A Little History
In the summer of 1992 a couple of friends, Dick Laird, Carroll Swam, and Tommy Neal came together to
form a Bluegrass group called Bluestone. Having known each other and played music together at previous
times, friendships were deepened and a musically tight group was formed that played the Traditional Bluegrass
they all loved. There was fun, comradery, family bonding, and lots of good serious hard driving traditional bluegrass
After 25 years and 4 Recording Projects later, Tom Neal had to leave the group because of health issues,
but still keeps the band site updated. Chris Warner has agreed to carry on the legend with his high school
buddy Dick Laird, both having formerly played with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys.
After 27 years of playing with Bluestone, just 2 years after Warner joined the group, sadly, on Monday, July 29th, 2019,
Dick Laird passed away at home after a long battle with cancer. Dick was the most energetic mandolin player ever. He was
always happy, bouncing back and forth on his feet, showing the crowd how his body was in rythm with the music.
But, above all of that, Dick was a family man first, who loved his wife, boys, and grandchildren.
Through the years Jeff has thoroughly enjoyed playing guitar, and writing and singing songs with Bluestone. With his comradery
and dry humor there was never a dull moment. Jeff and Heath both have stepped in to help their mom Nancy who was always there
to enjoy Bluestone's many venues. Then after Dick, his father passed, Jeff decided to retire from Bluestone so he could
devote more time to his family and job.
In honor of Dick and Tom and Jeff, Bluestone has decided to continue the
same tradition the band was founded on, writing new tunes and digging up
while recording and performing the Bluestone way.
Former Founding Members