Smart bets: Carolina Wray

When it comes to genres, brothers Dillon and Jantzen Wray refuse to pick just one … or two. Their band Carolina Wray’s 2014 single “America,” for example, combines uncharacteristically slow banjo strums with vocal and electric guitar tracks made of undiluted pop rock. The former Old North State band members take decisive strides into the realm of country while continuously borrowing from their bluegrass past. This genre-bending sound, according to Dillon, allows Carolina Wray to connect with a broader listener base and have more fun onstage. The siblings, who describe their live performances as “stripped-down, intimate and honest,” play at 5 Walnut on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. Free. 5Walnut.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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