When Chad Jeremy formed a fledgling bluegrass band 10 years ago with a couple of law school friends, he never expected his love of the genre to turn into a successful career.
Now, with a hit album and another one on the way, Jeremy, a resident of Dexter, is bringing his show to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Sunday.
Jeremy is the frontman for the band Lonesome County, which will perform an intimate concert for 400 fans this weekend.
"We love performing at The Ark," Jeremy said. "Any band will tell you that it's one of the best venues in the country. The Ark is such an intimate place. The audience is right there with you on stage; you can feel the electricity that's different from when you're performing to crowds of 3,000 to 4,000 people."
The band includes Jeremy (guitar and lead vocals), Les Miller of Rochester Hills (bass), Ingo Mucha of Belleville (banjo), Dave Mosher of Brighton (mandolin) and Bill Arnold of Clarkston (Dobro guitar).
The band describes its style as "hard-driving roots rhythms and in-your-face instrumental solos."
"A lot of our songs are inspired by traditional bluegrass," Jeremy said "loss of a loved one, coal mining and everything else that happens to you in life."
The son of a U.S. Navy Seal, Jeremy spent most of his early childhood traveling the country, where he said he picked up an interest in the bluegrass genre.
"Bluegrass and Irish Hill music was always a part of my life," he said. "I formed the group with some guys from law school to play one show, but once we were done, we knew we had something."
During the past 10 years, the group has performed across the country at festivals and concert venues, including Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, as well as appearing on the "Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour," a live, internationally syndicated program based in Lexington, KY, and broadcasted on more than 400 radio stations and online. Jeremy's music has also earned accolades from legendary bluegrass guitarist Dan Crary, who called the band "one of the top 20 bluegrass bands in the country."
"(Touring) has been really amazing," Jeremy said. "It's awesome traveling around with some of the legends of bluegrass and some of my personal heroes. The way you connect with fans is indescribable; it's a whole different animal."
As for his band, Jeremy said each of the musicians brings a different dynamic to the group.
"Everyone in the band are true masters of their instruments," he said. "It's neat to sit back and listen to how we all connect together to create some beautiful music."
In response to a favorite song, Jeremy said he can't pick just one.
"David (Mosher) wrote this really great song called 'Last Robin's Call'; it's a mix between folk and bluegrass and it's one of my favorites," Jeremy said.
Lonesome County will perform Sunday at 7:30 p.m. They'll be joined by the Goldmine Pickers from Goshen, Ind. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit www.theark.org.
"It's supposed to be 42 degrees and sunny on Sunday. The weather always impacts a winter show, so we're hoping people come out with their families and have a pleasant evening with us in Ann Arbor," Jeremy said.