On Friday, May 26th at 8pm, eclectic folk and americana group Brent Funkhouser’s Old Souls Trio will be performing at the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City, TN.
Inspired by such americana and folk pioneers as Ryan Adams, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jason Isbell, this group delivers a unique palette of original and cover songs. The band is on tour to promote Old Souls, Funkhouser’s debut album, scheduled for release on June 23rd. “Things Are Looking Up”, the first single from the album, is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and most major streaming services.
Hailing from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, an area rich in folk traditions, Funkhouser grew up surrounded by music. On most any evening, acoustic musicians can be found in cafes, wineries, and porches around the valley. From childhood, music was a bonding experience for the Funkhouser family. Family gatherings often meant they’d attend concerts and play music together. On the weekend, the sounds of Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, and the Marshall Tucker Band would fill the living room as family and friends gathered at the Funkhouser’s basement bar.
It’s no surprise that Funkhouser’s music derives from these groups he grew up with. Listening to Old Souls, you can hear the influence of folk and rock pioneers of the 60’s and 70’s. Nods to modern americana and alt-country artists can be heard as well. Musical references to Wilco, Damien Jurado, and Brian Fallon make their way into the tracks, including a heartfelt cover of the latter’s song “Great Expectations”. The album is largely driven by the old folk-troubadour style of acoustic guitar and vocals, but also is filled with the sounds of keyboards, slide guitar, violin, and many other instruments.
The Old Souls Trio features Seth Dublo on percussion, Katelyn Dill on violin, and Brent Funkhouser on guitar/vocals. The group is making stops in Johnson City, Asheville, and Charlotte. Funkhouser will be touring with The Old Souls Band in July, making another Johnson City stop at JRH Brewing Co. Come on out for a concert experience you can’t miss!
Find out more about the band at www.brentfunkhousermusic.com. Look out for Old Souls, available June 23rd!