Smokey’s Farmland Band is based in Atlanta, but named after a 200-acre farm near the town of LaFayette in northwest Georgia. Smokey Caldwell's farm is the focal point of the cavers who explore the magnificent underground caverns of neighboring Pigeon Mountain and is a popular venue for music festivals. Smokey's Farmland Band was formed in 2004 when friends who played music and camped out together on Smokey's land decided to collaborate and further their music. Ian, Justin and Jared played enough music up there that folks on the farm started calling them Smokey's Farmland Band.
In November of 2005 Trey Gibbs heard these guys picking on a porch in the Atlanta neighborhood of Cabbagetown during the Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival. Everyone started jamming and before long the festival crew invited them onto the stage for a 45 minute set. Rurik Nunan joined on fiddle in 2007 right when the band's repertoire began to broaden from traditional bluegrass music. During the winter of 2008 the band developed a focus on original music and began to incorporate their songs into their performances. By 2009 they had enough songs rehearsed to begin recording a CD at Namaste Studios. Their first album, 80 Mile Getaway, has 11 original songs and was released in April of 2010.
Smokey's Farmland Band's music is a great mixture of their favorite musical influences: bluegrass, funk, rock, reggae, Cajun, gypsy jazz, and progressive jams. While they enjoy venturing outside the realm of the traditional, they still respect the roots of bluegrass, and retain the energy and twang of mountain music. Expect to hear their "Goodtime Eclectic Bluegrass" predominate with a wide variety of songs at each performance. A typical set features original compositions mingled with cover tunes representing their many influences, with songs often blending together in an exciting genre-bending style that keeps listeners on their toes.
Among many accomplishments, SFB recently opened for Willie Nelson at a sold out House Of Blues New Orleans event on Oct 14, 2010, and opened for Sam Bush at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Oct 21, 2010. They have also opened for the Emmitt-Nershi Band, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and played with numerous Atlanta bluegrass bands. The band likes to travel and meet new people in new places. Their music is dedicated to: the festival experience, camping and dancing in community, out of the way places that retain their beauty, live performance, and people who appreciate getting back to the farm from time to time.
Trey Gibbs - Vocals, Guitar, mandolin
Ian Newberry - Guitar, mandolin
Rurik Nunan - Vocals, Fiddle
Justin Roberts - Vocals, Upright Bass
Jared Womack - Resophonic Guitar
LP - 80 Mile Getaway (2010)
Georgia Music News 01/10/11
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"Smokey's Farmland Band get props for timely self-promotion, if nothing else. The Atlanta five-piece..."Smokey's Farmland Band get props for timely self-promotion, if nothing else. The Atlanta five-piece, appearing next at the Five Spot Jan. 14th, plays an easygoing, acoustic, bluegrass-based music that's tasteful and likeable. 80 Mile Getaway is their debut CD." Jeff Clark
Goodtime music - Stateside bluegrass band to tour STX
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"Music lovers who enjoy kicking off their flops to trot around on the dance floor during live perfor..."Music lovers who enjoy kicking off their flops to trot around on the dance floor during live performances will have more than enough inspiration to do so with the arrival on island of Smokey's Farmland Band, an acoustic bluegrass jam band based in Atlanta that will tour St. Croix beginning Dec. 30 and perform at seven different venues."
- Tom Eader
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