Biography: Jackass Flats
Between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia, there's a cross roads on Route 60 known as JACKASS FLATS. Marked by a vacant country store and an equally dilapidated sign, JACKASS FLATS used to be a roadside stop before the advent of interstate travel. With members growing up close by, the band found the name irresistible...
Richmond, VA-based JACKASS FLATS has been riding a wave of momentum for the past two years that shows no sign of slowing. The high energy of their live performance has helped propel bluegrass to new heights in their area, causing festival promoters, club owners, and fans to take note. Longtime afficionados as well as fans new to the music enjoy the intensity and shear fun that can only be produced by a group of friends doing what they love.
Voted "Best Country/Bluegrass Band" by internet magazine, Richmond.com, the boys took home VFMA Virginia State Championship honors in August 2002. Individual members have also taken home prizes in the fiddle, vocal and bass categories. Most recently, JACKASS FLATS was presented with a Virginia Music Award for "Best Americana/Jam Band" in 2004. Whether by drawing crowds in Washington Square Park at NYU or taking the stage with a national act as the acclaimed State Theater in Northern Virginia, JACKASS FLATS has established themselves as one of the best touring bands in the region.
The JACKASS FLATS' sound is rooted in the traditional lineup of banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and the stand-up bass. In the last 18 months, Jackass Flats has shared the stage with national acts like the Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, Leftover Salmon, King Wilkie, The Tony Rice Unit, The Sam Bush Band, and Southern Culture on the Skids. The typical show will find the band picking through their original music, bluegrass standards, and creative interpretations of class rock tunes from artists like the Allman Brothers to the Beatles, all the while energizing audiences with the kind of fun that can only be had by a group of people who are doing what they love.
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