Band leader Randy Cook lives in Hanover County, Virginia with his wife and two grown daughters. He plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony vocals. Randy started playing guitar in high school and became interested in Bluegrass music while in college. After graduating from Virginia Tech Randy returned to the Richmond area and helped form the well-known country-rock band, Second Helping, playing a stint on the pedal steel guitar, which he continues to play today when he has time. Randy’s love of Bluegrass music kept him interested in playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, and in the late 1990’s he joined with banjo great James Bailey (formerly with The Country Gentlemen) to form James Bailey & Company. The group released two CD’s that introduced Randy to Bluegrass music at the national level.
Malcolm Pulley resides in Charlottesville, VA. Malcolm plays Banjo in the Commonwealth bluegrass band and wrote four of the twelve songs on the both Commonwealth Bluegrass Band CD's, contributing to the originality of the Virginia based band. He wrote the well-known bluegrass standard “In The Gravel Yard” recorded by Blue Highway, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and many others. The song was nominated for IBMA song of the year in 1996. He also wrote the title song to James King’s first Rounder project “These Old Pictures”. Malcolm has continued to have songs recorded by other groups such as, Tina Adair, Paul Adkins, Mill Run, and Michelle Nixon and Drive and many other bluegrass and Americana bands.
Mike Bailiff, Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals, is a new resident of Virginia after making a work realted mover from North Carolina where he was well known for his singing and guitar playing. He has a beautiful old Martin guitar that he has restored. Mike and his wife now make their home in Chesterfield. He is a converted classic rock listener after being turned on the the Seldom Scene. When he is not playing music, he enjoys classic cars.
Joe Currence, Bass and Vocals, has been playing bluegrass in Central Virginia most of his life. He is well known for founding and leading the Willis River band, playing guitar and singing lead. Joe now plays bass and handles some singing duties with the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band. His guitar playing and singing influences include Tony and Wyatt Rice, Josh Williams, and Rickey Wasson. Joe makes his home in Powhatan, VA. Joe is also an excellent song writer and contributed one song, Dreaming of a Dream, to the new CD - Love Reunited.
Fiddle/Dobro player, Wally Hughes, is an excellent singer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Delaware, now residing in Northern Virginia. Wally started playing Dobro with his parent's family band when he was 11 and then moved on to the fiddle and other instruments. For a number of years he fronted his own band in Delaware while recording and playing with other groups from the area as well. He recorded and played in a band with Steve Huber in the early 80s and has performed with Valery Smith and Liberty Pike, Mike Auldridge, Bill Emerson, Mike Munford and many other top DC bluegrass musicians since moving to Northern Virginia.