The Bread and Butter Band of Asheville, N.C., is coming to Savannah June 14 and 15 for the first time as a group, but its members are hardly strangers here.
Guitarist Sean Patterson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, while banjo player Nicole Kendle has close friends here. Other members are Grayson Deal on bass and fiddler Aaron Farmer.
"I do all of the songwriting and most of the singing," Kendle says. "One of the boys sings very well, and they all sing some harmony."
Kendle and Deal met last summer at a jam in Black Mountain, N.C.
"We started playing around the fire, then played with other folks and it's grown to be the group it is now over the past three months," Kendle says.
"We've been together since last year. That's long enough that we're starting to get our feet wet. We're getting something accomplished finally."
Performing in Savannah means some fun mixed in with business.
"We get a free trip to the beach and get to spread our name," Kendle says. "All the people who have followed us on the Internet get to see us live."
Getting the word out is important to a band that is so new.
"I manage all our social media and online interactions and try to do all our press," Kendle says. "I do a lot of work so that people at least have heard our name before.
"In Savannah, we'll be doing original tunes and traditional covers and some of our favorite songs," Kendle says. "There will be blues, bluegrass and country."
IF YOU GO
What: The Bread and Butter Band
When: 8 p.m. June 14
Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Also: The band will perform June 15 at the North Beach Bar and Grill, 33 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island, 912-786-4442