The High Rollers

About the band:

Larry Chunn

Larry Chunn, guitar and vocals, resides in Springfield, TN. His appreciation for new and old music alike helps to offer a wide variety of songs during performances. A third generation musician, Larry was given a guitar at the age of 12 by his grandfather and the rest is music history. In 1992 Larry went on the road with the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin for a year and then followed that up in 1993 by joining the Grand Ole Opry’s Square-dance group. He’s made numerous dancing appearances on TNN and CMT, and can be seen playing guitar and singing on RFD-TV’s Cumberland Highlanders show. Larry and his wife Cheryl run The Mainstage music and dance studio in Springfield, TN and are regular members of the Grand Ole Opry Square-dancers where they have been appearing on the famed Opry stage for over 16 years.

John Tomlin

He plays the mandolin with power, passion and pizzazz and sings like a man who fully understands what hard-charging, no-nonsense, Bill Monroe-begatted bluegrass is all about. “What comes out of my fingertips and out of my mouth reflect upon the old school way of doing things,” he explains. “I don’t think you can really sing about some things unless you know what you’re singing about.” Listeners will have no difficulty identifying with John’s soul-baring style of singing. Another Tennessee native and third generation musician, John grew up playing music with fellow High-Roller, Larry Chunn, and has picked with the likes of fiddle master Vassar Clements, and Curly Seckler. John has recently released his first solo project “I Forgot To Remember’.

Curtis Mann

Curtis Mann from Dyer, TN holds down the timing for the group and he’s been playing bluegrass for over 20 years. Originally a honkey tonk guitar player, Curtis got started in bluegrass when a local band needed a bass player. A guy gave him an upright bass and he was on his way. Curtis has been on stage with the western Tennessee based bands Tennessee Tradition, and Stone County Connection. During his time with Stone County Connection, the band came in 2nd at the SPBGMA band contest in Nashville, TN and twice won the TN State Band competitions in Clarksville, TN and Smithville, TN. He’s serious about timing and good bass tone, and he is definitely one of the best bass players on the circuit. Curtis and his wife Stacey have two children, Lawson and Britton and when he’s not out on the road playing music, Curtis leads the singing at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Dyer, TN.

Gail Rudisill-Johnson

Playing fiddle for the band is Gail Rudisill-Johnson. Originally from Aurora, Illinois, Gail began taking Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five. Her freshman year of high school, Gail spent a year performing with an all female bluegrass group, the Wildwood Girls. She then decided to skip her senior year of high school and go straight to college at Belmont University in Nashville. At that time, she joined the Nashville-based all female bluegrass group Petticoat Junction. Shortly after graduating Belmont, she started playing fiddle and singing background vocals with Grand Ole Opry star “Whisperin” Bill Anderson. In 2003, she and her husband, session pianist and producer Dirk Johnson, were blessed with twins. She immediately decided to stay home with the babies, and after eight years with Anderson, she quit the road. She now teaches around 75 students a week at several music schools in the Nashville area.

Robin Roller

Originally from Chetwynd, BC in Canada, Robin Roller can’t remember a time when music wasn’t being played in the house either on the radio, the record player or her father singing and playing guitar, and then later banjo. At the age of 14 the banjo struck her interest and the rest is history. While in her teens, Robin toured the Pacific Northwest with the BC based bluegrass band, Just For Fun. After High School she left Canada to attend a bluegrass college in Levelland, Texas where she studied the banjo as well as guitar, dobro, and bass. During her second semester Robin took a trip to Nashville to audition for a new all-female bluegrass band that was getting started. She came back to South Plains College, finished her third semester and moved to Nashville to become part of Petticoat Junction, and toured with the band for over eight years. Since then Robin has been part of several other bluegrass bands including Wild and Blue, Blue and Lonesome, Bull Harman and Bull’s Eye, Twisted Lester, and The Kati Penn Band. Robin has also taught banjo for several years and in 2005 she penned her first instruction book “Beginner Bluegrass Banjo."

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