The New Familiars
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The New Familiars

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Rock


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"BEST OF CHARLOTTE 2008: Critics Pick - Best Local Band/Artist"

The band’s take on Americana and folk gets infused with a good bit of rock ethic and rhythms that can give you goose bumps. As the crowds grow, the local shows are getting more sporadic, and they recently paid thanks to fans with a free, packed Neighborhood Theatre gig. Catch ’em on the cheap while you can! - Creative Loafing - Charlotte, NC

"Music Events: The New Familiars"

"A dynamic union of Delta blues and Appalachia folk that combines for a toxic new twist on Americana music... With one hand on the headstone of folk and the other on the ever changing wheel of rock 'n' roll, The band is the latest up and comers of the Southeast's roots music revival."

Matthew Godbey - Post and Courier - Charleston, SC

"Spotlighted Gigs and Recommended Shows"

"A Charlotte-based quintet of multi-instrumentalists who mix Old-Time instrumentation like mandolin, banjo and harmonica with electric guitar, Dobro and drums, they’re making a beeline to the top of many critics’ rave lists for their glorious, resplendently elegiac combination of traditional folk, bluegrass and blues forms with contemporary Americana and Southern pop that winks at the slightly psychedelic"

Jim Reed - Connect Savannah - Savannah, GA

"Keep It Sacred"

"The New Familiars defy simple classification. Instead, they reinvent the traditional, coating the tried-and-true origins of folk music in a brand-new varnish of jam-band indie rock."

Dino Lull - Metro Spirit - Augusta, GA

"New Familiars' studio debut brews up The Storm"

by John Schacht

NEW FAMILIARS DROP THE STORM: The New Familiars call its sound "Folk-core Music from the Foothills," and that's an apt description of the band's first studio release, the six-song EP The Storm, which celebrates its CD-release gig Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Visulite. Blending influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and the Grateful Dead to Kings of Leon and Ryan Adams, the Charlotte band delivers a mix of acoustic folk, bluegrass, rock and blues with a visceral intensity to match their raucous live gigs.

The band shares songwriting credits between Eric-Scott Guthrie, Justin Fedor and Josh Daniels (James Stratford and part-time drummer Ryan Ramirez fill out the roster), yet the sound and narrative blends together as though written by one -- which they say is kind of the case, anyway.

"We all do the writing, sometimes as a group and sometimes as individuals," says Guthrie. "When we have time we'll all sit down with a general theme in mind and we've had some great success at writing material as a group."

"We've drawn the inspiration for all of these songs from our lives," Fedor adds. "We've lived these songs."

People who haven't heard the sonic differences between The New Familiars and Charlotte's best-known acoustic unit would be wrong to assume that anybody's riding the coat-tails of The Avett Brothers.

"I think we are more of a rock band then they are," Daniels says. "Plus, rowdy acoustic music is happening everywhere! It's not like they were the first band with a banjo and an acoustic."

"The beauty of acoustic music is it's a level playing field," says Guthrie. "You don't have a bunch of modifications to change your sound, it's raw ... stock if you will. Personal style and technique is what differentiates musicians from one another in this genre.

"I don't really worry too much about an 'Avett's overload' at all. In part because I think we're clued into what they're clued into. This is honest music, penned by the performers, sung with the heart on the sleeve, and I think that's the real reason why you're seeing this folk evolution starting to build serious momentum." - Creative Loafing - Charlotte

"The New Familiars - The Storm"

"My first thought after hearing The Storm, The New Familiars' six song EP, was,"Damn, I wish this was longer." So I played it again. The Storm is a tantalizing introduction to the trippy folk rock of this Charlotte quartet.... 'Got This Disease' is (pardon the pun) one of the most infectious tunes I have heard in ages; it has been bouncing around my head for weeks, so much so that I have found myself spontaneously singing the chorus aloud around strangers, drawing more than an odd look or two. But that's okay—I don't mind sharing the fever this band gives me."

Dave Stallard - Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine - Southeastern US

"Get Familiar with The New Familiars"

by Alli Marshall

"The New Familiars play a fresh (if not breakthrough) blend of country blues, folk rock and gritty acoustic tunes... honky-tonk elements of Dobro and harmonica; mountain touches of banjo and rough-hewn harmonies made for ‘70s-era Southern Rock... they sound like rambling men with farmers tans and battered rucksacks splitting their time between the open road and the open arms of pretty hippie girls. At least, they sound like they could write the soundtrack to that movie."
- Mountain Xpress - Asheville

"The New Familiars - Live Review"

By Jeff Hahne

"The New Familiars may have only released a couple of EPs, but they aren't lacking for material in their live show. The band tore through a set that seemed to last forever – in a good way. Covers of Huey Lewis and Pink Floyd were mixed into a plethora of originals that had the crowd sweating, grooving and enjoying every strum of the banjo, every pick of the dobro, every scream, harmony or heart-felt note." - Creative Loafing - Charlotte

"New Familiars dish out fun acoustic folk"

By Jarrett Oakley
Contributing Writer

"The New Familiars offer an organic acoustic sound. Deeply rooted in southern folk music, the band also interestingly blends in alternative country rock and dabbles in progressive rock.... There is a bridge in this band that will fill the vast gaps between your
father’s generation and this one."
- Georgia Tech Technique


Tribute - Live From Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion "A Tribute To Levon Helm" - Nov 2013

Between the Moon and Morning Light- May 2011

Live!- September 2009

Mills River/My Girl (7" vinyl)- April 2008

The Storm (EP) - September 2007

The Black Rose (Live EP) - February 2007



Founded in 2005 by Fedor and friends, North Carolinas The New Familiars have been touring & playing their own style of American Rock & Roll for years now. Operating under the "no front man" model, members Fedor, Daniel & Maholland have been at the center of the group since 2008 as the voice, songwriters & backbone of the band. Drawing from the vast influences collected throughout their careers, theyve shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with the guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll. With collective songwriting, howling harmonies, & multi-instrumental talent, their show can take you from a back porch hoe-down to a full on rock show at the change of an instrument.

Making the road their home, their high energy shows have gained them notoriety not only in the press, but also among their peers. The band has been paired with legends like Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, & Del McCoury as well as new school greats like The Infamous Stringdusters, Langhorne Slim, & Emmitt-Nershi Band. Known to be a group of fun loving guys, their musicianship has wooed the likes of John Cowan (New Grass Revival/Doobie Brothers) Ronnie McCoury (Travelin McCourys), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), and Danny Barnes (Dave Matthews Band) to join them on stage for some epic nights of picking and grinning.

Ever the freedom seekers, the band has remained independent of labels and management as theyve navigated their way through the festival, theatre, and club scene nationwide. Theyve been honored with playing some of the best music festivals in the country like SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Shakori Hills, Guavaween, and FloydFest. In 2012 they were featured at the Democratic National Convention and then later asked to open for Vice President Joe Biden on his visit to Charlotte, NC.

Having recorded a couple of EPs and a live album, the bands crown jewel to date was released in 2011. A full length studio album comprised of songs about love, luck, traveling the road, and finding ones place in the world the bands current album, Between the Moon & The Morning Light is a crystallization of all that the band has experienced over the years of touring, and features many of the people they have formed bonds with along the way. Guest spots by Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers, Tania Elizabeth of the Duhks, and Sam Quinn , formerly of the everybodyfields, demonstrate the range of The New Familiars popularity with their fellow musicians and the diversity of their material. In November 2013, the band released a live album entitled "Tribute". Recorded at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September, the album is a tribute to Levon Helm and the music of The Band. The group runs through a "best of" type setlist that includes favorites like "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek", & "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". In the spirit of The Last Waltz, The New Familiars were joined that night by friends like The Black Lillies, Ian Thomas, Sam Quinn, & Josh Oliver to name a few.

2014, The New Familiars will be not only be touring their original sets, but will also be making a few "Tribute to Levon Helm" appearances which will also feature the Midwood Horns in accompaniment. They've also been asked to perform a Tribute to The Grateful Dead at 2014's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

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