WINNER: 2016 IBMA VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR, 2016 IBMA SONG OF THE YEAR, 2016 ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
This remarkable young band has accomplished quite a bit in its brief existence. Formed in January, 2011 by siblings Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson and their friends Dominic Illingsworth, Michael Stockton and Paul Harrigill (now married to Kelsi), the band entered the prestigious SPBGMA band contest in Nashville a month later and finished third. They entered again in 2012 - and won! They were named by their peers as IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014, and earlier this year they were named SPBGMA Band of the Year.
With Kelsi Robertson Harrigill, one of the best young songwriters in bluegrasss, the band has become known for its wide-ranging repertoire, sublime vocal arrangements and harmonies, and engaging stage presence. Even though only two members are old enough to rent a car, the band nevertheless has a keen sense of bluegrass music history and a great love of classic country music. While never forsaking their traditional essence, they also have an energetic flair for country sounds, progressive jams, and soul-stirring gospel music.
"Flatt Lonesome is just the sort of band bluegrass needs right now. They’re well-schooled in bluegrass tradition, but their youth leads them to be open to new possibilities. They are making great original bluegrass, and it’s some of the freshest our genre has been offered in a while. Their harmonies are some of the best in the business. Matched with their instrumental prowess, Flatt Lonesome is quickly becoming a bluegrass tour-de-force. Most importantly though, their music comes from the heart. They have found their own voice in the bluegrass community, and it is a voice causing young people to think actual bluegrass is cool again." - Bluegrass Today
"Boasting masterful musicianship, sizzling vocals, and a hard-charging passion, Flatt Lonesome’s Too makes the powerful and surprising case that bluegrass is for today." - World Magazine
"Flatt Lonesome is one of the most compelling and entertaining groups I’ve seen in bluegrass in a long time." - Kyle Cantrell, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction