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Date: Saturday, September 7 2019
Roots Bluegrass Band
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
If life had taken them in different directions, instead of forming the ascending Americana band the Carmonas, siblings Aaron, Alison and Chad might have ended up in completely different musical pursuits.
Aaron might be fronting a metal band in Los Angeles. Alison might be singing in a classic country duo in the Pacific Northwest. And Chad might be recording as a one-man Woodie Guthrie-style singer-songwriter in North Carolina.
Instead, their paths converged in Nashville where the band has been creating, recording and performing music for the last decade. Influences from their divergent and eclectic tastes present themselves on the Carmonas’ music, which is hard to define and impossible to pigeonhole.
The snarl of Aaron’s vocals can recall Robert Plant playing in a dingy club with a young Led Zeppelin. The complicated blood harmonies from Alison would fit just fine on an early album by the Judds. And the heart-on-his-sleeve guitarwork and songwriting from Chad clearly reflects the ethos of Guthrie’s most vital recordings.
There is no band like the Carmonas. The band’s music is chock full of emotion, intricate harmonies and top-shelf musicianship. Lyrics recall their childhood’s crisscrossing the country as siblings in a large military family, along with themes of love, loss, heartache, faith, hope and despair.
The group has recently had a series of songs licensed for the hit Netflix show “The Ranch.” Road-tested, the Carmonas have built a regional following in the southeast, earning regular return gigs to clubs in Raleigh, Asheville, Knoxville, Bowling Green and Nashville.
In Nashville, the band has played at venerable music venues such as the Bluebird Cafe, where they earned a rare standing ovation, along with the Mercy Lounge, the 5 Spot, the Basement, an array of lower Broadway honk-tonks among others.
In 2015, the band was honored to perform at the annual Americana Music Festival, an especially gratifying accomplishment for a DIY-band that was navigating its career without influential music industry connections at the time. At that year’s festival, Nashville Lifestyles magazine named the Carmonas to its list of bands not to miss.
Behind the strength of its unique talent, the Carmonas have earned opening slots for artists such as Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris, Darius Rucker, Diamond Rio, the Secret Sisters and the McCrary Sisters.
An episode featuring a concert by the Carmonas on the public television show “The Lost River Sessions” won a regional Emmy Award in 2015.
At concert, the Carmonas are backed on stage by an array of professional musicians from Music City. The Carmonas are managed by Clay Wraith and their music is self-published by Mezzosea Music.