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Unspoken Tradition

Bluegrass band Asheville, Brevard, and Cherryville, NC

Unspoken Tradition specializes in new, original bluegrass music. Inspired by modern influences and the roots of traditional music, they bring a sound that is both impassioned and nostalgic, hard-driving but sincere. Their material is mostly original and reflects the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina where they call home.

The band is comprised of brothers Audie McGinnis (guitar and vocals) and Zane McGinnis (banjo), Ty Gilpin (mandolin and vocals), Tim Gardner (fiddle and vocals), and Sav Sankaran (bass and vocals).

“Zane and I grew up near Shelby, the home of Earl Scruggs – there’s something in the water, in the culture,” says Audie McGinnis. “And it just feels real. I’ve played other types of music. My first guitar was not an acoustic. I’m well-versed in rock ‘n roll. But at the end of the day, I value the stripped down simplicity and realness of heritage music from this area, the hidden intricacies and complexities of it.”

The band’s debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013), saw quick success in radio and with tastemakers. Their follow-up release, Miles Between, was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR show The World Cafe.

Their 2019 release, Myths We Tell Our Young, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts and has seen 5 top-charting radio singles, including a #1 spot on the Bluegrass Today chart for “Dark Side of the Mountain.” The band has earned a fervent following in the Southeast, selling out shows in Asheville as well as the legendary Station Inn in Nashville. They have also performed twice on the coveted main stage at MerleFest.


Unspoken Tradition is available for performances. Visit the band’s website for the latest show dates, videos, and additional information.



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