Amanda Gore: TBS
by Shelby C. Berry
TBS Regional Director
Multi-instrumentalist and former Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars member Amanda Gore is putting her energy back into the organization that helped foster her into the musician she is today.
As Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Stars Southeastern Regional Director, Amanda is an advisor for the kids in her region and focuses on facilitating festivals to provide them exposure and opportunities.
“One of the best choices I ever made was contacting John Colburn about joining TBS,” said Amanda. “Who knew I’d gain such dear friends for life. I’ve always enjoyed TBS, and I was truly honored when John reached out about becoming a regional director. Without young people involved, there will be no bluegrass. It’s a must to keep the music alive!”
Raised in the small town of Tallapoosa, Georgia, Amanda has played music since she was ten. Her love of bluegrass started with the classic song Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Amanda is proud to be from a town rich in musical history, where bluegrass legend Doodle Thrower is buried in the local Hollywood Cemetery. Inspired by her town’s history, her grandparents Garner and Kathy Maddox, and bluegrass great Rhonda Vincent, Amanda prides herself in performing crisp, hard-driving, traditional bluegrass music.
“I’ve always enjoyed music and grew up in bluegrass music,” said Amanda. “My grandparents had a band for more than 25 years. I was always at the bluegrass music festivals when I was a kid! My grandparents were responsible for drawing me into music. My grandfather put a guitar in my hand as soon as I was old enough to know better.”
“I don’t imitate other people or how they do things,” said Amanda. “My band and I simply put our twist on our music, and I believe that’s what really makes us different.”
After her grandfather passed when she was only 13 years old, Amanda decided to honor his memory by playing his favorite music. She started her band, Amanda Gore & the Red, White & Bluegrass, and hasn’t turned back.
“I decided you can only do one thing with instruments—play them. I’ve been performing and playing nonstop for nine years,” said Amanda.
Amanda’s band plays gospel, classic country, and, of course, bluegrass music, allowing her to share her talent across multiple genres of music.
“Playing live with my band is electrifying and magical! It’s a feeling like no other. Most people don’t forget about us! The bond I have with my guys when we play is amazing,” said Amanda.
An endorsed artist for both Black Diamond Strings and Paige Capos, Amanda is recognized for her talent in her band and as a solo artist, making way for herself in bluegrass while investing in others. For seven years, she has booked bands and hosted festivals and special events at a local music venue, The Outpost Music Barn, in Waco, Georgia. Her experience working with bands and artists like Edgar Loudermilk, Larry Sparks, and Ralph Stanley II at this venue is another reason why John Colburn felt that she would be the perfect choice as a regional director for TBS.
“As a bluegrass promoter, I was already helping recruit young people into TBS. So when John called to tell me about the position, it was the perfect opportunity for me,” said Amanda. “I love not only promoting bluegrass, but I love to see and be able to recruit the young people. It reminds me how my grandparents roped me into the bluegrass world.”
With a drive and passion for hard work and bluegrass music, Amanda hopes to one day make music her full-time career, allowing her to do what she loves.
“Playing bluegrass with my family and friends means the world to me. There is simply no other feeling like it,” said Amanda. “It can certainly make you smile even on your darkest days! I pray God will allow me to play the rest of my life.”