The Official Site of Darren Beachley
He’s back! Darren Beachley will be performing again in 2020 with Linda Lay & Springfield Exit.
"The time just feels right". "And I love Linda's voice and we sing really good together and I am all about good vocals". The news is out!!!. Darren Beachley will be back to performing with Linda Lay & Springfield Exit. After putting their stamp on several of Cracker Barrel's Heritage Series CDs in the early 2000s, Linda and David performed a number shows with the brilliant mandolinist and former Johnson Mountain Boy David McLaughlin. At some of their first concerts at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and at the Lowell Folk Festival, they received standing ovations and rave reviews. With these auspicious results, they have continued performing together as Springfield Exit. The group is now considered one of Virginia's outstanding bluegrass trios. They perform original songs and a wide variety of their own arrangements of old standards and traditional songs as well as new country, blues, swing, bluegrass, and folk instrumentals. Together they have performed at numerous National Folk Festivals, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many others. Today the trio is joined by acclaimed fiddler and banjoist Troy Engle. For their 2019 Richmond Folk Festival appearance, Troy will pick up the pedal steel and pass along the banjo duties to their good friend and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, Sammy Shelor.
" I am looking forward to being involved with something different". Darren has kept an eye on the industry from a distance, He has continued to write some songs with other folks including Kenny Ray Horton, Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis. The songs "I'm Gonna Build It was recorded by Tom Wurth. "Ride" was recorded by the band Nightflyer.
Darren left full-time music in 2011. He has stayed active in music since, But went and got what people call a "Real Job". After being a part of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and leading his own Legends of The Potomac that included the late Mike Auldridge, Tom Gray, Norman Wright and Mark Delaney. He also helped form the short lived Heart Town that featured Greg Luck, Shayne Bartley, Tim Laughlin and Jason Leek all of whom have been a huge part of bluegrass for many years. Playing such venues as The Hollywood Bowl, The Grand Ole Opry, Prairie Home Companion, Earnest Tubb Record Shop and The Ryman Auditorium fulfilled a lifelong dream. “It was an incredible ride to do those things. I wouldn’t ever have thought I could attain that dream, Being at the top of a field is something that most never reach”. Being at the top was exactly where Beachley was, While with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver the band won IBMA’s Vocal Group of the year in 2006&2007 and recorded gospel event 2006 & 2007. The group would also have “Sadie’s Got Her New Dress On” top the Bluegrass Unlimited charts for six consecutive months, As well as being the number one video on CMT’s pure pack twelve. In 2008 DL&Q would achieve another first as the first bluegrass band to top the Southern Gospel Music Charts with “Help Is On The Way”. In mid to late 2008 Darren started jamming with some friends he had known for some time. Those friends just happened to be Mike Auldridge, Tom Gray, Norman Wright and Mark Delaney. “We would get together during the day and pick, and it was fun to do something other than Quicksilver, Mike and Tom had been my heroes when they were part of the Seldom Scene. Norman had taken me under his wing when I was a green player and singer and Mark and I had grown up through the music together”. Darren decided in early 2009 it was time to make a move and Darren Beachley & Legends of The Potomac was formed. “It was weird leaving the security of DL&Q and having my name in front of a band that included those guys, But Mike insisted”. The band recorded their first and only CD for Patuxent Records and it was a huge success reaching number 1 on Roots Music Charts and number 11 on Billboard as well as being rated one of the top 15 bluegrass recordings of 2010.“When the idea for the band was born, I wasn’t looking to be just another band; I wanted the approach that we could crossover reaching into other markets gave us a different audience”. In early summer 2010 Mike Auldridge made the announcement that he would retire from touring. “ I will never forget it, We were in the van in Ohio and he said it was just to tiring on him with his health getting worse and he was going to have to leave the road”. After the sad parting of Mike Auldridge, Darren Beachley and The Legends of the Potomac drifted apart but Darren remained busy performing here in our region and abroad, and especially remained committed to his special high-caliber concert series in Brunswick, Maryland. Local hero that he is, we all knew what he was doing but the bluegrass world seemed fixed upon this sick fascination of rumor-mongering about how far into obscurity Darren Beachley had sunk. The truth is, Darren was just simply getting on with his life as we all have to get on with our lives. Those of us who also respect his talent, also know that Darren wasn't remaining in some stage of creative stasis. After the "Legends" he really did quite well in expanding his listening audience and fan-base. He selectively and carefully did a 'pick-and-choose' of the people he wanted to perform with, and the places he wanted to perform. The hard-core bluegrass bunch is a fickle crowd, but will always back their icons. Darren Beachley stayed at the top-of-the-mark of reputable artist/performers in acoustic music.