The Amanda Cook Band is a bluegrass band based out of the great state of Virginia. Originally from the gulf coast of Florida, Amanda formed the band in late 2013 after many years of playing in a band with her father. Amanda was determined to create her own sound, she stepped out on her own and released her first solo album One Stop Along the Road. The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015. The self-released album also brought Amanda significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band. In early 2017, Amanda signed with Mountain Fever Records and recorded her debut album on the label "Deep Water." Amanda was excited for her 2nd album project, especially that she and band member Carolyne VanLierop co-wrote the title track. Since it’s release, “Deep Water” came out at #6 on the Bluegrass Billboard charts, #3 on the Roots Music Report and debuting at #7 on the Bluegrass Today charts, remaining in the top 10 for 13 weeks. Amanda's sophomore album with Mountain Fever, "Point of No Return" was released April 12, 2019. Moving into their 5th year, The Amanda Cook Band has created quite a loyal fan-base. Amanda’s delivery of a soul-wrenching song, her light-hearted, down-to-earth style and the tremendous musicianship backing her creates an undeniably strong connection with the audience. The Band is made up of the following musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and mandolin, Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Aaron Foster on guitar and George Mason on fiddle. This group has played together on and off for years and they have considerable experience playing on stage at numerous venues. The Amanda Cook Band offers a unique style on a great mix of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass.
Carolyne VanLierop - Boone now calls Morganton, NC her home. Originally from Blountstown, Florida she began her love for bluegrass at a young age after watching the Little Roy and Lizzy show. Soon after that show at the annual Florida Sheriff’s Ranch show, Carolyne began learning the 5 string banjo. In 2002, Carolyne joined her grandfather’s family band the Sheriff’s Posse and then some years later Carolyne and her cousins formed the band The Rivertown Girls. The Rivertown Girls played many festivals in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama and produced 3 albums within the six years they were together. Following the Rivertown Girls, Carolyne played with Big Bend and Big River Bluegrass band. Carolyne is also a founding member of Amanda's Band joining up with Amanda in late 2013.
Joshua Faul from Gulfport, MS is a late bloomer to music in general. He received his first electric bass at age 17, and within a year was playing for local church services. He has played with many local groups playing various genres of music. Joshua’s first taste of bluegrass came even later. It was finally in 2010 when he discovered his love for bluegrass when he filled in with Delta Reign at a festival in Pascagoula, MS. He was hooked, and soon bought an upright bass. For the next five years Joshua performed with Delta Reign and recorded three albums with them. He joined The Amanda Cook Band in the summer of 2017.
George Mason, an Arkansas native, began his music career at a very young age. Taking fiddle lessons from Wayne Gourd at age 8, he began playing gigs by 9. George took his first full time gig at 14 playing at Dogpatch USA theme park. At 16, he began touring with Tommy Overstreet and the Nashville Express. Between the ages of 19 and 24 George played fiddle for the following Grand Ole Opry Stars: Jean Sheppard, Jeanie Sealie, Freddy Hart, Johnny Duncan, Jack Green Del Reeves, Melba Montgomery, Stonewall Jackson, Cal Smith, Tommy Cash, Charlie Louvin, just to name a few. At 25, George took on the role of Stage/Musical Director for the Osmond Brothers. At this time, he also toured with Patti Page as lead violinist and with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra on both violin and guitar. Needless to say, George has years of experience and brings a long list of talents to The Amanda Cook Band. George joined Amanda in July of 2016 and is a wonderful addition to the group
Aaron “Frosty” Foster is a 26-year-old graduate of East Tennessee State University. Foster has always been interested in bluegrass music. He spent much of his youth traveling to and from bluegrass festivals in New England, and was only ten years old when he asked for a guitar for Christmas. His grandparents, George and Etta Crawford, helped make sure his wish came true by asking their friend Eric Gibson (of current bluegrass supergroup The Gibson Brothers) to help. A trip to Gibson’s former place of work, Dick’s Country Store and Music Oasis in Churubusco, New York, ended with the purchase of an Alvarez guitar.
Like many bluegrassers, Foster’s first music lessons were from his father, and he was soon participating in the music scene in New England. After graduating high school in 2010 he found his way to ETSU to study Business Management. After enrolling in a few bluegrass courses (which he intended to be electives), Foster became increasingly involved in the playing and jamming on campus and in the local area. He ultimately decided to focus on his music full time, and earn a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies to pair with a Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
Originally from Wells Bridge, New York, Foster graduated from ETSU in December of 2017. He spent two years holding down the guitar spot in the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, and had been a part of two Bluegrass Today Top 20 singles with the group. He is currently earning a living by teaching music lessons and performing. You can find all of his music on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, etc.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter of my career with Amanda. I love the new material and my new bandmates have been so welcoming! This is a very talented group. Amanda has built a solid team around her, and I’m so honored to be a part of it!” ~ Aaron “Frosty” Foster