Jimmy Bowen is the leader of Santa Fe and is considered one of the finest high lead/tenor voices in the field of bluegrass today. A native of Charlotte, NC, Jimmy is a multi-instrumentalist and has been performing since the age of eight. Jimmy chose to pursue a career in music. In 1988, Jimmy attained an invitation to join the legendary Country Gentlemen. Jimmy traveled the United States and Canada with the Country Gentlemen during his 7 year tenure. The Country Gentlemen took him to diverse venues such as the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now TV Show, and the White House. In 1995, after leaving the Country Gentlemen, Jimmy performed for almost 4 years with Continental Divide on such venues as Prime Time Country, TNN New, and was the recipient of the 1995 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award. Joining Jimmy is Ron Lane on guitar. Ron is very versatilein vocals as well as his great lead guitar work. Ron employs contemporary styles as well as traditional melody-based leads. He is also a very accomplished songwriter and brings many new original tunes to the group. Blake Bowen was born into a musical family (the Bowens to be exact) and has been playing bass since the age of 7. His talent developed rapidly and expanded to the guitar and he even plays a bit of banjo as well. Blake performed with Jesse McReynolds and Amber Burks before joining Santa Fe full time. Rick Briggs on banjo and vocals rounds out Santa Fe. Born in Huntersville, NC, Rich has performed with several recording artists such as: Chubby Anthony, Dale Ann Bradley, Connie Smith, Tommy Williams, and Southern Rail and was the musical director and performer at the Old Dominion Opry in Williamsburg, VA.