projects and also playing with several notable bands including Red Allen, Mac Wiseman, Lillie Mae and the Dixie Gospelaires and the Hutchinson Brothers. Buck’s contributions to the Band are numerous. Not only does he play mandolin/fiddle while delivering superb lead and tenor vocals, he is a tremendous songwriter contributing fresh original material.

Email:  buck@buckandcompany.com






Connie Hardman
has contributed her musical and singing talents to bluegrass music for several years. Being a guitarist and a sister to the McCumbers brothers, she has played with them for several years and was privileged to be included in some of their recordings. Connie also helped to form an Ohio-based bluegrass group called the Northern Blend with whom she has played festivals, gospel sings, and various churches. Her ability to write songs is evidenced by several of her songs being recorded by Northern Blend.

Email: connie@buckandcompany.com

 




Eric Chichester
 has played and enjoyed Bluegrass music for many years. He was inspired and taught early on by his father, who plays a number of stringed instruments. They, along with Eric's brother, have played music together for many years. In addition to playing with his family, he has also performed with numerous groups all over the East coast. Although Eric has mastered singing and playing many instruments on a professional level, to him it has been an enjoyable hobby & recreation!

Email: eric@buckandcompany.com



Danny Murray contributes not only his masterful banjo skills, but also harmony vocals.  Danny's banjo prowess is most clearly evidenced by his ability to play the entire spectrum of bluegrass styles with equal effectiveness.  His musical exploits have been numerous.  Most notable are tenures with the Gray Eagle Band and Surefire.

Email: 
danny@buckandcompany.com


Swanagan Ray provides strong lead guitar and rhythm for the group. He started playing upright base at the age of 13 with his family band and has since accomplished several other instruments such as guitar, mandolin and banjo. His love for bluegrass music has driven him to win first place in banjo competitions and scholarships to various workshops. He has been gifted with a natural ability and an ear for accuracy that has attributed to playing with various groups.

Email: 
swanagan@buckandcompany.com

Dwayne McCumbers contributes his tremendous dobro skills to the band. Dwayne’s musical resume is impressive. Not only has he performed and recorded with several notable local and regional bands, he has performed with national acts such as Red Allen, Harley Allen, John Hartford, Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, the McCumbers Brothers and the Stone Mountain Boys and has been a member of the Wheeling Jamboree. When not playing with Buck & Company, Dwayne currently plays with Lillie Mae and also the Whitaker Brothers.