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Mainline Runner

by Doug Knecht

Hard-driving bluegrass instrumental featuring Doug Knecht - banjo, Ron Stewart - fiddle, Andy Hatfield - guitar and acoustic bass and Mark Stoffel - mandolin.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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Mainline Runner written by Doug Knecht. BMI.
Mixed and Mastered by Gary Gordon of Inside Out Studios.

I grew up in central Illinois, near the famous bluegrass festival at “Harmony Pines” in Gilson. I met a lot of great people and great pickers as well. It was there I first got into jam sessions and learning the basics of the 5-String banjo. My Dad taught me how to keep time and three basic chords. He supported me by starting a band called the Bluegrass Knechtion after I was about 8 years old. Eventually I learned the 3-Finger Scruggs-Style on banjo from the Earl Scruggs 5-String Instruction Book, and from listening to bands like Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and The Bluegrass Album Band. As I grew older I began playing banjo in different bands, such as Don Brown and the Ozark Mountain Trio, Shady Mix, and Chris Jones and the Night Drivers. I also entered banjo competitions in Illinois, winning 1st Place at the Springfield State Fair Banjo Competition 8 times.

I worked full-time at an ACE Hardware while I was touring with Chris Jones. During this period of time I began building my own home recording studio and buying the necessary equipment. I recorded a CD in 2006 called “Panther Creek Sessions,” getting some of my favorite musicians from Illinois into the project.

More recently, as I wrote “Mainline Runner,” I wanted to get some more of my Illinois/Indiana friends to help on the tune. I knew Mark Stoffel (mandolin) for years as he and I both played in Shady Mix at various times. I pretty much grew up next door to Andy Hatfield (guitar and acoustic bass) and have enjoyed watching him become a premier national flatpicking guitarist. I met Ron Stewart (fiddle) while touring with Chris Jones, appreciating Ron’s tremendous talent on fiddle and banjo. Today I am working as a self-employed musician, playing banjo in two bands, Illinois Rail and Ashley Lewis and Legacy, and continuing to record music and learning audio mixing techniques.

Being able to make music in these ways has given me a way to continue being part of the great bluegrass crowd of fans and musicians – part of a great tradition which I enjoy thoroughly!



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