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The Chuck Nation Band is a bluegrass/acoustic music band based in North Georgia that has performed over 400 shows since 2010, completed a second tour of Ireland in 2014 covering sixteen cities, and will debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall in May 2015.
Their most recent CD, On A High High Mountain, was released August 2013 and includes former Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy Curtis Blackwell and former Dolly Parton band leader Gary “Biscuit” Davis. One of Chuck’s YouTube videos, with national banjo champion Charles Wood, has already reached almost 50,000 hits. Close harmony vocals and superb instrumental playing help create their distinctive sound.
The Chuck Nation Band is a world class ensemble of award winning performers and are one of the most entertaining and versatile groups in bluegrass music. Whether it’s old favorites, modern songs, or original material, The Chuck Nation Band delivers professional grade, lively music that engages and entertains an audience from the moment they take the stage until the rousing applause at the end of the show.
Chuck Nation, from Gainesville, GA, is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame and has performed across the U.S. and in 17 countries. In addition to his singing and songwriting skills, Chuck is equally skilled at playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He is a Georgia State Fiddle Champion, Georgia State Mandolin Champion, Louisiana State Fiddle Champion.
He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Bluegrass luminaries Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Buck White, Dan Crary, Byron Berline, and many others. Chuck has performed at the Grand Old Opry, New Orleans World’s Fair, Savannah Music Festival, theater productions of Smoke On The Mountain, Always Patsy Cline, and The High Lonesome Mass. He has opened shows for a diverse list of folks ranging from Ernest Tubb to Mother Maybelle Carter, Mac Davis, John Hartford, Charley Pride, John Anderson, and many more.
In the early 1970’s Chuck was a member of the historic band from Louisville, Kentucky—The Bluegrass Alliance (whose alumni includes Vince Gill, Sam Bush, & Tony Rice)—which paved the way for the modern “Newgrass” music style. With this band Chuck recorded on a major label, toured extensively throughout the U.S., and played on the Grand Old Opry. Besides being an in-demand studio musician for other people’s recordings, Chuck has recorded 2 solo projects: Fiddle Favorites and One Man Band.
Susan Nation is an acclaimed singer and songwriter who has performed Americana and bluegrass music around the world with various groups. Much of the band’s repertoire comes from her published songwriting skills. She founded her own publishing company, Only One Nation Music, and her songs have been recorded by others. Susan’s singing and her solid bass playing provide a firm foundation to the band. She is a favorite on-call bass player and singer for various other groups, and along with Chuck has performed at the New Orleans World's Fair, Savannah Music Festival, toured Japan and Ireland, and played in countless churches, conferences, and festivals.
Scotty DePriest, originally from the hills of Tennessee, lives in Cumming, GA and is a soulful singer and an accomplished lead and rhythm guitarist. Scotty’s polished vocals, solid guitar playing, and his engaging on-stage presence make him a favorite of the crowd. The depth of his repertoire, his immense talent, and his magnetic personality add a unique dimension to the band.
Jody Hughes is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Marietta, GA, who teaches private and online music lessons, and performs bluegrass, solo jazz guitar, and popular music in various ensembles throughout the Southeast. He has performed at the Grand Old Opry, Merlefest, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Jody is a Merlefest Banjo Competition winner, and a three-time winner of the Georgia State Championship on both guitar and banjo.
Libby Nation-Whitehead sings and plays many instruments equally well, has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey’s Oscar party, Royal Albert Hall in London, and has toured professionally as a pianist in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Libby teaches piano and voice to a full schedule of students in Atlanta.
Steve Vincent has played with Liberace, Benny Goodman, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, and was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony for 15 years. In addition to the Chuck Nation Band, Steve is the on-call drummer for many other groups, plays drums weekly in the Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Georgia Mountain Fair Staff Band.