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Greatest Hits Release 2021/2022

Posted by Jim on May 3, 2022 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (4)

THe Open Highway BGB has released a Greatest Hits album for the 2021/2022 season.  Some of these hits range from 2002 through 2012 with many great past and present members.  Feel free to pick up a copy and enjoy as well as the other "3" projects the band currently has available

Welcome New Band Member

Posted by Jim on May 3, 2022 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (2)
Hello all--I am honored and pleased to welcome a new member to the Open Highway Bgb here this past April. Mr Gil Benson has added his talents and wonderful personality to this fine group of musicians and we cant wait to showcase him throughout the upcoming festival season! With a know friendship over the past 10-15 years it was always said "someday we will get together and jam" and now the time is here.. please make Gil welcome and feel free to stop and say howdy! Here's a little Bio as well: Gil has played and recorded fiddle for many bands/artists throughout the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area. He currently enjoys a career as both a Software Developer and Musician.  Gil makes his home in Monroe, Ohio with his wife Liz.

Sad report--original founder Jim Duty Sr passes

Posted by Jim on April 18, 2022 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0) Sad news to report, my dad Jim Duty Sr who played guitar/ mandolin/fiddle--lost his life with the battle of covid-19 in Jan 2022. Words cannot express mine and my family and the bands appreciation and love for Jim. He was one of a kind and truly will be missed! Hes picking some grass and having a "yard sale" in heaven for sure!!

New CD release update 2022

Posted by Jim on April 18, 2022 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (2)
Hey folks wanted to give you a quick update here on the live CD that the Open Highway Bgb worked on in the fall of 2021... We are still working with Clay Hess and have been trying to get this finalized sometime here spring or early summer of 2022 more information and details to follow a definitely hope to be out sometime here soon for you're listening!!

Welcome new band member

Posted by Jim on May 17, 2021 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (4)
Hello all... The Open Highway bgb is proud to announce that a new member has been added to the group. John Keith, with a great resume and much,much talent has stepped up to take on playing mandolin for the band. A great Monroe style mandolin player, awesome singer and multi-tantented in many other instruments as well, that the band has been looking for for over a year. In his personal life, John is a preacher with the Church of Christ and teaches many mandolin camps throughout... Please feel free to stop by and "shake and howdy" with us and say hello. John also has CD's available and you wont be disappointed!! Welcome John, and after the first "2" shows it's been a lot of fun for sure!!!

Facebook Live 2021

Posted by Jim on March 1, 2021 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Howdy folks... Well it's been a while since the band has been able to perform a live show (as with most bands throughout the country things have been pretty scarce) but we have been asked and have been wanting to do a live FB show which is now set for Saturday Jan 30th at 2 p.m.....

Our last official show was Poppy Mountain BGF back in Sept and we've been able to get together a handful of times and jam but are going to do an hour set of live music and we hope you all will tune in and enjoy!! The band members are Austin Wilder/guitar... Tyler Ashcraft/ banjo.. Jim Duty/fiddle..Jim DutyJr/upright bass.

We are not asking for any donations we just want everyone to share this page and hopefully have a wonderful time enjoying the virtual show and of course if there's any promoters out there that like what they hear or see their more welcome to reach out to me through Facebook or email at [email protected]!! We are hoping that 2021 is a successful festival season as all, and we have been honored to accept our first visit to Bean blossom in June of 2021 and also our first visit to the 7 Mile BGF in Ohio and the Basin BGF in Vermont!!!!

We definitely welcome any of your comments and any assistance--- I will further update if anything changes and we hope to see you all live Saturday!!!!

Whats new in 2021

Posted by Jim on February 20, 2020 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Howdy all. Again the Open Highway BGB is preparing for another full and fast year of bluegrass show dates and meeting wonderful family and friends along the way. We are excited like most to get 2020 behind us and move forward!  Please check back for showdates and any new we can share!


Posted by Jim on December 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Howdy all!! The Open Highway BGB just wanted to say thank you to all of the fans,family, and friends that have supported the band once again in 2021!!! After a tough 2020 year the band is looking forward to trying to produce another project in 2021, and perform and entertain at some new places in the upcoming season. We would like to wish all many blessings of good health and hope to see ya on the Open Highway Soon!! Be sure and check us out on facebook and continue to give us your feedback and comments to help is maintain a great sound and wonderful entertainment to you and radio alike!!

back to the studio!!

Posted by Jim on February 24, 2017 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Open Highway is looking to get back in the studio here in 2021!! we are wanting to start start laying down some demo tracks and hoping to get some new material out here for 2018!!   We thanks all who have supported us over the long haul and again thank all the listerners, promoters, and fans and booking agencys for all your help!! 

We again thank you and hope to see ya on the "Open Highway" and perform and please you with a song that suits your style and hope you do follow us on facebook, and the website for add'l news and information!!

Thanks again  Jim

Open Highway News!!!

Posted by Jim on March 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well Howdy Folks,I would just like to say first of all that I am trying my best to keep this website updated as often as possible and you can also check us out on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram at openhighwaybluegrass band. I would also like to let everyone know that the Open Highway band is back at it full force!!! The band has relinquished a couple of the older members that was once with the group to acquire the same sound that we've always strive for in that people have come to enjoy.First of all myself Jim Duty is still currently playing the upright Bass and fronting the group, along with doing some of the lead singing and tenor vocals. On Banjo is a longtime Ohio native Matt Inboden. Matt is a straight ahead, cut his teeth on Scruggs style, hard driving expertise and has played with some of the greats here and abroad.  Finally being able to retire and enjoy picking, family time, and of course grandkids he is now in his wheelhouse. We are pleased to welcome Matt on board and help us along the way!! On mandolin once again is a past member of the group, Scott Adkins..Scott has played with various bands throughout including Dave Evans and Riverbend still currently performs with the band Out of Mind band and is unmatched by any other mandolin player...Scott sings lead vocal on many of the songs and also is a fine baritone singer...his music abilities has carried him to one of the finest singers and musicians in these parts. Scott is not only a member of the band but like family to us and most of our followers, WOW!!-- what a great privledge to have him assist the Open Highway Band!! Our guitar player Max Mobley,has just been a great addition to the band after my dad Jim Sr.,had to step down due to health reasons..Max has stepped up to take on the lead guitar playing along with doing some lead singing, tenor and baritone vocals..coming from a very tallented family,Max Mobley has supplied the band with his musical abilities and the drive that we all have as one,to make this group a wonderful, exciting group to watch perform live, and like myself form the same hometown- its always nice when were performing close to home and re-unite with frieds and family!!  On fiddle and harmonies Mr.John Obora. Johns been a great adition with his talent and wonderful music history of not only bluegrass, but his jazz background!!! Also John shares some responibilities on guitar,mandolin and lead and harmony vocals. It doesn't go unsaid that these five gentlemen collectively as a whole have so much fun when they perform by their jokes their humor and their ability to relate to one another and to all of the audiences crowds are just amazed how we have so much fun and still seem to put a lot of work effort and talent into our performance....I would like to welcome you to check out any of our videos on this website or Facebook or YouTube and take a listen to what we have to offer...once again I think you for taking the opportunity to check us out and always remember that you are our "Grand ole Opry', and no matter how many are listening or watching whether it be 2 or 2000,our Performance never changes for you the people we want to provide you with the best entertainment and hospitality that we can and we're so thankful for you all the fans,radio DJs, promoters alike!!!