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Highway Bound
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Highway Bound

Bluegrass band Marion, NC (McDowell County)
(828) 724-4541 (828) 724-9749 grindstaff5@charter.net

Highway Bound
Point of contact: Gary Grindstaff

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

Highway Bound performs their own brand of youthful, contemporary bluegrass in numerous North Carolina music venues from churches to festivals. Their performance credits include 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 has opened for such well-known bands as Newfound Road and Mountain Heart.

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

Laura Beth, Ben and David are freshmen at East Tennesee State University. They have been awarded Public Performance Scholarships in the Bluegrass Music Program, and they play in bluegrass bands there as well.


Highway Bound is a hard-driving, contemporary bluegrass band with a fresh youthful sound consisting of lightning fast bluegrass licks and tight harmonies. They are available for performances.

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