Swift Enterprises, LLC Sponsors Tour for Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry

 Swift Enterprises, LLC, one of the largest privately owned contractor fleets in the United States, has just sponsored the tour for the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry. 

    SEL operations are headquartered just North of Chattanooga in Cleveland, TN., and it’s Owner/CEO Gregory A. Swift has been a Bluegrass enthusiast for over 35 years, attending his first bluegrass concert in Breckenridge, CO. in the 80’s, to see New Grass Revival. Over the past several years, Swift came to appreciate and follow the John Cowan Band, and was an audience member at many shows enjoying Jeff Autry alongside Cowan.  

 "Jeff and I became friends and he's been playing Swift Enterprises events regularly for some time. In 2015, the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry, played our party and everyone really enjoyed the sound and talent up on the stage. The idea of a possible tour sponsorship by Swift Enterprises for Edgar and Jeff sounded like a great match and we look forward to an incredible 2016 season!” - Gregory A. Swift, CEO 

    Swift Enterprises, LLC will be wrapping a Chevrolet 3500 passenger van for the band to travel in and covering the tour expenses starting with their Pacific Coast tour the last week of January 2016. 

Zack Autry Endorsed by Acclaimed Georgian Master Luthier Randy Wood

Every young professional musician hopes for a moment in their career when a personal feeling of accomplishment from something so unexpected, will seem to justify all of the hard work that is put into the craft day in and day out. That’s how Zack Autry felt when Randy Wood handed him one of his custom crafted mandolins following his show with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, on March 19. He was shocked, incredibly happy, proud, and grateful. 

The Music Store, which sells Randy’s own custom-made mandolins, guitars and banjos, also makes repairs and sells used and vintage instruments by other makers. 

What some folks may not understand is that Zack basically grew up in the Randy Wood Guitars & Pickin’ Parlor, side by side with his Dad,  Jeff Autry, featured guitarist in the Edgar Loudermilk Band. 

“I’ve known Randy Wood through my dad, Jeff, since I was probably about 10 years old or so. He and dad are good friends, with dad playing at Randy’s Picking Parlor and events that he’s been involved in for a very long time. I know over the years it has always been a highlight of our family vacations to Savannah to just stop by and talk. I’ve always had a wonderful, insightful experience at Randy’s shop and have usually gotten the opportunity to either hear or play some of the most well-built instruments before we leave. He’s an absolutely fantastic luthier and artist, as his career and the respect of his peers speak for themselves. He is also a very fine human being. There truly is only ONE Randy Wood.”  --Zack Autry

There’s such a great history behind Randy Wood, the man, the luthier shop, the pickin’ parlor, we encourage you to visit the website, take in a show, and stop by the store. Randy says that he tried to be a musician himself early on but there was no money in it, so he tries to help other musicians when he can and wishes he could help more. When asked why he chose Zack Autry to endorse with one of his custom instruments, Wood had this to say: 

“I like Zack and I think of Jeff like a stepson. I think the world of his Dad and his Granddad. Zack has come along real good with his playing and seems like a worthy recipient of a decent mandolin. Hopefully it will help him continue to bloom.” 

You can hear Zack Autry make beautiful music with his brand new Randy Wood model F-5 Mandolin at many upcoming dates with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, across the USA and Canada. 

Pitt Reso-Guitars Endorses Glen Crain

Glen Crain's distinctive resophonic guitar stylings can be heard on many of the musical tracks recorded by the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry.  Although, Glen left the band in 2018, we're proud that Pitt Resophonic Guitars endorsed Glen.  Veteran resophonic guitar player and fairly new Luthier, Jerry Pitt, Pitt Resophonic Guitars, of Melcher - Dallas, Iowa, is proud to announce his endorsement of Glen Crain, one of the most melodically creative and well respected dobro players in the bluegrass industry today. Glen is plays dobro with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry and has played with the guys for many years.  

Glen met Jerry Pitt after a Central City, Iowa show on August 27th and an immediate friendship was struck. Jerry let Glen pick on his "Old Hounds" reso-guitars that he handcrafted for the sole purpose of creating the "old dobro sound, but with the power and ability to sustain like the newer post design guitars." Glen had this to say about the "Old Hounds" guitars: 

"He (Jerry) can turn out an excellent resophonic guitar for $999. I want to be able to push a guitar that is handmade yet affordable for a beginner as well as a seasoned player. For me it was love at first sight and I couldn't wait to try it out in a microphone on stage. I did just that in Clarkesville, Georgia and fell in love with my "Old Hound" from Pitt Resophonic Guitars all over again." 

Jerry has been playing dobro for many years but only just got his start as a Luthier back in 2014. "I wanted to provide a guitar that was a high quality instrument with a great sound at an affordable price." Jerry currently builds just the two standard models, which he calls his "Old Hounds."