If you are a fan of alt-country-rock, two of my favorite groups are playing on Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and trust me, you are not going to want to miss this show!
While the guys from the Elkin-based Time Sawyer are no strangers to Winston-Salem music fans, this is the first time Annabelle’s Curse will perform live in the Camel City with The Pinkerton Raid so we want to make sure we give them a big welcome.
A folk, rock, songwriter group from Bristol, Virginia, Annabelle’s Curse was voted fan favorites at FloydFest a couple of years ago and are regulars at Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, which is where I first heard them. Learn more about the group in some of The Huffington Post blog pieces I wrote here.
The folk rock band’s name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that lead vocalist/guitarist Sam Tayloe and vocalist/banjo player Houston Norris, share. Time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.
Time Sawyer has performed on the stages of some of the Southeast’s most iconic festivals, including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n’ Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA’s Bluegrass First Class. They’ve shared bills with Langhorne Slim, Phil Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and many more.
The Pinkerton Raid is an indie pop/folk/rock band from Durham, North Carolina. The Pinkerton Raid makes ebullient, dynamic indie pop, according to their website. Their live shows can feature anywhere from six to 10 musicians. They’ve played festivals and music series across the Eastern and Midwest US and have shared stages with David Wimbish & The Collection, Lowland Hum, Noah Gunderson, Denison Witmer and The Soil & The Sun. Their self-titled debut and follow-up “A Beautiful World” won critical acclaim.
Months before its February 2017 release, critics were already praising their latest effort, “Tolerance Ends, Love Begins,” comparing the sound to acts like The National, Ra Ra Riot, Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. “The group recalls the hey-day of indie rock,” wrote Louise Parker at Paste Magazine. “Stunning … glorious … intricate … playful,” described Emily Hinde at No Depression. “Exquisite,” wrote Meredith Schneider at Impose. “The emotion pulling you from your seat as you sway your hips.”
Siblings and co-lead singers Jesse and Katie DeConto are deeply involved in Durham. Jesse is an author, songwriter, and founder of Durham County Beer & Hymns at Fullsteam Brewery. Katie nurtures creatives as co-founder of Mercury Studio and The Makery. Surrounding these siblings and their guitarist-brother Steven is a community of musician-scientists, noisy schoolteachers, philosopher guitarists, and tattooed pianists, all toiling toward the joy.