The Worthless Son-in-Laws

The Worthless Son-in-Laws

 Boone, North Carolina, USA

Indie-rock/americana blending pastoral daydream soundtracks, truck-driving rockers, and thoughtful, melody-laden Southern pop songs. Recommended if you like early REM, Son Volt, dB's, Vic Chesnutt.


The Worthless Son-in-Laws are a Boone, North Carolina-based train-wreck of southern pop and Americana formed in early 2004. It is only because they are friends with each other that they stuck it out long enough to figure out how to get Allman Brothers style guitar to work with REM/dB's/Big-Star style pop and Paul Simon/Joni Mitchell/Andy Partridge style lyrics .

Fate played a role in the band's origins. Long ago, in Athens, Georgia, Jimmy Davidson and Rob Brown played together as founding members of the band Blue George. When Jimmy and Rob found themselves reunited in Boone several years later, purely by chance, they decided to commence a musical recombination several degrees away from their original blues-based direction.

Jimmy’s (acoustic guitar/vocals) tortuous musical path has included stints as a restaurant piano player, indie-rock singer/songwriter, and, most notably, member of Vic Chesnutt's Scared Skiffle Group. Rob (electric guitar/vocals) has been in hot pursuit of a wide variety of rock, Americana, and the perfect plate of barbecue. The two guitar players enticed Rich Crepeau to join their musical reunion. Rich tries to reconcile his abiding love of power pop and the truly bizarre with Rob and Jimmy's new south underground. Dave Brewer (also drummer for Carolinicana pals Possum Jenkins) rounds out the quartet.

The tension of four diverse tastes meshing together produces a sound that is unusual and familiar at once. The songs show a heavy emphasis on lyrics without compromising melody and flow. The Worthless Son-in-Laws draw most of their material from Brown's and Davidson's singer-songwriter catalogues but also have a repertoire of covers from the likes of Merle Haggard, Farmer Not-so-John, Vic Chesnutt, Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat and John Hiatt.


Sort of Back to Having a Life, LP 2007
Various streaming tracks on websites and YouTube, 2004-present

Set List

Sets are 1-3 hours. See below--songs with * are covers.

Linville Creek
Winner's Circle
Lost Cause
Test Scoring
Not Ready Yet
Lonesome Whistle*
Day of Recovery
Man Who
Sin City*
Dark as a Dungeon*
Patchwork Valentine
Window Seat
In the Pines*
Baton Rouge
September Gurls*
Rabbit Box
Paper Thin*
The Luddite
My Pocketknife Says "Life is Strange"
Things You Say
Waffle Joint
And Now for the Good News
El Condor Pasa*
Still Life with Cake