May 9th, 2019 Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers
If You Like: Folk Soul Revival, American Aquarium, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Thursday, May 9th 2019 @ The Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon, VA
Time – Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Show Starts at 7:00 PM
Opening Act: Adam Bolt
FREE! No outside alcohol or coolers. Food Trucks on site. Beer Garden proceeds benefit VA Creeper Trail Conservancy.
Back in 2013 Morgan Wade was a freshman in college, her skin was not tattooed, and she did not have a love for alcohol. Her mind was set on pursuing a career in the medical field, and living the ideal working life. It was not until 5 months into her college career, everything changed. Wade had been in a relationship that abruptly ended, to which she still takes the blame, claiming “ I am not an easy person to deal with, and I was even worse back then, since I was on a path I did not really enjoy.” Wade claims her love was the only one that ever really saw her singing and songwriting abilities as something more than a hobby she had behind closed doors. That is why it became all too clear to her that in order to get him back, or in Wades own words, “piss him off” she had to write a song about it. That is exactly what she did, in the home where she grew up, on her bedroom floor, with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a guitar. If only Wade had known how pivotal that moment was, and where it would lead.
Her next step was to find a band, which she did through a craigslist ad, which Wade now says that was “not the safest way to get a band for a female, but it worked.” The band formed, and Wade and her love reunited. “I don’t remember sending him the song, but I did and well, it worked.” It worked well enough that Wade and Joe Link (piano player) have been together ever since and he now plays with the band.
The band has changed members since the earlier days of 2013 leading to the formation of The Stepbrothers in 2017 with Bengy Wagner on drums, Drew Sprinkle on guitar, Ed McGee on bass, and Joe Link on piano. Forming what some are claiming to be the next top act of Alternative Country music. Over half of the band lives in Roanoke, Virginia, while Wade and Link hail from the iconic “one stoplight town” Floyd Virginia. Wade stated, “I think I love to hate this place you know? But the more I travel and see other places, the happier I am to come back home to the quiet little town I grew up in.”
The band just released their debut album Puppets With My Heart back in January, packing out to record release shows, one in Floyd and one in Roanoke. The record contains 11 tracks all written by Wade, some softer, but all edgy with that powerhouse raspy- twang, that has gained her recognition. They are now gearing up for a busy Spring/Summer tour. Sitting here looking at Wade it is hard to picture the 2013 version of her. Here we are in 2018 and Wade is no longer a college freshman, her arms are covered in tattoos, and she is currently 9 months sober. I predict nothing but great things for Morgan Wade and The Stepbrothers in the days ahead.
Special Guest: Adam Bolt
Adam Bolt's acclaimed solo style can guide you through your own demons via poetic yodeling, personal ruminations on life's everyday realizations, and deeply original songwriting. With a voice that drifts through life's darkness like warm saw dust flittering through the afternoon, Bolt brushes off hard time memories with heart-hewned melodies, and an undeniably unique understanding of existence. Currently based in Abingdon,VA, and influenced by childhood car trips to Alabama where he remembers listening to John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor, Bolt describes his music as "Sensationalized, Cynical, and Seasoned Songs in the Key of Country". His live performances will have audiences laughing, crying, singing, and dancing with genuine accclades for this rising nonconformist songsmith. He reunites with the Russel County Round Up (Brandon Blevins, Dave Kinder, Kris McCrady, and Andrew Gilmer) for a special performance May 9th.