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Local Music Spotlight – Annabelle’s Curse

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Northeast Tennessee is well-known by tourists for its beautiful scenery, charming cities, rich history, and its flourishing live music scene. Local music in our region has made an impact in not only the smaller, local communities of the region, but also on a larger scale influencing and leading the way in worldwide music trends. Northeast Tennessee and Virginia are major staples in the development of modern country and bluegrass music; East Tennessee State University is the only 4-year university in the world to offer a comprehensive bluegrass music program. Northeast Tennessee is renowned for its undertaking and celebration of their local music scene with local festivals, concert series, and venues embracing and honoring local bands and artists. Each band has their own unique sound and personality.


Annabelle’s Curse is a 6-piece band rooted in Bristol, TN/VA. This indie-folk band has made a name for themselves across the southeast and mid-Atlantic region. They have played at multiple festivals and been supporting acts for big name artists, such as Anderson East, Humming House, The Black Lillies, Birds of Chicago, and HoneyHoney. The 6-piece band consists of Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (percussion), Tyler Luttrell (bass), and Kirk Bagnall (auxiliary percussion).

Where did your members go to high school/college?
“Tim went to Science Hill and Saudi Daisy, Carly went to John S Battle, Tyler went to University High, Travis went to Gate City High, Kirk went to Virginia High, Zack went to Carroll County High.”

Where’s your favorite local place to perform?
“We love playing at Wolf Hills Brewing and The Willow Tree, our favorite festival/show of the year is Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.”

Can you describe our local music scene?
“The local scene is super supportive and full of some of the best bands you will ever hear. It’s definitely a community that has helped us grow.”

How have you seen our local music scene adapt and change over the years?
“It has become much more diverse while also embracing the heritage of the traditional music that put our area on the map.”

Can you describe your sound?
“Most people would probably place us in the Alternative or Indie Folk genre, but we’ve been pushing our boundaries outside of those boundaries the last few years.”

What makes your band unique?
“We are just some normal people playing music that we like. At the end of the day we are just a combination of other music and hopefully we put our own spin on it.”

What region/area is the members of your band from?
“Travis, Carly, and Kirk are from Bristol. Tim was raised in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Johnson City, Zack is from Galax, Virginia, and Tyler is from Johnson City.”

What’s your favorite part about living in this area?
“Definitely the natural beauty. We are all nature lovers and the outdoor opportunities are endless around here.”

What local bands have inspired or motivated you?
“That’s a tough one because there are so many good bands here. We’ve got tons of friends that we’ve shared stages and tours with but to name a few Virginia Ground, Amythyst Kiah, Folk Soul Revival, 49 Winchester, Adam Bolt, and Beth Snapp. Again, it’s hard to pick favorites but those are a few we love.”

Lastly, if you could spend a day doing anything in this area where would you go and what would you do?
“Probably just go hike to the top of a mountain or a waterfall. The natural world never seems to get old.”

Readers’ Choice 2019 Nominations: Downtown Businesses

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It’s the 16th year for the Johnson City Press’s annual Readers’ Choice: Best of The Best Competition. Downtown Johnson City dominated the competition this year with over 40 Downtown Johnson City businesses getting to the voting stage of the competition. From brewery’s to shops to restaurants to massage studios to family-fun activities Downtown Johnson City has it all. Below is the list of all the Downtown Johnson City businesses that have made it to the voting stage of the competition and what categories they are nominated in. Voting ends on August 14th! The link to vote is https://contests.johnsoncitypress.com/2019_best_of_jc/#//

·       Atlantic Ale House

o   Bar

o   Happy Hour

o   Pet friendly Business

·       Barley Waters

o   Bar

o   Places to Buy Beer

o   Sports Bar

·       Label Restaurant

o   Bar

o   Happy Hour

o   Brunch

o   French Fries

o   Hamburger

o   Sushi

o   Steakhouse

·       Tipton Street Pub

o   Bar

o   Pet Friendly Business

o   Late-Night

·       Wild Wing Cafe

o   Wings

o   Live Music Venue

o   Bar

o   Happy Hour

o   Sports Bar

·       JRH Brewing

o   Micro-Brewery

·       Johnson City Brewing Company

o   Micro-Brewery

o   Pet Friendly Business

·       Sabores

o   Happy Hour

o   Business Lunch

·       Into the Fire

o   Custom Artwork

·       Cross Stitch and Crafts

o   Craft Store

o   Sewing Supplies

·       Bernina In Stitches

o   Craft Store

o   Sewing Supplies

·       Shellshead Ballet

o   Dance Studio

·       Skillville Community Workspace

o   Date Spot

o   Over 50 Date Night

o   Birthday Party Venue

·       The Art of Escape

o   Date Spot

o   Escape Room

o   Fun for the Whole Family

o   Tourist Spot

o   Over 50 Date Night

o   Family Entertainment

o   Take the Grand Kids  

o   Children’s Entertainment

·       StudioWed

o   Event Planner

·       VENUE at the King’s Centre

o   Event Venue

·       The Gallery: Wedding Venue & Special Events Facility

o   Event Venue

·       Quantum Leap Trampoline Park

o   Trampoline Park

o   Over 50 Date Night  

o   Birthday Party Venue

o   Fun for the Whole Family

o   Family Entertainment 

o   Children’s Entertainment  

·       Capone’s

o   Live Music Venue

·       Down Home

o   Live Music Venue

·       The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room

o   Live Music Venue

o   Bagel

o   Coffee Shop

·       Founders After 5

o   Local Event

·       Little Chicago Downtown Music and Arts Festival

o   Local Event

·       It’s in the Details

o   Party and Event Supplies

o   Rental Store

·       Trek Bicycle

o   Bicycle Store

·       Local Motion Cyclery

o   Bicycle Store

·       White Duck Taco Shop

o   Pet-Friendly Business

o   Mexican

·       Shamrock Beverage & Tobacco Shop

o   Tobacco

o   Pet-Friendly Business

o   Carry-Out

o   Hotdog

o   Ice Cream

o   Deli-Sandwiches

o   Iced Tea

·       Lotus Farm and Garden Supply

o   Lawn and Garden Store

·       Select Seven Credit Union

o   Credit Union

·       Edward Jones

o   Financial Planner

o   Investment Firm

·       Herndon, Coleman, Brading, and Mckee

o   Lawyer-Personal Injury

o   Lawyer-Family

o   Law Firm

·       Cakebuds Bakery

o   Bakery

o   Cupcakes

o   Dessert

·       The Firehouse Restaurant

o   BBQ

·       Southern Craft BBQ

o   BBQ

o   Chicken Wings

o   Fried Chicken

o   Ribs

o   Caterers

·       Dos Gatos Coffee Bar

o   Vegan

o   Coffee Shop

o   Breakfast

o   Gluten Free

·       Open Doors Coffeehouse

o   Breakfast

o   Coffee Shop

o   Vegan

·       Wok & Hibachi

o   Buffett

o   Carry-Out

o   Asian Restaurant

·       Red Meze Downtown

o   Business Lunch

o   Vegan

·       Mid City Grill

o   Carry-Out

o   French Fries

o   Hamburgers

o   Gluten Free Menu

o   Late-Night

o   Vegan

·       Swirled

o   Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

·       The Main Street Pizza Company

o   Pizza

o   Late-Night

·       Johnson City Farmers Market

o   Local Produce Stand

·       Ole Guacamoles

o   Mexican Restaurant

·       West Main Antiques and Variety

o   Antique Store

·       Atomik Comics

o   Book/Music Store

o   Gifts/Collectables

·       Atlantis

o   Boutique

·       East Tennessee Hemp Company

o   CBD Oil Supplier

·       Mountain Roots Hemp Dispensary & Café

o   CBD Oil Supplier

·       Owls Nest Clothing & More

o   Thrift Store

o   Women’s Clothing

o   Baby Clothes

·       Downtown Yoga Center

o   Yoga

o   Over 50 Date Night

·       Silverball City Arcade

o   Over 50 Date Night

·       Townview Senior Living  

o   Retirement Community

·       Olson’s Martial Arts

o   Martial Arts

·       Curt Malyar’s USA Karate

o   Martial arts

o   Birthday Party Venue

o   Local Business Website

·       Crystal Massage Studio

o   Massage Studio

·       Samadhi Healing arts Center

o   Yoga Studio

·       WJHL

o   Local TV Station

·       The High Road Agency

o   Local Advertising Agency

·       The Net360

o   Local Advertising Agency

·       Johnson City Chamber of Commerce

o   Local Business to Business Organization 

·       Johnson City Family Skate Center

o   Birthday Party Venue

Local Music Spotlight – Cross Anchor Union

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Northeast Tennessee is well-known by tourists for its beautiful scenery, charming cities, rich history, and its flourishing live music scene. Local music in our region has made an impact in not only the smaller, local communities of the region, but also on a larger scale influencing and leading the way in worldwide music trends. Northeast Tennessee and Virginia are major staples in the development of modern country and bluegrass music; East Tennessee State University is the only 4-year university in the world to offer a comprehensive bluegrass music program. Northeast Tennessee is renowned for its undertaking and celebration of their local music scene with local festivals, concert series, and venues embracing and honoring local bands and artists. Each band has their own unique sound and personality 


Four musicians with decades of music experience came together to form a band that captures the heart and soul of the Appalachian region. Cross Anchor Union is indigenous to the Tri-Cities area with all four members of the band hailing from neighboring counties and cities from around the region. The members of the band try not to label their sound because it is uniquely their own. They devised a sound that is similar to that of ‘Indie Americana’ and a tone that relishes an ‘Atmospheric Americana’ vibe. Each member of the band brings something diversely different to the group which is what makes the band stand out amongst other local artists. Cross Anchor Union consists of Gary Schwenke (vocals/guitar), Nathan Emmert (guitar), Lance McCloud (bass), Chad Light (pedal steel/stringed things), and Ted Bradford ll (drums/percussion).

Where did your members go to high school/college?
“Gary-Unicoi County High School/ETSU, Lance-Elizabethton High School/Milligan, Nathan-Central High School, ETSU/SUNY, Ted-Science Hill/ETSU/UT.”

Where’s your favorite local place to perform?
“We’ve only been performing for a couple of months now, so we haven’t played very many venues as a band yet. We recently performed at Union Street Taproom in Erwin and the crowd and staff there are always amazing.”

Can you describe our local music scene?
“We love our local music scene. There’s such an incredibly diverse and eclectic group of artists and bands. We feel like whatever type of music you’re into you can find it somewhere in the Tri-Cities on any given night.”

How have you seen our local music scene adapt and change over the years?
“Most of us have been playing in bands in this area for the past 20 years or more. That dates us a little, but we all started pretty early, as well. It’s been cool to see new how our talents and talents of other musicians have evolved over the years as people rotate in and out of different bands. Some of our favorite and most influential bands and artists are right here in the Tri-Cities. It’s such a rich music culture. It’s humbling to get to be a part of that.”

Can you describe your sound?
“We’re not sure these are actual labels, but we’ve described it and heard it described as ‘Indie Americana’ or ‘Atmospheric Appalachian’. We draw our influences from so many different bands. Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, My Morning Jacket, The Allman Bros, The Band and the list goes on. We’ve tried to take all those influences and just mix them all together without shooting for a specific “sound.” Each player throws their ingredients into the pot and whatever comes out is what we go with.”

What makes your band unique?
“We’re not sure it’s unique to us, but the way we approach writing songs and even our performances is different from a lot of bands we have been a part of in the past. There’s no ego in this band. All of us desire for the song and performance as a whole to be an amazing experience for the listener. No one comes in and says, “this guitar part has to be in there and it has to be at a level 10,” or “this is the beat I’m playing whether you like It or not.” Gary will usually throw out the basic structure of the song and invite the other guys to add their parts as they see fit until the song is a living and breathing creation. When the song is finished, it’s really cool to sit back and see what you created when you really don’t have any preconceived expectations.”

What region/area is the members of your band from?
“We’re all Tri-Cities natives hailing from Erwin, Elizabethton, Blountville and Johnson City.”

What’s your favorite part about living in this area?
“We’ve all traveled all over this world and I think we’d all agree that the landscape of this region is pretty difficult to beat. On top of that the people of this area (with some exceptions as in all areas) are kind and genuine. It’s a unique culture rich with music, history and just a vibe that is hard to find anywhere else.”

What local bands have inspired or motivated you?
“Some of our most influential bands are local bands. The Everybodyfields, Rob Russell and the Sore Losers, This Mountain, Brian and the Nightmares, Little Chicago, The Paperboys, Movie Brain, Reece Shipley, Plain Jane Has a Date, Phil Leonard, Dr. Stafford and Dr. Sanderbeck.”

Lastly, if you could spend a day doing anything in this area where would you go and what would you do?
“That’s a tough one. We live in such an amazing area. But I guess, collectively, it would look something like this. Coffee/breakfast at one of our amazing local coffee shops. Morning hike, bike or boating adventure, feasting on some local fare for dinner and capping the night off performing at one of our many incredible local live music venues with the people we love.”

Local Music Spotlight – The Keep

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Northeast Tennessee is well-known by tourists for its beautiful scenery, charming cities, rich history, and it’s flourishing live music scene. Local music in our region has made an impact in not only the smaller, local communities of the region, but also on a larger scale influencing and leading the way in worldwide music trends. Northeast Tennessee and Virginia are major staples in the development of modern country and bluegrass music; East Tennessee State University is the only 4-year university in the world to offer a comprehensive bluegrass music program. Northeast Tennessee is renowned for its undertaking and celebration of their local music scene with local festivals, concert series, and venues embracing and honoring local bands and artists. Each band has their own unique sound and personality 


Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee, The Keep, is a dynamic-band with an indie, electric folk sound. Before The Keep, there was Daniel and Bets Couper a couple who met and fell in love while in chorale at East Tennessee State University. They’ve spent the past couple years traveling around the southern Appalachian region playing as a duo, in an acoustic quartet, or as a six-piece band. Their band has a unique collection of diverse musicians, each bringing their own tone and sound to the influential group. The six-piece band consists of Daniel Couper (vocals/guitar), Bets Couper (vocals), James West (guitar), Colin Jeffress (keyboard/cello), Jason Hardy (bass guitar), and Aaron Heschong (drums/percussion).

Where did your members go to high school/college?
“Well, for starters, two of us were homeschooled (five points if you guess which ones), one attended Providence Academy, two are Hilltoppers, and one went to some high school out in Middle Tennessee. For college, we’ve got several ETSU alumni, as well as degrees from Milligan, Belmont, App State, and UT.”

Where’s your favorite local place to perform?
“This is a really tough question, because all the places we’ve played locally have their different charms, but our favorite might just be this little spot out in Jonesborough called the Mockingbird Music Room and Gallery. With the shape and color of the space and the art hanging on the walls, the visual aesthetic complements the music perfectly, making for a really wonderful and intimate artistic experience.”

How would you describe our local music scene?
“The two words that come to mind are vibrant and supportive. Every musician and venue seem genuinely invested in each other’s success and the success of the community as a whole. It’s a great place to be making music.”

How have you seen our local music scene adapt and change over the years?
“We’re no veterans to the local scene by any means, but for the few years we’ve been around, the most prominent change seems to be a growing sense of community. Musicians and businesses and listeners all want what’s best for each other, because it’s what’s best for all of us.”

How would you describe your sound?
“We try not to describe it too often because we like to think that we defy description. Seriously, though, we like to dabble in lots of different genres, but everything we do starts with a pretty solid indie folk foundation. With emotive harmonies like those of the Civil Wars and the Swell Season, we craft tunes that are unflinchingly honest and dynamically hopeful.”

What makes your band unique?
“Well, honestly, we’re not all that interested in being unique. We probably are (in some way or other), but we’ve found that striving for uniqueness can be a distraction from being true to who we are and what we want to say through our tunes. If we keep writing honestly and playing from our hearts, maybe we’ll end up being unique on accident.”

What region/area are the members of your band from?
“We all call Johnson City home, though a few of us come from far-flung places like Canada and Germany and Franklin, Tennessee.”

What’s your favorite thing about living in this area?
“The mountains. Definitely the mountains. (No offense to all our family and friends.)”

What local bands have inspired or motivated you?
“Oh wow, too many to list here. There’s so much incredible talent in this area, and so many encouraging, friendly folks. Among their number, Zach Ross (A Great Disaster) and Beth Snapp have been especially indispensable to us, both musically and as friends. This Mountain and Annabelle’s Curse were early inspirations as we were getting started making music, and, of course, Amythyst Kiah is nearly divinity.”

Lastly, if you could spend a day doing anything in this area where would you go and what would you do?
“Fair warning: We’re definitely going to have to work more than one thing into our ideal day here. We’ll start with an early morning hike, maybe up to the Unicoi fire tower or down to Laurel Falls. Then we’ll hit up downtown for the afternoon: White Duck Taco for an appetizer, Holy Taco for the main course, Korean Taco for dessert. Perhaps we’ll spend the afternoon reading and chatting over a cup of Elder Fairy tea at The Willow Tree. A quick dinner at Main Street Pizza Co. before we load up a couple of canoes and put in at Boone Lake. Paddle hard against the current for an hour, then float gently back downstream for a couple hours as the sun sets. Revel, then take out and head home. Sleep in a hammock, if possible.”

Local Music Spotlight – 49 Winchester

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Northeast Tennessee is well-known by tourists for its beautiful scenery, charming cities, rich history, and its flourishing live music scene. Local music in our region has made an impact in not only the smaller, local communities of the region, but also on a larger scale influencing and leading the way in worldwide music trends. Northeast Tennessee and Virginia are major staples in the development of modern country and bluegrass music; East Tennessee State University is the only 4-year university in the world to offer a comprehensive bluegrass music program. Northeast Tennessee is renowned for its undertaking and celebration of their local music scene with local festivals, concert series, and venues embracing and honoring local bands and artists. Each band has their own unique sound and personality


Originating from Russel County Virginia, 49 Winchester embodies the heart of Appalachian Soul music through their bluesy, southern rock tone and soulful sound. 49 Winchester first got their start as an acoustic folk trio in 2013; however, childhood friends, Isaac Gibson and Chase Chafin, began making music together way before that on the banks of the Clinch River and the steps of abandoned buildings in “Old Castlewood” Virginia. The now 6-piece band has gained a strong following from across the region for their unique, electric sound and powerful stage presence. The band is comprised of Isaac Gibson (vocals/guitar), Chase Chafin (bass), Bus Shelton (guitar), Dillon Cridlin (drums), Jake Quillin (vocal/guitar), and Noah Patrick (steel guitar).

Where did your members go to high school/college?

“Our original 4-man lineup were all Southwest Virginia kids. Chase, Bus and I went to Castlewood High and Dillon went to school across the river in St. Paul. Noah, our steel player, joined us less than a year ago, & he was a Castlewood kid as well. Actually, pretty quickly after graduating from Castlewood in 2014, we started playing our first shows.” – Chase

Where’s your favorite local place to perform?

“As much as we love so many different venues in the region, The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room in Johnson City is like a second home to us. It was one of the first out of town shows we ever played in our very early stages of being a band, and it’s the place that shows our progression best, show by show. We have played there with a handful of original songs and 4-piece band years ago, and now we’ve played there as a 7-piece rock and roll show. Teri, the owner of The Willow Tree, has had our back and saw potential in what we were doing from day one.” – Isaac

Can you describe our local music scene?

“It’s really cool to see so many genres represented in our area. Definitely really diverse and full of talent. There is local music to see every day/night of the week somewhere in Southwest Virginia or East Tennessee and from bluegrass to punk to hip-hop there is definitely something for everyone. There is also a ton of mutual respect and support among players in the region and we’re glad to be a part of that.” – Chase

How have you seen our local music scene adapt and change over the years?

“I think live music in our area as a whole has gotten a lot more popular since we began. We definitely have seen some rising stars from Appalachia and a lot of new acts and even venues popping up all over the place. It seems like every small city has an outdoor music series/festival or brewery that showcases local music, and that’s really awesome.” – Chase

“The biggest change for us is the role that we’ve played in this music scene. We started as 4 kids that had never been in a band before, but knew we wanted to do it. 5 years later we have two full length albums and a third one on the way very soon, and there are new, young musicians that meet us after shows and tell us the same things we were telling the old guard that was there 5 years ago. So, we are blessed to have stuck around long enough to see those changes take place because it’s an honor when a kid digs what you do and listens to your music at home.” – Isaac

Can you describe your sound?

“We have been trying to describe our sound for the better part of 5 years now. It’s hard to put a finger on it. We come from vastly different musical backgrounds so it’s a melting pot. It’s not just country music, it’s not just rock and roll, it’s too high strung to be Americana. It’s somewhere in the middle. I think in a lot of ways were just neo-southern rockers with a whole lotta twang. But there’s indie and punk influences in there as well as a ton of blues and soul. We try not to label it as anything, so come catch a show and you can take your pick. Whatever you call it is fine by us.” – Isaac

What makes your band unique?

“I think just the comradery. We have been friends for years and years, longer than we’ve been in a band. I’ve known Chase since we were babies and grew up 50 yards away from him. We are a tight knit group of guys who genuinely love each other and don’t bring any ego or individual agenda into the mix. We all know our role and we all play to it well.” – Isaac

What region/area is the members of your band from?

“I do live in Johnson City now, but we definitely call Castlewood our home base, Russell County Virginia. Castlewood is a small mountain town of about 2000 people, in the heart of Southwest Virginia. So, I think that’s another thing that makes our sound unique, just coming from Appalachia and that upbringing really comes out through the songs and the whole grassroots nature of the band.” – Chase

What’s your favorite part about living in this area?

“For me it’s everything. I love touring and seeing places I’ve never seen, but I always look forward to being back home. I love the people and their demeanor, and I love the natural beauty of this place. It’s unrivaled. I grew up hunting and fishing and playing music in these mountains and I’ll spend my whole life here when I’m not on the road playing songs.” – Isaac

What local bands have inspired or motivated you?

“When we started out I loved The Rickshaw Roadshow, This Mountain, Amythyst Kiah, The Comet Conductors, pretty much every act in the scene. The scene itself is what inspired me, not necessarily to model my sound after anyone but just to get out and start gigging, start making connections and building friendships and sharing ideas with other musicians in the area.” – Isaac

Lastly, if you could spend a day doing anything in this area where would you go and what would you do?

“I’d get out on Cherokee or Boone Lake and catch rockfish till my arms got sore. That’s a perfect day to me. Taking part in the natural resources we’ve got is the best way to experience the region in my opinion. Go hike, go hunt, go fish, go do something. Just get out into some fresh air. Oh, and go catch a show and grab a beer when the sun goes down.” – Isaac

Local Music Spotlight – Rhythm & The Roosevelts

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Northeast Tennessee is well-known by tourists for its beautiful scenery, charming cities, rich history, and it’s flourishing live music scene. Local music in our region has made an impact in not only the smaller, local communities of the region, but also on a larger scale influencing and leading the way in worldwide music trends. Northeast Tennessee and Virginia are major staples in the development of modern country and bluegrass music; East Tennessee State University is the only 4-year university in the world to offer a comprehensive bluegrass music program. Northeast Tennessee is renowned for its undertaking and celebration of their local music scene with local festivals, concert series, and venues embracing and honoring local bands and artists. Each band has their own unique sound and personality.


One of the region’s local bands is Rhythm and The Roosevelts, a bluesy, rock band from Johnson City, TN. Their band consists of Cory Howell (vocals and guitar), Ben McCurry (lead guitar and vocals), Eric Feltman (bass), and Jake Lyon (keys and vocals). They began making music together in the Fall of 2016 and made a name for themselves across the region by performing at local clubs, coffeehouses, and concert series in the area. We sat down with them to discuss their sound, the regions local music scene, and what differentiates the environment and community of local artists in our area from those outside of the region.

Where did your members go to high school/college?

“We actually all went to different high schools. Cory went to Unicoi, Jake to Science Hill, Ben was homeschooled, Benny went to Tennessee High, and Jason went to high school in Roanoke. Four of us went to ETSU, and one of the guys ended up working and pursuing his passions out of high school.”

Where’s your favorite local place to perform?

“We honestly do love getting to play at Founders After 5! Last year was a blast, and it was fun to share our music with a bunch of both new and familiar faces. Since Founders only comes around once a year, our favorite local venue to play at the rest of the year is Capone’s. The live sound there is top notch and the atmosphere helps to feed into our energy on stage.”

Can you describe our local music scene?

“The local scene has a very cohesive vibe. For the most part, everyone seems to get a long and be supportive of each other. We see members of other bands out at our shows, or out to see other local bands. They’re out at other shows because they are invested in local music, and not just the success of their own music, and that’s really cool.”

How have you seen our local music scene adapt and change over the years?

“It seems like the local scene is starting diversifying and branch off from what’s been considered the trend. There was a point when it seemed there were a lot of bands sticking to the genres that were popular at the time, but now we’re seeing a lot more people just making the kind of music that they love. It’s great that we live in a smaller city and we’re seeing local acts playing music from hip hop, to bluegrass, to indie rock.”

Can you describe your sound?

“So, we initially started out playing and writing music that had a combined vintage and modern soul sounds, but we’ve gradually moved away from that. Now our sound has more of a bluesy, roots rock feel. We still have some bits and pieces of soul and funk mixed into our music, but overall, we’ve found our own sound as we’ve written music over the years.”

What makes your band unique?

“We embrace our imperfections, have fun, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. We forget lyrics and play wrong notes, but we laugh it off and realize that we’re playing music because we love it and because it’s a way to have fun and for our audience to have fun.  Our philosophy is that people won’t remember how perfect or imperfect our show was, but they will remember whether or not we were having a good time, and if they were too.”

What region/area is the members of your band from?

“We’re all from East Tennessee (Bristol, Johnson City, Erwin), except for Jason, he’s from Roanoke.”

What’s your favorite part about living in this area?

“It’s growing and moving forward, but it’s still has a small-town feel. It’s great how downtown Johnson City is booming and getting all kinds of unique businesses and we have all these great festivals and events popping up, but we can still go almost anywhere and see a familiar face.”

What local bands have inspired or motivated you?

“A few of us grew up in the music scene downtown and have always felt a sort of connection to all kinds of local sounds. For me (Cory), I grew up attending hardcore shows down at the Hideaway in the mid-late 2000s. One local band that I always loved seeing was IROM. Their energy and passion were incredibly infectious, so seeing them live was always a blast. As of now, we love seeing Magus Vaughn play or The Kindest People. They have a ton of fun playing and it shows! Also, they are some of the nicest guys on the planet.”

Lastly, if you could spend a day doing anything in this area where would you go and what would you do?

” I (Cory) love being outdoors, hiking and camping, so I’d say being outside somehow. Walking the dog in Founders Park and then having a beer with friends at Yee-Haw or Atlantic Ale House.”