the atkinson family

THE ATKINSON FAMILY band comes to us from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in NY and is back on the Danby stage by popular request! Dick & Shelene Atkinson lead the family band. Both sing & play and are accomplished song writers – Dick on banjo and Shelene on guitar. They compose a lot of the songs they perform, which tell the stories of their lives in the northern mountains of the Adirondacks.

Dick began an interest in acoustic bluegrass music at a young age. His father introduced him to bluegrass on the record player with the sounds of Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and traditional country music with the songs of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams Sr, Ernie Tubb, and Roy Acuff to name a few. Dick plays banjo for the group and on some numbers, he plays guitar. He records and produces the bands projects in the studio.

Shelene plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals for the group. She started playing guitar and singing after her children were grown. Shelene does the graphic work on the band’s projects and she designs & develops their web page. She loves performing and visiting with the folks at shows; stop and say hello and visit with her!

Daughter Liza is one of the original members of the family band. She plays mandolin and strong rhythm guitar and she provides strong vocals to the group. She sings any harmony you want to throw at her! It’s said that Liza can peel paint off the wall with her vocal power!

Daughter Sara is the youngest of the Atkinson family clan. She plays bass and is joining her sister and mother, singing some lead and harmony vocals, to make a unique 3-part female vocal sound.

Dave Bevins rounds out the group on dobro. He’s an accomplished player with an impressive musical resume. He’s the 2003 National Champion on Resonator Guitar. He’s a local favorite who’s performed with some of the best musicians in Nashville, including Dan Tyminski, John Cowan, and the Country Gentleman to name a few.

Click here to see their video, “Raise Hell”!

Check out their website at and find them on Facebook at


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