Walker Lukens with The 8:59's and Rachel Despard at Motorco Music Hall
After receiving unanimous praise for his 2013 debut record, Devoted, from outlets like NPR’s All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Billboard, MTV, Houston Chronicle, and Austin American-Statesman, among others, Walker Lukens and his backing band, The Side Arms, hit the road. They shared stages with such national acts as Band of Horses, Heartless Bastards, Dam Funk, and The Walkmen. More recently, Lukens has been working with Spoon drummer, Jim Eno (!!!, Telekenesis, Heartless Bastards, Har Mar Superstar, Preatures.) Spin said of their first collaboration, ‘Every Night,’ that it had ‘nocturnal groove’ that’s ‘entirely its own.’ ‘Every Night’ was called ‘a legitimate straight-out-of-leftfield contender’ by Esquire magazine who included it in its 40 Bands You Need To Hear at SXSW 2015 Spotify playlist. Lukens and Eno are busy putting the finishing touches on Lukens’ second full length record, Tell It To The Judge.
The 8:59’s, a Chatham County, NC based band formed in 2014, seamlessly blend Americana and indie rock sensibilities to create a unique yet familiar sound. Consisting of veterans of Chapel Hill’s 90’s indie rock scene, they serve up some of the best of what you might hope for from 5 Triangle guys with a guitar-keys-bass-drums set-up. Based around the strong songwriting, tasteful harmonies, and twin guitars of Christian Fisher and Neville Handel, the band is adeptly completed by the driving rhythm section of bassist Mike Beck and drummer Brad Goolsby and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Maclean.
The 8:59’s provide the perfect soundtrack for a long drive on country roads or an evening at your favorite watering hole. Echoes of Nashville, Athens, and Chapel Hill can be heard in the band’s songs, which draw from and cover a wide spectrum of genres including Americana, Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Pop, Punk, and Blues. The 8:59’s original set list appeals to a diverse audience and will have you dancing during one song and listening intently the next. Check out one of their live shows or debut EP to experience this new favorite 5 piece.
Rachel Despard is a singer-songwriter based in Durham N.C. She has been writing songs since the age of 7. Expressive piano and soulful vocals are the foundation of her sound. Influences include Carole King and Sara Bareilles.
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