The group has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since they formed in 1994 to enter a band competition in Virginia. Mike Andes (mandolin), Mitchell Davis (banjo), and Tony Shorter (bass) have been together ever since, with fiddler Chris Sexton joining up a few years after. Caleb Cox was recently added on guitar.
Mark Hodges, president of Mountain Fever Records, expects the guys in the studio in a few weeks to get started on a new project, and says that the label is delighted to have them on board.
“Nothin’ Fancy has been a near staple of the bluegrass business in the U.S. for over 20 years but they are much more than a bluegrass band. These guys entertain and command your attention every moment they are on stage and their music and comedy combine to make every show an event. We’re thrilled to add them to the Mountain Fever roster of great talent!”
Here’s a recent video showing how well Caleb fits in to the Nothin’ Fancy stage vibe.
Sexton says that they are all proud to be with Hodges and Mountain Fever.
“We are excited and honored to be in the ranks of the great bands that Mark has brought together under the Mountain Fever banner. We know that Mountain Fever has a great reputation with very accomplished bands and we are looking forward to the collaborations to come with our new Mountain Fever family!”
Nothin’ Fancy will begin work on their first Mountain Fever album in August, with Aaron Ramsey producing. Look for a single in the near future.