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Bud's Collective

  • FORUM Arlington 3304 Washington Boulevard Arlington, VA, 22201 United States (map)

“Embraces the traditions of its home state with lush instrumentation and historical lyrics” ~ Washington City Paper

“Embraces the traditions of its home state with lush instrumentation and historical lyrics” ~ Washington City Paper

Bud’s Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they do not hesitate to add to it in ways all their own. Playing a tasteful mix of front man Buddy Dunlap’s original material and popular hits ranging from Stevie Wonder to Alabama and all points in between, Bud’s Collective has been making waves in the music scene since the inception of the group in 2012.

These guys and gal have been playing music together informally for over a decade, and their music speaks of the years spent adapting and blending with one another’s styles. Only a few months after the band was formed, Bud’s Collective won first place in the DC Bluegrass Union Mid-Atlantic Band Competition. They also competed at the SPBGMA International Band Contest, placing 2nd. They host their own concert series called Bluegrass in the Barn which continues to grow into one of the most popular events in the West Virginia Panhandle, peaking at an audience of 400 after just a year and a half. Bud’s Collective has recorded a Live Album and Studio album, both to be released in spring 2015. What truly sets them apart from the rest, however, is the energy that fills the spaces in which they play – captivating audiences and leaving them wanting more.

The band is made up of front man Buddy Dunlap, a born entertainer, on guitar and lead vocals; Cody Brown on bass; Gina Clowes on banjo; and Jack Dunlap on mandolin.





Washington City Paper – Bud’s Collective at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

“This is a young, energetic band that combines compelling original material with a powerful, mature rhythmic feel. Contemporary Bluegrass music is in solid good hands with this band.”   – Mike Munford of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Grammy Nominated, IBMA Banjo Player of the Year 2013

“Bud’s Collective is definitely an act to keep an eye on. ” – Marshall Wilborn, IBMA Bass Player of the Year 2009

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