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Annabelle’s Curse, Will Overman Band heading to Charlotte’s The Evening Muse on Saturday, Oct. 22

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Two of Virginia’s hottest up-and-coming alt folk rock bands — Annabelle’s Curse and Will Overman Band — will light up the stage at Charlotte’s The Evening Muse  in NODA on Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets for the late-night show that begins at 10:30 (Doors open at 10) are only $5. Trust me when I say you need to catch these bands at this price while you still can because you won’t be disappointed.


Annabelle’s Curse is an alt-folk band from Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Its members are Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (percussion), and Tyler Luttrell (bass). As an independent band, Annabelle’s Curse’s fan support has been instrumental to their success (pun intended). They have released three full-length albums; the most recent two, Hollow Creature and Worn Out Skin, were fully funded by fans.

Since forming in 2010, Annabelle’s Curse has toured extensively, developing a devoted fan base throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic. Annabelle’s Curse has supported acts such as Anderson East, The Black Lillies, HoneyHoney and Humming House. The band has been a staple at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest, Rhythm and Blooms, Rooster Walk and Music City Roots.

“Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece alternative folk band hailing from Bristol TN/VA, and sort of like the town where they were born, their music sits on the border between two places. One place finds them unplugged, on a large front porch, reveling in the old folk songs that they were raised on while their nearest and dearest friends and family drink and sing along. The other place is plugged in, awash in neon lights and drunk on the rock and roll spirit that drives them to leave the porch, pile in a van, and play long into the night while the anonymous drinkers dance. Their music feels like these two different places at the same time, but like the city that they call home, it’s just two sides of one place and one sound – a sound that they can truly call their own,” writes Justin Green of Bear Kids Records.

Learn more about Annabelle’s Curse in a recent interview I wrote on The Huffington Post blog here.

Will Overman Band


Will Overman Band describes its music as Southern rock with an alt-country twist — think Son Volt NOT “bro country.”

WOB released its first full-length album on June 4 to a sold-out release party at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The band performed at MerleFest in April and both Front Porch Fest and Appaloosa Roots Festival over Labor Day Weekend. The band toured extensively over the summer including at such venues as Gypsy Sally’s in D.C., WDVX Blue Plate Special in Knoxville and in NYC, among many others, and is currently on a fall tour.

The band includes Will Overman, on guitar and vocals; Daniel McCarthy, guitar; Brittney Wagner, guitar and vocals; and J Wilkerson on bass.

“The album reflects this urgent musical development while sharing the mountain-bordered experiences of love, lust, triumph, disappointment, family, and hope, under it all, an urgent, persistent hope,” writes Ron Wray in No Depression here.

Learn more about the new album in a recent interview I wrote on The Huffington Post blog here.

WOB is starting a residency at Martins in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, the last Wednesday of each month beginning in January through April.




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