Two of my favorite on-the-rise bands — Annabelle’s Curse and Will Overman Band — that hail from opposite ends of Virginia are going to converge at The Garage in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this weekend and I can hardly wait. I hope you will consider joining me for what promises to be a night of fantastic original Southern rock and Americana music. I promised you won’t be disappointed. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Annabelle’s Curse is an alt-folk-rock Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia-based group I first discovered at FloydFest several years ago. I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform everywhere from living rooms, to wineries to headlining several festivals including Hillfest and HoustonFest. Annabelle’s Curse is a perennial favorite at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival as well as Gypsy Sally’s in D.C. and the Tin Pan in Richmond, among others. The band is touring in support of its newest album, “Beyond the Station,” released in June. I premiered this video on this blog as well as my Huffington Post blog.
Annabelle’s Curse has opened for Anderson East, The Black Lillies, The Hackensaw Boys, HoneyHoney and Humming House, among others.
This is AC’s second appearance at The Garage, where they opened for another one of my favorite’s, Charlotte-based Time Sawyer.
Will Overman Band, which makes its Garage debut on Friday, is fronted by none other than Will Overman, a multi-talented singer-songwriter and guitar-harmonica player, who is originally from the eastern side of the state but now calls Charlottesville home.
I had the good fortune of discovering WOB at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival the same summer I met the members of AC. The band released its first full-length album of the same name in 2016 as well. It was, again in my humble opinion, one of the best albums to come out last year and remains high on my play list. I reviewed it here.
In addition to Rooster Walk, WOB has performed at MerleFest, Front Porch Fest, LavaFest and is returning to Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, Sept. 1-3, in Front Royal, Virginia. The band has also played at Gypsy Sally’s, Tin Pan and The Blind Tiger in Greensboro.