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Stuart Wyrick, draws his talent from the hills of Union County in East Tennessee where many legendary artists have emerged including Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Carl Smith and Lois Johnson.  Stuart began his musical career at the tender age of 8 in a small rural community nestled in Luttrell, Tennessee called Tater Valley.  

Stuart is currently a member of Flashback. Flashback is a bluegrass “super group” featuring former members of the 1995 Grammy Nominated “Flashback” version of J.D. Crowe and The Newsouth. Band members include Phil Leadbetter, Richard Bennett, Don Rigsby, and Curt Chapman from the original “Flashback” band. At the end of 2015, J.D. Crowe went into retirement again and Stuart was hired to play banjo and sing baritone in early 2016.
Stuart has enjoyed sharing his talent locally, nationally, and internationally for 4 decades.  Before joining Flashback, he was a band member playing banjo in the Dale Ann Bradley Band who is the 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year. Travels with the group included Ireland and a performance at the Grand Ole Opry.  Before joining the Dale Ann Bradley Band, Stuart was also a member of the popular Bluegrass group Brand New Strings who recorded two albums for Rural Rhythm Records and released several successful singles.  The group caught the attention of the label when Brand New Strings won the 2009 SPBGMA International Band Contest in Nashville, Tn.  Prior to that, Stuart was a founding member of the Bluegrass Gospel group New Road who recorded six albums and the Better Way Quartet who recorded four albums and his first group The Tater Valley Boys.

Stuart’s love for the banjo materialized in the 70’s when his dad took him to see an Osborne Brothers concert at the WNOX auditorium in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Soon after that he began buying bluegrass records with money he saved from working in tobacco and hauling hay, developing his banjo style by drawing from the sounds of Flatt and Scruggs, JD Crowe and the Osborne Brothers.  However, Stuart’s father Theodore Wyrick, was the greatest musical influence in his life. 
In late 2015, Stuart teamed up with his long- time friend, Steve Gulley to produce his current cd on Rural Rhythm Records titled “East Tennessee Sunrise.” The project released in August 2016 is getting great reviews and the singles have climbed the RMR “ Roots Music Report” charts and the Bluegrass Today charts.