Authentic Unlimited, the bluegrass and gospel band based out of east Tennessee, will be performing at the James Garner Center in Troy on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Though this powerhouse band only formed in 2022, they are no strangers to the bluegrass genre and have already made quite a name for themselves, already nominated for both IBMA’s 2023 New Artist of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year.
Following Doyle Lawson’s retirement, three members of his band — Eli Johnston (banjo), Stephen Burwell (fiddle) and Jerry Cole (bass) — decided continue in a new configuration. With Lawson’s blessing and guidance, the three petitioned a young newcomer and a sensational vocalist, John Meador, and mandolin extraordinaire, Jesse Brock, to join Authentic Unlimited.
“The key to longevity for a band is creating a distinctive sound of music,” Lawson said. “Authentic Unlimited is doing just that and, with the wealth of talent among these five men, they are destined for a bright future!"
Recording for Nashville’s Billy Blue Records, Authentic Unlimited has released two albums, a self-titled project and a gospel one.
“I'm looking forward to having Authentic Unlimited in Troy. When a group is endorsed by Doyle Lawson, you know they are an amazing band,” promoter Jeff Branch said. “These guys were a hit at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival and word about them coming to Troy has circulated and has generated a big buzz. These guys are not only wonderful musicians, but very close friends of mine and I look forward to hosting them again.”
Banjoist Johnston said, “We're more than excited to come back to Troy and perform for one of our dearest friends, Jeff Branch. Come join us for a fun evening of singing and picking.”
"I am thankful to be coming back with a stall at band; Authentic Unlimited, to one of my favorite venues, The James Garner Center. Jeff Branch is one of the most supportive promoters and ambassadors for our music,” added Brock.
Fiddler Burwell chimed in, “We love North Carolina and always enjoy playing for such enthusiastic bluegrass fans! We can't wait to see y'all there!”
The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission and $10 kids 6-12. For tickets or more information, contact Jeff Branch at 704-985-6987 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The James Garner Center is located at 210 Burnette Street in Troy.
“We could keep a full schedule, just in the state of North Carolina!” Meador said. “The native people of that area have held on to the traditions of bluegrass music, and they show that by being an amazing crowd every single time! We look forward to performing for Mr. Jeff Branch at The James Garner Center.”