Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring.
What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe; guitar, Troy Boone; mandolin and began to record and release albums in earnest.
To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound.
Sideline has released 3 national projects and currently records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.
Steve Dilling plays like he was born and raised in a crib where only Earl Scruggs and Tony Rice played on the twirling mobile above him. In love with the banjo at 10, playing by 12, starting The Bass Mountain Boys, then on to the Lonesome River Band, Steve's career has had a solid, steady trajectory of success and respect. Of course we have to talk about his 20 plus years with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. You know that Steve Dilling's Carolina-awesome banjo playing and hilarious emcee work is one of the main reasons you always go see them when they're in town. IIIrd Tyme Out has certainly brought his talent to the forefront of the bluegrass community. But his work with Sideline allows Steve to show audiences that he's the real deal in any setting.
Jason is a long time veteran of the Bluegrass and Americana scene. He first started working in bluegrass with the legendary James King in 1993 and was there through 1999. While there he was on the award winning "Bed By The Window" project and several other King projects. Also during this time he was asked to be on two Michael Cleveland projects along with Mountain Heart. While in the group, they went from top notch Bluegrass band to Americana band, all the while, recording six band projects and numerous other projects as a session player. Jason was asked to help on such projects as "A Tribute to the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin", Tim Staffords "Endless Line" and several others. As a result of the work he has done in different bands and projects, Jason has been on three Grammy Nominated projects and been nominated for "Bass Player of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Awards four times to go with winning "Recorded Event of the Year" twice and "Gospel Event of the Year". Jason's latest ventures include starting the Bluegrass band "Sideline" and working with other nationally touring Bluegrass bands as well as studio session work and production. To date, Jason has been on close to 100 different projects and has produced two others with more in planning. every imaginable kind of bluegrass, and his timing and groove are unequaled, you'll mostly want to tell him how amazing he is.
Skip Cherryholmes started playing mandolin at age 9, but later switched to guitar when his family formed the "Cherryholmes" family band. Skip played with his family for almost 13 years until they decided to disband in 2011. In their time together, the Cherryholmes family won the 2005 IBMA Entertainer of the Year award, and have been nominated for numerous awards including 5 Grammy awards. He also played with bluegrass legend Lou Reid and his group "Lou Reid and Carolina". Skip is now playing full time with Sideline and working as an engineer and producer at "Old Stage Recording Studio" in Raleigh, NC. Although he now lives in NC, Skip is from Los Angeles, CA and loves to visit his family and friends on the west coast. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Stephanie, son Aiden, and his 2 Siberian Huskies, Kodi and Neko.
Music has always surrounded Troy Boone. At a very young age, he decided to learn how to play banjo. After a few lessons, he stopped due to a lack of interest; however, his interest in music was still strong. Upon getting a Martin guitar for Christmas, Troy began learning guitar from his father. After learning the basics, he was desperate to obtain a higher knowledge of music and guitar playing. He began taking private guitar lessons from David Yates, a professional instructor out of Johnson City, Tennessee. After learning several tunes, he really began developing a deep love for bluegrass music. Each week David would teach him a new flat-picking tune. Years later, he found a mandolin which belonged to his older brother and began learning to play. Troy started to develop a strong passion for mandolin at this point, and upon graduating high school he decided to enroll in East Tennessee State University's Bluegrass program. There Troy studied guitar, mandolin, banjo, along with taking several bluegrass education classes. Troy has been playing with his hometown band "Dreamcatcher" for the last 2 years.
Born and raised in Four Oaks, North Carolina Bailey began playing mandolin at 11 years old. He later would switch over to guitar at the age of 18. Bailey spent two and half years with the GrassCats before coming to Sideline. Bailey is also a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will continue his education in Occupational Therapy. When Bailey is not on the road or playing music he enjoys spending time with his friends and loved ones, reading and playing with his two dogs Harvey and Molly. Music has always been a cornerstone of Bailey's life and he looks forward to continuing that with Sideline.