Honky-tonk Heroes

Article Published: Jul. 12, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 12, 2012
Honky-tonk Heroes

Not that long ago, Lucas Moomaw was playing drums in the band The Jolly Rogers with some of his friends at Watauga High School. These days, Moomaw is still drumming, but in country band Williams & Company, a four-piece outfit trying to break it big in Nashville.

Williams & Company will return to Moomaw’s old stomping ground for a show at Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub in Boone on Friday, July 13. The band will perform at 10:30 p.m., and the Lost Ridge Band will open the show at 9:30 p.m.

Williams & Company recently released its debut album, aptly titled “Williams & Company.”

The band features Moomaw on drums, Alex Williams on guitar and vocals, Sam Vanfossen on electric guitar and vocals, and Daniel Pendergraft on piano and vocals. The new CD features Benjamin Loy on bass guitar. Williams also wrote all of the songs on the new album.

“Williams and Company” is a timeless honky-tonk country album in the mode of Dwight Yoakum or early Garth Brooks. Buoyed by Williams’ expressive and seasoned-sounding vocals, the band cranks out tales of barrooms, money-grubbing girlfriends and true love.

The slow-burning “Dancing on Ashes” wraps a gorgeous melody around a sad story of love’s last chapter. “Devil’s Queen” is an open invitation to the dance floor for some serious up-tempo boot scootin’.

On “Back to My Heart,” the band mixes straight-up country with some hot electric guitar that would’ve been right at home on an early Lynyrd Skynyrd album.

One of the amazing things about Williams and Company and their new CD is how seasoned and professional they sound for a bunch of college kids. Moomaw, a rising junior at Belmont University in Nashville, joined the other guys in the band last year.

“We are students, and we play music for everyone,” Williams said. “It doesn’t make a difference if you’re young or old, punk or prep. We do this for the people who want to have a good time on their only night off from work. We’re about meeting new friends, building a brighter future for all and playing music. We believe it is more important now than ever for role-models to give back into the communities they serve; therefore, we vow to donate a meaningful percentage of all sales and earnings to local charities and non-profits that keep music programs in schools. The most important thing to these guys is spreading positivity through music and standing up for the community.”

“Williams & Company” is available at 641RPM, Kudzu Music and Wellspring Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic.

For more information on Friday’s show, call Murphy’s Restaurant and Pub (747 W. King St. in downtown Boone) at (828) 264-5117.

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