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Sons of Sylvia Prepare for Tour
By Mary Beth Lursen STAFF WRITER

Published: Monday, October 18, 2010

Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010 12:10

Sons of Sylvia knew from the beginning that music would always be an important part of their lives, but never believed that it would take them this far. The band is made up of three brothers who describe themselves as a combination of country, pop, bluegrass, and rock musicians.

Ashley, the middle brother, plays fiddle, Adam, the oldest, plays the mandolin, and Austin, the youngest brother and the one who spoke with the Vanguard, plays the dobro - an acoustic guitar with a built-in metal resonator - and the lap steel, a steel guitar. This makes their sound truly unique and gives them an identity.

Sons of Sylvia started out small, working for other bands and performing as back-ups for them. That all changed when they saw an advertisement for the show, “The Next Great American Band.”

They decided to send in a video on a whim under the name “The Clark Brothers” and managed to win the show in 2007. Austin described the experience as crazy, saying that they never expected to win.

It took a few years for them to get started. But when they signed with Interscope Records, their career took off. They changed their name to Sons of Sylvia, a tribute to their mother, before they joined Carrie Underwood on tour.

Since then, they have had many accomplishments. They debuted their first single, “Love Left to Lose,” on the hit TV show “American Idol.”

Their first album came out in April of this year. Their second single, “I’ll Know You,” has just been released.

The brothers have had to adjust to playing together because they all worked for different artists and never really toured or played together consistently.

The Sons of Sylvia are currently on tour with Carrie Underwood. Austin describes being on tour with Underwood as a dream come true.

They wrote and performed a song with Underwood on her new album, “Play On” and will perform with her Oct. 23 at the Mobile Civic Center.