Acoustic Syndicate

For more than a quarter of a century, Acoustic Syndicate has been setting the pace for a style of music that fuses southern roots music, bluegrass, rock and roll and a healthy dose of improvisation in an approach that now permeates the American music scene. Hailed as a progenitor of and inspiration to generations of jam and jamgrass bands, the group has released seven albums and taken its distinctive, North Carolina-bred sound across the country more times than any of its members can recall.

Earl Scruggs Music Festival has announced the full lineup for its inaugural event taking place September 2-4, 2022 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Joining previously announced headliners Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this Labor Day Weekend will be American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck performing with his GRAMMY-nominated My Bluegrass Heart ensemble which includes Billy Contreras, Jacob Joliff, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival will celebrate its long-awaited 10th anniversary at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville, NC on May 6-7, 2022. The annual event, which pairs live music with craft beer and community, will welcome GRAMMY-winning bluegrass mainstays The Steeldrivers, English-born Americana trailblazer Jade Bird, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt, regional newgrass pioneers Acoustic Syndicate and Larry Keel Experience, and a variety of additional performers to its stage this year.

If a history of Western North Carolina’s Acoustic Syndicate is ever written, there’s no doubt that a central theme will be the group’s uncanny ability to draw together multiple influences into a distinctive genre-crossing musical identity. It’s a part of their legacy as jamgrass trailblazers whose music has simultaneously remained rooted in the unique environment of their home turf and appealed to followers across the country and beyond.

When a legacy group like Acoustic Syndicate returns to the studio for the first time in years, it’s almost guaranteed that the result will be a diverse collection of songs that have been waiting for their chance to be recorded — and then devoured by long time fans.

If there’s anything to equal the excitement of a hot new artist making their recording debut, it’s the return of a groundbreaking, influential act that’s long been absent from the studio. Case in point: “Sunny,” the stunning Organic Records debut of Acoustic Syndicate, the famed western North Carolina ensemble that’s helped to pave the way for generations of freewheeling, bluegrass-flavored jam bands.

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