Big Daddy Love
Having only been together since the Summer of 2009, Big Daddy Love-- founded by high school friends from the rural mountains of Sparta, NC-- was just playing a handful of North Carolina markets when they made their first trip to Floyd in 2010, where they won the prestigious "Under The Radar" contest for the best new artist at the large, Virginia festival. The fresh, vital sound and energized performance of this new band simply blew people away, and with the fan-voted award der their belts, Big Daddy Love returned home and began to build their grass roots following in earnest.
Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call ‘Appalachian Rock’. Above the mix, the lead vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniment of their principal songwriter, Scott Moss, command the listener's attention and call for the harmonies that arise in response. Twin leads of Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo on the other-- like a typical Southern rock line-up, just replacing the second guitar with the banjo-- punctuate and emphasize what Moss delivers. These contrasting voices are anchored by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock. Big Daddy Love's high-energy performances, fueled by this combination of fiery vocals, striking instrumental dynamics that range from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves, have garnered them a strong, passionate following throughout their home region.
Leadville Social Club
Bob Graham has been writing songs for over 10 years, keeping them in a sealed Dukes Mayo jar in his attic. With the encouragement of guitarist/music partner in crime Chris Edwards and long time Charlotte song writer Bill Noonan, he formed LEADVILLE. Randy Saxon and Geoff White of David Childers & The Over Mountain Men fame, made up the original core of the group. As other players made their way in and out of the group depending on the night, the "Social Club" label just seemed to fit the vibe of what was developing. Currently, White and Edwards are joined by veteran drummer Eric Howard and upright bass player Master Kory Dudley. Graham feels lucky that his songs surfaced from that mayo jar in the attic into a life of their own. Leadville ain't about the destination...its about the journey.
This "Social Club" has FUN.