Chuck Nation Band
A little about the band
The Chuck Nation Band is a world class ensemble of award winning performers and one of the most entertaining and versatile groups in bluegrass/acoustic music. They made their Carnegie Hall debut performance in New York City in 2015. Chuck is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, a Georgia State Fiddle Champion, Georgia State Mandolin Champion, and a Louisiana State Fiddle Champion. The band completed their second international tour in 2014 covering sixteen cities in Ireland, and has performed over 450 shows since 2010. Close harmony vocals and superb instrumental playing are the hallmarks of their distinctive sound. 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 first moment they take the stage.
Chuck Nation, from Gainesville, GA, 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. 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. Chuck has shared the stage and played with the likes of Bluegrass luminaries Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, and many others.
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. 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. 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, 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 personalityadd 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.
What Others Are Saying…
“The set showcased their considerable talents as singers and instrumentalists. 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
“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
“One of the most talented groups to rise out of the hills of Appalachia.” – Foxfire Magazine
“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
“When it comes to Bluegrass, as many have said, this is the real deal!” – Roe Valley Arts Center Events Guide
“This band is a veritable Who's Who of Bluegrass. They are amazing.” – Aras Enna Folk Theater
“Chuck Nation's impressive resume includes having been a member of the historic group the Bluegrass Alliance.” – Bluegrass Today
“One of Louisiana's most influential fiddlers of the 20th century.” – Ron Yule, “Louisiana Fiddlers”(University Press)
“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