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ATLAS ROAD CREW:
Practicing in a storage unit on Atlas Road, (hence the name) Atlas Road Crew has quickly begun molding, tweaking and perfecting its old-school rock ‘n’ roll sound, vibing off of each other as well as off vintage favorites like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes with a little Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin tossed into the mix.
Despite the sweltering heat that often stifles the small unit, the band plays on, stripping down the heavy technology in favor of the more guitar-driven, easy riding sound that seemed to come naturally. The group has already become a local favorite and has established a cult following in the city of Columbia, South Carolina.
In one year, the group recorded with Grammy Award-winning artist Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish, successfully raised over $4,500 in a kickstarter campaign, and has sold out Columbia’s premier music hall at every performance.
The group consists of Taylor Nicholson (vocals) from Pawley’s Island, SC, Max Becker (bass) from Charleston, SC, Dave Beddingfield (guitar) from Charlotte, NC, Bryce James (piano) from Columbia, SC, and Patrick Drohan (drums) from Great Falls, VA. The guys are young, but damn do they have soul.
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THE RIVER RATS:
The River Rats formed in Asheville around early 2011 as a street busking project. Jumpstarted from several songs written by local singer/songwriter Andrew Scotchie, The River Rats have evolved from a stripped down guitar and harmonica duo between Scotchie and other local player Andrew Adams to a full on rock/soul and blues outfit. The band is: Andrew Scotchie on guitar/vocals, Jordan Miller on bass/vocals, Eliza Hill on drums, Andrew Adams on harmonica/saxophone, Kyle Snuffer on Trombone and Alex Bradley on trumpet. Together this 6 piece creates a wall of sound that gets the audience moving and connecting with their raw energy.
The River Rats have made a habit of staying busy in 2012 by supporting their 12 song debut album, “Soul & Sarcasm”. Since early April in 2012 the band has played over 55 live shows in Asheville and other southeast cities in TN, GA and NC. Whether it’s a house party in your back yard, a small bar or a music hall, the band plays as if it was their last show ever and makes a habit to connect with the audience.
The band is best described as Funkin’ Rock Soul and blues with a southern twist.
Influences that can be heard:: Touches of Neil Young and Crazy Horse here and there, classic rock, the Black Keys, Drive By Truckers, Muddy Waters, Booker T and the MGs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
What The River Rats bring to the table: A level of respect and work ethic that is almost unexpected among their age group. The River Rats are appreciative and want to work for everything they have. Whether its show at a bar or a show at a music hall in their home town, The River Rats can be expected to rock as it was their last show on earth.
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