Possum Jenkins formed in Boone, NC during the winter of 2004. Ten years, more than 300 show and thousands of miles later, the five friends continue to perform their soulful brand of self-described "Carolinacana" to enthusiastic audiences at clubs, festivals, houses, and anywhere else people will let them drink, swear and pick (which then leads to more swearing...).
Formed in August 2007, Soul Benefactor mines the deep grooves of classic recordings from the 1960s and 70s, breathing life into the songs of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Al Green, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, Van Morrison, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Joe Cocker, and many more.
From bars and clubs, to outdoor festivals, weddings and private events, Soul Benefactor has played at functions all over the High Country, developing a loyal following of fans young and old.
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Based in Winston-Salem, Wurlitzer Prize is named after the Waylon Jennings tune of the same name. Incorporating folk, blues, Americana, classic and alt. country influences, the band's music is hand made and lyrically driven.
Combining the stylings of Winston-Salem's Possum Jenkins and Greensboro's Molly McGinn, Wurlitzer Prize performances range from acoustic busking session on Camel City sidewalks to booty-shaking blues tunes that owe a debt to the likes of Taj Mahal and early Black Keys.
The Worthless Son-In-Laws
The Worthless Son-in-Laws are a Boone, North Carolina-based band formed and baptized with their grammatically incorrect moniker in the wee hours of 2004. They play Appalachian Mountain Indie-Rock, which various people have likened to some combination of Ryan Adams, Son Volt, Wilco, early REM, the Jayhawks, the dB's, Mark Eitzel, the Allman Brothers, and Justin Townes Earle.
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Jimmy Davidson (acoustic guitar/vocals) and Rob Brown (electric guitar/vocals) write songs about t-shirt shops, Mississippi highways, weddings, and life on container ships, among other things. Jimmy draws from his work experiences and flips through Bryan Garner’s Dictionary of Modern American Usage for inspiration, while Rob’s muse is his latent desire to be a truck driver (he is, in truth, a university professor). Jimmy used to play toy drums and acoustic guitar with songwriter Vic Chesnutt. Rich Crepeau (bass guitar, PhD) plays bass and writes a sinister country-punk number his own self now and then. And, he’s on the Boone Board of Adjustment.
The Worthless Son-in-Laws played at Merlefest 2007. Merlefest music director Claire Armbruster wrote on the Merlefest discussion boards: “I think that the hot new bands for 2007 [include]...the Worthless Son-in-Laws....They’ve all just knocked my socks off.” The Son-in-Laws also play around the Carolinas and sometimes in Tennessee. Their new album is called "No. 8 Wire," which was recorded with indie-rock veteran Mitch Easter. They also have an old CD called “Sort of Back to Having a Life.”
Singer-songwriter, storyteller and frequent Possum Jenkins collaborator Molly McGinn has been a driving force in the Triad's burgeoning folk rock scene for many years. A member of both Wurlitzer Prize and acclaimed trio Amelia's Mechanics, McGinn has shared the stage with many of the area's musical luminaries, including Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), among others.
McGinn's latest project is a song-and-story series called Postcards From The Swamp.