Three on a String
Horton and Ryan first played together at Horse Pens 40 in 1970 while both were students at Samford University. George Pruett suggested that they find a bass player and, with Ryan, they began bringing their unique bluegrass-folk-comedy performances to Birmingham audiences. Their debut was at the Lowenbrau Haus in Homewood and that became their regular home for the next two decades.
The band has rotated through numerous bassists, none of whom were experienced on the stand-up bass fiddle before joining the band. Among them were Joe Estes, Shelton Harden, Andy Meginniess, Terry Ryan, Gordon Burt, Mark Weldon, Rowdy Yates, Dick Wilson and Brad Ryan (Jerry's son). The group has also welcomed additional instrumentalists for particular recordings or shows.
Throughout their existence, Three on a String have acted as ambassadors for Birmingham, playing for two presidents and with nearly a dozen symphony orchestras. Introducing each show with "We're here to have fun!", they pepper the act with comedic banter and even occasional skits. They have made numerous television appearances, including several for Tom York's "Morning Show" and have been inducted into both the Birmingham Record Collectors Hall of Fame, the Alabama Blue Grass Hall of Fame, and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
- Three on a String (1974) Three on a String
- Three on a String (1975) Mirth and Merriment
- Three on a String (1977) With Strings
- Three on a String (1979) Best of Friends
- Three on a String (1981) Going Places
- Three on a String (1991) 20 Years
- Three on a String (1994) 1994 Plus Tax
- Three on a String (1996) 25th Anniversary
- Three on a String (19__) Merry Christmas
- Harvey, Fletcher (June 16, 2007) "Pickers take the stage and don't give it back" Birmingham News
- BRC Hall Of Fame Bio: Three On A String at birminghamrecord.com
- Three on a String website