As part of our effort to introduce some of the 2016 Bluegrass Ramble acts invited by the IBMA to showcase at this year’s World of Bluegrass convention, we offer today a couple of videos from Loose Strings. A few of these invited artists will be familiar to regular Bluegrass Today readers, while others may be brand new.
The Strings are an all-female group from Galax, VA where they have developed a hometown heroes reputation from playing together since they were in high school together. Now continuing their educations in college, the girls have also kept up with their bluegrass studies and perform at concerts and festivals in the Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee region.
Two of the members of the band have been featured on Bluegrass Today over recent years, so you may recognize them if not the whole group. Banjo picker Ashley Nale had a star turn in IIIrd Tyme Out’s 2012 video for Pretty Little Girl From Galax, serving as the title character. And we did a story about fiddler Avery Davis and her confounding health problems earlier this year. Those issues have forced her to leave the group, with Mary Claire Hooper now taking that spot.
The other founding members include Channing Russell on guitar, Grace Wilson on bass, and Ashley’s sister Lindsey Nale on mandolin.
Here’s a glimpse at their sound, first with their bluegrass band competition performance of Traveling Down The Blue Road at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax last summer, with Mary Meyer sitting in on mandolin…
… and their recording of Love Lifted Me at the pop-up studio provided at last years World of Bluegrass by Mojave Audio, Royer Labs and Sweetwater Studios.
You can find out more about Loose Strings and their music online, or simply catch their Bluegrass Ramble sets in September at World of Bluegrass 2016.