Austin Tate



"I love the music I play but most of all,
I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
                                                - Austin Tate

Austin Tate, 17*, from Marion, Virginia plays with the band Valley Grass, a bluegrass Gospel and bluegrass band from Virginia.  Austin plays mandolin and sings lead and harmony vocals. He has played with numerous people.  He started singing at the age of 3 and began playing mandolin at the age of 8.  At 8, his family bought him a chord book and it was on from there.  Austin has won many awards in music, individually and with his band.  Some of his individual accomplishments include:

 2nd Place Mandolin at the Fries Fiddlers Convention 2011; 1st Place Youth Mandolin  at the Sparta Fiddlers Convention 2012; 3rd Place Youth Mandolin at the Galax Fiddlers Convention 2012;  1st Place Youth Mandolin at the Sparta Fiddlers Convention 2013; 1st Place Youth Bluegrass Band at the Galax Fiddlers Convention 2013; 1st Place Youth Mandolin at the Sparta Fiddlers Convention 2013.