Kevin Strouth loves music. In fact, he lives it. The guitar player is now playing with the bluegrass group Nothin' Fancy for a while and hopes to make it a full-time gig. His performance at SPBGMA's 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards and 31st Midwest Convention in Jefferson City, Missiouri last weekend was a great beginning.
Kevin and Nothin' Fancy are both based in Virginia so their meeting was inevitable. They joined for three performances at the Capital Plaza Hotel during the convention where Kevin played guitar with the band.
From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, comes one of the most entertaining bands in the bluegrass genre, Nothin’ Fancy. As a matter of fact, they've won SPBGMA’s award for Entertaining Group of the Year five times!
Nothin’ Fancy was formed as a bluegrass band in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Ever since then, they have grown in popularity, released 9 full length albums, and continue to perform at festivals all across the United States, Canada and Norway including the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. They have successfully hosted their own Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival every year since 2001 in Buena Vista, Virginia.
Their relentless touring schedule of over 140 dates per year has earned them one of the most loyal fan bases in all of bluegrass music. They are loved by festival-goers and bluegrass fans from the East to West Coast and abroad.
In 2002 Nothin’ Fancy released their debut recording for Pinecastle Records entitled “Once Upon A Road.” This album earned them a showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Convention and a nomination for the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Their second CD, “Reflections,” received innumerable accolades and proved that they were one of the new powerhouses in the genre. Their 3rd project, “Album #7” continues to receive rave reviews from disc jockeys and fans alike.
Listening to the request of fans, Nothin’ Fancy then released their first gospel CD, “Lord Bless This House.” This album captures Nothin’ Fancy’s distinguished sound, vocal harmony, spirituality, and friendly charisma. In 2011, under their new label, Virginia Dreams Records, they released their latest CD, “Nothin’ Fancy.” This album holds true to their Nothin’ Fancy sound while introducing a few new pieces to the Nothin’ Fancy puzzle.
In 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008, the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) honored Nothin' Fancy with the prestigious "Entertaining Group of the Year" award. The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well.