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Highway Bound
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Highway Bound

Bluegrass band Marion, NC (McDowell County)

Highway Bound

Highway Bound from Marion, North Carolina, formed in 2003 with three dads and their four children. Three of the band members were from the Poteat family, including twins Laura Beth and Ben along with Tim, their father. Laura Beth sang with the group, Tim played rhythm guitar, and Ben sang and played banjo. The second family included Colby Laney and his father, Barte. Colby played lead guitar and sang with the group, and he has also wrote a number of songs recorded by Highway Bound. Rounding out the band were mandolin player, David Grindstaff, and his dad, Gary, who played upright bass.

Highway Bound performed their own brand of youthful, contemporary bluegrass in numerous North Carolina music venues from churches to festivals. Their performance credits included the North Carolina Mountain State Fair; Bluegrass First Class, the Asheville Show; the Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton; Fast Grass Bluegrass Festival at Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord; and Bluegrass at the Rock at the Old Rock School in Valdese. The band opened for such well-known bands as Newfound Road and Mountain Heart.

A large portion of their set list consisted of original songs written by the younger generation, featuring both songs of faith and ballads. The group also performed a number of traditional tunes and songs they learned from earlier generations of bluegrass pickers.