Bud's Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West
Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass
tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own. Playing a
tasteful mix of front man Buddy Dunlap's original material
and popular hits ranging from Stevie Wonder to Alabama
and all points in between, Bud's Collective has been making waves in the
music scene since the inception of the group in 2012.
These guys and gal have been playing music together informally for over a decade, and their music speaks of the years spent adapting and blending with one another's styles. Only a few months after the band was formed, Bud's Collective won first place in the DC Bluegrass Union Mid-Atlantic Band Competition. They also competed at the SPBGMA International Band Contest, placing 2nd. They host their own concert series called Bluegrass in the Barn which continues to grow into one of the most popular events in the West Virginia Panhandle, peaking at an audience of 400 after just a year and a half. Bud's Collective has recorded a Live Album and Studio album, both to be released in spring 2015. What truly sets them apart from the rest, however, is the energy that fills the spaces in which they play - captivating audiences and leaving them wanting more.
The band is made up of front man Buddy Dunlap, a born entertainer, on guitar and lead vocals; Cody Brown on bass; Gina Clowes on banjo; and Jack Dunlap on mandolin.