The musical career of Robin Lynn Macy started before the Dixie Chicks (with the group Danger in the Air), and continued after she left the group in 1992. After the Domestic Science Club broke up, Robin returned to her Kansas roots to return to her other love, teaching math.
But from 2000 to 2003, Robin was part of a regional bluegrass band called Big Twang. The group cut one great album, Pastures of Plenty, before the post-9/11 economic slump forced some of the band members to focus on their day jobs. Before long, the group disbanded.
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Troy Gilchrist, Ken White, Darren Wilcox, Jeff Scroggins, and Robin Macy
Although it may take many words to describe Big Twang, the band's name really speaks for itself. Here is a band that is not afraid to crank out a BIG homegrown bluegrass sound and is not ashamed of its finely-tuned folky roots-rock TWANG. Brand new to the traditional bluegrass scene, this acoustic quintet got its bluff in early on, landing the prestigious 1999 RockyGrass Band Championship before plans for the band's trophy case were even drawn up.
Collectively, this was Big Twang's first winning title, but separately, the five members are no strangers to superlative. One member is a former national champion banjo picker, three others played in bands that toured around the country to critical acclaim, and all have solid reputations on the acoustic scene that provide Nashville with its hottest session pickers.
Singer, guitarist, and ex-founding Dixie Chick member Robin Macy comes to Big Twang with six major recordings under her belt and an 18-year career in the Texas music scene. Outside of her time with the one-time bluegrass roots and acoustic-oriented Chicks, Macy has been known to support what she calls her "music habit" by moonlighting as a waitress, an actress, a radio D.J., a math teacher, and even as a school principal. Troy Gilchrist's resonator, nylon strings, and electric guitar sounds make up a big part of Big Twang's musical message, and his message on dieting can be found in his first book, NeanderThin (St. Martin's Press, November 1999), a book devoted to the diet of Stone Age peoples. National Banjo Champion and Oklahoma native Jeff Scroggins is a member of the Texas Tornadoes, the unofficial Texas Music Hall of Fame. While raising three children and a patch of basil in his back yard, Scroggins also finds time to practice his considerable skills as a gourmet chef. And stringed instrument virtuoso Ken White has carried his Kentucky bluegrass heritage with him onto many stages where the twang is big, such as a Grand Ole Opry performance with New Tradition and - as rumor has it - he once shared the spotlight with country stars Dave & Sugar. Other performing credits include White's appearances with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, bluegrass/swing fiddler Vassar Clements, The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. Rounding out the quintet, certified and licensed union electrician and crackerjack bassist Darren Wilcox honed his skills as a songwriter while performing in the early 90s with the Chicago-based bluegrass band Special Concensus.
Behind the glow of each member's musical accomplishments lies a serious purpose that brings Big Twang together: "to play great music with a positive message, to play for appreciative crowds wherever they might be," says Macy. "This is the music we cut our teeth on."