The Judy Chops
The Judy Chops are an indomitable force in the VA music scene, rocking audiences with original tunes, remixed covers, and mash ups since 2008. Averaging over 150 shows a year, the Chops are a high-energy 7 piece Americana group who delight in wowing audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Their many festival appearances and shows have included opening for acts like Lake Street Dive, The Black Lillies, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, David Mayfield Parade, J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices, and Igor & Red Elvises have proven the Chops to be consummate performers.
The band’s sound is built around strong three part harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, banjolele, searing electric guitar and fiddle solos and a unique rhythm section featuring upright bass, cocktail drums, with the occasional horn player to round out the mix. Stylistically, the band blends elements of swing, blues, rock-a-billy, classic country and western, with a modern flair, for a unique, genre-defying musical experience. The Chops have previous recorded two albums, Modern Vintage Vol. 1 in 2008 and Give Her the Gun in 2010. In 2013, The Judy Chops were voted “Best Local Roots Band” at the inaugural Red Wing Roots Music festival in Mt. Solon, VA, bringing home 20 hours of studio time at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg VA, and a microphone package from Peluso Microphone Labs. These prizes enabled them to record their most ambitious album to date, Minor Sunshine, which is being released in June 2014.
Bud’s Collective is a dynamic group of pickers and singers from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With deep roots in Bluegrass music, they are not afraid to venture off the well beaten path and play songs by Bill Withers, Tom Petty, Alabama, Django Rhinehart, Johnny Cash and many more, while maintaining an energy that is all their own. The group also features a long list of original material written by band leader and guitar player, Buddy Dunlap.
What began as a "throw together group of whoever Buddy could collect,” quickly turned into one of the hottest bluegrass bands in the DC area. Since it’s inception in December of 2012, Bud’s Collective has played with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Larry Sparks, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen just to name a few. The band took first place in the 2013 DC Bluegrass Union Band Competition, and second place in the 2014 SPBGMA Band Competition in Nashville.
Bud’s Collective has released three albums, all in 2015. In March, “Bluegrass in the Barn - Live at Capon Crossing Farm” was the first album for the group. It featured a live performance in Wardensville, WV where Buddy resides and holds a monthly concert series under the same title. The album showcased original and traditional material, and clearly demonstrates the liveliness of Bud’s Collective’s show.
In May, after a few weeks in the studio, Bud’s Collective finished up their first studio album. Self titled, this album covers the bases with over half of the songs being original to the group and the rest being crowd favorites. Bass player, Cody Brown, is featured singing lead vocal on the old Grateful Dead song, “Rider” and Jack Dunlap’s original mandolin instrumental, “Monterey Jack,” really shows off the bands ability to get your feet moving.
Bud’s Collective, in collaboration with National Media Services in Front Royal, Virginia, has recorded a nine song Christmas album available in the Fall of 2015. "Naughty List" features six originals from the band and three you may already know. They held nothing back when coming up with arrangements and took the liberty to add whatever instrument was needed for each song. The band delves into a little Irish, country, swing and a few other genres while putting their own little twist on Christmas. This is a totally unique, must have album for the Christmas season.
Bud’s Collective is continuing to make waves in the music world playing festivals all around the DC area and beyond. They are going into their third straight year of monthly Bluegrass in the Barn shows with crowds growing to 400+. They plan to return to the studio again in 2016 and also release another Live album.