Jerry Lankford, Editor of The Record of Wilkes, has noted that “BackPorch Bluegrass is a band that delivers – hot and fast. As for strengths, there are no loose boards on this backporch.”
David Culler (vocals/guitar), leads the band and provides a heaping helping of high, lonesome sound with one of the strongest bluegrass voices in the region. David’s love of Bluegrass music inspired him to pick up the guitar in 2004 prior to forming the band.
Banjoist Tony Joines is a superb musician and is always willing to play or do whatever is necessary for the group. Tony’s career has seen him with many other fine groups in the past.
Wes Tuttle handles the Mandolin/Fiddle duties and brings tenor harmony to the group, while occasionally leading vocals. He has played with many professional groups in his time and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the band
Jim Matthews plays the upright Bass and also offers smooth Baritone harmony. Jim is another great musician who can play fiddle, mandolin and guitar and has experience playing in bands all over the country in all genres of music.
BackPorch Bluegrass plays many events every year that includes festivals, concerts, private parties and events, weddings, and wherever bluegrass is needed or requested…
In March 2013, BackPorch released a traditional bluegrass project entitled “Guineas Mill” where 5 tracks on the project were written by band members including the title track. Al Shusterman of Backroads Bluegrass on KCBL Radio in Fair Oaks, California noted:
“After listening to this powerful project you would have to agree that North Carolina is a hotbed of bluegrass music. The BackPorch Bluegrass Band has assembled a total of 12 songs on this project, with something for everyone. They have mixed original songs, traditional songs, and songs from other sources to create a block-buster project.”
“After listening to this project you’ll realize that 42 minutes isn’t enough time to absorb all the fine music on Guineas Mill. The vocals both lead and harmony are superb and leave you wanting more. Their instrumental prowess leaves you speechless. Although this band has been together since 2005, I am sure they have decades of experience under their belt. So, if you want to hear some fine music, just listen to the BackPorch Bluegrass Band. You’ll be glad you did!!”
March, 2014 came the release of an all gospel project, “Little Mountain Church House” which took the band to #41 on the Reverbnation charts. Al Shusterman also commented on this release:
“I had an opportunity to play your latest project “Little Mountain Church House”. It was really “something very special”. Your vocals & instrumental work was top notch, but your song selection was superb! You captured all of the best known “gospel songs” & put them in one project. For those of us who love the old time sound of traditional gospel music, it doesn’t get better than this. I found myself singing along to many of the songs as they were playing. I loved this project, & I know my listeners will feel the same way. I can just visualize my request lines ringing off the hook once this project starts to play.”