Meet The Band...
Grant Rigney (age 15) has been playing since age 7. He started on the mandolin and also plays the fiddle, bass, and tenor guitar. His accomplishments include a 4th place finish in the 2012 Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, 1st in Fiddle at the 2012 Tennessee State Fiddle Championship for his age division, 2012 Alabama State Fiddle Champion, National Championship Youth Instrumental Entertainer of the Year at the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree in 2007, 2008 & 2009, 2009 Alabama State Jr. Fiddle Champion, and numerous other awards across his instruments from many festivals and contests. Grant also sings harmony vocals for the band.
The Rigneys are an award-winning band offering great harmony, superb instrumentation, and entertainment that is just plain fun to watch! Their show is a blend of original work and traditional favorites that exhilarates your soul with energy, laughter, and emotion that keeps you so engaged you will find yourself asking for more at the end of the show.
Based near Nashville, TN, this established band entertains fans at a variety of venues. Notable recent shows include Bluegrass Underground, Song of the Mountains, Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gathering just to name a few. Catch them soon at a venue near you.
Mark Rigney began playing banjo as a teenager. He gave up his beloved Gibson to buy Melissa's engagement ring in college. He didn't play again for 17 years. Then she surprised him one Christmas with a banjo under the tree and that is the beginning of their story. Mark also sings lead and harmony vocals for the band.
Melissa Rigney had never played a stringed instrument. But she got tired of watching the fun and decided to learn the bass. Now she is the bands solid beat.
Andrew Rigney (age 19) has been playing since age 10. He started on the guitar and also plays the mandolin, banjo, and bass. His hard-drivin' smooth sound gives the band its tight drive. Andrew sings lead vocals and harmony and contributes much to the band with his original songs and arrangements. He added to his many accomplishments by placing 1st in flatpick guitar for three years at the Tennessee State Championships, and he placed 2nd at the Doc Watson Guitar Compeition at Merlefest in 2010 and 2011. He is endorsed by Silverangel Mandolins.