What people are saying...

"This is a young, energetic band that combines compelling original material with a powerful, mature rhythmic feel. Contemporary Bluegrass music is in solid good hands with this band."  

- Mike Munford of Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Grammy Nominated, IBMA Banjo Player of the Year 2013


" of the most promising young bands in bluegrass."

-Bluegrass Today


"Bud's Collective is definitely an act to keep an eye on. "

- Marshall Wilborn, IBMA Bass Player of the Year 2009


“I hired Bud's Collective for our festival and I can honestly say that they are now one of my favorite bands out there. Not only are their songs well chosen, their harmonies tight, and their solos blazing hot, but they also were just wonderful to work with all day. They arrived early, asked if they could help out in any way, did a fantastic job teaching some workshops and were so nice and worked so well at talking with fans that I think everyone that saw them or met them left there as a die-hard fan.”

Tara Lindhart, Loudoun Bluegrass Festival


“As a bluegrass promoter for over forty years, I often wonder about the future of our wonderful music. After experiencing Bud's Collective several times, I am assured that it is in good hands. Young, talented, great material and very entertaining. I did not hesitate to book them for our Berryville Bluegrass Series.”

- Frank Jurney, Promoter


"Bud's Colective was so professional and easy to deal with from the very beginning. The level of talent in this band is amazing, and they can appeal to the young and old alike. I cannot recommend these guys highly enough!"

-Chris Smith, River Valley Music Festival



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Bud’s Collective is a dynamic trio of pickers and singers from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With deep roots in Bluegrass music, they are not afraid to venture off the well beaten path and play songs by Bill Withers, Tom Petty, Alabama, Django Rhinehart, Johnny Cash and many more, while maintaining an energy that is all their own. The group also features a long list of original material written by band leader and guitar player, Buddy Dunlap.


What began as a "throw together group of whoever Buddy could collect,” quickly turned into one of the hottest bluegrass bands in the DC area. Since it’s inception in December of 2012, Bud’s Collective has played with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Larry Sparks, The Larry Keel Experience and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen just to name a few. The band took first place in the 2013 DC Bluegrass Union Band Competition, and second place in the 2014 SPBGMA Band Competition in Nashville.


Bud’s Collective has released four albums. In March, 2015,  “Bluegrass in the Barn - Live at Capon Crossing Farm” was the first album for the group. It featured a live performance in Wardensville, WV where Buddy resides and holds a monthly concert series under the same title. The album showcased original and traditional material, and clearly demonstrates the liveliness of Bud’s Collective’s show.


In May, 2015, after a few weeks in the studio, Bud’s Collective finished up their first studio album. Self titled, this album covers the bases with over half of the songs being original to the group and the rest being crowd favorites. Bass player, Cody Brown, is featured singing lead vocal on the old Grateful Dead song, “Rider” and Jack Dunlap’s original mandolin instrumental, “Monterey Jack,” really shows off the bands ability to get your feet moving.  


Bud’s Collective, in collaboration with National Media Services in Front Royal, Virginia, has recorded a nine song Christmas album available in the Fall of 2015. "Naughty List" features six originals from the band and three you may already know. They held nothing back when coming up with arrangements and took the liberty to add whatever instrument was needed for each song. The band delves into a little Irish, country, swing and a few other genres while putting their own little twist on Christmas. This is a totally unique, must have album for the Christmas season.    


In June of 2017, the group released their third studio album and first album as a trio, entitled "Three". This album really takes the band to a whole new level; going in a different direction with every track, bringing a fresh, new sound while holding on to their roots, making every song feel timeless and classic. With firey new originals and tasteful covers, each member gets to show off his ability as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.  


Bud’s Collective is continuing to make waves in the music world playing festivals all around the DC area and beyond. They are going into their fifth straight year of monthly Bluegrass in the Barn shows with crowds growing to 400+.


All in all, Bud's Collective is a power trio, bringing a performance that is not to be missed!


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