Don’t let the gray hair fool you. Leipers Fork bluegrass band, based out of Columbia, Tenn., can play bluegrass like nobody’s business. Couple their years of musical experience and talent with a “finely tuned” sense of humor and you get a live-wire band that appeals to all ages – from the young to the old.
Although they are known widely in bluegrass and gospel music circles and have played all over the country, ironically, they may not be as well known in their own backyard of Middle Tennessee. But it’s past time to become familiar with the Leipers Fork Bluegrass band that has played from the Bahamas to Canada and everywhere in between.
The band boasts nine CDs, two DVDs and a bevy of awards, including the three-time USAGEM Crown Jewel Award Bluegrass Group of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2014. They also won the USAGEM Vocal Group of the Year award in 2013. And these are only a handful of awards the band has won.
So why are they so well recognized and well awarded? It’s likely owing to their ballads, articulate harmonies and hard-driving lively music. The band doesn’t take a backseat to any group, which is also why they have graced the stages with top artists like Marty Stuart, the Grascals, Rhonda Vincent, the Spinney Brothers, and Doyle Lawson.
Their fiddler, Zeke Dawson, played with Ray Price, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, the Stonemans and at the Grand Ole Opry. As seen in the picture to the left, he was awarded the Magnolia State Bluegrass Association's Fiddler of the Year award in 2013.
Fortunately for Columbia and Maury County, Leipers Fork Bluegrass has decided to start playing locally more often. Local bluegrass and gospel fans will want to keep eyes out for opportunities to catch them play. You can begin by seeing them live this Friday, July 17 at Puckett’s on the Square in downtown Columbia.