To play at the Acoustic Coffeehouse on Friday, October 13th
Between Naybors is a unique blend of American and European styling of folk music with a Greenwich Village feel, focusing on social issues of the day. With members from Pennsylvania, Germany, Maine, and Georgia, they combine guitar, upright bass, keyboard, lap steel, and drums, with occasional djembe or banjo to produce an eclectic coffee-house sound. Actual neighbors, the original members Greg Benson and Melanie Morgan are the songwriters for the group, each with differing influences. Greg’s lyrics derived from popular British folk team Richard and Linda Thompson, described as “exquisitely sad” music, balances well with Melanie’s positive outlook and lyrics decrying social injustice with a European perspective with her charming German accent and endearing humility. Robert Bell was born and raised in Athens and has played in bands most of his adult life, from electric to acoustic to upright bass. Will Manning, a knife-smith by day and drummer by night, joined the band in 2016, along with classically-trained Kevin Fleming, who rounds out the band with lap steel, electric guitar, or banjo. Musical influences include John Lennon, Joan Baez, Neil Young, and Dave Van Ronk, who is loosely portrayed in the Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis.