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 music played.

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.

In honor of Dick and Tom, Bluestone has decided to continue the same tradition the band was founded on,
writing new tunes and digging up old material, while recording and performing the Bluestone way.

Former Founding Members

Dick Laird

Dick Laird

Tom Neal

Tom Neal



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