Friday Evening Performances:
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm :: Matt Walsh & the Movers
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm :: Kate Rhudy (2nd Stage)
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm :: L Shape Lot
8:00 pm – 8:45 pm :: Laura Blackley & the Wildflowers (2nd Stage)
8:45 pm – 10:15 pm :: Town Mountain
Matt Walsh is from Statesville, NC. He does around 200 shows a year throughout the southeast and beyond. His sound is influenced by anyone from Link Wray, Howlin’ Wolf , Prince, Black Sabbath or Pete Rock among many others. His primary focus is making original music and mixing his roots with new ideas rather than replicating them. The result reflects an exciting blend of many genres of music – early electric and hill country Blues, Rock, Rockabilly, Soul, old Country, Stoner and Garage Rock, Hip-Hop and Psychedelia among others. His exposure to music came first came from his mother through her love of Motown. In his youth, he was fascinated with various types of music and was always anxious when he heard a sound that was different or foreign to his ear. When he was 9 his mother took him to a Prince concert and Matt knew he wanted to be a musician.
After dropping out of Appalachian State University and moving back to the Triangle last year, Raleigh native Kate Rhudy has fully focused on her music, picking up the pace of both her songwriting and performing. Her full-time return from Boone has been a boon for the local roots scene: having attended fiddler’s conventions since her earliest elementary school days, Rhudy now primarily channels her prodigal talent through frank, plaintive lyrics that she delivers with a gorgeous voice. Saturday night marks the release of her long-awaited full-length debut, Rock n’ Roll Ain’t For Me, which is already an early contender to land among this year’s best local releases.
Mixing a healthy amount of musical chops, honest, and creative songwriting, powerful stage presence and well sung four-part harmonies, L Shape Lot creates an original and dynamic Americana sound based in country, rock, bluegrass, and roots/folk music. Their lively sound explores new ground, while still paying homage to their predecessors. L Shape Lot is from Wilmington, NC and consists of four members: Eric Miller (Acoustic guitar, vocals), Alex Lanier (electric, acoustic guitar, vocals) Rick Williams ( 6 string electric bass, upright bass, vocals) and John Kovalski (drums, vocals).
So what can you expect at a live L Shape Lot performance? Expect to hear music ranging from solid originals to classic country, to traditional bluegrass, to unique blends of all genres. Expect to dance even if you aren’t good at it. Expect knowledge of and respect for multiple musical genres and a passion for weaving them together. Expect to see four gentlemen with the utmost dedication to professionalism and showmanship having the time of their lives and doing their best to make sure that their audience does the same.
Laura Blackley is a singer, songwriter and purveyor of high lonesome Appalachian blues and soul. She was an on-air host and producer for seven years at WNCW 88.7 FM in Spindale, NC, spotlighting regional music, women in roots music, and bluegrass and old-time. She currently works (in addition to her gig schedule) as a Teaching Artist with Musicworks!, a program that utilizes music and musicianship to teach life skills to young children. A born storyteller, she has played in many bands, traveled many back roads and interstates and enjoys digging up old tunes and hearing the stories behind them. She believes that music has a healing power and is a communal act, and is very much looking forward to the next gig.
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the bluegrass triumvirate of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle. Town Mountain features guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, mandolinist Phil Barker, fiddler Jack Devereux, and Zach Smith on bass. The Bend Bulletin’s Brian McElhiney says Town Mountain, “has serious country and rock ’n’ roll DNA.”
They released their 5th studio album, Southern Crescent, produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell. Since it’s release the band debuted on the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium stages bringing their sound to new audiences and will surely continue this streak as they head into the studio again this fall to record a new album, due out in 2018.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm :: Arson Daily
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm :: Violet Bell (2nd Stage)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm :: Leah Blevins
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm :: Brothers Egg (2nd Stage)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm :: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm :: Caroline Dare (2nd Stage)
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm :: Laura Reed
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm :: Ellis Dyson & the Shambles (2nd Stage)
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm :: Devon Gilfillian
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm :: Lyric (2nd Stage)
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm :: Seratones
It’s hard to stand out as a rock band in 2018 in a music industry that’s driven by drum machines, vocoders, and midi keyboards. It takes a band that’s truly compelling, an act that brings something visceral and attention grabbing to the table. Look no further than Arson Daily, a young trio from Boone, NC that brilliantly blends bluesy influences with biting alt-rock foundations.
Arson Daily stands out for a myriad of reasons, whether it be their rich storytelling or their infectious melodies and grooves, it’s hard not to find something you love within their music. Their tracks perfectly capture the feeling of a fleeting youth, there’s a divine mixture of sentimentality and yearning that’s packaged as danceable, bluesy brit-rock inspired tunes and it leaves you begging for more, long after the last note rings out.
Folk, country and bluegrass with elements of classical, jazz, blues, and psychedelic flair. Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Neil Young, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 200 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.
From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains came rising Nashville singer/songwriter Leah Blevins. Being born and raised in a musical family, music has always played a significant role in Leah’s life. While in her hometown of Sandy Hook, KY, she discovered her passion for expressing words, stories and life experiences through song. Her carefully crafted songwriting ability and smooth, soulful voice genuinely resonated with her audience. After days and nights of dreaming in Kentucky, Leah decided to pack up and make the move to Nashville three years ago.
Heavily influenced by church hymns and the great country and rock leading ladies such as Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Leah’s distinct country bluesy style differentiates her from the ordinary singer/songwriter in Nashville. Her debut EP Runnin’, produced by Ken Coomer and released in 2015 introduced Leah to the world and captivated listeners with her rich voice and touching lyrics.
Eager to share the new phase in her music, Leah has been hard at work preparing songs for her sophomore EP. Consistent with her EP Runnin’, the same leading ladies’ influences will be felt along with newer artists such as Dawes, Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch.
Brothers Egg formed in 2015 in Wilmington, NC when brothers James and Hunter Eggleston teamed-up with Suzanna Crist to forge a vibrant, individual sound from their wide range of instruments and musical influences. Their music reflects an eclectic and driving blend of Roots Rock, Bluegrass, Country and World Music.
Live performances have been described as high energy, musically stimulating, and a hidden gem.
Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home.
The repertoire is pure Manding, the centuries-old musical culture of Cissokho’s ancestors. It’s reformulated with modernizing impulses in a rock band format: Agile basslines interweave with the melodic twins of kora and electric guitar, undergirded by an explosive rhythm section of djembe and trapset drums. Kora master Cissokho is also the group’s vocal frontman. His electrifying voice propels songs old and new about timeless themes of mythology, migration and universal love. Irrepressible dance grooves, serpentine guitar work, and Cissokho’s soulful vocals and kora playing illuminate stories of ancient West Africa in a globalizing world. In fact, “universal love” is a rough translation of “Kaira Ba,” a promise the band communicates live.
Caroline Dare is a 17 year old NC/Nashville,TN based ASCAP songwriter and CMA member. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as “One to Watch” for being a songwriter on the rise. She has been featured by Taylor Guitars and is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics.
Caroline performs both acoustically and with her full band primarily in NC, SC, and Nashville, TN and has played notable venues such as Downtown Disney (Orlando, Fl), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC), The Coca Cola 600 Speed Street Festival (Charlotte, NC), the NC Seafood Festival (Morehead City, NC), and the NC Azalea Festival (Wilmington, NC). She has also recently performed live on the Today in Nashville WSMV Channel 4 TV show.
Dare showcases her soothing vocals and songwriting skills on her second EP “Take It or Leave It” which includes 5 self-penned and 1 co-written tracks.
South African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter Laura Reed has been critically acclaimed for her powerful vocals, soulful sound, vulnerable story telling and passionate stage performance. Winner of the SUMMERFEST 2016 Emerging Artist Series and 2014/2015 NIMA awards for best female RnB vocalist and performer.
Her music has been featured in the films Cold Light of Day (Sigourney Weaver, Henry Cavil), Alicia Key’s indie film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks), Chloe and Theo (Dakota Johnson, Mina Sorvino), and on television including VH1’s Hollywood Exes and A&E’s The Big Smo Show. Laura’s song, “Wake Up,” is also currently in rotation on Nashville’s independent radio station, Lightning 100, which led to Sheryl Crow and Debra Messing declaring their support and newfound fandom via Twitter.
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from piedmont murder ballads to traditional jazz. The result: whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ songs that bring party music of departed eras to crowds both young and old. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical and explosive live shows and masterful musicianship that electrifies every audience. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus.
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles consists of Ellis Dyson (Banjo, Vocals), Eli Wittman (Acoustic Guitar), Jonathan NG (Fiddle), Adam Maloney (Upright Bass), Danny Abrams (Soprano/Alto/Baritone Saxophones, Vocals), and Danny Grewen (Trombone, Vocals). The band has come together through a series of fortuitous meetings in Chapel Hill, NC. Beginning as a saxophone and banjo duo, the band has grown into a freight train string band with a flashy horn section.
Devon Gilfillian fires twin barrels of gospel-blues and southern soul on his debut EP. Fueled by groove, guitar, and the powerful punch of Gilfillian’s voice, the songs shine a light on a young songwriter who grew up outside of Philadelphia, absorbing everything from the R&B swagger of Al Green and Ray Charles to the rock & roll heroics of Jimi Hendrix. Now based in Nashville, Gilfillian puts a personalized stamp on those childhood influences, rolling them into five original songs that showcase not only his songwriting and singing, but also his talent as an instrumentalist.
Raised by a musical family, Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. By the time college rolled around, Gilfillian was playing three-hour shows in a local cover band, performing songs by the Meters one minute and the Beatles the next. The gigs allowed him to explore the full range of his influences, but Gilfillian wanted to play his own music, too. With that in mind, he moved to Nashville, eager to chase down his own muse.
“Forget being signed. Paper fades. Legends don’t. I was born one.” This is what this band lives by. They started out as street musicians, filling downtown Asheville streets corners while touching many hearts . “The streets is where we love to be. We get so much positive feedback that it pushes us to work harder. This is where we started and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Leeda Jones(Lyric). With a sound and style that is so unique, they’re sure to please any crowd. Playing covers such as “Fast Car and Give me One Reason,” by Tracy Chapman, to their compelling version of Tear the Roof Off/ We Want the Funk,” by George Clinton, it would be hard not to get in the groove with them. Not to mention their well known catchy originals such as “Blue Skies,” and “So High,” which are loved by their many fans.
Lyric has played street festivals such as the Goombay festival, Bele Chere festival, Fall for Greenville Festival, Sourwood Festival and the Black Mountain arts festival. LYRIC have also played with Grammy award winning Count M’Butu from Derrick Trucks band, and opened for Grammy wine “Lizz Wright.” Not long ago did the band finish their album entitled, “Guitar Feet.” this album takes you n a walk through the promise of a better day. Through all hardships and struggle, this album has been known to lift people’s spirits!!
Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in Seratones, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery.
Haynes’s powerful singing voice, first honed at Brownsville Baptist Church in Columbia, Louisiana at age 6, rings across every track. Davis’s bass and Gabriel’s playing propel every song with the grit, energy, and rawness of punk, the feeling of soul, and occasionally, a little jazz swing. The other Davis offers a clinic in guitar riffs, from swaggering blues to searing interstellar leads.
Seratones’s music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own, due perhaps in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta Blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. The band’s sound draws from those touch points and more, ranging from Black Sabbath’s Paranoid to Kind of Blue. They’ll happily connect the dots between Ornette Coleman and Jello Biafra.