Get familiar with the New Familiars

The New Familiars are a quartet of bearded guys from the Charlotte area. Maybe they’re familiar because of said beards, that itchy facial fashion picking up steam thanks to the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses and Kings of Leon.

But, before anyone gets all bent out of shape about my thoughts on beards, I’m here to note that if (like Samson’s seven locks) the extra hair doesn’t add to a band’s creative strength, it doesn’t seem to hurt. The New Familiars play a fresh (if not breakthrough) blend of country blues, folk rock and gritty acoustic tunes. They’ve got honky-tonk elements of Dobro and harmonica; mountain touches of banjo and rough-hewn harmonies made for ‘70s-era Southern Rock (which, by the way, I predict is coming back even bigger than beards).

The group claims that “life is our biggest influence” and they reckon they sound like “heartbreak, desire, anger, jealousy, happiness, patriotism, love, sadness and hope.” That is for you, the listener, to decide. I think they sound like rambling men with farmers tans and battered rucksacks splitting their time between the open road and the open arms of pretty hippie girls. At least, they sound like they could write the soundtrack to that movie.

Check out the New Familiars on 88.7 WNCW in the studio with Kim Clark on Thursday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. Later that same day they’ll be at Stella Blue. Cover is $8, Man in the Shower opens.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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2 thoughts on “Get familiar with the New Familiars

  1. Billy Jack

    The New Familiars rock my world. Y’all don’t want to miss this show.

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