ATLANTA, GA-No matter who tallies the score, Ashe native Luke Dotson has had a big year.
A guitarist for Sylva-based bluegrass band Mountain Faith, Dotson and his band mates went deep in a national reality TV talent competition this summer, earned industry accolades and even got a chance to perform for U.S. military personnel overseas.
And last weekend the group was able to check-off another bucket list item – Mountain Faith performed the national anthem in front of a packed house at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The group belted out the Star Spangled Banner before the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons squared off on Dec. 27, and performed at halftime for the sold out crowd.
This summer, the group turned in a string of performances, in front of millions of viewers on TV, that earned the five member band a semi-final shot on America’s Got Talent.
The group was later nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award which was presented at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh on Oct. 1.
And last month, the group performed in Qatar for military members serving overseas.
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