The Silas Powell Band
The Silas Powell Band, a powerful trio from Doddridge County, WV, features 3 generations of multi-talented musicians. The band’s namesake, Silas Powell, is one of today's most exciting young mandolin prodigies. Silas, along with his father, Josh Powell, and his grandpa, Jeff Powell, deliver a full and exciting sound with rich harmonies and poweful stage presence.
Silas Powell-Mandolin/Fiddle/Guitar 19 year old Silas is quite talented on a variety of instruments but the mandolin is his passion. He loves to play in the style of Bill Monroe.
Silas first had the mandolin in his hands in his playpen, and his dad and papaw knew then he was going to follow them in their music talents. He first started truly playing the mandolin at 7, he was in the basement with his dad’s band at the time and just started chopping along, and needless to say his dad hasn’t picked up a mandolin since!
He is a 4-time Junior Champion of the State of Maryland, and at twelve years old he took 2nd place in the Maryland state adult division, plus a top 5 finish in the West Virginia State Championship adult division, at 10 years old Silas was awarded 4th place in the adult division of Monterey Virginias old time fiddlers convention. Showing some of his diversity on other instruments Silas was also awarded 2nd place playing the fiddle at the Appalachian old time fiddlers championship held at the West Virginia University. He is a 2x scholarship recipient from Houstonfest in Galax, VA. Silas has performed at various festivals, which include Merlefest, Houstonfest, Remington Ryde, and Baygrass in the Florida Keys. He has taken the stage with many top Bluegrass musicians, which include, Jesse McReynolds, David Grier, Doyle Lawson, Mike Compton, Missy Raines, Sierra Hall, Mandolin Orange, Emory Lester, and Johnny Staats, plus many more. He was recently featured on Woodsong's Old Time Radio hour as a Woodsong’s Kid. Silas has recently been inducted into Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars. During the 2017 IBMA's Silas was 1 of 25 kids selected to perform as one of The Kids on Bluegrass.
You may see Silas at local street fairs, pickn’ on the sidewalks, he loves to share his music. He also plays monthly at the local nursing home, which earned him the Title of Youth Volunteer of the Year for the State of West Virginia two years in a Row!
Josh Powell - vocals/bass/guitar/mandolin - Father of Silas Powell is a self-taught musician who started playing Rock and Roll and Country music. He honed his skills with musicians from all over the US and abroad while serving the United States Air Force. He began playing bluegrass in all night picking circles with pickers from all over West Virginia and Ohio until forming the DC Grass Band, which he left in 2011 to play Bass for his father in the East Run Band. Josh and his father decided to put the East Run Band on the back burner in order to focus on Silas and Angela’s talent and the 3 generation family band was born.
Jeff Powell– vocals/guitar/bass /harmonica - Father of Josh, and Grandpa of Silas. Jeff is a Singer / Songwriter who has played with many notable bands, including the East Run Band, Rick K and the Allnighters and Neon Cactus Band. Jeff has written many original tunes, some of which have been recorded by the likes of Will Parson and The Meridian Band. Jeff has opened from many of Nashville’s biggest stars, which include Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Eddie Rabbit, Eddy Raven, John Conlee and Jerry Reed. Just to name a few.
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