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POTD: Nothin’ Fancy

Written by on June 7, 2024

Formation and Early Years

Nothin’ Fancy is a bluegrass band that originated in Buena Vista, Virginia. The band was formed in September 1994, evolving from its “parent band” East Coast Bluegrass Band, which was created in 1990. The original members came together to compete in the East Coast Bluegrass Championship in Crimora, Virginia, and won the Virginia Folk Music Society State Bluegrass Band Championship in 1994.

Musical Evolution and Style

The band is known for staying true to the traditional style of bluegrass music, reminiscent of the 1940s and 1950s. They have developed original material while maintaining the essence of classic bluegrass. Their musical style is described as a blend of folk, country, Americana, and bluegrass.

Mike Andes of Nothin' Fancy

Photo Courtesy of Susie Neel

Discography and Tours

Nothin’ Fancy has produced multiple full-length albums and has toured extensively across the United States and internationally, including performances in Canada, Holland, and Norway. They are recognized for their charming humor, smooth vocal blends, and natural talent for bluegrass tradition.

Notable Changes and Current Members

Over the years, the band has seen several lineup changes. Notably, Chris Sexton joined the band in 2000, and the current lineup includes Mike Andes, Chris Sexton, Jacob Flick, Curt Gausman, and Jenkins.

Nothin' Fancy

Photo Courtesy of Susie Neel

Celebrating 30 Years

In 2024, Nothin’ Fancy is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a special tour, marking three decades since their formation. They continue to be a beloved part of the bluegrass community, bringing their unique sound to fans old and new.

Legacy and Influence

Nothin’ Fancy’s influence in the bluegrass scene is significant, with their entertaining performances and dedication to the genre earning them a loyal following. They have been recognized as the “Entertaining Group Of The Year” at the 35th Annual National SPBGMA Awards in 2021.
For more information on their music, tour dates, and history, you can visit their official website.

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