Saturday, October 7th, 2017 04:00 PM
A unique sound from this seven member acoustic band with songs ranging from drivin’ rock to sultry ballads creating more sound from an acoustic six-string, trombone, mandolin and harmonica than seems legal, forming a style that’s just simply, Virginia Ground.
Virginia Ground is a Bristol, VA based group that plays such a unique style of music that they created their own genre just to describe it: That is the Appalachiaphonic. Around Jamen Denton and his fountainesque songwriting is an ensemble of inventive musicians who create a sound at once electrically novel, and yet hauntingly familiar. With Justin Denton on drums, Derick Boardwine on the 5-string bass, Blake Collins on mandolin, Will Outlaw on trombone, Ben Smith on harmonica, Jon McGlocklin singing harmony vocals, and Jamen on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, this group marries sounds from blues and funk to country, rock, and reggae, and then tempers their forceful and fluid sounds with elements of Dixieland and swing to craft the genre.
Virginia Ground’s music is influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Band, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sam Cook, Otis Redding and Alice in Chains to name a few. Audiences explode with enthusiasm when the band performs songs with Appalachian interests.