Based out of Oberlin, OH, Acoustic Age is a newly formed (forming) band strongly rooted in bluegrass music. However, they don't want to be limited to just one genre. Their vision is to be able to give listeners a different perspective of acoustic music that crosses genres such as bluegrass, pop, jazz, country, and folk to name a few. "It is our own sound of acoustic music that has something for everybody. No limits. No boundaries. Just good music that all can enjoy," says founder, Jimmy Haynes.
Jimmy has been curating the concept of Acoustic Age for the last several years and now all of the pieces are falling into place. He has been arranging original songs written by both Pete Goble and 2014/2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Tim Stafford. There are several original pieces he's been recording as well.
Now, with a CD soon to be released along with talk of being signed with an Agent, Acoustic Age is ready to be launched.
Jimmy's love of the guitar first began when he was at the impressionable age of 14. With influences such as Tim Stafford, David Grier, Steve Kaufman, and the legendary Tony Rice, it is easy to see that his goal of mastering the guitar was taken as seriously as every breath. Within his first years of playing, Jimmy, his parents, and his brother, Adam were in the studio cutting their first gospel record, "Sing a New Song," and booking shows as The Jimmy Haynes Band. The band worked semi-pro for the next six years, traveling through the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Their second album, "Instrumentals", received worldwide airplay. In 1998, the group won First Place in The Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival band competition.
When the group disbanded in 1999, Jimmy spent the next couple of years honing his skills and recording with friends on their solo projects. He began touring across the country with the late James King in 2001 when King was on top of the Bluegrass Charts with his album, "30 Years of Farming". Jimmy toured extensively with James King playing approximately 180 dates a year and in 2002, he was asked to perform on a project with King at Tree House Studios. The project, "For The Long Haul", also included tracks from Don Rigsby, Bryan Sutton, and Kenny Smith. That same year, Jimmy also recorded with Rounder Records on "O Christmas Tree - A Bluegrass Collection For The Holidays".
Although new on the scene, Isaac is no stranger to music. He first began playing guitar over ten years ago. He was introduced to Bluegrass music by a friend at his local church, from whom he was taking guitar lessons. Listening to such greats as Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes led to Isaac's love of dobro. Both his serious nature and his desire for perfection have assisted his transition nicely.
His dedication to create quality music makes him a welcome addition to Acoustic Age.