The Loose Strings Band
The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band, five members ranging in age from seventeen to twenty-one years of age from Galax Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed thirteenth out of 178 registered bands in the adult competition at the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention! The band has been together now for nine years, playing at bluegrass conventions, weddings, benefits, churches, reunions, festivals etc. They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and beyond for their nice blend of tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms. They are also unique in their style since they all play an instrument and sing! Sometimes the sound technicians are not used to providing eight mics and if they do, it is a rare find! William Nale, father to Ashley and Lindsey, runs the sound for the group and is sometimes called the “MIC” (man in charge). But as you know, with five girls... enough said! The band has been very blessed through the years to have great parents and family support!
They have traveled throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond playing for many different types of events. They have won contests in which one of those wins allowed them to play at the little Nashville Palace in Nashville TN. They have also traveled to Ohio where they were recognized as the “best entertainment” of the entire travel expo in Columbus. They were also honored to play at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) this past year in Raleigh N.C. They have played in Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina and of course their home in the state of Virginia. They have even been asked to play in Europe, which they hope to tour very soon.
The girls are also excited for the PBS televised show Song of the Mountains at the famous Lincoln Theater to air this year, they were fortunate to get to do a live show last year. The girls have gone through their early years; high school years and now three of them are in college! There is a fine balance in their music career, with studies, family and extra curricular activities. Somehow through their love of music, determination, and very busy lives, they have continued to perform and completed two CDs. They are currently working on a new CD that should come out in the Spring. We are hoping to debut the album at Merlefest this year in Wilksboro N.C. The album will include some original songs written by the band members.
The early band years they were very fortunate to have their very first CD titled “Only the beginning.” It was recorded at Windy Oaks studio in Galax Virginia, by Gary Davis. The CD was produced with the help of Johnny Williams and Jimmy Edmonds, all very talented musicians and mentors, what a wonderful experience for these young musicians!
Their most recent two recordings were produced by the master banjoist Sammy Shelor ,at Mountain Fever recordings studio in Willis Virginia. He is also the manager of the awesome “Lonesome River Band.” The first CD was titled “The Bluegrass Album: The Next Chapter” and the newest Gospel CD album is “Everlasting Faith”. The recording experience was loads of fun with Sammy Shelor, he has lots of patience to put up with four girls! Their experiences and exposure to many different types of music, family history, and local musicians support, all have allowed them to find their own style.
Their love for the music and each other will help them prevail through obstacles that may come their way. God has blessed them with wonderful talents, fans, friends, and family! They could not do it without everyone’s support and hope their listeners leave with enjoyment and pleasure from each performance.
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