Second Chance at Farmington Friday

Published 10:00 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Farmington Community Center will host bluegrass/gospel band, Second Chance Bluegrass, Friday night, July 15.

Doors open at 6 selling hamburgers and hotdogs, along with chips, drinks and some dessert. The band plays from 7-9.  There is a $6 charge.

“These boys are pickers that can actually sing,” is how one fan described Second Chance.

Forging their name from a scripture found in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” Second Chance Bluegrass is committed to serving God, whom they feel has given them a second chance in life through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Armed with this verse and living this mission, Second Chance Bluegrass is pickin’ and singin’ a message of what they simply describe as, “bluegrass blessing.”

Randy Dally is a mandolin and guitar player. He sings lead and adds to harmonizing vocals. He is a native of Pennsylvania who resides in Welcome.

Jon Essick plays the stand-up bass and offers tenor vocals. He is a veteran vocalist and musician. He toured the southern gospel circuit with The Welcomaires during the 1990s and made the transition to high bluegrass tenor singing in 2002. He makes his home in Welcome.

Blake Lanning plays the banjo.Inspired at age 12 when his Granddaddy, Tommy Lanning, gave him a banjo.  He’s 17 now. He  also adds a big voice to vocals. He lives in Reedy Creek.

Jerry Tysinger plays guitar, bass and adds baritone vocals. He, too, toured with The Welcomaires and has earned a reputation for unique guitar accompaniment style and solid bass and baritone vocals. He picked up the guitar at age 7 and has been playing ever since. He lives in Welcome.

Also, pictured is Randy Shumaker who played with the band for several years. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in January 2008. He lost the battle in January 2016. His instruments (guitar and dobro), harmony vocals and song writing talents are missed.