Ashlee and Andrew have got it - that primal, but elegant approach to their instruments, and their remarkable vocal blend that only comes out of a deep and undeniable love for old time country music.” - Marshall Wilborn

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2021-22 Artist-In-Residence - The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail
  • 1st Prize Bluegrass Song - 29th Annual MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest
  • 1st Place Old Time Band - 85th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Bluegrass Band - 51st Annual Mount Airy Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Old Time Fiddle - 52nd Annual Grayson County Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Folk Song - 49th Annual Santa Barbara Fiddlers' Festival
  • Best All Around Performer - 2023 Surry County Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Mandolin - 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Championships


Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Ashlee Watkins & Andrew Small evoke a golden era when old-time, bluegrass and country music shared a stage every Saturday night. The duo seamlessly blends overlooked gems of the past with original material, captivating audiences around the globe with their stirring harmonies and tastefully classic stylings. Ashlee and Andrew have a steadily growing collection of ribbons from fiddlers' conventions around the region, and their string band, The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee, took home first place old-time band at the 85th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention. As songwriters, they have been featured in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase and won first prize in the 29th Annual MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. In 2022, the duo released their debut album, Dear Companion.

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