Mature beyond their years (both musically and professionally), Flatt Lonesome has already reached success levels comparable to bands that have been playing for decades. Their whirlwind ride has included being named Emerging Artists of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), releasing a pair of successful albums (with a third on the way), being heard on bluegrass radio across the country and world, and playing some of the biggest bluegrass events on the continent.
Flatt Lonesome band members Kelsi, Buddy, and Charli Robertson began performing as youngsters alongside their parents in the gospel group, Sandy Creek Revival. As the Robertson siblings grew and the band’s schedule became more demanding, their parents encouraged the talented siblings to go out on their own and pursue their dreams.
Kelsi Robertson Harrigill (mandolin), Buddy Robertson (guitar), and Charli Robertson (fiddle) founded Flatt Lonesome in 2011 along with neighbor, Dominic Illingworth (bass) and longtime friend, Michael Stockton (dobro). Paul Harrigill (banjo) joined in early 2012. After the band’s debut at the 2011 SPBGMA Band Competition (where they took third place!), interest began growing in these young bluegrass performers from Callahan, FL. The buzz only grew as Flatt Lonesome returned to and won the competition in 2012.
Flatt Lonesome released their self-titled debut album in early 2013 and drew high acclaim from both critics and fans. The album's opening track, "You'll Get No More Of Me" scored the band their first number one hit. The band followed up their successful premiere with Too, released in July 2014 on Mountain Home Records. Flatt Lonesome's sophomore album debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album charts and produced eight charting singles across four major radio charts, with "So Far" reaching number one in the fall of 2014. Flatt Lonesome also won their first IBMA award in 2014, being named Emerging Artists of the Year at the IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, NC.
After the major success of their second release, the bluegrass world is eagerly awaiting Flatt Lonesome’s third album, due in October on Mountain Home Records. Runaway Train will highlight the band’s evolution into a bluegrass tour-de-force. The album will feature seven original compositions, including the band’s first recorded instrumental, alongside tasteful renditions of songs from the catalogs of Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard, and Dwight Yoakam. While Flatt Lonesome are top notch musicians, the hallmark of their sound is their stunning vocal ability, and Runaway Train features plenty of inventive vocal arrangements and heart stopping harmonies to excite any fan. With how far they have come in such a short amount of time, Flatt Lonesome shows no signs of slowing down with the release of Runaway Train!
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