Another happy bluegrass union has occurred. Melody Williamson, lead singer and fiddler for Nashville-based family band Williamson Branch, and Geoffrey Keyes, sound engineer at Morganton, North Carolina, Blue Ridge Sound, tied the knot on April 11. The ceremony took place in Cookeville, Tennessee, in the chapel. at Lanes’ Bend. Music was provided by Carley Arrowood, Daniel Thrailkill and Drew Grounds.
The couple made up their own vows. Geoffrey pledged to always listen to and enjoy Melody‘s songs, and she vowed to always admire Geoffrey’s plans.
âIt is such a privilege to learn to love and be loved. As the products of two strong, God-centered marriages, Geoffrey and I have a tradition to carry on. We are proud to share the joyful news of our engagement with the world! Geoffrey is the most selfless, creative and lively person I have ever met. He’s gonna make the best husband – you should all be jealous! Shared melody.
Geoffrey added, âThe melody is my perfect balance, my beautiful songbird, my friend, my confidante and my focus. His smile and laughter light up every day. It’s so exciting to start our life together.
The musical duo met at Doyle Lawson and the Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival in Denton, North Carolina. The place is apparently fertile ground to meet your partner, as several other bluegrass couples have recently acknowledged (Stephen Burwell / Haley Rhea, Katie Springer / Austin Koerner).
Six months later, Melody and Geoffrey had their first date at a restaurant in Nashville. Then they walked to a nearby park. Melody’s new shoes gave her blisters. To ease her discomfort, Geoffrey wore his shoes while Melody walked barefoot. According to the bride, “I’ve been walking in the air ever since.”
The couple appeared together in a Williamson Branch video in 2019, Blue moon over Texas.
After almost three years of dating, Geoffrey and Melody got engaged on August 13, 2020. Good things happened that year!
Melody developed the proposal. âGeoffrey surprised me by taking me to a gazebo he had decorated with curtains, lights and candles. It was all breathtaking. We had dinner inside and we danced. After dessert (cheesecake, yum!), He knelt down and asked me to marry him, and I saidâ¦ YES, I MARRY YOU! After that, I just laughed for three days.
The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Turtletown, Tennessee, and moved to Hickory, North Carolina.
Williamson Branch will perform at Lorraine’s Coffee House in Garner, NC on Friday evening, April 30 at 7:30 pm They will also perform at the Northside Gospel Chapel in Victoria, Va. On Sunday, May 2 at 11:00 am.
Visit them online for more upcoming shows. We want the newlyweds as well as the venues to start reopening and the live music to return.