Award-winning brother/sister duo The Roys conjure up excitement from crowds across the nation. Audience applause at the 47th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Festival in June 2013 didn’t stop even after The Roys performed two encores. Likewise, they livened up the stage with their debut at the Ryman Auditorium’s Bluegrass Nights in 2012, and stirred up the fans a month earlier at the Country Music Association Music Festival.
Mark Newton And Steve Thomas
By Tom Netherland
Just beyond the etched windows of Robert’s Western World, cars eased along Broadway en route to unforeseen destinations in the tracks of legends long gone. The sun peeked through and said hello. Mark Newton sat on a barstool at Robert’s days before Christmas and an hour before opening time. His friend and new music collaborator, Steve Thomas, sat nearby. Newton held his guitar like a newborn babe; Thomas’s mandolin cradled in his hands. Each wore a grin and a glow that far exceeded the neon cast across the boot-heels-scarred wood floors of Robert’s. Johnny Cash rumbled on a radio.