Buck Mountain Band

Buck Mountain Band is an old-time string band based in Grayson County, Virginia. They are resident musicians at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, VA, playing every Monday in the summer season. They have produced three CDs of their music, including Bull at the Wagon, their latest in 2015.

Debby Larson, Sue Taylor, Bob Taylor, Amy Boucher, Harrol Blevins

Bob Taylor (fiddle/vocals) is the author of five books, the most recent being the novel Blind Singer Joe's Blues. His grandfather was a fiddler in a family of musicians that included his famous uncles Bob and Alf Taylor, the fiddling governors of Tennessee.

Dan Peck (banjo/guitar/vocals) has played banjo and guitar with bands such as Enoch Rutherford and the Gold Hill Boys and W.S. Mayo and the Virginia Barn Dance Band. He supports his music habit by designing databases for the art world.

Sue Taylor (guitar/uke) learned to play the guitar by watching and listening to the likes of Blanche Nichols and Gene Hall in Grayson County jam sessions. She grew up in Oklahoma.

Harrol Blevins (guitar/vocals), from Alleghany County, N. C., joined the band in 2013. He teaches in the Junior Appalachian Musicians program and makes beautiful guitars.

Debbie Larson (bass/vocals) lives in Wytheville, Va. The old- time music heritage is rich in her family, including a father who played the fiddle and assisted in the founding of WPAQ radio station in Mount Airy, N.C.

Amy Boucher (banjo/vocals), is a newspaper and book editor who moved to Grayson County 30 years ago and lost no time in learning to play the banjo. She is equally adept at the guitar and bass and also plays with the Appalachian Mountain Girls.

 

The Buck Mountain Band formed in 1999 at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, with Ray Chatfield on banjo and Dan Peck playing guitar. Dan has since shared the banjo spot with Amy Boucher, and Grayson County musicians such as Jesse Lovell, Terry Gleason, Gilbert Suitt, Karen Carr, Roger Wilson, Katherine Higgins, and (from Patrick County) Brien Fain have at various times played with the group.  

Performing at the Blue Ridge Music Center as Midday Mountain Musicians since 2007, the Buck Mountain Band has entertained Blue Ridge Parkway visitors from all over the world. The band also plays at the Alleghany Jubilee in Sparta, NC, at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA, and at fiddlers' conventions throughout the Virginia-North Carolina mountain region.

The band’s name comes from the mountain in Grayson County, Va., near the home of band members Bob and Sue Taylor, and also keeps alive the name and spirit of a well-known group active in the middle years of the last century in this same area, led by the legendary banjo player and fiddler Wade Ward.

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Dan Peck