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

  • Inaugural 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 Old Time Fiddle - 52nd Annual Grayson County Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Folk Song - 49th Annual Santa Barbara Fiddlers' Festival
  • Best All Around Performer - 2018 and 2019 Tazewell County Fiddlers' Convention
  • 1st Place Mandolin - 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Championships

Biography

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. Featuring the 2015 Bluegrass Mandolin Champion of Australia, Ashlee and Andrew have also won top honors in the 29th Annual MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, 49th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Folk Song Contest, and their string band The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee took home First Place Old Time Band at the 85th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

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