The Kickin Grass Band…so much more than taking names. 2012 Winners of the Carolina Music Award for Best Bluegrass/Americana, this young and inspired ensemble rides on the edge of tradition, creating a sound equally vintage and progressive. They hold a traditional 5-piece bluegrass lineup yet draw on a muse stirred as much by Bill Monroe as by neo-traditional American folk, newgrass or alt-country, a deep and wide river of inspiration made evident and come to life in the band’s stellar original tunes and distinctive sound.
The lineup consists of mandolinist Jamie Dawson, banjo player Hank Smith, bassist Patrick Walsh, fiddler Pattie Hopkins, and guitarist, songwriter and signature lead vocalist Lynda Dawson—a musician whom Nashville Public Radio’s Bluegrass Breakdown host Dave Higgs praises as, “a truly gifted songwriter.” Distinctive lead and harmony vocals from the quintet’s females are complimented by Walsh’s powerful tenor and Jamie Dawson’s retro-tinted baritone, while the instrumental arrangements spotlight individual virtuosity, most notably Smith’s banjo and Hopkins’s fiddle playing.
Their latest album, Walk With Me, has been described by the Raleigh News and Observer as attesting to the band’s, “Maturity as songwriters, instrumentalists and storytellers...it is intimate, inspiring and grand." The Mountain Times called it, “A fine disc that’s drenched in tradition while breathtaking in its originality,” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed the band and CD as an, “Outstanding outfit and beautiful record.”
A recording from the Kickin Grass Band’s 10-year anniversary show, Live At The Carolina Theatre, will be released in the summer of 2013. The band maintains a steady touring schedule across North America, with recent appearances in Canada, Arizona, New York, New Hampsire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and across North Carolina and the Piedmont.