Julie Elkins has toured internationally with several different bands, and has recorded all kinds of cool music on various projects throughout the past two decades. With family roots in East Kentucky, she comes from a long line of bluegrass musicians and singers. By age 12, she was the three-time winner of the Classic West Open Banjo Competition, and was invited to join her first band before she was old enough to drive. Julie received her bluegrass education while performing a long stint with North Carolina's renowned bluegrass band, New Vintage. In 1999, she joined the trailblazing bluegrass/Americana band, Kane's River, and in 2006, she was awarded an IBMA award for "Recorded Project of the Year" for her contribution to "Back To The Well," a recording featuring the Daughters of Bluegrass. Julie has recently taught banjo at Sore Fingers (UK), Camp He Ho Ha (Canada), and PicknBow. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, she now makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches banjo, guitar and vocal lessons.