Meet Andy's friends
The Britton family
Jim Britton has been playing music for over 30 years. He was a successful musician when God called him into fulltime ministry in 1999. He now serves as an assistant pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Carthage, TN. He has been accompanying and singing harmony with his wife, Rachelle, since they married in 2002. The Lord has blessed Jim and Rachelle with four daughters who also love to sing. They first sang as a family in November of 2015. The girls, since then, have learned to sing harmony and are working on instruments as well.
The Britton Family Music has a very traditional sound with acoustic instrumentation.
Grammy-nominated bass player Byron House was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he grew up playing a variety of instruments and enjoying many different styles of music. At age 17, he chose bass as his main instrument. Originally inspired by Jaco Pastorius, he focused on fretless electric bass for a season, and soon began playing upright and fretted electric bass as well. He trained classically with Ernest Szugyi at Western Kentucky University, and in recent years has studied with jazz legend/master bassist Ron Carter.
Over the course of his career Byron has played with luminaries such as Al Green, Amy Grant, Buddy & Julie Miller, Chris Cornell, Chris Thile, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Johnny Cash, Jorma Kaukonen, Linda Ronstadt, Mark O'Connor, Nickel Creek, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, Solomon Burke, Vince Gill and Wynonna. In 2010-11 he recorded and toured with Robert Plant as a member of his Band Of Joy.
Byron has made TV appearances with many of these artists, performing on the late night shows of hosts Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Carson and Jools Holland, as well as Austin City Limits, Crossroads, Live from the Artists Den, and the Grammy Awards telecast.
Byron's credits as producer include Jorma Kaukonen's "Stars In My Crown", The Waybacks' "Loaded", Kyle Frederick's "Burn Your Poor Mouth Down" and “Mother Humble”, and Tina Lie's "Free Enough To Fall”.
Tennessee based instrumentalist Hannah Byrnes began playing the piano at the age of five. Starting at the age of six, she traveled with her family band singing until the age of twelve. Hannah is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University pursuing a career in composition. She has had the privilege to play in several jazz combos along with the MTSU Salsa band. Hannah has studied piano under soloist Adam Clark and Julliard graduate Arunesh Nadgir. She has also had the privilege to perform in masterclasses for (Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist) Jon Nakamatsu, and Russian pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky. She is currently arranging music to be broadcast on the radio in Germany. She is working towards arranging orchestral hymns, composing for the symphonies and producing multiple genres of piano albums. Her influences are Dino Kartsonakis, Beegie Adair, and Oscar Peterson.
Cody Kilby is an American bluegrass musician who grew up in Cowan, Tn. He is considered a musical prodigy, and has mastered a wide range of musical instruments. At the young age of 8 years old, he picked up his father’s banjo, and by 11 years old he had a Gibson banjo endorsement. He began playing his mother’s guitar at age 10, and by age 17 he was awarded the 1998 National Flatpicking Guitar Championship. Kilby also began playing the dobro and mandolin at age 13, and when he was just 15years old, Kilby recorded his fourth bluegrass album Just Me, on which he played every instrument on the album. In 2001, Kilby joined Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder as lead guitar, where he stayed for 14 successful years. During this time, the band won four Grammy Awards and 7 IBMA awards. In 2015, Kilby left Kentucky Thunder, and officially joined The Travelin’ McCourys, whom he had periodically played with since 2009. The Travelin’ McCourys released their first album together in 2018, for which they received a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Kilby has guest performed on a number of albums, including Beck’s Morning Phase which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2015 and has recorded with Dolly Parton, Bruce Hornsby, Ronnie Milsap, Michael W. Smith, Rhonda Vincent, and many others.