By D. Lanier Shook June 18, 2013
There are 47 musical acts coming to Bele Chere and over the next two weeks I’m going to tell you about everyone of them. You can hear them all beginning on July 26. For all of the details about the music, food, and other fun click here to visit the Festival website or if you don’t plan on going click here for Eleven Reasons why you should.
This is the second part in the list of groups coming to Bele Chere. To learn about the first five click here.
Boys in the Well
Boys In The Well is a band composed of two guys named Lanier and two guys named John. They combine an upbeat folk sound with thoughtful lyrics and soulful vocals. Their Reverbnation site says they sound like Mumford and Sons and I tend to agree. But — as Lamar Burton said— you don’t have to take my word for it. Click here to visit their website and click here to visit their Reverbnation site.
Carolina Rex is one of the bands that I first reviewed for the Mountain State Fair and since then I was privileged to hear them perform their tune “Amy” on the radio. They feature a high energy sound that’s not easy to listen to and makes you want to hear more. This great local group that plays a wide variety of great music, including R&B, rock, funk, and metal.
If you recognize Jacqui,their vocalist, you’re not imagining things. She moonlights as a voice over artist. Brian, another member, gave his first performance of The Gambler to his class at age 7. There’s alot of talent in this group so you’ll want to click here and visit their website or click here to visit their Reverbnation site, where you’ve got to listen to their “Mosquito Stomp.”
Chalwa claims to play “original high country reggae.” I’m not an expert on reggae, but they have played in Jamaica, so I’m going to take their word for it. Well, not just theirs, since this band from Candler received several awards and quite a bit of acclaim. To hear their mellow sound and read more about them click here to visit their Facebook page or click here to visit their Reverbnation page.
Chuck Brodsky is a local singer/songwriter whose music you may have heard if you watched 2003 movie Radio starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris. Chuck sings ballads and songs that express his strong feelings about whats wrong and right in the world.
A British paper compared him to Woody Guthrie or an early Bob Dylan. His CD “Baseball Ballads” earned him the description as “Baseball’s troubadour poet laureate…” from Tim Wiles, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of research. If you like what you’ve heard and are a fan of songs that tell a good, uplifting story you’ll want to click here and visit his homepage or click here to visit his Reverbnation page.
Crazy Horse and Colston
Crazy Horse and Colston are a solid hip-hop duo from Asheville. They bring the hip-hop sound to the mike while keeping their mountains roots are never forgotten. They’ve got two CDs that you can find out more about by clicking here to visit their home page. if you want to hear their unique sound click here to visit their Reverbnation site.
If you recognize Drew Holcomb’s sound, you probably heard him in one of the many national spots he’s been featured in. These include television shows —Nashville, House, Justified, Deadliest Catch, and others— and advertisements. In fact their song Live Forever was featured in a NBA commercial that was hailed by Sports Illustrated as “timeless.” If you want to hear this great sound yourself then click here to visit Drew’s website and click here to visit his Reverbnation site.
Deep Fried 5
Deep Fried 5 is one example of the great music coming to Bele Chere this year. This amalgamation of R&B, Soul, Funk, and Rock calls Nashville home will bring you to your feet. For more of their sound click here to visit their website or click here to visit the Reverbnation page.
Dave Dribbon and The Stomping Rain
Every year Bele Chere brings the best of our local music talent to the stage and Dave Dribbon is no exception. You’ve probably already heard this group, either live in several local venues, or on local radio. Either way their music is toe-tapping and their lyrics are heartfelt. Find out for yourself by clicking here to visit their Facebook page or click here to visit the Reverbnation page.
David Earl and the Ploughshares
This local group is full of Southern tradition and Rock ‘n Roll heritage. Their music is full of soul and locals have noticed it. WNCW and WNC Magazine both called them bands to watch. You need to click here to visit their Reverbnation and check out their sound.
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
David Holt should require no introduction. Between his local work, his four Grammy awards, and his work with public broadcasting you should know about him. The Lightning Bolts were born in a Swiss music festival and are what happens when talent meets talent.
David is joined by Laura Boosinger, a successful artist in her own right (click here to visit her website) on the guitar and vocals. Josh Goforth — a musical genius from Madison County and Johnson City — joined them on the fiddle. (Click here to read about his impressive career.) Thier drummer is David Cohen, an Asheville cartoonist who plays in three other groups. Click here to check out his website. To find out all about this amazing group click here to visit their website.