Phillip Steinmetz and His Sunny Tennesseans are dedicated to carrying on the Traditions of Ole Time Mountain Music. Their shows are full of down home humor reminiscent of early Grand Ole Opry Shows. They entertain audiences with tunes of forgotten favorites from the Carter Family, Sam and Kirk McGee, Uncle Dave Macon, Stringbean, and Grandpa Jones. This is a lineage that comes naturally as Phillip is the great Nephew to Grandpa Jones.
Phillip Steinmetz (old time banjo, guitar, and lead vocals) was taught claw hammer banjo by his Great Uncle, Grandpa Jones, at the age of eleven. In 1989 and 1990, Phillip was able to perform with Grandpa Jones in Christmas, Florida. Since those early years, Phillip has received many awards and accolades for his exceptional skill and showmanship.
In 2000, Phillip won the Old Time Banjo National Championship at The Uncle Dave Macon Days, in Murphreesboro, Tennessee, and was invited to perform at Opryfest to celebrate the 75th birthday of Grand Ole Opry. When Phillip won the title the second time, he was then a featured performer on WSM`s “Opry Star Spotlight; Macon Memories”, where he played one of Uncle Dave`s banjos. Continuing his success, Phillip was featured on the PBS series, “Tennessee Crossroads” where he showcased his talents as well as Grandpa`s banjo and guitar which he plays during every show. By 2004, Phillip Steinmetz and His Sunny Tennesseans were regulars on RFD-Tv`s the “Cumberland Highlanders Show” He has been broadcast live on “The Wheeling Jamboree”, and “Earnest Tubb`s Midnight Jamboree.