About Junction 63
Lori King is proud to be part of this amazing group of women and, hopefully, a source of inspiration for others to also pursue their talent.
Lori and her husband, Joe King, were previously part of Bluegrass Addiction prior to forming their award-winning band, Lori King and Junction 63. Located in the upper Midwest, the King’s debuted their band at the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa’s 2nd Annual Des Moines Area Festival in February 2014. The band is well known for their traditional sounds and hard-driving instrumentals, paired with Midwestern determination and grit.
Over the last seven years, the band has loved every festival performance, special event, and the opportunity to create and release three albums (and working on the next one!). Recently, they signed with Turnberry Records and released their latest album, “Walkin’ the Blues,” in 2021.
The band is comprised of songwriters, arrangers, and multi-instrumentalists which gives them a wealth of originals to choose from: hard-driving numbers, heartwarming gospels, sing-along country grass, and the unexpected contemporary bluegrass compositions alike. Lori believes that she and Junction 63 have forged a strong connection with their audience by being authentic on and off stage and that is a true testament to being the best bluegrass band in the Midwest!
”Joe’s guitar and lead vocals are a direct extension of his personality, he becomes part of each song. While you need to rosin up the bow and call out the Fire Department when Kyle Murphy plays the fiddle! It can only be described as pure fire and passion. Our energetic banjo player, Mark Hargrove, and his harmony vocals are the perfect pairing for these guys, and Kevin Amburgey’s rhythmic chop, perfect leads, and tight harmonies are second to none and really round out the band. As for me, I do what I do best and lead the effort onstage and off.Lori KingBand Leader, Vocals, Bass
Meet the Band
Band Leader, Vocals, Bass
Lori started her music career in 1993 and began performing and singing with the group Bluegrass Addiction in 1999. Lori was introduced to bluegrass music by her husband Joe and began playing bass in 1994. After five years of playing and singing at local music festivals and jams, she joined the group and became a driving force behind the band.
Her awards include the 2015 Midwest SPBGMA Bass Fiddle Player and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year and 2016 Female Vocalist. Her powerhouse vocals mixed with her tone and style on her 1967 Kay Upright bass provides a solid foundation for the band. Lori had a vision for this group and, in 2014, they began taking bluegrass in the Midwest by storm!
Lori is the founder and director for Lori King Productions. Her passion for bluegrass music shows on stage and off.
Guitar & Vocals
Joe began playing guitar as a young boy and was an original member of Bluegrass Addiction in 1991 when the group was formed. Joe is an accomplished guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter. Songs he’s written include “Soap Crick” and “Thinkin Bout You” which were featured in the independent films “A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar” and “Out Late” respectively.
His impeccable timing, rhythm, and stylish flatpicking on his Dan Tyminski Model Martin D-28 guitar have earned him many accolades from fans and musicians alike. Joe was named the 2017 SPBGMA Midwest and BMAI Guitar Player of the Year, and he was nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Guitar Player and Male Vocalist of the Year at the SPBGMA Midwest Awards Convention. He was also nominated as Songwriter and Entertainer of the Year in 2016.
When Joe is not performing or traveling he gives acoustic instrument lessons. He enjoys his time on the road performing bluegrass and country music with the bands.
Mandolin & Vocals
Kevin is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who moved to Ashland, MO, from Kentucky. Lori and Joe met Kevin at the SPBGMA Midwest Convention in 2014 which led to him joining the band.
Kevin plays mandolin with the band but is an incredible guitar player, bass player, and even banjo player. He can sing all our vocal parts, and we are blessed to have him in the group. Kevin is also a songwriter, and we recently recorded two of his songs on our CD “Grandpas Old Guitar.”
Kevin resides in Ashland with his wife and children and is the pastor of Heartland Baptist Church.
Kevin was awarded the 2017 and 2018 SPBGMA Midwest and the 2017 and 2018 BMAI Mandolin Player of the Year. He received a nomination for the 2016 SPBGMA Midwest mandolin player of the Year.
Banjo & Vocals
Mark joined Lori King and Junction 63 in 2015. Mark began playing guitar while growing up in Nebraska and transitioned to a five-string banjo under the tutelage of the great Nebraska bluegrass musician Steve Hanson.
Mark moved to Texas for school and spent several years playing banjo and fingerstyle guitar in regionally active bluegrass groups centered around Houston.
Since moving to Iowa in 1998, he has played locally on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle with groups including Harvest Home, Southern Reign, Mr. Babors Neighbors, and the Bluegrass Pals. He enjoys traditional bluegrass and old country music, and he loves to sing whatever harmony part is needed.
Mark was awarded the 2019 SPBGMA Midwest Banjo Player of the Year. Other accolades include the 2016 and 2017 SPBGMA Midwest Banjo Player of the Year nominations and 2016, 2017, and 2018 BMAI Banjo Player of the Year.
Kyle is a multi-instrumentalist that joined Lori King and Junction 63 in 2017. Kyle began playing bluegrass with his family while growing up in California.
After high school, Kyle moved to Tennessee and attended college at East Tennessee State University where he joined the Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome band. He toured with Jeff for three years.
Kyle moved to Ames in August 2017 and is working on obtaining his Ph.D. in math.