The band have been making major waves in their native America, with USA Today naming them one of 2015’s Artists to Watch. Their debut release ‘Smoke’ saw them become the first band to have a debut single reach #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade while its video received a nomination at the CMT Music Awards.
With Michael Hobby leading on vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass, the band create a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones – wrapped up in a modern-country context.
Hobby and Satcher first met while checking out guitars at the only music store in Newberry, South Carolina. DeLoach, first cousins with Satcher, entered the picture during summer holidays while visiting from Georgia.
The trio then moved to Nashville and soon invited friend of a friend Brown to join. Living together and writing songs they experienced the full ups and downs of broken promises, record label changes and management problems but persevered and ended up recording their debut album ‘Southernality’ with producer Dave Cobb, (Rival Sons, Chris Cornell, Shooter Jennings) at the Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Recording Studio in Nashville.
While alcohol undoubtedly played a role in shaping the album, their parents’ record collections and older brothers’ listening habits had more to do with their wide-ranging influences. ‘Southernality’ feels a little like another band of brothers, The Black Crowes. And The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Muscle Shoals. Tom Petty a few weeks after he met The Heartbreakers. And Led Zeppelin in the thrall of Howlin’ Wolf.
Rolling Stone Country hailed the band as the Best Up-and-Comer at 2014’s Austin City Limits and it’s easy to understand why when you see the band hit the road as a nine-piece with three backing singers, a fiddler and a keyboard player.
The band made their UK debut in 2016 with a performance at C2C, the UK’s biggest country music festival, at the O2 Arena alongside an intimate headline show at The Barfly in Camden, London.
The band are quickly becoming a staple on UK radio with their previous single ‘First Time’ being added to the A-List at Planet Rock and C-List at Radio2. Their UK debut single ‘Trailer Trashed’ sat proudly on the Planet Rock Radio B-list, followed up by Smoke, which was A-Listed at Planet Rock and C-Listed at Radio 2.
Back in the US, the band have made an equally impressive impact with their first single ‘Smoke’ soaring to Number 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts, making Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single. They also became the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to Number 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade.
The band were nominated for the Academy of Country Music Award for ‘New Vocal Duo or Group Of The Year’ and were hotly tipped by Rolling Stone Country and USA Today for ‘Smoke’, with its video – which now has over 14 million views – also receiving a nomination at the CMT Music Awards.