Bluegrass music is once again hot; hot in the south, the north and all points east to west. The distinctive sound of bluegrass is hard to ignore. While bluegrass was once a niche that many think lead to what we know as rock and roll, bluegrass can stand on its own in this day of digital tracks and high-tech music-making equipment. Bluegrass music is timeless and it’s featured in many current Hollywood movie soundtracks. The Atlanta area has been a haven for great bluegrass acts on the rise. Let’s take a look at some of the great bluegrass bands that call Atlanta home.
Deja Blue Grass Band
Looking for a lot of bluegrass mixed with a little gospel? Look no further than the Deja Blue Grass Band. It has been around since 1999 and has one of the most loyal followings in Atlanta, The talent of Joseph Bowers, Mark Lehi Jones, Rutland Walker, Todd Cliatt and Keith Stewart is undeniable. The band plays all over Atlanta, all over the south and at a bluegrass festival near you. Check out the group’s website and schedule to see where Deja Blue Grass Band is playing next.
Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band
The mandolin, the guitar and the stand-up bass are the staples of bluegrass music, and you get all three with the Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band. The members bring decades of experience in bluegrass to the table or to your next party or event. This group has smooth vocals combined with picking and that driving sound that gets your toes tapping and makes you want to get on the dance floor. Sweetwater Creek’s goal is to make bluegrass fun, and it does just that with each and every performance.
While David Payton describes his music as more “Americana,” bluegrass can still be heard in every note he plays. This singer/guitarist has played all over the world and has shared the stage with the likes of Amy Grant and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. He just loves to play, and for all you bluegrass fans, he makes sure to include a bluegrass medley in every set. Payton agrees that the Americana genre is one of the fastest growing sectors of the music industry right now. Payton is one of Atlanta’s most trusted music professionals.
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Take a talented group of bluegrass musicians, turn them loose doing what they do best and you have Peachtree Station. Playing all over the south, Peachtree Station can play acoustically or with a full stage set up. The group has spent years opening for the biggest names in bluegrass, but it also stands on its own as a feature act. Expect to hear all your bluegrass favorites, but you will also be surprised with progressive hits with a bluegrass spin. It’s a unique sound you can only find when combining rock, country or pop with bluegrass.
Bluegrass Sound Band
The Bluegrass Sound Band brings a wealth of performing experience and a traditional bluegrass sound to your next event. Think fiddle, banjo and guitar jamming for hours on end. This group has played corporate events, big and small venues and all the bluegrass festivals. The members are serious musicians, but they love to have fun. The group’s recent appearance at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens brought down the house, and it can do the same for your next event. Experience bluegrass music in its truest form with the Bluegrass Sound Band.
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