Local bluegrass group releases its first CD

PARKERSBURG – From TDs to CDs, a local bluegrass band that includes a former long snapper for the West Virginia University Mountaineers has released its first album.

Cody Nutter plays the mandolin in the Sour Mash String Band, which in May released its first album, the CD “Down the Highway,” a collection of 14 songs featuring hits from other bands and performers.

A CD release party will be held 7 p.m. July 1 at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta.

Songs on the album include pieces by the Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled By Turtles, Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and some “I don’t know who wrote them because they’re so old,” he said.

The CD can be purchased at CDbaby.com, iTunes or directly from members of the band by contacting them on their Facebook page or website, sourmashstringband.com.

Members of the band, in addition to Nutter, are Josh Moody on guitar and vocals, Patsy Brookover on bass, Marianne Barnett on vocals and Greg Settle on banjo and vocals. All are from the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Moody and Nutter formed the band. Moody composed and wrote two songs on the CD, “Down the Highway” and “Drifter of the South.”

Brookover began her career in The Brookover Brothers, then with her husband Sam performed in the Stoneycreek band.

Singing bluegrass since she was 4, Barnett was the lead harmony singer with Outer Edge before joining The Sour Mash String Band. She is a special education teacher from Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

Settle began playing music at the age of 12, playing the guitar, mandolin and banjo.

Nutter started with the Tallgrass Band and still plays guitar with the group.

Kyle Counts introduced him to bluegrass.

“He’s the one who opened my eyes to that genre,” Nutter said.

Nutter played football at Parkersburg South High School, then at WVU where he was a walk-on in 2008 and became the Mountaineers’ long snapper in 2009. While he was the long snapper, no punt, field goal or extra point was blocked.

He graduated in 2012 from WVU with a degree in physical education. He teaches at Parkersburg South where he also is an assistant football coach.

Although he was in the band in elementary and middle schools, he later concentrated on athletics in school.

“My focus was mainly on sports all through high school,” Nutter said.

Nutter said he needed to do something that gave him the same thrill as being on the football field.

“I think it’s very, very similar as far as the adrenaline rush and need to perform,” Nutter said.

Playing in the band was the answer, he said.

“I needed to scratch that itch,” Nutter said.