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"…Nothin’ Fancy maintains a high level of proficiency and professionalism that unquestionably establishes them as a force to be reckoned with in the world of bluegrass music. Indeed the future for Nothin’ Fancy is boundless and filled with enormous expectations."
-Bluegrass Unlimited

"…A Unique sound that vacillates between smooth, progressive bluegrass and country-tinged Americana."
-Cary Virgin, Bluegrass Now

"Impressive is one of the many synonyms for the word fancy. Despite their name, ‘impressive’ describes Virginia based Nothin’ Fancy to a ‘T’…
-Sing Out!

"Group members have developed a strong blend that features tight harmonies and evocative solo performances. The band’s chemistry with each other is superb. Of course it doesn’t hurt that they have a great deal of musical talent and vocals thrown in there, too."

"This bluegrass band personifies the definition of "antithesis" with its name Nothin’ Fancy. It is the opposite, very fancy. Stellar vocals along with impeccable bluegrass harmonies are just the starting point. The instrumental prowess of the group members also likens itself to some of the old pros that have traveled this road before them.When these guys play, it is everything but nothing fancy. Their name may not be indicative of their music, but I would rather a group use their vocals, instrumental skill, and songwriting abilities speak for them in lieu of their name doing all of the talking."
-Bluegrass Works
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  "Besides being a great guy, Mike Andes has to have one of the coolest, most distinctive, and refreshingly honest voices in bluegrass. And great songs like these makes this a great performance."
-Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Radio, Bluegrass Junction>

"Here’s a double serving of very good music. Not only does this CD serve as a demo of the great original material of this talented Ohio-based singer/songwriter, but it’s also simply an enjoyable collection of well-sung and well-played bluegrass music. You can tell that Mike Andes is writing from experience."
-Bluegrass Unlimited

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Nothin' Fancy Personnel Announcement3.17.14
It is with great pleasure that we announce we have found and hired the newest member of Nothin' Fancy, Jesse Smathers! Jesse comes to us from Eden, North Carolina and had recently been touring with James King. Jesse's debut at Rockbridge County High School on March 16th was a success to fans that know and love Nothin' Fancy well, and you should be sure to check our tour schedule to find out where you can see Mike, Mitchell, Tony, Chris and now Jesse!

Nothin' Fancy would also like to acknowledge and warmly thank Frankie Hawkins, Kevin Strouth, and Mike Mitchell for their help filling in with us during January & February. Your efforts have certainly been noteworthy and memorable. The show was able to go on because you were there for us, and words cannot express our gratitude.

Congratulations and welcome aboard Jesse!
PR: Nothin' Fancy Personnel Change1.17.14
It is with heavy hearts and regret that Nothin' Fancy announces the resignation of Justin Tomlin from the band. Justin has been awarded a promotion with his day job and will not be able to fulfill Nothin' Fancy's tour schedule.

Justin proved to go above and beyond all expectations with the band and will be missed tremendously. We wish Justin all the success he can achieve in this new chapter of his life. Thank you Justin, keep in touch and remember you’re always welcome to come around for a return engagement.

Nothin' Fancy is now interviewing and scheduling tryouts for guitarist/tenor vocalist. Please contact us via email if interested.
Thanks for everyone's attendance, pickin', and friendship during the 13th Annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival. We had the best time, and believe it to be the best festival we've ever hosted.

For those of you who like to plan: The 14th Annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for September 25, 26 and 27, 2014! Make your plans. (for advance reservations and questions, email Robyn at or call 540-461-0954).

We'll have stuff like bands, showtimes, fliers, and shenanigans all up in due time. Stay tuned!