Ross Sermons Band
Hobart Blues Club 6 May 2014
“Musicians do not come more rock-solid than Ross Sermons. His Southern roots run deep into the music of America.” – Barry Tashian (ex Remains, and Emmylou Harris).
“Ross Sermons brings an authenticity rare in today’s performers. He
is what I call the ‘The Real Deal’.” – Gary Gordon (The Gordons)
Ross Sermons and his music can liven any remote corner with a lifetime’s experience in
the tradition of folk, authentic blues and Americana. His vast, multi-genre repertoire is
played with accomplished bottleneck slide and finger-picking built on blues and roots, and
delivered with generosity, enthusiasm and charm. Ross also plays upright acoustic and electric basses.
Ross has spent the last 30 years performing around the world and as a session musician.
He spent 16 years in Nashville before relocating to Hobart, Tasmania, in 2012.
Ross was born in ’60s North Carolina and was soon steeped in southern blues, bluegrass,
and soul. A lifelong love of music took hold inspired by blues musicians like Robert
Johnson, Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt.
By the early ‘80s, Ross was being sought for road gigs with seasoned travellers including
regional blues band Arhooly. The band toured full time up and down the east coast of the
US on a 1948 Greyhound bus, opening for acts such as BB King and ex Rolling Stone Mick Taylor.
In the mid ‘80s Ross joined the thriving and creative music scene of Key West, Florida,
working with many world class musicians and picking up gigs with Jimmy Buffett. He was
recruited to open Jimmy’s Margaritaville Club with guest stars Steve Winwood and Steve
Moving to Nashville in 1995 opened up many opportunities. While touring the US with
bluesman Big Mike Griffin they opened for true legends in the Blues genre including
Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood Jr, Gatemouth Brown and Gregg Allman.
In Nashville Ross joined up with North Carolinian friends The Carter Brothers
Band (blood relatives of the Carter Family), and has recorded and toured with artists including Tim O’Brien, Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley’s original guitarist), Sam Bush, Alison Brown and fiddle legend Vassar Clements. He has also toured the United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, the Czeck Republic and Ireland.
Ross’ most recent recording credits include:
Ross Sermons – “King’s Pool Room”, released 2011 on SUMMERVILLA Records
Carter Brothers Band – “The Road To Roosky”, released 2011 on Compass Records
“Where The Bluegrass Meets The Green Grass”, due out summer of 2012 on Compass
Records, featuring Barney McKenna (The Dubliners), Gerry O’Conner, Alison Brown, Ross
Sermons, and the Carter Brothers.
The Ross Sermons Band features Ross on lead and vocals, Paul Fenton, Drums and Paul Calverlt, Bass.