Based in Kingsport, TN
Founded in 1984
Genre: #Bluegrass #Progressive #Gospel
Vickie Austin – Vocals, Bass
Tommy Austin - Vocals, Mandolin
Allen Hughes - Vocals, Guitar
Glen Rose - Banjo
Ashley Davis - Vocals, Fiddle
Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band is a collective group of singers, musicians, and songwriters from Northeast Tennessee. The band has been invited to play at festivals across the U.S, are regular guests at the infamous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, riverboat weddings in Nashville, corporate parties, and have played the “Song of the Mountains” public television series three times. The band is diversified, choosing innovative and original material to record. Their latest album, Always On a Mountain, is available for purchase at live shows and online.
Out of over 1100 total applicants, Vickie Austin won 1st Place in the Bluegrass Category in Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest! Woohoo! Vickie (accompanied by husband and A T bandmate, Tommy Austin and super talented guitar player, Hunter Patterson) performed a 30 minute set on Saturday at the festival. We are so proud of you Vickie!
Comments from Dave Higgs WPLN-FM, Nashville, TN;
"Appalachian Trail has put together another winning combination-covering some powerful tunes along with some killer Tommy Austin songs. I am so glad the band is re-formed and is obviously alive and well. I was especially enamored with Long Way to Virginia, Pale Rider, A Christmas Tear (destined to become a Christmas classic) Driving Blind and the a cappella stunner Delivered From the Hands of Pharoe." (Dave Higgs)