Dillon Fence, Lila, Jack the Radio, The Debonzo Brothers, Dark Water Rising
Dillon Fence was an American rock band in the mid 1980s to 1995. They have been described as "a key band in the tres chic Chapel Hill, North Carolina, scene". The band released three full-length albums and two CD singles on Mammoth Records. Wikipedia
When childhood friends began recording in a fiberglass padded playhouse the product was proof of their power. A group that uses hip-hop to motivate and accentuate the qualities of the other genres we love, LiLa shies from no sound.
They are proof that hip-hop can take any direction and be successful while still staying true to the integrity of quality music. In order to reproduce the energy of LiLa's early album recordings, the group knew a bigger team could do more damage, so they brought on an electrifying squad that would take LiLa to the next level.
With Griffin hitting the drums like a weight room and Rosean playing the deepest basslines, shows became mandatory. The icing on this cold ensemble is the psychedelic riffing of Kyle on guitar and the spicy blowing of Mike P on his trombone.
Formed in 2005 as a collaborative project between roommates, Jack the Radio is the brainchild of seasoned songwriters George Hage and A.C. Hill.
In 2009, taking aim at a groove-heavy, southern-tinged gap in the Raleigh music scene, Hage strapped on his electric guitar, Hill, his weathered acoustic, and they set out to broaden their sound. Adding drummer Brent Francese and multi-instrumentalist Danny Johnson, Jack the Radio released their full-length debut, "Pretty Money" in early 2011. After rounding out their lineup with bassist Christopher Sayles, the band found themselves becoming a staple of the local club circuit.
With tapes full of songs born in practice rooms and bucket seats, the band hit the studio, anxious to reunite with engineer Al Jacobs and press "record." The results of those sessions became "Lowcountry."
JTR craft the type of music to blast from your porch on early summer nights to help inspire the sweltering season to come. They’re North Mississippi Allstars, Spoon and the Avetts smashed into one cosmic-radio-fighting-band. A wonderful blend of intuitive arrangement with meaningful lyrics that transport and move you. You know songs are great when they feel as if they've always been there waiting for their time to be heard. Its that time.
"Varying degrees of twang”, “Ruminative folk”, and even “Commercial pop rock”, are a few of the ways the Debonzo Brothers’ dynamic sound has been described by local media in their hometown of Raleigh, NC. With the brothers having grown up on folk and bluegrass through their musician father, and also being compared to such early indie acts like The Psychedelic Furs, it begins to paint a picture of the genre-bending territory they inhabit.
Debonzo Brothers’ first EP titled “Places” was released in the summer of 2010. The six song collection is a patchwork of changing influences put on display with the help of guest musicians Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers and Grammy-nominated dobro player, Rick Keen. Central to the band’s relevance is its proficient and tasteful rhythm section backstopped by prolific bassist Jimmy Thompson and former American Aquarium drummer Chris Hibbard. An evening with Debonzo Brothers promises compelling songwriting, eccentric humor, and engaging rock and roll shaded with Americana and modern indie.
Dark Water Rising stays strong, continually developing their sound. As for the name, well, it stays strong too.
Led by Charly Lowry (lead singer/rhythm guitar), Aaron Locklear (keys/guitar/bass), Corey Locklear (lead guitar/cello/bass), and Shay Jones (drums), the band works to harness the sounds of Soul, Rock, Country, and R&B. Lyrically, Dark Water Rising explores all themes of life, whether it is love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair, or pain; all the while expressing their sentiment on issues affecting Native American communities. Everyone always wants to know what you sound like; must be to test the waters. Dark Water Rising's live shows are worth going to with large groups of people-preferably friends and family.
Transitions come and go in life; the key is learning to adjust. DWR spends many days and nights thinking about the best songs for an album, or how to get a better tone. For Dark Water Rising, it's all about the music and the feelings it brings. The band has been blessed to meet friends, feel encouraged, and loved along the way.
Following the success of their debut, DWR is making plans to records their sophomore album. "Dark Water Rising" helped to open the doors for performances throughout the Southeastern US, considerable radio airplay, a distinguished interview with NPR's "The Story with Dick Gordon", and a Native American Music Award for "Debut Duo or Group of the Year" (2010).
We invite you to stay tuned and live good. From the swamps of Southeastern NC, the dark waters are teeming with the sounds of original, beautiful music.