Hailing from one of the fastest growing regions in the country, NC’s BIG Something is one of the most exciting new rock bands to emerge from the Southeast. The band features Nick MacDaniels (guitar, vocals), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (Keys, Synth, Trumpet), Casey Cranford (Sax, EWI), Jesse Hensley (lead guitar), and Ben Vinograd (drums). With a powerful sound that is both refreshingly original and classic in its approach, BIG Something is a straight up rock band that calls upon song craft with compelling vocals and a diverse range of influences. Fusing elements of rock, pop, funk, jazz and improv, the band likes to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles while incorporating a mix of organic and electronic sounds with the use of horns, keys, synthesizers, an electronic wind instrument, heavy guitars, and a tight powerful rhythm section.
In 2010 the group recorded and released a debut concept album with critically acclaimed Raleigh producer and Grammy Nominee John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity, Cry of Love, Dag). The album - Stories from the Middle of Nowhere - was an instant regional hit capturing the Home Grown Music Network's 2010 Album of the Year award and spending several weeks at number 1 on the Jambands.com radio charts. Since then the band has released a fan favorite live album Live from Uranus and most recently in 2013 - a self-titled studio album that captured 3 different "Album of The Year" awards within weeks.
Now with several years of relentless touring experience, the band has traveled the country sharing the stage as direct support for the likes of Galactic, moe., The B52s, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Zach Deputy, DJ Logic, Toubab Krewe and other artists. They are also a high demand festival act, having appeared at: FloydFest, Camp Barefoot, Blackwater, StrangeCreek, Wormtown, Smilefest, Mantrabash, NC Music & Arts Festival, Pink Moon, Jerry Garcia's Birthday Bash, The Gathering at Chafee’s, Front Porch Fest, Domefest, & many more. With a rapidly growing passionate fanbase, BIG Something also hosts their own annual Summer music festival and campout called The BIG What? which has sold out two years in a row further propelling this imaginative, entertaining and musically progressive band to a much wider national audience.
"The self-titled sophomore effort from North Carolina rockers BIG Something is an 80-minute party filled with everything jam fans love – an expertly-played, eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, reggae and more spaced over 12 songs, each with its own distinct vibe. Opening track “The Curse of Julia Brown” tiptoes in with a touch of synth, then lets loose a thunderous guitar riff and bass line, giving way to a tidal wave of horns. Combined with Nick MacDaniels’ commanding vocals, it gives every indication that this album is about to rock your face off. “The Undertow” feels like a day at the beach with its airy sax and sunny reggae rhythm. Raise-your-lighters-in-the-air ballad “Bright Lights” is the perfect closer. One listen brings on an urgent desire to see this tremendous six-piece tear it up live." – Relix Magazine
"There is no weak track on this album. It begins unflinchingly, rising and falling, a complete album...This is the album that sets BIG Something into the upper ranks, puts them on the map with the greats. I can’t recommend this album enough." - Angelica Music
"I can hear touches of Eric Clapton’s guitar, Blind Melon’s vocals, the Allman Brothers groove, and a Funkadelic or Sublime overall vibe. Ultimately this is a young energized band that is trying to really swing for the fences with this album. Don’t believe me though, just pick any track as this album is full of winners." - Cinemacho