Ready for some more live music? How about a double-shot of some sweet Southern tunes that mix well with bourbon or beer?
You're in luck, because The Deadfields make their way to the area for back-to-back shows this week.
The troubadours from Atlanta are scheduled for the Flying Fish Bar at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and Congress Street Social Club at 9 p.m. Aug. 9.
The Deadfields' inception, a little more than two years ago, was the result of a couple of guys who decided they were not going to follow the musical portage of some of their contemporaries.
Frontman Geoff Reid had been playing in a country band for five years and found himself at the crossroads.
"It sort of left a bad taste in my mouth, because of the way it ended," Reid said. "Going down this road of mainstream industry expectations.
"That was pretty much the only way of taking the next step. We basically decided to not completely sell our souls and to stop what we were doing, in regards to the country music scene we were trying to fit into."
Along with electric guitarist Jeff Gardner, Reid decided they weren't going to "try and write for any particular audience."
The result was a mixture of country, Americana and folk, with a little rock 'n' roll. All of this is reminiscent of the recent neo-folk movement, a sound that's been heralded by bands like the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and the Civil Wars.div style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; padding:10px; background-color: #DDDCDC; width:225px;">
IF YOU GO
What: The Deadfields
When/where: 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Flying Fish Bar, 7906 E. U.S. 80; 9 p.m. Aug. 9 at Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St.
Reid and Gardner added Chase Alger (bass), Corey Chapman (steel, banjo, dobro) and Brandon Russell Jay (drums) to complete the lineup and add to the vocal harmonies.
"We were just going to drink some beer and jam, and see what happens," Reid said. "That became our founding principal. To write and express ourselves honestly and from the heart. And see what happens, organically."
In May 2012, the band debuted its freshman album, "Dance In The Sun."
They've been touring on the album ever since, as well as writing their second EP, "Often Wrong Never In Doubt," which is shaping up for a fall release. The band has about 25 original songs they work into a fluid set list.
"Carolina Backroads," the opening track of "Dance In The Sun," does well to capture the band's essence of good 'ole country, rebellious rock 'n' roll and the sweet love affair of folk. But the band wasn't sure of its sound or what genre they neatly fit into. So, they made up their own label.
"We tried to figure out for a while what our sound was," Reid said. "For a little while, we were just like, well here's our songs. Now what do they sound like? They sort of sound like folk rock. They sound like Americana. Some of them sound like country. Some of them sound more like rock 'n' roll. So we went through lots of different labels. We finally just made one up for ourselves, called "Rockicana," which gives us a lot of freedom."
This budding trend of independent music-making is at the soul of rock 'n' roll and folk. It's a search for good storytelling that is free of capitalistic rules, and in recent years, free from the over-regulated and often manufactured sound of radio. It's an attitude evident in The Deadfields' music that will resonate with a wide spectrum of music fans.
"It's been really cool finding, what I refer to as, music lovers." Reid said. "We've met so many people that have become fans of our sound because it's moving something within their souls. It's touching a lot of people, in a way that I've never experienced with other avenues of music."