Open Rail is a fresh, new bluegrass band based in Gallipolis Ohio. In 2010 the band was selected to be the Historical Ariel Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Center's home band. The band hosted shows at the theater for 2 seasons, and now are performing all over the country sharing their brand of Bluegrass. Don Titus plays Banjo, Mark Kinney on Vocals and Guitar, John Cardwell Vocals and Mandolin, Brian Ison Vocals and Guitar, Jeff Fields on Bass. Open Rail proudly endorses Eddie Grey Guitars and Nichols Road Mandolins . Open Rail is always booking concerts and church events for all times and seasons. Contact them today to have a great time with the band.
2016 Blazin' Bluegrass Band Competition WInner
2016 IMEA Bluegrass Band Of The Year.
In his youth, the groups that had the most impact on John’s musical life were the
Happy Goodman Family and the Singing Hinsons fostering his love of gospel
music. At the age of 12, John started playing the bass guitar for his father’s singing
group, the Cardwell Quartet. When his father passed away, he became part of the
Singing Shafers and he and his wife, Debi, began performing duets at local churches.
They added a third member, Greg Bowman, and formed Guyan Valley Trio. John now
splits his time between the two groups and is “enjoying every minute of it.” John Cardwell
proudly endorses Nichols Road Mandolins. "The tone and quality of the workmanship is
as good as it looks."
Don Titus, Banjo
Don has been playing and teaching banjo for over 30 years. Don has played in several
groups with Johnny Staats including The Bluegrass Heritage, Southern Wind,
Crossroads, Just For Now, and Sarah Conant & New Image. He’s opened for many
professional acts in the bluegrass field, such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue
Highway, & Lynn Morris Band, to name a few He has fifteen recording projects under
his belt and has worked with Amanda (Collins) Smith on a project with Johnny
Staats. He has won numerous contests including 1st in the Country Showdown contest
in WV with Southern Wind and placing many times at the SPBGMA in Nashville. Don
proudly play Fitch Banjos
Brian "Bubba" Ison, Bass and Vocals
Brian is a Pike County Ohio native, coming from a musical family
learning to sing with his mom and grandparents in church. At 12 he began
to take an interest in instrumental music and the guitar was a natural fit. Later
as bluegrass became the musical choice the upright became the instrument of choice.
Through the years Brian has been influenced by many artists including his
grandfather and Doyle Lawson. Other influences were Russell Moore, The Kingsmen
Quartet, and the Lonesome River Band. He played in a number of bands around the
area, but in 1995 he heard live bluegrass music for the first time and was hooked. Brian
began playing with the Bluegrass Disciples, later with Scott Tackett and Kentucky
Sunrise, before starting his own band Out of the Blue. He was soon asked to join The
Anita Fisher Band featuring Ray Deaton. When not picking music Brian enjoys
watching football and college basketball.
Shane Lail Guitar and Vocals
Shane Lail was born in the foothills of Burke County, NC and raised in the mountains
of Madison County, NC. He began playing guitar when he was 15 years old.
Shane traveled and had a lot of good times in his first band The New Asheville Grass.
This band went west to Grass Valley, CA and opened for the Tony Rice Unit.
Later Shane joined Hazel Creek with Buddy Melton now with Balsam Range and focused on his singing skills.
This group opened for such well-known bands as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, and Blueridge.
A highlight of Shane's musical career was joining Alison Krauss and Union Station on stage at East Tennessee
State University.Shane was the front man in High Windy a band based out of Asheville N.C. Shane later formed
The Wrecked Fretts who gained national exposure and two members of the band later formed Monroeville.
Shane sang lead and played guitar.Shane joined the Dillard's better known as The Darlings on the
Andy Griffith Show in 2010 playing bass and guitar and played shows with Ricky Skaggs and
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.He now resides in Ohio and plays bass and guitar with Open Rail.