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If an artist is described as playing Southern music it’s fair to ask what kind. Southern Rock? Outlaw County? Rock and Roll, Blues, Bluegrass? In the case of Andy Buckner, the answer is “all of the above” in one talented musical package.
Buckner absorbed his influences honestly. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, he’s from a long line of musicians and started singing in church at age 4. He knew he wanted to be a performing musician after seeing David Holt play with Buckner’s first cousin Josh Goforth, and became obsessed with trying out every instrument he could find. By the age of 16 he was a multi-instrumentalist playing bass, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and more. During this time he discovered his calling as a songwriter, while maintaining a busy schedule competing at festivals, touring and performing with many established artists and bands.
Andy got his first wave a big publicity when he and the band Cumberland River landed 13 songs on the hit show series featured on FX called "Justified". It was then Andy's career seem to take a huge leap to success and he wasn't even out of high school yet!
After graduating from high school he attended East Tennessee State University while establishing an identity as a solo artist. While there, he became the first freshman since Kenny Chesney to earn a spot in the prestigious ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Andy has already shared the staged with Folk, Bluegrass, Country, and Southern Rock greats like: Doc Watson, David Holt, the Kruger Brothers, Wayne Henderson, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Bobby Hicks, Bobby Ozbourne, Larry Sparks, the Boxcars, Josh Gracin, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, the Zac Brown Band, Confederate Railroad, Shooter Jennings, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blackberry Smoke to name a few! His style mainly consists of Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, Rock and Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass. "Just good Southern Music" Andy states. "I want my music to be heard all over the world. Mainly I want people to listen to the words that I write and be able to relate their lives and the things that they go through. If I could be known for anything it would be that my music inspired, touched, and healed the hearts and minds of many people all across the world."