In 2008, The Hillbenders were established in Springfield, Missouri. Nolan Lawrence, the Hillbenders' main singer and mandolin player, was joined by Jimmy Rea on guitar, Chad Graves on dobro, Mark Cassidy on banjo, and Gary Rea on bass.
The Hillbenders are a fusion of award winning Bluegrass & Rock and Roll. Formed in April of 2008, and still touring with the original lineup, The HillBenders have firmly established their presence as one of the most energetic and engaging progressive acoustic bands on the scene and they continue to wow audiences from stages around the country and around the world.
-Jim Rea-Guitar, Vocals
-Nolan Lawrence-Mandolin, Vocals
-Gary Rea-Bas, Vocals
-Chad Graves- Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocals
-Mark Cassidy-Banjo, Vocals
-John Anderson-Drums, Vocals