- Banjo player and vocalist from Saxapahaw, NC
Born in 1981 and raised in Saxapahaw, NC, Brian grew up in a musical
family. He got started on mandolin at age three, and graduated
to banjo at thirteen. His father, Mike, now with Al Batten &
Bluegrass Reunion, was a long time member of the Bass Mountain
Boys. It was with that group that Brian first played on stage.
His favorite banjo players include Earl Scruggs and Jim Mills,
and his picking reflects their precise, dynamic style. His wife's
grandfather, award-winning North Carolina banjoist/vocalist A.
L. Wood, was also a major influence.
Brian once claimed first prize at two fiddlers conventions back
to back, playing "Dear Old Dixie" and "Randy Lynn
Rag." His dream is to own a pre-war flathead banjo. Brian
is also a master of the Scruggs style of finger picked guitar,
which he often employs on the band's gospel quartets. Brian's
hard-driving style, tasteful backup licks, and heartfelt vocals
are the centerpiece of the Constant Change sound.
Brian's hobbies include hunting and picking, and he's a natural-born
mechanic. When he's not playing music, Brian can be found in Chapel
Hill where he works as a service technician for the University
of North Carolina.
- Mandolin player and vocalist from Saxapahaw, NC
Born in 1985, Brian's brother Daniel was inspired to play bluegrass
by hearing IIIrd Tyme Out. He spent many years listening to and
absorbing the music of great mandolin players before picking up
the instrument himself at age fifteen. His influences include
his father Mike, Wayne Benson, and Bill Monroe. Once he put fingers
to strings, Daniel's progress was astonishing. Just barely out
of high school, he joined Constant Change in November of 2003.
He soon was recruited by Honi Deaton, with whom he toured from
March through October of 2004.
Daniel spent the summer of 2005 touring with Jeannette Williams
before returning to play with Constant Change. In addition to
his dazzling mandolin picking, Daniel is a fine lead singer, and
provides much of the baritone harmony in the band's trios and
quartets. Daniel is employed at the Alamance County Sheriff's
Zachary (Zak) Mclamb - Upright Bass
player from Four Oaks, NC
Zak (as he is most often referred to) is no stranger to Constant
Change. He was a founding member in 2002 along with Brian Aldridge
and Clifton Preddy. In 2005, he left Constant Change to play with
Kenny and Amanda Smith. He started playing music at the age of
7, when his father, a banjo player, bought a bass for his mother.
Soon Zak fell in love with the bass and his father taught him
a few notes and encouraged him to play. Zak studied under a classical
bassist once a week for three years and learned the fundamentals
of playing, then took the formal knowledge that he gained and
applied it to his true musical love, Bluegrass.
Zak started playing music with his parents in a local group, The
Tony McLamb Band, in 1988, and continues to play with them today.
He joined the Raleigh-based New Vintage Bluegrass Band in 1992
and played with them for two of his high school years. It was
during this time that New Vintage won both the SPBGMA International
Band Championship and the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown.
Zak has recorded with many different artist in recent years and
is considered one of the top bass players in the industry. We
are happy to have him back as part of Constant Change.
- Guitar and vocalist from Smithfield, NC
Born in Smithfield NC in 1970. Jeff grew up watching his dad,
Roby Huffman, perform bluegrass music. Traveling with his dad
to weekend bluegrass festivals during the late 70's and 80's,
Jeff had the chance to meet and jam with several of todays well
known bluegrass artists. While a teenager, he decided to teach
himself guitar and discovered the guitar styles of Doc Watson,
Clarence White, and Tony Rice. As the years progressed, Jeff performed
regularly with his dad's band (The BlueGrass Cut-Ups) and other
bands,(Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion, The Spike Hammer Band
and Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam)
also builds the Huffman Guitar. Established in 2010, many of Jeff's
guitars can be heard at local music festivals with most people
saying that his guitars have that "old" sound right
out of the box! Additionally, Jeff repairs and performs setup
work on guitars and other stringed instruments. Jeff works in
the Pharmaceutical Industry and enjoys spending free time with
family and friends playing outdoor sports, hunting and fishing.
has spent many years playing guitar and singing and is enjoying
his role as the guitarist and vocalist for Constant Change.
Clifton Preddy - Fiddle player and
vocalist from Wilton, NC
Born in 1973 and raised in Wilton, NC, Clifton Preddy has been
playing the fiddle as long as he can remember. From age three
until sixteen, he took private classical violin lessons and performed
at various regional fiddler's conventions, festivals, state fairs,
and churches. He further honed his skills playing at regular weekly
jam sessions with family members and friends, including the late
Gene Wooten, who went on to perform with Wilma Lee Cooper, The
Osborne Brothers, and others.
Over his musical career, Clifton has performed and recorded with
many bands, including Swift Run, The Virginia Travelers, New Classic
Grass, Lynwood Lunsford, New Vintage, Carolina Road, The Navy
Bluegrass Band, The Jason Michael Carroll Band, Steel Creek, Carolina
Connection, and The Beard Brothers. His greatest influences are
Chubby Wise, Mark O'Connor, the Lonesome River Band, and his great-uncle,
old-time fiddler Emil "Dunk" Preddy.
Clifton was a founding member of Constant Change, and he takes
care of most of the band's business. He has contributed a number
of original songs to the Constant Change repertoire. He sings
both lead and harmony, and supplies the bass part in all of the
band's quartets. Clifton works as a Business Transformation Senior
Manager in Research Triangle Park.
Making Cents - 2003 - Papa Leo Records - PL-03-0001
2) Live From The Peppermill - 2006 - Papa Leo Records - PL-06-0001
3) Kentucky Comes To Town - 2007 - Papa Leo Records - PL-07-0001
4) Hills Of Home - 2009 - Papa Leo Records - PL-09-0001
5) Live At The Paramount Theatre - 2012 - Papa Leo Records -
6) Evolving - 2014 - Blue Circle Records - BCR-041
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