Winner of the 2009 & 2015 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) Mandolin Performer of the Year, Jesse Brock began his Bluegrass career with his family band at the age of nine. He actually started singing at age 7, taking fiddle lessons at 8 & picked up the mandolin at 9. His first album (1983) was recorded with his family at age 11 and later that year played the Grand Ole’ Opry as the first place prize winnings at Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Band Contest. As Bill’s guest on the Early Bird Special, C.W. Brock & the Next of Kin, later to be renamed The C.W. Brock Family played two songs.
Fast forward to the present, where Jesse is regrouping after dissolving the latest version of his quest, Mainline Express. There is a single out currently under Mainline Express, entitled “Pass Me By”, but Jesse is in a new direction with new members. Now, he is currently forming a new band which is to be announced. This album will be slated for a late Fall ’19 or early Winter ’20 release on Sound Biscuit Productions.
Jesse is also a solo artist in his own right, with an IBMA award-nominated CD “Kickin’ Grass” on Pinecastle Records that includes an A-list of pickers, and was co-produced with his former band mate, Ron Stewart. In 2007, Jesse co-produced Rick Lang’s album (long-time friend, songwriter/singer) , “Look to the Light”, another multi-award-nominated project. Rick Lang contracted John Miller & Jesse Brock to arrange all the original songs and produce the album, which went on to be in the first round of the Grammy’s, the final round of the GMA Dove Awards, and the final round of the IBMA awards (2011).
Jesse has been privileged to play all over the world, making his first trip to Europe in 1997, and returning several times since, including a trip to Bulgaria to record with Lilly Drumeva.
Jesse has worked with: The Lynn Morris Band (2 albums), Dale Ann Bradley (2 albums), Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (4 albums), Audie Blaylock & Redline (2 albums) and most recently with The Gibson Bros. Jesse first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry at the young age of 11, and since has performed on stage with Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, The Tony Rice Unit, and the list goes on. In recent years, Jesse was an integral part of Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, recording two cds awarded IBMA’s “Instrumental Album of the Year” (2009 & 2011), and the band winning “Instrumental Group of the Year” four years in a row (2007-2010).
In Nov. 2018, Jesse left The Gibson Brothers after a 5-year run. Jesse has signed with Sound Biscuit Productions & focusing on the next stage of his career. Jesse is now living in Franklin, TN. (south of Nashville). This world-class mandolinist is also “for hire” to enhance your musical project, as well as offering vocals, guitar, and/or bass.