The Bankesters are a bluegrass/Americana band from Carbondale, Ill. Phil and Dorene Bankester and their three daughters and son-in-law are known for some of the finest harmony singing in bluegrass music.
They have recorded four CDs over the years and currently are back in the studio recording another for Compass Records in Nashville, Tenn.
Their current CD, “Looking Forward,” has received heavy airplay on Sirius/XM's bluegrass channel, and one song from that CD, “Looking Forward To Look Back,” rose to the No. 1 spot on the BluegrassToday.com national radio airplay chart in February. Emily Bankester was awarded the 2012 Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The CD was also picked by Engine145.com as the No. 5 CD of 2012 on their list of the top 20 bluegrass albums of the year.