Despite missing the final round of competition on the 2015 season of America’s Got Talent, die-hard fans of Mountain Faith turned out last Thursday evening in Sylva, NC for a parade to celebrate their hometown heroes.
Three of the five band members are Sylva natives, singer/fiddler Summer McMahan, her brother, banjo player Brayden McMahan, and their dad, bass player and bus driver, Sam McMahan. The two other members, mandolinist Cory Piatt and guitarist Luke Dotson, now live in Sylva, where all five spend their weekdays toiling under Sam’s supervision at his business, High Country Tire.
But these days, they’ve been away from the shop as much as they are there. Between their own extensive touring schedule and commitments for the NBC television show, Mountain Faith has been away from their North Carolina home most of the time.
The parade was a fine welcome home for the band, who processed down Main Street by the old courthouse to a ceremony at the town’s Bridge Park, accompanied by the marching band and cheerleaders from Smoky Mountain High School, and trucks from the Sylva Fire Department. At the Park, a proclamation was read by County Commissioner, Mark Jones before band members addressed the assembled crowd.
Mountain Faith did not perform, but did stay to greet fans and sign autographs for some time following the parade.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves, and the band was overjoyed by the response.
WLOS television in Asheville shared this report…
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