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Country: Bluegrass Moods: Mood: Fun Folk: Appalachian Folk Folk: Traditional Folk

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United States - West Virginia

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The Hillbilly Gypsies

Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, WV; The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' n’ grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.

The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This "Old Timey" approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It'll sure make you want to get up and dance!

..and don't let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya, these folks are all highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers! Their lightning fast award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music and this makes for an all-around authentic and exciting musical experience that you won't soon forget. One listen and you'll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band; they are a tight knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment!

Some notable Highlights about the Hillbilly Gypsies:
The Hillbilly Gypsies were voted best local band in West Virginia Living Magazine's "Best Of West Virginia 2014" Contest

IBMA members since 2005 and a crowd favorite at many of the IBMA promoter Showcases

Featured on several nationally syndicated TV and radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Song of The Mountains, Woodsongs, Red Barn Radio and the Wheeling Jamboree to name a few

Featured regularly at the Historic Carter Family Fold

Featured on BBC television in 2011

Winners of the 2009 DelFest Band Competition

The Gypsies have played many major bluegrass festival events around the country including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Delfest, Summersville Music in the Mountains Festival, The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Mohican Bluegrass Festival, Pickin' In Parsons Bluegrass Festival, Appalachian Uprising, Rockahock Buegrass Festival, OATS Bluegrass Festival, NEPA Bluegrass Festival, Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Homegrown Bluegrass Festival at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Bluegrass in the Hills, Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival, Smoked Counry Jam Bluerass Festival, Hickory Fest and many many more!

Trae and Jamie Lynn Buckner, original founding members and lead singers for the band as well as husband and wife, have also performed internationally on multiple occasions - They have performed three times at the Al Ras Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in Barcelona, Spain and in 2011, they were the headlining act for Al Ras festival's ten year anniversary! They also played Al Ras and several other Barcelona venues in 2009, 2014 AND they are booked to return and play Barcelona again in November 2016! Trae and Jamie Lynn have also made some other international musical appearances, including some 2013 performances in Prague, Czech Republic and appearances in Rome, Italy in November, 2014. A more recent trip (February 2016) took Trae and Jamie Lynn over to Ireland where they made several musical appearances and made lots of new friends! It is always a treat for them to travel the world and represent the Hillbilly Gypsies and also represent American mountain music and West Virginia and Appalachian heritage and culture while traveling abroad! It is also a perfect opportunity for them to combine their shared love and passion for both music and world travel!

Current (2016) Band Members Include:
Trae Buckner (Guitar, Clawhammer banjo, Harmonica, Lead & Harmony Vocals)
Jamie Lynn Buckner (Lead & Harmony Vocals)
Aaron Richards (Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Lead & Harmony vocals)
Robert Russell (Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Dobro, Lead & Harmony Vocals)
Alex Richards (Upright Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals)

We also have to mention and thank some past Hillbilly Gypsies members that are featured on the available recordings and also ran the roads with us for several years. Once a Hillbilly Gypsy, always a Hillbilly Gypsy!

Dave Asti (Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin)
Ty Jaquay (Fiddle and harmony vocals)
Jason Teel (Upright Bass, Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals)
Ryan Cramer (Upright Bass)
Chuck Cox (Live Sound & recording engineer, Videographer, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals)
Dall Floyd (Guitar)
Todd Ryder (Fiddle, Dobro, Harmony Vocals)
Jason Jaros (Guitar, Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals)
Eibe Johanns (Mandolin)
Joey Damiano (Upright Bass & Harmony Vocals)
Bob Spangler (Upright Bass)
Abram Racin (Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Vocals)

Complete Discography:
Old Time Sessions (2003) Discontinued
Down Home Domain - Recorded live at the Digital Domain (2004) Discontinued
One Foot in the Gravy (2006)
Come On In (2007)
Live At OATS with Extra Gravy - Double Disc Live (2010) Discontinued
West Virginia Line (2014)