Blog Archives

New Familiars: 
Smile

North Carolina’s The New Familiars have been touring & playing their own style of American Rock & Roll for years now. Drawing from the vast influences that they’ve collected throughout their careers, this quartet has shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout the The New Familiars website.

Jim Hurst & Rob Ickes: 
Swamp Reed

Jim Hurst is the veteran, award-winning guitarist from the Claire Lynch Band and Rob Ickes the award-winning dobro player and current member of the highly acclaimed group Blue Highway. Considered the top bluegrass performers on their respective instruments, they team up here for a unique performance.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout Jim Hurst’s & Rob Ickes’ Websites.

Duke Junior and the Smokey Boots: 
Reckless

Expect nothing short of fantastic country-folk from this Athens, OH, quintet. With harmonies that seriously rival David Rawlings and Gillian Welch and a level of musicianship that just completely blows everyone else away, this crew ain’t gonna be our regional secret for very long.

New Familiars: 
I'm In Love With the World

North Carolina’s The New Familiars have been touring & playing their own style of American Rock & Roll for years now. Drawing from the vast influences that they’ve collected throughout their careers, this quartet has shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout the The New Familiars website.

Matt Morelock & Ferd Moyse: 
Levee Riding Blues

You’re likely to catch this pair jamming at Matt’s Knoxville music store, Morelock Music. If you’re craving more, check out Matt in our videos of The Bearded, or catch Ferd at a Hackensaw Boys show when they come through your town.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.

Girls Guns and Glory: 
Last Night I Dreamed

Girls Guns and Glory is a celebration of sweet and tasty, fun lovin’ and hard timin’, honky tonk music that is simultaneously casual and complex. The band combines elements of early rock ‘n’ roll, country, and rhythm & blues to deliver its own brand of American Roots music that satisfies like homemade apple pie.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout the Girls, Guns and Glory website.

Crushed Out: 
Cryin' Rooster

Crushed Out’s sound is born out of an ecstatic love for early American rock n’ roll, blues & surf guitar. Frank Hoier was already a seasoned songwriter and solo act before he met artist Moselle Spiller, and found in her a wily, high energy co-conspirator. Crushed Out was soon fully realized after a hectic year packed with countless sweaty loft parties, constant creation in their industrial Brooklyn practice space, & hard-charging tours.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout the Crushed Out’s website.

Railroad Earth: 
Right in Tune

Railroad Earth sing of our nation’s changing landscape and social ills with a commitment reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, while interpolating instrumental timbres that could have been pulled from Celtic or Cajun culture. And as anyone who has caught them live will attest, their concerts are imbued with the fire-in-the-belly passion of straight-ahead, blue-collar rock & roll.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout Railroad Earth’s Website.

Jim Hurst & Rob Ickes: 
In the Garden

Jim Hurst is the veteran, award-winning guitarist from the Claire Lynch Band and Rob Ickes the award-winning dobro player and current member of the highly acclaimed group Blue Highway. Considered the top bluegrass performers on their respective instruments, they team up here for a unique performance.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout Jim Hurst’s & Rob Ickes’ Websites.

Westbound Rangers: 
Pushwater

Blending elements of modern jamgrass bands, the burbling sounds of old-timey mountain music and even the drum and electric instrument phases of the Osborne Brothers in the 1950s, the Westbound Rangers have created a highly personal and addictive style that will appeal to many acoustic music and bluegrass fans.

Recorded at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival.
Checkout The Westbound Rangers Website.