With the death of Bill Yates in 2015 no members who actually played with the Country Gentlemen currently perform with the Tribute Band. The current band continues to tour playing covers of the Country Gentlemen. Singer/Guitarist Mike Phipps has a voice eerily reminiscent of Charlie Waller's. I never saw the original band live, but love to hear their recordings (at least most of them) so I can't speak to the spirit or energy with which this band represents the original Perhaps the greatest tribute to the original band lies in the number and quality of their songs that played by bluegrassers from top professionals to local jams.
In 2016 Danny Paisley was named IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, a tribute from the professional membership for the hard driving, traditional bluegrass he sings and plays. While his and his family's roots may be in North Carolina, they represent the bluegrass tradition developed in Baltimore's bars and at the major venues in northern Maryland and Southeastern Pennsylvania at Sunset Park and the New River Ranch, hotbeds of traditional bluegrass and country music from the late forties into seventies. Two families, the Paisleys and the Lundys have been the core of The Southern Grass since they were formed by Danny's late father, Bob. The emergence of Ryan Paisley on mandolin represents at least the third generation of this remarkable band with roots deep in the Pennsylvania's Chester County.