Great Big Gone
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Great Big Gone

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"From No Depression"

Janet Place's voice, reminiscent of a huskier Patsy Cline ... drips with country hard luck and hard-won wisdom. - No Depression

"From San Francisco"

This is dead good pickin’ & singin’ that compares favorably with the Asylum Street Spankers and dipping further back, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. Yummy like home cooking, not too fancy, yet a reminder of how satisfying meat-and-taters electrified front porch music can be. -

"True to the roots of music"

Rich harmonies, back porch-styled strumming and picking, all tempered with their deep sensibility of the common ground between old time music, straight country and melodic pop. - Independent Weekly

"About Threadbare Heart"

"...the group's collected experience and chops...proves plenty entertaining. Paper Thin Walls "...needs to find its way into Emmylou Harris' hands...solid, expertly played...", with "...the first four songs on Threadbare Heart positioning the five-piece as its [Americana's] poster children." Rick Cornell - Independent Weekly


Threadbare Heart, July 2008



Great Big Gone is a group of Triangle music veterans brought together by a passion for the many facets of American roots music. They were all members of the recently disbanded Brown Mountain Lights, a band which played regularly around the Triangle and the Southeast. Great Big Gone continues in the same style. Their repertoire is a carefully-crafted amalgam of styles from electrified porch picking and honky tonk to blues to Western Swing to roots rock, consisting primarily of original compositions. The result is a tasty mix of sharp songwriting, three-part harmonies and a classic Americana musical palette.

Janet Place contributes the lead vocals and songwriting talents. She was a member of the seminal D.C. band, The Slim Jims, before moving to NC in 1995 and forming the bluesy roots band, The Kickbacks and then the Brown Mountain Lights. No Depression magazine, said “Janet Place's voice, reminiscent of a huskier Patsy Cline ... drips with country hard luck and hard-won wisdom.

Greg Bower tosses in “high lonesome” harmonies, an increasing number of tasty original songs and the requisite guitar twang. Greg has played in several NC-based acts, including power popsters Bullwinkle Gandhi, the late lamented soul combo Balooka Roux, and in the honky tonk Panther Branch Boys. He gushed enthusiastically about the nascent Triangle alt-country scene as a writer for the Independent in the mid-90s.

Fiddler Miner Gleason can be found in several local bands, including the Second String Band. Drummer Bryan Sodemann can be found in Full Moon Pie and the Ruins. Bass player extraordinaire, Steve Webster has also played in many bands including the Hanks and legendary Day Room Monitors.