Biography

The Band

“I’d like to think that if AP Carter had had more time to think about it and work things out, the Carter Fanily would have been singing like the Broadcasters.” -Tim O’Brien

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Ivy Sheppard expresses herself in this world with music. It is the sounds of a bygone era that resonate so clearly in her soul. She had the great fortune to learn her banjo and fiddle stylings while playing with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers of east Tennessee. Through dedication and persistence she and The Broadcasters work tirelessly to bring the music of her home to a new generation. Ivy can typically be found with a fiddle in her hands, or searching for a new venue for the band. She’s a Disc Jockey at legendary radio station, WPAQ 740AM, and is on the air Monday and Tuesday from 2-6pm.

1012309_514654471922760_1187561250_nAndy Edmonds (of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina) comes from a family of guitar and banjo players, and gospel singers. He met the late, great Benton Flippen when he was a young man, and began playing guitar and banjo for his band, the Smokey Valley Boys. While playing with Benton for a over a decade, Andy learned a great deal about playing the fiddle. Though he is able to play a number of instruments, the fiddle has become his primary focus, and his fiddling has won numerous prizes at area fiddle contests. Andy also plays fiddle for the Buckstankle Boys, as well as singing harmony.

David Sheppard puts the drive in The Broadcasters sound. Like a freight train coming on down the line his style of playing gives The Broadcasters an unmistakable sound. Currently, his song writing knack is gaining the trio lots of attention. He is a world-renowned luthier and expert restorer of vintage acoustic instruments. Learn more about the shop here.