The Smoky Mountain Boys, whose members are Graham and Jackson County natives, have been performing and recording bluegrass gospel music for more than twenty years. The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Dwight Bradshaw, from Almond, Scott Sutton of Sylva, who plays banjo, Dobro, and guitar, fellow Sylva resident Eric Lambert, who plays bass and sings baritone, and mandolinist Cameron Bradshaw. They perform a mixture of traditional Smoky Mountain-style bluegrass gospel and Dwight Bradshaw’s original gospel compositions.
The band has recorded several albums, the most recent of which, No Strings, is entirely a capella. Their other albums-Back Then (2005), Now and Again (2003), The Dawning is Nigh (2001), and Prayer Grounds (1998)-have received extensive radio play. The title song on Prayer Grounds climbed to the number-one spot in Bluegrass Now’s gospel chart in 1999.
After more than two decades of touring throughout the South and beyond, the Smoky Mountain Boys now keep a little closer to home, performing primarily in the Carolinas, as well as in Georgia and Virginia. They do eighty to ninety performances a year at churches, gospel singings, homecomings, and live radio events.
The Smoky Mountain Boys are available to perform at many events and venues, especially in western North Carolina.