Kentucky native Alan Tompkins sings, plays bass and banjo, and is the founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. His love of music began as a teenager when he started playing southern gospel and country music. In 2010, with the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, Alan created the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival, the largest bluegrass event in north Texas. It was nominated for the IBMA Bluegrass Event of the Year Award in 2014 and 2017. He holds a Bluegrass & Traditional Studio Artist Diploma from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music and is an IBMA Leadership Bluegrass graduate. Alan received the IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement in 2015, was nominated for IBMA’s Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017, and serves on the board of directors of IBMA and the IBMA Foundation. His solo album, No Part of Nothin’, was released in 2012. When he’s not playing, Alan is Vice President & General Counsel of Unity Hunt, Inc. where he manages legal matters for the Lamar Hunt family. He’s licensed as an attorney and CPA in Texas and holds an MBA from SMU.