WEST JEFFERSON-Calling from a rainy stretch of interstate somewhere west of Raleigh, Mountain Faith guitarist Luke Dotson sounds like a man just looking to a catch a little shuteye.
But there’s no rest for the weary or, it seems, musicians looking to squeeze everything they can from a breakout performance.
“You kind of sense, hey this is your chance, so you want to make the most of it,” Dotson, a Fleetwood-native and a 2008 Ashe County High graduate, said. “Since America’s Got Talent we might have been home seven days, here and there, over the last month. It’s been hectic.”
Dotson and the other members of Mountain Faith, a Sylva-based bluegrass group, turned in a string of performances this summer – in front of millions of viewers on t.v. – that earned the five member band a semi-final shot on America’s Got Talent.
Since they were eliminated from the competition less than a month ago, the band’s been working nearly non-stop in an effort to make the most of the rocketing demand for their gigs.
But their work isn’t done yet. The group’s also been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award, which will be presented tonight at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
The IBMA awards ceremony is among the biggest nights on the annual bluegrass calendar, and Dotson said it’s also recognition his group would be the proudest to earn since it’s determined by professionals from within the bluegrass industry.
“Having a background in bluegrass this is an especially big honor for us because this is our type of music,” Dotson said. “Being recognized for the work we’ve done in the genre, it definitely means a lot to all of us, so we’re nervous in that regard.”
Even if Mountain Faith brings home the win, Dotson said he’ll hit the sheets tonight as early as possible. Tomorrow morning, the group hits the road again for a performance in Kentucky.
“Being on the road is tough,” Dotson said. “But ultimately we’re a faith-based band. We want to take what we did on the show, introduce bluegrass to another generation and really share what our faith has done in our lives. We’re in a great position to do that.”
Check out the IBMA awards ceremony starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight online at musiccityroots.com, on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Bluegrass Junction channel or WUNC-TV.