All are playing Saturday, July 25:
• Highly Kind (Southern rock, funk) would be the perfect name for a reggae band, but in fact this quartet from Gadsden, Ala. is distinctly rockin’. That the group sports an Allman Brothers-in-their-Macon, Ga.-heyday sound is apt—this is Southern rock—but its probably no coincidence that when Highly Kind needed a drummer they landed Duane Trucks, little brother of the Allmans’ virtuoso guitarist Derek Trucks.
• Atlanta’s Delta Moon (blues) is a frequent visitor to Asheville’s Jack of the Wood. Fronted by lap steel guitarist Tom Grey (who famously penned the Cyndi Lauper hit “Money Changes Everything) and guitarist Mark Johnson who, according to his Web site, “While not born in the South…did grow up in a trailer park in Ravenna, Ohio.” Last year Delta Moon signed with European label Blues Boulevard; this year the band released Howlin’ Under the Southern Moon.
• Recognize this name? The Family Stone (funk, soul) evolved from 60s hippy-funk icons Sly and the Family Stone (think: “If You Want Me to Stay” and “Everyday People”). In the band: Sly Stone’s little sister Vet Stone, Skyler Jett (who sang on Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”), Rose Stone (Sly’s middle sister) and her daughter Lisa, and Freddie Stone (Sly’s brother). The group is pictured, below, in a 1969 promo shot.
• Fusebox Funk (funk, hip-hop) claims a sound “that teeters between a crazy breakdown and a relaxing groove.” Figure that one out. The band (also mad skilled at stage names: CrizP, Dr. Concussion) called Jacksonville, Fla. home when not touring its jammy, free-form sound up and down the eastern seaboard.