Russell Moore, a Texas native originally from Pasadena, witnessed the inception and remarkable journey of IIIrd Tyme Out, a bluegrass band he co-founded. Over the years, the group has flourished from its beginnings to its current prominence. Born on December 21, 1963, Russell’s musical journey commenced around the age of eleven, ignited by the legendary ‘The Osborne Brothers.’ He made his mark at fifteen when he joined a regional ensemble, performing across Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. His move to Arlington, Texas in 1982 paved the way for the formation of ‘Southern Connection.’ After a shift to Asheville, North Carolina, the band thrived. In 1985, Russell embarked on a significant chapter, joining forces with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Subsequently, in 1991, he departed to establish IIIrd Tyme Out.
Russell has secured an unparalleled distinction as the recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ award an astonishing six times (1994, 1997, 2010 – 2012, 2018). He currently resides near the North Georgia mountains with his wife, Carol, to whom he’s been married since November 16, 1985. Their family is completed by two sons, Taylor and Spencer. Outside of his musical endeavors, Russell dedicates time to the band’s administrative matters, maintaining their tour bus, and cherishing moments with loved ones.
Collaborating with Russell are an ensemble of talented artists who have shared the stage with him to shape IIIrd Tyme Out:
Wayne Benson, a leading mandolinist in bluegrass music, hails from Concord, NC. With a rich heritage in bluegrass, Wayne’s journey began as a teenager with Livewire. He furthered his legacy by joining IIIrd Tyme Out in December of 1992. Wayne’s contributions have garnered him numerous awards, including the SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and he remains an integral part of the band.
Keith McKinnon, a Marion, Virginia native, embarked on his musical odyssey as a member of various ensembles, including Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain. His talents encompass playing the banjo and providing harmonious vocals. Keith’s path led him to IIIrd Tyme Out, where he has thrived as the band’s banjo player and harmony vocalist after rediscovering his passion for music.
Colton Baker, a Kentucky native from Ballard County, has embraced music from an early age. Initially drawn to country, he later embraced bluegrass, eventually earning a spot in IIIrd Tyme Out as the bass player. His journey, which includes involvement with groups like “Kentucky Just Us,” has culminated in his pivotal role within the band.
Nathan Aldridge’s deep love for the fiddle began at a mere two years old, and he received his first professional instrument at the tender age of four. His journey took him through various musical experiences, ultimately leading to his role as a fiddler in IIIrd Tyme Out. Nathan’s unwavering dedication to his craft is fueled by his profound admiration for the band’s music.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s collective efforts have resonated deeply with bluegrass enthusiasts and music aficionados alike, cementing their legacy as a celebrated force within the genre.