Rural Rhythm Records recording artist Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Loudermilk’s distinctive and powerful vocals cut to the heart of a song, while also winning over audiences with his friendly, down-home style. Having experienced a long tenure of performing, including several industry awards, with IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, and Marty Raybon, Edgar has also had monumental success with the IBMA Emerging Artist nomination for his duo work with Adkins & Loudermilk. Edgar wrote or co-wrote the majority of the music that topped and still remains on the bluegrass charts from the Adkins & Loudermilk album release. Edgar’s music is a mainstay on bluegrass radio and he has been a “Most Played” Sirius Bluegrass Radio Musician since his start.
In addition to touring and performing, Edgar Loudermilk has had great success as a songwriter, with over 50 self-penned songs, many of which have been recorded by others. To quote Edgar, “I see songwriting as much of a calling as singing. Songwriting is a big part of it for me. Playing and singing is great fun and a good time, and we love the audiences, but the art of crafting words and music into a song is very rewarding.”
In 2017, Edgar’s self-penned song, “Can’t Live Life,” was recorded by Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary as part of their “American Grandstand” album–that album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and in July of 2017, it was on Billboard’s Top 10 of Top Current Country Albums, as well as No.1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Chart for the week of July 29, 2017. The album went on to be #1 on Splice Today’s Top 10 Country Albums of 2017.
In 2015 Edgar stepped out forming his own band with the highly acclaimed guitarist, Jeff Autry. The Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry released the well-received “Georgia Maple” album in 2016, garnering significant airplay. In 2018 the band released a single, “It’s a Way of Life That Stands the Test of Time,” debuting in the Top 20 of the Bluegrass Today Airplay charts. Penned by Loudermilk and Wayne Benson, the 2018 release received fantastic audience response during the band’s live performances on their coast-to-coast tours.
In 2019 the band released “Lonesome Riverboat Blues” on the Rural Rhythm Records label. The CD’s title track, “Lonesome Riverboat Blues” garnered much success with spending more than a dozen weeks in Top 20 of the Bluegrass Today Bluegrass Airplay charts, as well as charting numerous times on Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey.
The Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, emphasizes the core vocal trio of the band, Edgar Loudermilk, Jeff Autry, and Zack Autry. Each of the three shares the spotlight as lead vocalist, in addition to all three shining on harmony vocals. In addition, Jeff Autry and Zack Autry are both accomplished songwriters, bringing not only tightly constructed and intricate instrumentals, but also lyrical delights.
While the band’s vocal arrangements meld together like a tightly woven tapestry, the musicianship in this band is spot on every performance. Guitarist Jeff Autry’s stellar innovation comes as no surprise. Jeff Autry toured 14 years internationally with the John Cowan Band. In addition, he’s performed and toured with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, the Bluegrass Cardinals, the Lynn Morris Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and the Travelin’ McCourys. Jeff Autry’s solo album, “Foothills,” saw great success in its original release and has since been re-released in 2017, with several cuts becoming crowd favorites at the band’s live performances.
On mandolin is the highly accomplished Zack Autry, son of Jeff Autry. While the instrument may be different than what his father plays, Zack’s attention to detail and precision is evidence that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Zack picked up the mandolin when he was 8 years old and has since been lighting up stages with his musicianship.
Delivering the drive on banjo is the very talented and musically diverse, Curtis “Bum” Bumgarner, who recently joined the band’s live shows and cross country tour. Bumgarner’s banjo style easily adapts from hard-driving traditional bluegrass to the swing tunes the band showcases in their live performances. Curtis has quickly become a crowd favorite.
Rounding out the group on resonator guitar is young Dylan Amour. Dylan, a recent addition in 2018, completes the blend for a perfect mix that is synonymous for the Rural Rhythm Records band Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry.