The Amanda Cook Band

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." "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. Heading into 2020, the year  kicked off with big single "Get On Board" a preface to an exciting project, "Narrowing the Gap".  The project spring of 2021. The Band is made up of the following musicians: Amanda Cook Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar,  Carolyne Van Lierop on banjo and vocals, Josh Faul, upright bass and vocals, Brady Wallen on  lead guitar , Troy Boone on mandolin 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 Van Lierop/Banjo/Harmony Vocals

Carolyne Van Lierop - Boone now calls Valdese, NC her home.  Originally from Blountstown, Florida she began her love for bluegrass at a young age after watching the Lewis Family 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.

Josh Faul/Upright Bass/Harmony Vocals

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. 

Troy Boone/Mandolin/Harmony Vocals

Troy Boone  grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee. His early life was surrounded by music, especially bluegrass. The Boone Family is very musical, and Troy took to music at a very young age. He received his first banjo at the age of 7 and promptly traded it for a guitar due to the finger picks hurting his fingers. Playing guitar all throughout his youth, Troy found influence by classic rock and blues guitarists. In his senior year of high school, he began to learn mandolin during his lunch period after receiving an F style from his brother. The mandolin soon became his primary instrument, as he set forth to attend East Tennessee State University. In 2016, Troy joined the Raleigh based bluegrass band Sideline, and toured the country with them for 3 years. Troy spends his time now-a-days teaching music and finishing his Bachelors degree. He also plays at Ole Smoky distillery in his free time, and writing and performing with his wife Carolyne in The Amanda Cook band is his favorite thing in the world! 

 

George Mason/Fiddle

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 

Brady Wallen/Lead Guitar

Brady Wallen is an ETSU alumni, originally from Williamsburg Kentucky he now makes his hole in Johnson City Tennessee. Formally a member of the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, he toured with the Clay Hess Band for a couple years. After leaving Clay he began playing banjo with Dreamcatcher at the Ole Smokey Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and can still be seen playing there. Brady grew up in a very musically talented family and began playing guitar at the age of seven, learning from his cousins growing up and playing guitar in his high school’s bluegrass program the Whitley County Colonel Strings led by Rob Powers. Brady joined the Amanda Cook Band in April 2021.