Fret High Bluegrass Band

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Brandon Rowe

Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals

 

Brandon is a solid, driving, guitar player with amazing harmony and lead vocals; making him a key essential to this quartet.  Brandon started his musical journey in high school as a trumpet player. He also played two years in the Appalachian State Marching Band and graduated with a degree in building science in 2007. Brandon played for five years as banjo player for Mirror Image before joining FRET HIGH on guitar.

 Brandon lives in Icard, North Carolina with his beautiful wife Liz. Brandon endorses GHS Strings, Blueridge Guitars, part of the SAGA instrument company


Morris Herbert

Banjo, Lead & Harmony Vocals

 

 

 

Morris Herbert - Banjo, Lead & Harmony Vocals—  Morris started playing Banjo at 13, Morris played with Wayne Benson now of III Tyme out fame for about 5 years. He moved into Country music for the next 12 to 15 years playing 175 to 200 shows a year with Midnight Highway. They opened shows with a lot of big name acts like, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, David Alan Coe, Tracy Bird, Rhett Akins, George Jones, Tracy Lawerence, Kenny Chesney ect... Morris played Guitar and sang Lead in the band. Either singing and playing Guitar, or singing and playing Banjo.

Morris turns heads with his strong powerful voice and rock solid banjo playing. Morris writes a lot of songs FRET HIGH sings. Morris’ motto is a band is "defined" as a never ending circle. You don't have to be the best, you just have to stay together long enough to be able to create great music together and that just what FRET HIGH has done.  

 

 


Robert Mcintosh

Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals

 

Robert Mcintosh-(Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals) Robert began bass duties in 2012 when FRET HIGH was formed. Robert is a hardworking musician and singer, Robert has that high lonesome sound. When his bass is in his hands, there is no question that he was meant to play it. From rock solid timing to soulful bass singing, Robert is one ingredient FRET HIGH depends upon to round out their quartet sound. Robert has played with many big names in bluegrass on various instruments. He is a multi talented musician and singer. Robert lives in Statesville, NC.

 


James Torrence

Mandolin, Dobro

Lead & Harmony Vocals

 

James Torrence-( Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals)  James started playing music when he was fourteen, and hasn't stopped since.  Herschel Sizemore was a member of his dad's church in Salem, Va back in the 1970's. "In about 1978 Herschel gave me his album for Christmas, BOUNCE AWAY and man, I was hooked on bluegrass! Later that year Herschel had  Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals (Herschel was playing Mandolin with him at the time) come to our church. That show fertilized the seed that Herschel's album planted. In 1980 we moved to Kannapolis, NC and I met Morris Herbert Jr. and he was learning banjo from his dad. I was a staple in the Herbert home absorbing as much music and learning all I could from Morris and his dad (Morris Herbert Sr. was banjo player for J.E. Mainer) Morris and his dad taught me and allowed me to use their insrtuments to learn to play the music I loved." James has three solo bluegrass albums to his credit and has played on many recordings as a band member and studio musician. He is a skilled song writer and Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Dobro player. Through the years James has worked in many professional  bluegrass bands. James has traveled most of his life devoting as much time to music as possible. The highlight of his life was in 1990 when Bill Monroe invited him on stage in Virginia Beach to pick and sing with him. "For 3 songs I was a bluegrass boy", James says proudly. He has also filled in with The King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin for 2 shows in the early 1990's. 

James and Morris have been life long friends and he credits Morris and his dad, Morris Herbert Sr. for teaching him to play guitar and master tone, timing and rhythm. 

James endorses Kentucky Mandolins, Travelite Cases and Regal Dobros, ToneGard Mandolin tone enhancers and GHS Strings