The Business Development Coordinator is a full-time, year-round position that is responsible for cultivating relationships in order to increase group bookings at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte, NC. In addition, this person will act as a brand ambassador on behalf of the USNWC at public events including festivals, races, sporting events, corporate events, and recruiting functions within the Central North Carolina area. The Business Development Coordinator will work to expand the network of potential business in Central North Carolina while focusing on the following niche categories: corporate, military, academic/education, youth programs, and religious organizations. This position will be based in either the Greensboro/Winston-Salem or Raleigh-Metro area.
With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.
How does it work?
Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.
Where do they come from?
In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the members are spread throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Louisiana. For more than a decade, however, they’ve come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums.
Who are they?
The group’s lineup includes:
• Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair)
• Jimmy Stelling (thumb picks)
• Brian Gorby (traps and sticks)
• David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps)
- Jon Goff (Stand-up strings and fingers)
When asked in March of 2012 to play a show in celebration of the life of a fallen fan in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands, the Hackensaw Boys proudly accepted. On February 15th, 2012 René Verkerk was killed in an accident by the scoop-wheel of his windmill. The weeks following his death, friends and family gathered round and found the Hackensaw Boys were a mutual passion and comfort. René was a huge fan of the band and injected most of his relationships with their music.
On Thursday, May 24th, over 200 friends gathered in Café De Klok, the local pub, for René’s celebration of life. The theme of the concert was the Hackensaw Boys’ song We Are Many. From this memorial show, comes Hackensaw Boys – For the Love of a Friend, a 16 track CD including Keep It Simple and Can’t Catch Me, with a 35 minute bonus DVD.
2012 also saw the release of The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2, deliver original material that draws upon the songwriting talents of its members. These six-song collections are the result of recording sessions held at the decaying but comfortable Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, VA before it moved to its new location. The recordings were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD. As with the group’s previous album, Look Out (Nettwerk Records, 2007), all songs were engineered by Library of Congress archival audio restoration specialist (and all around good guy) Bryan Hoffa.
The Hackensaws have toured with a bevy of diverse acts that were quick to embrace the group’s sound and songcraft, including: The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.
In 2003, the Hackensaw Boys were honored to serve as Charlie Louvin’s backing band on that Country Music Hall of Fame member’s nationwide tour.
Appearances at numerous festivals including Pukelpop in Belgium, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Bergenfest in Norway, Telluride in Colorado, Belfast Folk Festival in Ireland, Floyd Fest in Virginia, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Pickathon in Oregon, and more…
In the fall of 2000, twelve musicians and a photographer friend left the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA in a 1964 GMC motorcoach (“The Dirty Bird”) and circled the country on a six-week tour of theaters, bars, street corners and alleys.
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Chamomile and Whiskey formed in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia in the late winter of 2011. Marie Borgman and Koda Kerl had been traveling the country playing as a duo and returned home to Nelson County with the idea of forming a full band. After a few shows of expirementing with different musicians they quickly settled in with Tim Deibler, Brenning Greenfield, and Ryan Lavin. From the beginning the group played dozens of shows in the local bar scene, with an emphasis on high energy and passionate performance. With each of the members coming from different musical backgrounds the songs melded into a new sound… with shades of rock, americana, irish, gypsy, and old-time sounds… all played with a punk rock ferocity.
After a year of playing the local bar scene, the band signed with County Wide Records… a Charlottesville based label that worked with many of the bands influences, including Bobby St. Ours, Pantherburn, and Mister Baby. The band recorded an EP produced by Jamal Milner, in a barn in Nelson County… aptly titled The Barn Sessions it was released at the Southern in downtown Charlottesville in April 2012. The band’s second year proved fruitful and saw them open for Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and The Hackensaw Boys. They also played their first headlining show at the Jefferson Theater.
2013 was a big year for the band. On May 24th they released their debut LP Wandering Boots at the Jefferson Theater. The album was produced by Rob Evans and has gained significant radio play in the local market. The band has toured for much of the year with performances up and down the east coast, from Vermont and New York down to South Carolina. With infectious and ever-changing live performance, the band has devoleped a reputation for engaging shows full of rowdy dancing and incredible collaborations.
2014 continued on with Chamomile and Whiskey touring more extensively than ever… making debuts in Chicago, Nashville, and New Orleans. They recorded a Daytrotter session in the summer and joined the Infamous Stringdusters at the Festy in Nelson Coutny. The band logged well over 100 shows in 2014, constatnly improving their sound. The Chamomile and Whiskey family is growing with more and more talented people collaborating with the band both on and off the stage. The future looks bright for these vagabonds, with rumors of a new recording starting soon…
Hailing from Union County, NC the band was recently founded in 2013. Offering Southern roots going back many years and many bands, their years of rock and roll eventually came together to culminate with one epic band. Anchored in a collective past that goes much deeper into the well, songs like Cross-eyed and Crazy, I Met Elvis at the Fast Fare and No Work, No Pay bring fans back time and again, yearning for more of their live show. No explanation needed; the words tell it all and you can feel the vibes.
Billy Bost, Rachel Garcia, Frank Sutton, Joe Williams and Kevin Winchester make up this band called Flatland Tourists. Their individual talents meld together to create original Americana music featuring influences full of soul, bluegrass, plenty of jam and of course rock – showcasing ability on all levels. Playing at venues in and around Charlotte, such as The Evening Muse, Double Door Inn, Pucketts Farm Equipment and Southsiders; the crowd of fans take away a unique experience similarly to a first time vacation…in a new town…with new people…kind of like tourists. And, after all, aren’t we all “tourists” of some sorts anyway?
The Mike Strauss Band has existed in various forms over the years. A work in progress, perhaps? Perhaps. I guess you could say that everything begins with Mike. As a songwriter, singer and guitarist his songs, singing and guitar playing establish the outlines that the group embellish, color and sometimes re-shape. It could be country, but it’s not quite country. It could be blues, but it’s not quite blues. Not quite rock, folk or jazz either. Somehow the group manages to live both in and outside of the “Americana” umbrella that these styles inform. Rollick n’ Roll? Rhythm n’ Rues? Perhaps. At one time consisting of seven (maybe eight?) members spread out on the main stage or crammed in the corner, the current line-up consists of six individuals. Pretty much from the beginning (or at least the recorded history of the group that starts in Charlotte, NC around 2004 with a cd called “Gone Electric”) Jon Schigoda has been playing the upright bass in the band. Randolph Lewis contributed his unique brand of electric guitar playing (which includes a custom tuning and extensive use of the Bigsby Palm Pedal string bending mechanism) to the second cd (“How in The World”) in 2005 and became a regular performer with the band shorty thereafter. Randolph convinced his former band mate (in the bands Come On Thunderchild and Les Dirt Clods) ,drummer David “DK” Kim, to join the group starting with the third cd “After All” in 2007. By the time the group recorded it’s fourth cd in 2010 (“Ideal Road”) the trombone playing of Molly J. Brown had become a big factor in the band’s sound. During that cd and the one that followed (2011’s “Crooked Heart”) the band also included Beth Brown Al-Rawi on fiddle and Donovan Collins on keyboards. When the group began work on it’s most recent recording (“The Whole Skinny” slated to be released in early 2014) Beth and Donovan had exited the group and trumpeter Matt Postle had joined. The current line-up with Mike, Jon, Randolph, DK, Molly and Matt continues the musical adventure and expects to be an exciting chapter to the already ten year long journey of this group of music makers. – See more at: http://www.mikestraussband.com/band_bio/#sthash.hMn6z3tA.dpuf
Founded in 2005 by Fedor and friends, North Carolina’s The New Familiars have grown into an Americana Rock fixture in the southeast playing their own style of “American Rock & Roll” for years now. Having undergone many transformations in their early years, the band has remained rock solid for years with Daniel, Maholland, Ruth, and Flynn rounding out the “no frontman” quintet. Drawing from the vast influences collected throughout their careers, they’ve shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with the guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll. Through collective songwriting, howling harmonies, & multi-instrumental talent, their show can take you from a back porch hoe-down to a full on rock show at the change of an instrument.
Making the road their home, their high energy shows have gained them notoriety not only in the press, but also among their peers. The band has been paired with legends like Levon Helm, Del McCoury, and Gregg Allman; as well as new school greats like The Infamous Stringdusters, Langhorne Slim, and Scythian. Known to be a group of fun loving guys, their musicianship has wooed the likes of Ronnie McCoury (Travelin’ McCourys), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), and John Cowan (New Grass Revival/Doobie Brothers) to join them on stage for some epic nights of picking and grinning.
Ever the freedom seekers, the band has remained independent of labels and management as they’ve navigated their way through the festival, theatre, and club scene nationwide. They’ve been honored with playing some of the best music festivals in the country like SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Shakori Hills, Guavaween, and FloydFest. In 2012 they were featured at the Democratic National Convention and then later asked to open for Vice President Joe Biden on his visit to Charlotte, NC.
After a couple of EPs and a live album, the band released “Between the Moon & The Morning Light” in 2011, a full length studio album comprised of songs about love, luck, traveling the road, and finding one’s place in the world. A crystallization of all that the band has experienced over the years of touring, the album features many of the people they have formed bonds with along the way including Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers, Tania Elizabeth of the Duhks, and Sam Quinn , formerly of the everybodyfields. In 2013, they released “A Tribute from Bristol”, a live album from their Tribute to Levon Helm set performed at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the famed Paramount Theatre. With guest spots by members of The Black Lillies, the everybodyfields, Whiskey Gentry, & the Bus Driver Tour, the album is reminiscent of The Band’s “Last Waltz” and comes complete with horns by Charlotte’s Midwood Horns.
Rock, blues, folk, and soul had a baby and they named it Erin. She collected three of her most talented friends in 2012 and dubbed them The Wildfire, in reference to the fiery quality of their groove. Erin & The Wildfire is comprised of Erin Lunsford (vocals, acoustic guitar), Ryan Lipps (guitar), Matt Wood (bass), and Nick Quillen (drums). Erin is an award winning vocalist (1st place Winner of Charlottesville’s Paramount Idol 2013) and an award winning songwriter (1st place Winner in the 11th Annual Rapunzel’s Songwriting Contest) with the song “Best I’ve Ever Been.” This past summer, the band won the Rockn’ to Lockn’ competition and had the honor of playing on the final day of the 2014 Lockn’ festival alongside Soja, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Widespread Panic, and The Allman Brothers. Erin & The Wildfire was also featured in this year’s CMJ Conference, The Festy Experience, and The Circus Life Festival.
Erin & The Wildfire has been described as a “local treasure” and their presence continues to grow throughout Central Virginia and up and down the east coast. In 2013, Erin & the Wildfire released their debut self-titled EP, which features poignant lyrics, dynamic energy, and sultry melodies. The EP track, “Best I’ve Ever Been” was also chosen as one of the best new songs of 2013 by WNRN Radio’s LocalMotive broadcast. This November, the band will be releasing three new tracks on the Blame the Rain Single, and will subsequently tour the northeast. The combination of Lunsford’s soulful and striking vocals with the Wildfire’s feverish intensity will start a flame in the heart of any listener.