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The Rarely Herd

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Group Members: Rob Ickes, Dan Brooks

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The Rarely Herd were among the finest contemporary bluegrass bands to come out of Ohio, and became quite popular on the festival circuit. Playing a wide variety of progressive and traditional bluegrass along with their own unique compositions and adaptations from other genres, the Rarely Herd were especially noted for their close vocal harmonies and energetic performances. Their lineup included guitarist and lead singer Jim Stack; his brother, fiddler/mandolinist/vocalist Alan Stack, a former child prodigy; and bassist Jim Weaver.

A 1992 showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Awards established the Ohio band as a force in contemporary bluegrass. That same year, Pinecastle issued their debut, Midnight Loneliness. Heartbreak City followed in 1994; two years later, the gospel-flavored album What About Him was released to widespread acclaim. The Rarely Herd continued to win awards and win over audiences with their energetic mix of bluegrass prowess and on-stage antics. Coming of Age appeared in 1999, and A Part of Growing Up followed closely on its heels.