(l-r) Trygve Myers, Michael Wallace, Adam Kersh, Zak McConnell and Jake Larios of The Fiddleheads. The Fiddleheads gained national attention on the hit television show America’s Got Talent and will be playing in Canton this Saturday. Wallace graduated from PHS in 2007.
Most bands don’t play their first show at the Fox Theatre, but the Fiddleheads, whose guitar player hails from Jasper, did just that.
The band formed in 2009 as a four-piece bluegrass ensemble for North Georgia College.
Then in February 2011, the group submitted a video to NBC's America's Got Talent for the Atlanta auditions.
“They told us we needed a strong lead vocalist,” said guitarist Michael Wallace, who graduated from Pickens High School in 2007. “So the band added Adam, we made new videos and submitted them to the show.”
The Fiddleheads were selected from the sea of other bands, then auditioned twice for producers and were chosen to perform at the Fox Theatre in April of 2011
The group, who had never played a live show as the five-piece incarnation of the band, performed for the first time in front of 3,000 people, including America’s Got Talent judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan.
“Yeah, it’s kind of a funny story,” said Wallace. “It was unbelievable. I was never more nervous or excited about anything in my life. They had a lot more playing experience than I did and kept making fun of me because I kept saying, ‘I don’t think I can do it.’”
But the band impressed the judges and was one of 48 acts chosen to fly to Los Angeles. They were eventually voted off, but then in a surprise turn of events returned to LA for the Wild Card round and ultimately finished 25th in the entire country.
After the band returned home, they recorded their first album in just two months time. The album, “Goodbye LA,” which includes five originals, three cover tunes and one gospel song, was released in March and the group is holding a CD release party and show at the Cherokee Arts Center this Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
“After we came home we started playing some shows out,” Wallace said. “The first was at the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival, and it was out first full-length show. Before that we had just played 90-second shows on America’s Got Talent”
Wallace describes the band’s musical interests and influences as diverse, from contemporary Christian to classic rock to jazz, bluegrass and country.
“We actually listen to less bluegrass than anything else,” Wallace said. “I don’t know what you would call our music. People say they like it, but they ask us what it is, and I honestly don’t know. I guess a good general name would be Americana, but I just think good music is good music.”
You can purchase “Goodbye LA” at iTunes or Amazon.com.
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