DeBonzo Brothers, Luke Winslow-King
The Fair and the Foul
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
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The Debonzo Brothers
While attending college in the early 00's at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and several years after, brothers Jeff and Keef Debonzo crossed the state of North Carolina playing countless live shows as members of Buzzround, a rootsy, 90's influenced pop band born out of friendships dating to high school. Bass and lead guitar duties were shared, with Jeff mostly on bass, and Keef sticking to lead guitar. Often these shows would be opening gigs for the quirky and lively Chapel Hill band, Big Pretty and the Red Rockets, of which cellist Joe Kwon would go on to join the Avett Brothers. Buzzround then crossed paths more frequently with Raleigh's American Aquarium, teaming up for a number of performances from the mountains of their home state to the low country of neighboring South Carolina.
The brothers departed Buzzround not long after releasing a self-titled LP in 2008 to slow down and find new direction. Sitting on little original material at the time, friend Ryan Johnson (American Aquarium) suggested to Mississippi's Come On Go With Us that Jeff and Keef open the show on the band's next stop through Raleigh. With just weeks to write a sufficient set, the brothers holed up at home, writing many songs that Debonzo Brothers would go on to record. It was a stripped down performance at Slim's Downtown Distillery of acoustic guitars and upright bass by Bill Corbin (American Aquarium). Following this small success, a second show was booked at Raleigh's "The Hive", the raucous on the weekend, dignified on the weeknights bar next to Slim's. With Bill on tour, Grant Emerson (bass) and Chris Hibbard (drums) joined, solidifying the band, Debonzo Brothers.
From here the band quickly made plans to record their first EP entitled Places, released in 2010. The EP was produced and engineered by Raleigh's rising recording talent, Mark McKee. Keef, Jeff, Grant, and Chris recorded over several weeks in the winter of 2009/2010, capturing refined renditions of their earliest material. Places featured an array of relatable themes and sounds hinging on Americana, southern rock, pop and hard driving indie rock. Guest musicians appearing on the EP were cellist Joe Kwon (Avett Brothers) and Grammy nominated Rick Keen on dobro. During this period the band landed billing with southern stalwarts Will Hoge, Chatham County Line, Kenny Roby, Small Ponds, Megan McCormick, Josh Oliver (the Everybodyfields), Leslie, John Howie Jr., and upstate New York's Yarn.
Recording of Debonzo Brothers' first LP, One Damn Heart, began in March of 2011 with producer and engineer Sean Roux. Shortly following initial tracking, founding member Grant Emerson left the group to tour and record with Durham, NC's Delta Rae. Joining the group full time was the highly capable Jay Shirley on organ. Steadfastly filling the bass role was North Elementary's Jimmy Thompson. Over the next year bassist Bill Corbin, fiddler Phil Lanier, and pedal steel player Whit Wright dropped in to contribute to several of the recordings. The result is a collection of poignant, heartfelt Americana tunes about youth, love, folklore, and the past packaged in photography and sketches by longtime artistic collaborators Leon Godwin and Audrey Cregan respectively. 2012 has brought a torrent of songwriting that Keef, Jeff, Chris, Jimmy, and Jay are eager to share on stage or playlist sooner rather than later.
Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work, and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. Winslow-King's work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era.
Whether solo or with a band, Winslow-King offers an original sound that is both rustic and elegant. He delivers energetic and dynamic performances with his burgundy voice and versatile guitar playing.
Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, LWK moved to New Orleans by chance in 2001. During a decade in New Orleans, he has collaborated with a revered list of local musicians, including John Boutte, "Washboard" Chaz Leary, and Paul Sanchez.
Performing years of weekly gigs on Frenchmen Street, LWK has honed his sound and earned respect as leader among the young traditionalists, while playing to countless vacationers making musical pilgrimages to New Orleans. Outside the Crescent City, accompanied by singer/washboard-player/sweetheart Esther Rose and bassist Cassidy Holden, the trio has performed festivals, jazz halls, dive bars, listening rooms, barns, theatres, and arenas across the US and Europe; sharing the stage with icons such as Taj Mahal, John Anderson, Cheick Hamala Diabete, Jack White, Robert Earl Keen, Tower of Power, Rebirth Brass Band, and Chris Thile. Winslow-King has also performed live on CNN, the Discovery Channel, and BBC-TV in recent years and was named 'Writer of the Week' by American Songwriter Magazine.
The Fair and the Foul
The members of The Fair and the Foul didn’t come together by any extraordinary accidents or miraculous happenings. Each of us sporadically came to know each other over the last year because of this one thing we had in common: the desperate, deliberate need to create music, perform music, and capture music. So, with the help of mutual friends and a handful of impromptu rehearsals, we found our groove and became a solidified group. The past few months have been tedious and grueling, as we have been recording our very first album together. We are very grateful to have had a successful kickstarter campaign, which has opened up a world of possibilities to us. We’ve finished 9 out of the 10 steps of production and post-production, and now we are just waiting for our CDs to be duplicated and delivered! Keep checking in to find out about our CD release party date, and upcoming shows for the summer. We are so happy to have the support of family and friends, and we cannot wait to meet more amazing people when we can finally get on the road.
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