A Taste of the Pickin
“How the Old Folks Are At Home”
Alan Sibley is a multi-instrumentalist, Bluegrass/Gospel singer and host of The Bluegrass Trail, a nationally televised music series on RFD-TV.
Growing up in rural Mississippi, music was always a part of the Sibley home. Many of Alan’s earliest memories are of listening to his mother play the piano and accordion while singing some of the same Gospel songs that Alan still sings today. As a small boy, Alan first started trying to play music by learning to play songs on the piano and harmonica. When he was thirteen years old, Alan began learning to play the acoustic guitar and took an interest in other stringed instruments as well. Soon after, he discovered the wonderful sounds of Bluegrass music and decided he would learn to play all of the instruments used in Bluegrass.
Alan began his career in Bluegrass music playing mandolin with the Legendary First Family of Bluegrass Gospel “The Sullivan Family” in 2001 at the young age of fifteen. During the first four years of his musical career, Alan toured almost continuously and played Bluegrass Gospel music in thirty states. After leaving “The Sullivan Family” Alan worked with two of the Deep South’s more prominent bluegrass bands, “The Larry Wallace Band” and “Jerry & Tammy Sullivan”.
After seven years of being a sideman in other groups, Alan decided to form his own band. With musical roots deep in Bluegrass and Gospel music, Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers have performed at music festivals, concerts, and churches across the United States since 2008.
Alan has won multiple awards in his home state of Mississippi from the Magnolia State Bluegrass Association. He is a four-time recipient of the Male Vocalist of the Year Award and an eight-time recipient of the Mandolin Player of the Year Award. His band was also voted MSBA Band of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers were first featured on the RFD-TV network as guests on the Cumberland Highlander’s Show.