Music was a family thing for singer/songwriter Rob Nance, who's playing The Sentient Bean on June 29.
"My dad was a regional musician," Nance said. "He kind of enlisted my brother as a bass player and it was inevitable I would fall into line at some point. By the time I got to college, I was bold enough to play in public."
For a while, he was the guitar player in several bands.
"Bands are pretty much all doomed to fall apart," Nance said.
"I started writing my own stuff and putting it down in recordings. I've been doing my own recordings and been doing my own shows for about a year."
A native of western North Carolina, "not too far from Boone," Nance takes his cues from Southern folk traditions in terms of storytelling.
"But I don't consider myself a storyteller in the sense that some songwriters do," he said.
"A lot of it comes down to creating an aesthetic or capturing a certain feeling. I am inspired by a kernel or nugget or inspiration or melody.
"In Savannah, they're going to hear acoustic, stripped-down versions of an album I've released," he said. "It is very much in the folk/Americana genre. The album itself has a lot of rock influence, but my solo act is more tame."
"Lost Souls & Locked Doors," Nance's debut album, was released last year with engineer Scott Haynes.
It was recorded in Boone, N.C., with many of the people Nance played with in college, including his brother, Jordan, on upright bass, drummer Sean Leary and Mike Runyon on keys.
"I was provided a pretty solid base in western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains,"Nance said. "I grew up hearing a lot of bluegrass, since it casts a pretty big shadow over where I'm from."
Nance invites listeners to come out for an evening of heartfelt music.
"I would tell them that what they're going to hear is hopefully a unique blend of music that kind of creates Southern folk or Southern folk rock with a contemporary and unique turn to it," he said. "I feel this is not rehashed alt-country," Nance said. "I'm trying to keep the traditions but at the same time expand."
IF YOU GO
What: Singer/songwriter Rob Nance
When: 8 p.m. June 29
Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.