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Bluegrass Music, Southern Style!


The Chuck Nation Band, from Gainesville, GA, near Atlanta, made their Carnegie Hall debut performance in New York City in 2015, where they received a standing ovation and encore.  In 2016 they performed in concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.  They were 2016 Georgia Music Awards nominees for Americana/Bluegrass artist of the year.  Chuck is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, a two-time Georgia State Fiddle Champion, Georgia State Mandolin Champion and a Louisiana State Fiddle Champion.  The band toured internationally to Ireland in 2012 and 2014, and in 2017 they traveled  to China and Inner Mongolia for two weeks of performances at the IFCM  International Folk Song Festival and International Silk Road Festival.

Close harmony singing and superb instrumental playing are the hallmarks of their distinctive sound. They have performed the choral arrangement of High Lonesome Mass in concert over 20 times with conductor/composer Dr. Tim Sharp, and have recorded three CD projects:  On A High High Mountain, Thinking About Home, and Beneath The Tennessee Moon.  Whether it’s old favorites, modern songs, or original material, the Chuck Nation Band delivers top grade music that engages and entertains an audience from the first moment they take the stage.

Chuck Nation (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/guitar), from Gainesville, GA, has performed across the U.S. and in 18 different 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, 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. He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Bluegrass luminaries Bill Monroe, Mac Wiseman, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, and many others.

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 others, Chuck has recorded 2 solo projects: Fiddle Favorites and One Man Band.

Susan Nation (vocals/acoustic bass), is an acclaimed singer and songwriter who has performed Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel 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, festivals, and shows.

Jody Hughes (banjo/guitar), is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Canton, GA, who teaches private and online music lessons, and has performed bluegrass, solo jazz guitar, and popular music in various ensembles throughout the Southeast. He has toured with Grammy Award winning Jim Lauderdale, 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.

Libby Nation (vocals/guitar/mandolin/piano), sings and plays many instruments equally well, has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey’s Oscar party, Royal Albert Hall in London, and has toured professionally as a pianist in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Libby teaches piano and voice to a full schedule of students in Atlanta.

Steve Vincent (percussion), is a multi-talented musician who has played with Liberace, Benny Goodman, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, and was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony for 15 years. In addition to performing with the Chuck Nation Band, Steve is the on-call drummer for many other groups, plays drums weekly in the Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Georgia Mountain Fair Staff Band. In 2017 Steve was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.