Edgar Loudermilk Interview

Edgar Loudermilk Interview

By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

2023 SPBGMA “Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year” Award

2023 SPBGMA “Songwriter of the Year” Nominee

2023 Josie Music Awards “Bluegrass Male Vocalist of the Year” Nominee

2023 Josie Music Awards “Songwriter of the Year” Nominee

2023 Josie Music Awards “Bluegrass Band of the Year” Nominee

2023 Josie Music Awards “Song of the Year” Nominee (“I Hope She Sings”)

2023 “Male Vocalist of the Year” Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Awards

2016 BMAI “Male Vocalist of the Year” Award

2016 BMAI “Bass Player of the Year” Nominee

2016 BMAI “Album of the the Year”  Nominee  for “Georgia Maple”

2015 IBMA “Emerging Artist of the Year” Nominee

Influenced greatly by his father and grandfather, Edgar Loudermilk cut his teeth on bluegrass by learning to play bass to the legendary record, “Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1.”  Surrounded by music at an early age, Loudermilk was only nine when he began playing bass in his family’s band. He continued to play in his family’s band until he was 20 years old when he joined the group Carolina Crossfire.  Carolina Crossfire had quite a following in the Georgia area and it wasn’t long before Loudermilk decided to expand his options and try his hand at playing professionally, a decision that has made him a staple for elite artists in bluegrass music.

In 2001, Loudermilk auditioned for and was hired by Rhonda Vincent. About a year later, he was encouraged to audition for one of the greatest voices in country music who he had heard was making a move to bluegrass–Marty Raybon.  In December of that year, Loudermilk became the bass player and tenor singer in the newly formed group Full Circle and would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years.

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