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. Drawing from the vast influences, 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. In 2012, they were asked to perform at the Democratic National Convention and then later asked to open for Vice President Biden on his trip to Charlotte.
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 played some of the best music festivals in the country like SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Shakori Hills, Guavaween, and FloydFest. After a couple of EPs and a live album, the band released “Between the Moon & The Morning Light” in 2011. A crystallization of all the band has experienced over the years of touring, the album features many of their friends that they’ve made along the way including Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers, Tania Elizabeth of the Duhks, and Sam Quinn of The Black Lillies.
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 an homage to The Band’s “Last Waltz”.
- When: Saturday, September 2nd
- Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Location: River Jam Stage
- Cost: Free and open to the public
- Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine