Alison Brown is a Grammy Award-winning banjo player, composer, producer and co-founder of the internationally recognized roots music label, Compass Records. Alison was valedictorian of her class at La Jolla High School and, although she has lived in Nashville for the past 25 years, she is still a La Jollan at heart!
Alison is a graduate of Harvard University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Upon receiving her MBA, Alison spent several years in investment banking before pursuing music full time. While Alison’s banjo playing style is rooted in bluegrass technique, she delights in bringing jazz, Celtic and world music influences into her sound.
Alison has worked extensively with Alison Krauss, The Indigo Girls and Michelle Shocked. She is a strong advocate for female musicians particularly within the male dominated bluegrass culture and has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association as well as the United States Artist Fellowship in Music.
Together with her touring group, Alison has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry and alongside several major symphony orchestras including the San Diego Symphony. Alison currently lives in Nashville with her husband Garry West and their two children Hannah (16) and Brendan (11), both of whom are regulars at La Jolla Shores surf camp every summer!