ASHE COUNTY — Area bluegrass band, ClayBank, was nationally selected by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Youth Council to perform on the 2015 Wide Open Bluegrass Youth Showcase stage in Raleigh as part of IBMA World of Bluegrass week Sept. 28 through Oct. 3.
ClayBank is one of ten bands that will be featured on the outdoor stage in front of the Raleigh Convention Center.
The IBMA Youth Council strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass musicians and budding industry professionals.
ClayBank was one of only two bands chosen from North Carolina, with others from as far away as Washington state.
Bands that wanted to be part of this event had to have at least two members that were 25-years-old or younger, have a website, provide studio quality demos and send in a video of a performance.
ClayBank is comprised of Zack Arnold, 15, from West Jefferson on mandolin; Jacob Greer, age 16, from Jefferson on guitar; Gary Trivette from Vilas on bass; and Tyler Thompson from Mountain City, Tennessee on banjo. The group plays traditional bluegrass with a modern twist.
According to the band, they are currently recording their debut CD at Castle Ford Studios in Boone and plan to have it finished for a release coming soon. The release date has not been announced.
ClayBank’s IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass performance will be on Friday afternoon, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m., where they will play a full 45 minute show.
For more information about ClayBank, visit www.claybankbluegrass.com.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87