Unspoken Tradition

About UT

There are a lot of unspoken traditions that are a part of heritage music. We make sure that our music honors its creators. We make sure it grows within tradition by adding our original approach. We make sure it maintains its role as something for everyday people who, although they may come from different backgrounds, are united through the love of great music! We are 5 working class guys from North Carolina. Great music is our passion and Bluegrass is our love. The band started in Cherryville North Carolina, the hometown of its three founding members Lee Shuford and Audie and Zane McGinnis. The three came together at historic picking sessions at the home of Jack Bingham. Soon they were doing what many new groups do, playing locally and building a fan following. In 2014 the current lineup was fully formed with the additions of Ty Gilpin on mandolin and vocals, and Tim Gardner on fiddle and vocals. With a repertoire of new, original bluegrass music, traditional bluegrass numbers and creative covers, we open our band to an even wider audience and bring a passionate energy to the stage. Our 2013 release, Simple Little Town, with its live feel and mostly original songs also showcases the band’s ability to keep one foot in the past and one pointed towards the future. The album offers something for everyone with hardcore Grass numbers, a rock ‘n roll cover, and original songs. We have a motto…. “We play Working Class Bluegrass”. The philosophy here is that Bluegrass is for the people and by the people. It’s participatory music and community music. It’s real music that anyone can relate to with its themes of life, love, work, family and American culture.

Tradition to release Miles Between Available Oct 30th

From the hotbed of North Carolina’s Bluegrass country, in a region where great picking and singing is the norm, Unspoken Tradition rises to the top. The Cher-ryville-based five piece band – consisting of Audie McGinnis (Guitar, Vocals), Lee Shuford (Bass, Vocals), Tim Gardner (Fiddle, Vocals), Ty Gilpin (Mandolin, Vocals), and Zane McGinnis (Banjo) – follows its acclaimed first release Simple Little Town with a stellar sophomore effort in Miles Between.

Like the debut release, which included Top 20 placement on the Bluegrass Unlim-ited Radio Chart, Miles Between is predominantly original songs written by mem-bers of the band. The songs are played with passion and the lyrics are highly per-sonal and thoughtful – sometimes tragic.

From the syncopated kick-off with “Point of Rocks Station,” written by Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis, to the super bluesy timing switch-up of “One More Drink,” penned by Lee Shuford, Miles Between is both exciting and original. “The Bullet,” written by Audie McGinnis, breaks down presumed stereotypical Bluegrass subject matter and gives the listener a unique perspective on conflict through the unexpected point of view of an inanimate object. “Been In Love Before” by Ty Gilpin is a song with a bitter tinge about love lost, but not forgotten and “Rivers That I’ve Crossed” by Lee Shuford tells of a tragedy that’s heartbreaking with the vocal emotion to match. The title track “Miles Between Them” from Audie McGinnis is a relatable song about relationships tested by life on the road. Miles Between includes a fast moving traditional style instrumental from Gilpin where high speed, melodic breaks trade off each other. The band also includes what was a trademark subject from their previous album – the struggle of making a living from the land – with “One Mule Plow” written by Patrick McDougal. With this release, Unspoken Tradition rises to the challenge faced by every artist; following a strong debut with and even more impressive second album.

Unspoken Tradition is:

Audie McGinnis – guitar and vocals

Lee Shuford -bass and vocals

Zane McGinnis – banjo

Ty Gilpin – mandolin and vocals

Tim Gardner – fiddle and vocals