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Chuck Nation Band Bio
The Chuck Nation Band, from Gainesville, GA, near Atlanta, made their Carnegie Hall debut performance in New York City in 2015, and performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN in 2016. They were 2016 Georgia Music Awards nominees for artist of the year. Chuck is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, a two-time Georgia State Fiddle Champion, Georgia State Mandolin Champion, and a Louisiana State Fiddle Champion. They have been called “the South’s best Bluegrass band.” The band made their second international tour in 2014 covering sixteen cities in Ireland.
Close harmony singing and superb instrumental playing are the hallmarks of their distinctive sound. They have performed The High Lonesome Mass in concert 16 times with conductor/composer Dr. Tim Sharp, and have recorded three CD projects: On A High High Mountain, Thinking About Home, and their latest: Beneath The Tennessee Moon.
Chuck Nation (fiddle/mandolin), from Gainesville, GA, has performed across the U.S. and in 17 different countries. In addition to his singing and songwriting skills, Chuck is equally skilled at playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Chuck has performed at the Grand Old Opry, New Orleans World’s Fair, Savannah Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, 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 Bill Monroe. He 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. Besides being an in-demand studio musician for others, Chuck has recorded two solo projects: Fiddle Favorites and One Man Band. Chuck is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, and has been the pastor of First Baptist Church, Flowery Branch, GA since 1998.
Susan Nation (acoustic bass), is an acclaimed singer and songwriter who has performed Bluegrass, Americana, and Gospel music around the world. 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 folks such as Gary “Biscuit” Davis, former bandleader for Dolly Parton, and others. Susan’s singing and her solid bass playing skills provide a firm foundation to the band. She is an audience favorite, and along with Chuck has performed at the New Orleans World's Fair, Savannah Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, toured Japan and Ireland, and played in countless churches, conferences, festivals, and shows.
Jody Hughes (guitar/banjo), is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Canton, GA, who teaches private and online music lessons, and has performed bluegrass, solo jazz guitar, and popular music in various ensembles throughout the Southeast. He has toured with Grammy award winning Jim Lauderdale, 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 (mandolin/guitar), sings, writes, and plays many instruments equally well, She has toured professionally as a pianist in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has performed at Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium in London, on Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey’s Oscar party. Libby teaches piano, guitar, and voice to a full schedule of students in Atlanta.
Steve Vincent (drums), is a multi-talented musician who has played with Liberace, Benny Goodman, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, and was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony for 15 years. In addition to performing with the Chuck Nation Band, Steve teaches music, plays drums weekly in the Presbyterian Church, is a first-call drummer in Nashville, and performs with the Georgia Mountain Fair Staff Band.
What Others Are Saying…
"The set showcased their considerable talents as singers and instrumentalists. Ending with a red-hot Orange Blossom Special, that old classic where "Paganini meets Bluegrass" in a rousing display of fiddling pyrotechnics at breakneck speed, Chuck Nation "burned the house down" as the sparks flew off his bow in a jaw-dropping virtuosic fiddling display. The audience loved it and roared in approval." - New York Concert Review, Carnegie Hall performance
“Few work so hard, entertain so well, and elicit such enthusiastic, appreciative response. The standards, the little known, the requests, originals—they wrapped every number in sweet harmonies and dazzling instrumentals! Everyone left feeling they had shared something special that night.” – Greg Averett, Acoustics at Oaks End
"WOW! That's a good description of this band. Their music is incredible!" - Dorothy Swearingen, Silver Dollar Raceway Festival
“We’ve been so fortunate to have the Chuck Nation Band perform at the Milton Hometown Jubilee for two years in a row. Not only are they incredibly talented songwriters and performers, they’re wonderful to work with. We can’t wait to see them again!” Courtney Spriggs, Public Outreach Coordinator, Milton, GA
“One of Louisiana's most influential fiddlers of the 20th century.” – Ron Yule, “Louisiana Fiddlers”(University Press)
“All this talent in a show with three part harmonies as standard on almost every song! Bluegrass heaven for the captivated crowd! – Uri Kohen, Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
“The South’s best Bluegrass band…” – Celeste Cody, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
“Chuck Nation's impressive resume includes having been a member of the historic group the Bluegrass Alliance.” – Bluegrass Today
“Biggest crowd we've ever had in the nine years we've been promoting our concert series. The music was great! Looking forward to booking you all again.” – Clay Logan, Brasstown, NC Civic Center
“It was a great day at our church through worship and fellowship! Many thanks to you for being with us and making inspiring music to encourage our church and glorify our Lord. I have been overwhelmed with emails, FB postings, and personal contacts of what a great day we experienced on Sunday. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Rev. Lee Chitwood, First Baptist Church, Newnan, GA