Originally from Jay, Florida, Cook acquired a love of bluegrass from her father who played the banjo throughout her childhood. In 2007, Amanda formed bluegrass group High Cotton with her father and received her first taste of performing, fueling a fire to continue on a professional level.
“The Chestangs are from McIntosh, AL and have been playing bluegrass gospel music since 1996. Their main purpose is to spread the gospel in song and encourage people along the way. Their music has been described as “Gospel music with the Traditional Bluegrass sound.” The Chestangs have traveled all over the southeast region from Indiana to Florida. They have also opened for nationally known acts including The Larry Stephenson Band, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, and Heaven’s Mountain Band. As a member of the Bluegrass Gospel Association, the Chestangs have performed at the Bluegrass Gospel Showcase in Nashville, TN for the past several years.”
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The Byrd Family
“As a five-string bluegrass band, The Byrd Family is a heartwarming family of nine from southeast Alabama. Raised in the small town of Newville, this down-home group is characterized by their family harmony and mixed genre of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. They started music by learning classical style in 2010, and in 2015 discovered their love for bluegrass. They currently enjoy traveling to bluegrass festivals, churches, and many other types of events.”
The Southern Gentlemen
“Southern Gentlemen Bluegrass Band is a traditional bluegrass band from The Great State of Alabama. We play old and new bluegrass favorites.”
“Weary Heart is a new age, hard driving Bluegrass band based out of Pensacola, Florida. Their music and and inspirations stem from traditional style Bluegrass with a modern twist. Each member brings a different musical background, from the Western sounds of the Newgrass scene to the more traditional Southern sounds.”