The Floorboards


The Floorboards are an Appalachian Roots Rock Ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

The band marries rock & roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Jake and George shake the leaves from the trees. Bob wails like a steam whistle cutting through the pines. Patrick coaxes stringed cries from the hills and hollers. Matt tells the story.

The Floorboards have quickly become a staple in the southeast and have been branching out with purpose.  Having co-billed with acts such as Trampled by Turtles, Yarn, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Laura Reed, Big Daddy Love, Jesco White, and many others.  The band is picking up steam.  Catch them this year in a town near you.


Del McCoury Band - The Streets of Baltimore CD

Del McCoury Band
As much as I love modern jamgrass/newgrass variations, they just don’t bring me back to time spent camping/existing with my grandfather on his stomping grounds in the Smoky Mountains of NC, the way the old timers like Del McCoury can.

Mustang Music Festival - The Little Festival that Could

Imagine a small, intimate festival with a great mix of local/regional and national talent, top-notch hospitality, great food, all in one of the most beautiful and popular destinations on the East Coast. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because the Third Annual Mustang Music Festival in the Outer Banks at Corolla, NC delivered all that for a great price. Held October 11-12 this year, the festival is the brainchild of local restaurateur Michael Dianna and it takes place on the deck and in the parking lot outside his restaurant, Mike Dianna’s Grill Room. Since it’s scheduled after the tourist season ends, there’s no worry about heavy traffic. And while Mike’s restaurant is closed for the season, there are still plenty of local establishments open and lodging is reasonable and plentiful. He also hosts a one-day festival/jam in the spring before the season starts.

By John Phillips
Photos by John Phillips/Festy Shots Photography

The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion

The Avett Brothers brings America to Americana. Their sound is honest, down-to-earth, and at times heart wrenching or even hilarious. With folksy lyrics that reach right into your life from across the headphone wire, and melodies that sometimes seem as familiar as nursery rhymes, the band finds a way to connect across dividing lines of musical taste. Though somewhat rooted in bluegrass, Seth and Scott Avett and Bob Crawford stretch the boundaries to fold in elements of pop, rock, alt­-country, and indie folk. Listening to The Avett Brothers is like reaching back into your memory to find yourself sitting on a milk crate with a group of friends on their driveway, watching the boys play originals in the garage.

The Wood Brothers - The Muse

They have, of course, always been brothers, but Chris and Oliver Wood did not come together musically as The Wood Brothers until 2006. After roughly 15 years honing their crafts individually – Chris a founding member of jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood and Oliver a touring musician with Tinsley Ellis and his own band King Johnson – the brothers eventually found themselves on stage together in a North Carolina club, and the sparks began to fly. Percussionist Jano Rix officially joined up for the band’s fifth studio album ‘The Muse’, and together they created, in this humble reviewer’s opinion, their best sound yet and one of the most endearing albums of the year.


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