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After Jack wins ‘roots band’ competition
Trio also named Americana vocal band of the year
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Photo by Fallon Kreye: After Jack band members, from left, Emily Blankenship-Tucker, Mary Allison and Rachel Blankenship-Tucker recently won the Local Roots Band Competition.

Monday, July 21, 2014

After Jack, a Franklin County-based "hot folk" trio, won the Local Roots Band Competition recently at the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Mt. Solon.

The all-female group, which recently returned home from a month-long tour out West, topped 10 other Virginia-based bands in the contest to win a prize package valued at more than $2,000.

The contest winner was selected by members of the festival's host band, The Steel Wheels, as well as other festival organizers.

As contest champions, After Jack received a microphone from Floyd County's Peluso Microphone Lab, as well as free studio time at Harrisonburg's Blue Sprocket Sound Studio.

After Jack also was recently named the 2014 Americana vocal band of the year by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association and competed in the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in Telluride, Co.

Formed in 2011, After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. With expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music, the trio combines a modern sensibility with a distinctly old-time energy to mix bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. 

After Jack consists of Mary Allison, Emily Blankenship-Tucker and Rachel Blankenship-Tucker. 

The band takes its name from the hero of beloved mountain folk-tales, whose quick thinking and good fortune always brought him out on top.

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