The Midnight Plowboys are an Asheville-area all-star team, a string band whose members bring with them decades of experience and deep ties to mountain music traditions The Midnight Plowboys are comprised of talented pickers and singers, all of whom are savvy, experienced and fun-loving stage entertainers. The band’s diverse musical style rises above any one category, and includes elements of southern fiddle music, bluegrass, old-time, folk and classic early country songs. Solo and ensemble harmony vocals are the highest calling, with acoustic instrumental support from fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass.
First active between 1980 and 1990, its original members were guitarist Brian Hunter, fiddler Ed Partridge, banjo player Bucky Hanks, and bass player Andy Charlton. In this configuration the band toured widely and recorded two albums. After a hiatus, the band was invited to give a reunion performance at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival in 2012, and the enthusiastic reception they received encouraged the Midnight Plowboys to re-activate the band.
The revived Midnight Plowboys band consists of founder, Brian Hunter playing guitar and adding lead and harmony vocals. Laura Boosinger, who joined the band in the 1990’s, is one of the finest female vocalists in all of American traditional music today, and an award-winning clawhammer banjoist. Emma McDowell brings a youthful touch playing driving fiddle and singing world-class vocals…high, clear and powerful. For decades, Mike Hunter has been considered one the south’s premiere mandolin stylists. His resume includes being one of Jimmy Martin’s legendary Sunny Mountain Boys, as well as a member of other prestigious groups, and playing and teaching music for more than forty years .. Robert Reeves has returned to music after years of working in the auto racing industry, provides solid rhythm on his stand-up bass and sings classic country music. And everyone sings…all the time!
The Midnight Plowboys play a wide range of acoustic music, from old-time and bluegrass to Americana and classic country. This stylistic diversity is very much in keeping with the band’s deep roots in the Asheville area, where musical eclecticism has long been a valued part of the region’s string band heritage.