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Bud’s Collective



Biography

Bud’s Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in the bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own. Playing a tasteful mix of front man Buddy Dunlap’s original material and popular hits ranging from Stevie Wonder to Alabama and all points in between, Bud’s Collective has been making waves in the music scene since the group’s inception in 2012.

They have been playing music together informally for over a decade, and their music speaks of the years spent adapting and blending with one another’s styles. Only a few months after the band was formed, Bud’s Collective won first place in the DC Bluegrass Union Mid-Atlantic Band Competition. They also competed at the SPBGMA International Band Contest, placing second. They host their own concert series called Bluegrass in the Barn, which continues to grow into one of the most popular events in the West Virginia Panhandle. Bud’s Collective has recorded a live album and a studio album, both to be released in spring 2015.  

The band is made up of front man Buddy Dunlap, a born entertainer, on guitar and lead vocals; Cody Brown on bass; Gina Clowes on banjo; and Jack Dunlap on mandolin.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/24/2015: Bud's Collective

The up-and-coming bluegrass band from UVA was a favorite at this year’s Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. Presented by Listen Local First DC.

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