After a unique and unforgettable viral video surfaced in September, one question remains paramount: What does the fox say?
We may have (somewhat) found the answer in Charlie and the Foxtrots, a pop-folk-bluegrass group that formed in Statesboro.
The six-piece - with members Chas Wilson on guitar, vocals; James Varner on percussion, vocals; Jeremy Webster on piano, vocals; Josh Ramos on guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin; Matt McClure on bass; and Andrew McPheters on banjo, mandolin, trumpet - shared stories from the road and their plans for the future before their show Oct. 3 at The Sentient Bean.
DO: Let's just get this out of the way. What does the fox say?
Wilson: (Laughing) I have no freaking clue, man. (Unintelligible noise)?
Moving along. The tour you're on has taken you through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and a handful of other states. How's that been?
Wilson: Man, tour has been the best experience of my entire life. It's given us all a chance to really get to know the cities we're playing in and the people who live there.
Webster: It has been, at the same time, one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my entire life. We have been playing a lot of the major cities in the Northeast.
You guys must have some fond memories after all of that traveling.
Ramos: I don't think of one specific memory, but rather the people we've encountered.
Each city has its own spirit, but it's the ones we've met along the way that stand out the most to me.
Webster: We played at a music festival called "The Whispering Beard Folk Festival" or simply "The Beard."
It was held in this small town in Indiana named Friendship, and it was one of the most amazing weekends of my life.
The way they had it set up, there were two stages. While one band was playing, the next band would set up on the other stage and the music would never stop.
No matter what time of the day or where you were walking, there was always beautiful music in the air.
I remember walking down a riverbed, skipping stones, while someone played mountain music in the distance, like a soundtrack to our adventure.
But now y'all are heading back South, kinda to your roots - full circle. How has the group grown since its inception?
Wilson: This group has grown into something completely different than it once was.
We used to be a rocky bar jam band, now it's more poppy, mountain folk kind of stuff.
I really like where we've landed with all this.
McClure: Since I wasn't there in the beginning, I can only say from when I joined we have added a new member, changed genres completely and gotten enough backing to start touring. It's awesome.
Webster: Being from Statesboro, but not part of the original three-piece, I actually attended shows before hopping on board in June. It was kinda like being a fan of a band and then getting to join.
June, that was a month shy of your EP release. Anything planned in the short-term?
Varner: Recording a full-length album and kicking off a national tour.
Wilson: I think we'd all really like to make a new record here pretty soon.
Webster: We are really looking forward to getting in the studio and recording. We have written some new songs on the road, and we can't wait to make those available to everyone.
McPheters: I'm looking forward to the new record, as well as opportunities to play in front of more people.
What should we expect from the show?
Wilson: Bring your dancing shoes.
McClure: A lot of energy. You can bet on that.
Ramos: A good time.
Webster: A high-energy performance that will get you on your feet.
Varner: Energy and fun.
McPheters: High-energy. Time and tempo changes will keep you on your toes.