Country Music People October 2017 - Page 51

Nice to meet y’all... T he Mountain Faith Band may have been performing since 2000, but it was appearing on America’s Got Talent in 2015 that has taken them to a whole other level, and even introduced the banjo to a huge audience previously unfamiliar with bluegrass. However, whilst the band may have discussed trying to appear on the talent quest they actually decided against it. Unbeknownst to them, Summer’s mum overheard their conversation and secretly submitted a video to AGT. It only took two days to get the call to audition and from receiving four ‘yes’ votes for their rendition of OneRepublic’s Counting Stars the band went all the way to the semi-finals. “Going into it, we knew they weren’t going to be familiar with bluegrass and might not enjoy it,” says Summer Brooke McMahan who has become the lead singer and now does most of the emcee work. “We were blown with how well they did accept it. Once people give it a chance, it’s hard not to like.” Videos of the band playing on AGT can be found online and the incredulousness of the judges is easy to spot, with only Howie Mandell showing any signs of being previously familiar with bluegrass. “Howie really defended our music and went out on a limb for us,” declares Summer. “I do feel bluegrass is stereotyped. The judges only had what they had heard on Saturday Night Live skits and such to go off. In reality, it’s so complex and creative. We just cmp need to get it to more people so the stereotype can be ended.” OCTOBER 2017 - cmp 51