Rosslyn Mountain Boys

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Who is Rosslyn Mountain Boys?

Rosslyn Mountain Boys was a band that backed up a number of nationally-known singers, and released two albums of their own.

Joe Tripplet was a member of the Washington D.C. counterculture band Claude Jones with Happy Acosta and Jay Sprague. Joe and Happy began performing as an acoustic duo calling themselves the Rosslyn Mountain Boys. The RMB made a decision to go electric and invited Peter Bonta of The Nighthawks join as bass player, along with Bob Berberich from Grin on drums . Tommy Hannum on pedal-steel guitar, who had been working with Emmylou Harris, rounded out the band When Jay Sprague also came aboard from Claude Jones, Peter was able to move over to keyboards and guitar.

The Rosslyn Mountain Boys opened for and backed up stars such as Emmylou Harris, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Vassar Clements, Bill Anderson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Buck Owens.

The RMB called it quits in 1979 and the members went in various directions. Peter was a member of Artful Dodger before opening Wally Cleaver's Recordings in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Tommy Hannum relocated to Nashville and has been Ricky Van Shelton's band leader and an in-demand session player for some years while Peter Bonta and Rico Petrocelli, the last RMB bassist, went on to record and tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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on July 23, 2013

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