Southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina have long been fertile ground for family bluegrass bands. In the mid-2000s, one of the finest family bands to emerge from the region was the Cana Ramblers, of tiny Cana, Virginia, in Carroll County, showcasing the Jones family. Led by guitarist and singer Phil Jones, the band featured his teenage daughters, Ashley and Laura Leigh, and pre-teen son, Will. The Cana Ramblers were a favorite at music festivals and fiddlers conventions, with the Jones kids displaying talents well beyond their years. Though still in middle school at the time, Will asserted himself as one of Virginia’s top flatpick guitarists of the era, and Laura Leigh quickly became recognized as one of the great emerging voices in bluegrass. While still in high school, Laura Leigh recorded a solo album of covers of her idol, Dolly Parton, titled Laura Leigh–Parton Me, which Dolly Parton herself praised upon hearing it. The Cana Ramblers still occasionally perform together as a family band, but the Jones kids are now grownups pursuing their own musical careers. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Laura Leigh moved to Nashville, where she roomed with acclaimed bluegrass mandolin player Sierra Hull. She soon took a job as a tour guide at the Grand Ole Opry, and began writing her own songs. While many of her own compositions and co-writes have been recorded by contemporary Nashville country artists, she often saves her favorites for herself, as evidenced on her impressive new album, EP 1.