Just back from LA and his recent appearance on THE VOICE television program, ANDY BUCKNER is a man on the move in the world of music.
Growing up in the mountains of Madison County where he was steeped in the traditional old-time appalachian music, Buckner soon found himself a member of the bluegrass band CUMBERLAND RIVER who came to national fame for their music on the television series JUSTIFIED in the mountains of Kentucky.
Andy moved into country and southern rock forming a band which drew the attention of many country outlaw bands from Nashville. His appearance at MERLEFEST caught the eye and ear of southern rockers, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND who invited him to join them on stage during their set.
Just a few months later he was on a plane for Los Angeles where he was selected from among 40,000 applicants for a spot on stage of the television program THE VOICE.
Now he's back home in the mountains and returning to our stage at White Horse Black Mountain and we are excited to have him back with us.
Opening Act for tonight will be
and the CAROLINA TWO
sharing spot on songs from Johnny Cash and other classic country favorites.
If an artist is described as playing Southern music it’s fair to ask what kind. Southern Rock? Outlaw Country? Rock and Roll, Blues, Bluegrass? In the case of Andy Buckner, the answer is “all of the above” in one talented musical package.
Buckner absorbed his influences honestly. Born and raised in the mountains of Marshall, North Carolina, he’s from a long line of musicians, and started singing in church at age 4. He knew he wanted to be a performing musician after seeingDavid Holt play with Buckner’s first cousin Josh Goforth, and became obsessed with trying out every instrument he could find. By the age of 16 he was a multi-instrumentalist playing bass, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and more. During this time he discovered his calling as a songwriter, while maintaining a busy schedule competing at festivals, touring and performing with many established artists and bands.
Andy got his first wave a big publicity when he and the band Cumberland River landed 13 songs on the hit show series featured on FX called"Justified". It was then Andy's career seem to take a huge leap to success and he wasn't even out of high school yet!
After graduating from high school he attended East Tennessee State University while establishing an identity as a solo artist. While there, he became one of the first freshman since Kenny Chesney to earn a spot in the prestigious ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Andy has already shared the staged with Folk, Bluegrass, Country, and Southern Rock greats like: Doc Watson, the Avett Brothers, David Holt, the Kruger Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Rhonda Vincent, Bobby Hicks, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band, Paul Thorn, Robert Earl Keen, Confederate Railroad, Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blackberry Smoke to name a few!
Today, at the young age of 22, Andy Buckner has embraced his roots by fully embracing the genre. His style mainly consists of Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, Rock and Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass. "Just good Southern Music" Andy states. "I want my music to be heard all over the world. Mainly I want people to listen to the words that I write, and be able to relate their lives and the things that they go through with my songs. If I could be known for anything it would be that my music inspired, touched, and healed the hearts, and minds of many lives all across the world."
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