Randy Graham and Graham Talent Agency Return to Nothin’ Fancy!
Nothin’ Fancy sends a hearty welcome back to Randy Graham, who is returning to Nothin’ Fancy as the band’s booking agent. “I’m genuinely excited about the prospect in writing a new chapter in the long standing relationship between Nothin’ Fancy and the Graham Talent Group. Nothin’ Fancy is one on the most entertaining, fan-favorite groups in the industry. They, as we, look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead,” said Graham on returning to work with Nothin’ Fancy. A well-established veteran of the bluegrass stages across the country and abroad, Graham has high optimism that he will help bring Nothin’ Fancy back to more festivals in the coming years, and the band shares his enthusiasm. Nothin’ Fancy also sends thanks to Ryan Frankhouser for his work with us and wishes all the best to him in his future endeavors.
If you wish to contact Randy about booking Nothin’ Fancy, he can be found at his Facebook site at Graham Talent Group, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (859) 421-7718.
There are more good things happening for the band in 2022, so stay tuned! The band members and our support team wish all of you the best and warmest wishes for you holiday season, and a perfect start to 2022. May all those wishes and dreams come true, and don’t forget to dream big.
Remembering Tom T. Hall
The band and our family are immensely saddened by the death of our friend, colleague, and benefactor Tom T. Hall.
Nothin’ Fancy played at the Gibson Showcase as a new member of the Pinecastle label in 2000. Quietly sitting in the audience and watching us play was none other than the legendary songwriter Tom T. Hall, who wrote “Harper Valley PTA,” “The Year Clayton Delaney Died,” “Little Bitty,” and “Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine.”
He had his representatives call us and summon us to his house outside Nashville. He told us, “I can’t put my finger on it, but you guys have something that makes you stand out.” He had sent us several songs he had written so we could choose one and give it our own unique spin. The song that spoke to us the most was his “tribute to the hippies,” which always amused us because of Mike’s famously long hair. We recorded it under Don Rigsby’s vision of featuring a string quartet and piano in the background, and it became the title track of our fifth album which was our Pinecastle debut: “Once Upon a Road.” He and his wife Dixie treated us to amazing meals (Dixie was simply one of the best cooks on the planet) and we felt we were family to the Halls.
It was not to be the only Hall song that we would record over the next several years, but none equaled the simple beauty of “Once Upon a Road.” It is still one of our most requested songs and, at the time it was released, reached the top 10 on the bluegrass charts in Bluegrass Unlimited. We would still come across him and Dixie at SPBGMA, and he remembered us every time he saw us. For all the fame he knew from his hit songs, he was always that plain, soft-spoken gentleman from Olive Hill, KY. He was a friend to so many in bluegrass, and was so good to us as a band in particular. He and his wife helped put us in the who’s-who of bluegrass music with his beautiful melody and lyrics. There are simply no words to express our sorrow in knowing he has laid down his songwriting pen for the last time. Yet his works will live beyond his own time on earth, and we will continue singing them as a tribute to his legacy and as thanks to a truly great man. His memory shall be a blessing, and we know that his reunion with Dixie and all those musicians who have gone on before will indeed give us the greatest musical inspiration of all. Blessed be.
New Guitarist Hired!
Nothin’ Fancy is pleased to announce the hiring of its new guitar player! Jacobe Lauzon of Colborne, Ontario, played his first performances with the band in Witts Springs, AR and at the Opera House in Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO to rave reviews. This announcement marks the moment that Nothin’ Fancy is now officially an international band!
Jacobe, also known as Jake, was born in Markham, Ontario and grew up in Orono, Ontario. He began his musical journey at seven years of age, after showing a persistent interest in playing his father’s guitars. Years later, Jake emerged as an accomplished young musician and singer, and played regular gigs across the Durham Region for almost a decade. Always a bluegrasser at heart, Jake truly excels both as a rhythm and flat-picking guitarist. Most notably, Jake won the Bluegrass Guitar Player of the Year (Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards) for 2018 and 2019.
With the long-awaited conclusion of the audition process, the band is ready and eager to bring our brand of bluegrass to audiences everywhere as festivals and venues open their doors once again. Jake is excited to be working with Nothin’ Fancy and all the opportunities to come!