While emphasizing their instrumental and vocal versatility, Colebrook Road insists on staying true to the spirit and sound of a bluegrass band.
— Ted Lehmann, IBMA nominated Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year, in "No Depression"
Colebrook Road embodies what bluegrass music is all about. A traditional spirit while bringing to life a new and revitalized energy. Their technical ability and vocal prowess is remarkable for a young band who have old souls.
— Phillip Chorney, Founder and Director, IBMA event of the year Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Performers Colebrook Road proved their worth with self-penned beauties and creative covers of Billy Joel and Paul Simon. While fans expect—and get—exceptional entertainment from the ‘big guys,’ the surprises come from the younger artists who bring hunger, promise, varied influences, and incredible talent. Magical harmonies and songs inspired by Maya Angelou distinguish these new artists from the “pop” artists who rule the airwaves these days.
— Gene Knapp, in "Elmore Magazine"
This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable albums from a young band that I’ve spun in nearly four decades of being a reviewer. This Harrisburg, PA outfit has a real synergy, both vocally and instrumentally, between its five talented and consistently complimentary members; an abundance of exciting original material; and a refreshing contemporary grass sound that stays very much in the traditional bluegrass mode.
— Richard D. Smith, author of Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe, in "Bluegrass Unlimited"
Lyrically and musically well constructed, with haunting harmonies and great instrumental breaks by all members…Multiple band and solo bluegrass contest award winners…[they] are definitely a group to check out.
— Kathy Hicks Murray, in "Live Music News and Review"
Colebrook Road won over the judges and the packed house with their strong, clean picking and blended bluegrass sound.
— Jen Hughes, in "Bluegrass Today"

Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional grass played by the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band and the genre-warping progressive grass done by the Punch Brothers and Front Country, Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans. 

Influences of the members of Colebrook Road abound, from ‘90s country to heavy metal to punk rock to, yes, traditional bluegrass. Each member brings their own experiences to the music to create something greater than what the five individuals could have ever achieved separately.

Guitarist, lead vocalist, and main songwriter Jesse Eisenbise lends his great vocal range and racing guitar picking to each song, while banjoist, dobroist, and bass vocalist Mark Rast hammers out blinding right-hand rhythms blended with just enough left-hand virtuosity. Mandolinist Wade Yankey’s gargantuan rhythm chop and inventive breaks play off of fiddler and baritone vocalist Joe McAnulty’s searing, syncopated fiddle work. Bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell holds down the bottom end with a notably percussive drive.

With the group’s third effort, “On Time,” released on May 3, 2019 on Mountain Fever Records, Colebrook Road aims to take their songs farther across the country and to a broader audience than ever before. “On Time” lays out ten songs, with two borrowed from friends and one unexpected cover from a legendary ‘80s album, that will turn any skeptic into a bluegrass fan and will bring a grin to the face of the established diehard.

Jesse Eisenbise: lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter

Jesse Eisenbise: lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter

Mark Rast: banjo, dobro, bass vocals, baritone vocals 1st place winner Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest, Telluride, CO

Mark Rast: banjo, dobro, bass vocals, baritone vocals
1st place winner Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest, Telluride, CO

Jeff Campbell: bass, tenor vocals, van mechanic

Jeff Campbell: bass, tenor vocals, van mechanic

Joe McAnulty: fiddle, baritone vocals 1st place winner 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest, Westminster, MD

Joe McAnulty: fiddle, baritone vocals
1st place winner 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest, Westminster, MD

Wade Yankey: mandolin 1st place winner 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival mandolin contest, Berryville, VA

Wade Yankey: mandolin
1st place winner 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival mandolin contest, Berryville, VA


Photos by Dee Sabatino, D.S. Photography


Jesse and Wade at Jesse’s house, the first meeting and jam that sparked the idea for Colebrook Road

Jesse and Wade at Jesse’s house, the first meeting and jam that sparked the idea for Colebrook Road