East Coast Dirt
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East Coast Dirt

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"Pioneers of the Asheville Music Renaissance" - John Fernandez, Barfly Films Roadshow - John Fernandez

"Smart Bets 3/26/08"

Having coined the musical classification “sneaker boogaloo,” it almost seems that prog-fusion artists East Coast Dirt could rest on their laurels. Instead, the quartet keeps up a rigorous touring schedule including a two-night run opening for West Coast jam band Garaj Mahal. So, what can fans expect of a show? According to the band, “spontaneous melodies will result in layered harmonies that dance on the edge of free jazz.” Song stylings range from psycheldelic tapestries to straight-forward rock. - Mountain Xpress - Steve Shanafelt

"East Coast Dirt, 6/27/08"

Asheville-based funk and jam quartet’s self-coined “sneaker boogaloo” is a whirling, twirling weave of free jazz, rock guitar, Latin elements, bopping percussion, drum ‘n’ bass sprinkles, and spacey psychedelic detours. That’s an earful, but the veteran musicians ably coax the parts into a whole and an adventurous vibe is born. (Samir Shukla) - Creative Loafing

"Trinumeral Festival Review, 9/4/08"

Not only is (Will Little) one of the top keyboard players and samplers in the southeast, he could play a mean mandolin as well. - HonestTune.com, The Southern Journal of Jam


Live at Stella Blue 12.7.07
Live at the Emerald Lounge 1.25.08
Live at Visulite Theatre 3.28.08
Live at Emerald Lounge 12.18.08



East Coast Dirt has coined the phrase "sneaker boogaloo" to describe their sound. It has become the sound of slinky and angular guitar lines blended with greasy organ and analog synth tones soaring over a solid foundation of endless bass grooves with skillful and dynamic drumming, a familiar format that grows into an exciting and unique experience.

Show goers can expect the unexpected at an East Coast Dirt performance; spontaneous melodies will result in layered harmonies that dance on the edge of free jazz only to swiftly fall back into a recognizable form. Set lists will range from dense, psychedelic sound scapes to full force rockers or from organic drum n’ bass to Latin-infused jazz. But this is not a band with an identity crisis; it’s a band sculpting its voice. Each member’s rich and diverse musical background allows this Asheville quartet to blend rhythmic elements of one musical style with melodic elements of another into a strong, unified product.

East Coast Dirt was formed in 2005 and most recently settled on a new lineup in early 2007. New members Brian Steel (guitar, bass, vocals) and Will Little (keyboards, vocals) joined founding members Wilson Hawes (bass, guitar, vocals) and Brad Boughton (drums, vocals) and have been enthusiastically playing shows and writing new material since. All four have played for the previous years in and around North Carolina in other acts such as Loop, Dr. Ensemble, The Southern Lights and Waterbird; creating a seasoned veteran feel to live performances. The group continues to lay down a solid groundwork of talented composition and improvisation to broaden its fan base in more and more regional venues.

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