224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Mixing analog electronics with bluegrass backbeats, the music of Brushfire Stankgrass is instantly unique. The band has significant crossover appeal with bluegrass buffs and electronic music fans, blending the two with stankily delightful taste. The band is Asheville's #1 ranked bluegrass band on reverbnation.com. Their debut album was featured in Relix Magazine's top radio airplay charts in 2011, climbing as high as #2 and staying in the top 5 for 3 months. 2013's highlights have included an appearance at the Moog factory, a western tour, and several notable festival appearances. WNCW listeners voted "One for the Salamanders" a top ten regional release of the year, and the album is currently available from all major online music stores. Brushfire Stankgrass will not rest until you have smelled their sounds.
As the name implies, The Outliers is a bit different type of band. The band formed out of the respect for traditional American music but a love for genres spanning from reggae to Delta blues and a belief that music can change, become new and still evoke the deep ancient tones within.
Hank Bowman is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. As the frontman and lead singer for The Outliers, Hank brought his original music to the stages throughout the southeast. Now, with the release of his first solo project, "Lonely", The Outliers will be touring listening rooms across the area to bring his unique stylings to his loyal fans and new ones alike.
Stan Brown is undoubtedly one of the best to ever pick the five string banjo. After years in Nashville playing with the likes of Grand Ol Opry stars Wilma Lee Cooper and Bill Monroe, Stan returned to his home state of North Carolina to become a first call banjo picker. He is widely regarded for his unique backup licks that give life to any song.
Joining Bowman is Julie Brown on bass. Julie has a sense of tone and timing that is highly sought after. After a solid run with the nationally touring Sweet Potato Pie, Julie holds down the rock solid upright bass duties with style and grace, knowing that what you don't play is as important as what you do play. She is an enlightened bass player.
Brad Martin on mandolin rounds out The Outliers with his own style that can move from the most traditional to the more innovative in a few licks. Brad's interpretation of the music and his stylistic vocals helps give the band it's distinctive sound.
Together, The Outliers are pushing limits, reaching back in time, and creating an unexpected acoustic experience each time they take the stage.
"Hank Bowman's lyrics take you on a journey to lonesome and beyond." -Fort Collins Public Radio
"Bowman serves notice that what lies ahead is grounded in Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs-styled bluegrass. Yet, while he respects tradition, Bowman refused to remain mired in the past." -Jack Bernhardt, NewsandObserver.com