BIG Something brings bigger sound to Boone

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 18
BIG Something brings bigger sound to Boone

Featuring Doug Marshall on bass, Josh Kagel on keys and trumpet, Casey Cranford on sax, Jesse Hensley on lead guitar, Nick MacDaniels on guitar and vocals and Ben Vinograd on drums, BIG Something is coming to Boone.

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Something big is coming to Boone Saloon at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

In support of its widely popular, self-titled studio album, BIG Something is coming to North Carolina and bringing with it pure and unadulterated rock.

BIG Something is comprised of six musicians that rely on their skills and not computer programmed or generated mixes to convey their straight-up rock act.

A quick listen to the funk rockers reveals a unique and soulful brass-driven sound coupled with descriptive lyrics that fit nicely as metaphors on an archetypical love story and daily tribulations.

BIG Something’s sound is expansive and spacey, as the band’s namesake indicates, and it is nearly impossible to lump the band in a single genre as the tracks off their debut album transition seamlessly from well-placed guitar riffs and stringy bridges to psychedelic tunes and island-esque jams.

Songs, like “The Undertow” and “A Simple Vision,” capture the band’s image and sound perfectly, if that is at all possible, and flow nicely together with trippy, yet well-managed choruses that make the perfect tunes for long, self-reflective drives in the country or down Memory Lane, for that matter.

The bandmates are not at all shy when it comes to demonstrating their instrumental range and diversity, as apparent on “Josh’s Disco,” which somehow successfully merges a symphony of brass and rhythmic songwriting that is subtly tranquil and hypnotic at the same time. The absence of lyrics adds mystique to the song and encourages the listener to create their own inner story and interpretation of the song.

“Big City Song” is perhaps the band’s most purposeful rock song in that these musicians focus on simple lyrics and a simple theme, keeping the brass sound to a minimum to prevent a cluttered feeling.

“Sunday” is as refreshing and crisp as its namesake indicates, as the band settles — and rightfully so — on an effortless, yet beautiful set of guitar chords to remind the listener that sometimes the most simplest message is the best and nothing needs to be said.

“Pinky’s Woman” and the sequel, “Pinky Goes to Jail,” leave much to the imagination and seem best reserved to describe to a friend over a couple of beers. In any event, both tracks placed in succession are a nice fit together, which is strange but welcome concept for a band that’s literally all over the cosmic map when it comes to sound and definition.

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Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. All shows after 10 p.m. are 21 and older.

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