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A Brief History

The Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band was the predecessor to the Atlanta Bluegrass AllStars. The GABB, with Buck Peacock, Geoff Hohwald and Bob Knysz, began in 1983 as an informal get-together in order to play a little bluegrass music and just have a general good time. In the early 1970’s Buck had left North Carolina and the pioneer newgrass group “The New Deal String Band” to form the very progressive bluegrass-rock group Rosebud along with a couple of other ex- NDSB'ers. That band moved to Atlanta to begin a ten year stint in Underground Atlanta as the house band at Muhlenbrink’s Saloon. When Rosebud disbanded, Buck was soon involved with a group put together by mandolin legends Jethro Burns and Red Rector. That group played the final two weeks of the Knoxville World’s Fair and then remained together for another year before recording an album entitled “Old Friends”.

Geoff had played in local bands in Ohio and Atlanta and was in the middle of transforming a career in music retailing into the legendary musical instruction giant he was later to become.

Bob was just settling in from a move from Chicago where he had also played with some prominent local bluegrass bands. These three came together with Jack Spence, a friend and business associate of Geoff’s to form the original “Greater Atlanta Bluegrass Band”. They played a few gigs and that was all it took. Along the way they have enjoyed a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most entertaining bluegrass bands. Bass players came and went (including at one time Emory Gordy, Jr, ex-Elvis Band, ex-Emmy Lou band, ex-All Pro LA & Nashville studio musician, etc), but these three were always the constant.

The band came and went a couple of times over the years, their latest incarnation being just after the turn of the new century. Alas, they are now on the wane again, which is where the Atlanta Bluegrass AllStars came in. Any time Buck would get together with Geoff and various other musicians, it wasn't exactly the GABB, but they were always high quality musicians. Hence the "AllStars". Since then, Buck has formed a regular association with Sonny Houston on Fiddle and Tom Hicks on mandolin, two more "Atlanta AllStars". These three have formed a solid vocal and rhythmic trio, to which they always add two other pickers in the form of some of the finest banjo players and bass players in the area, to round out the "Atlanta Bluegrass AllStars".

Buck Peacock

and Vocals

Born and raised in North Carolina and playing professionally since 1963, Buck cut his bluegrass teeth on the Union Grove and Galax fiddler's conventions and the first ever Bluegrass Festivals at Fincastle, VA. Always teetering on the cutting edge of Bluegrass trends, Buck was a part of the movement that changed the face of Bluegrass into "Newgrass" as part of the New Deal String Band.  Moving to Atlanta in 1971, he continued that approach with Rosebud, the house band at Muhlenbrink's in the original Underground Atlanta until 1981. In 2002 Buck was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame's Hall of Honor. Buck is also a member of the Quintet of the Hot Club of Atlanta.

Bob Knysz

and Vocals

Bob's music roots begin in Chicago, where he started playing music at the age of 10. Blues, Folk and Rock guitar were his early influences. In 1978 he discovered the mandolin with Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson and Jethro Burns as his early mandolin influences. He began playing mandolin professionally in 1979 in Chicago and became a member of the Atlanta music scene in 1982. His love affair with the mandolin has brought him through many musical idioms including: blues, bluegrass, country, acoustic, classical, choro, and jazz. Bob is currently a of member of the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra and Quintet of the Hot Club of Atlanta.

Geoff Hohwald


Geoff has played and taught the banjo for more than forty years. He originally studied with the likes of John Hickman and Robbie Robinson and later came under the influence of other legendary performers such as Earl Scruggs, Bill Keith, J.D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne. Geoff wrote his first instructional books in 1979 and since then he has sold over 1.7 million books, videos, and DVD's worldwide. Geoff has written several books and an introduction to the Banjo video ( Banjo Primer & Banjo Songs ).

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Contact: Buck Peacock @ oldbike@mindspring.com

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