Major Sevens spin-off to hit High Country
The Major Sevens: They started at barbeque restaurants. After all, that's what you do in Boone.
"It was tourism. That's the industry in this area," Brooks Forsyth said.
What started as seasonal strumming for Floridians became a passion, and today, that passion is evolving into something completely different, shaped by the High Country that created it five years ago.
Forsyth knows a thing or two about the High Country.
He, like the other members of the Major Sevens, is a Boonie: A graduate of our very own Watauga High School, class of 2007.
"We were playing in barbecue restaurants ... then that kind of evolved into playing at house parties ... then we finally started playing publicly, then two years ago, we put out an album," he said. "We developed a passion for playing live and wanted to develop our music more than just making a buck off of it."
From that first album, the Major Sevens spiraled through the region, with music on radio station WNCW and an appearance at Music on the Mountaintop with Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.
This year marks yet another evolution - into a completely different spin-off band.
"We still have the acoustic band," Forsyth said. "That's more folksy ... and now there's also an electric band ... that's more psychedelic pop rock, basically."
While the acoustic driven Major Sevens may be familiar to High Country ears, the new sound, called the Nectar Brothers, is set to play at some bigger, more "college-friendly" venues.
"It's not to say that Major Sevens is ending," Forsyth said. "I still want to put stuff out under that name too."
The Nectar Brothers, so named because nectar, like the new rock and roll electric sound, is "sweet," already has some big venues lined up, notably the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. Forsyth is excited about the band's evolution and thinks it's time the younger crowd grooved to its tracks.
"We started playing for older people at restaurants ... we're trying to figure out something that's hip right now, groovy right now," he said.
And the result is something he says you'll want to dance to.
"It's all about good vibes ... it's all about having a good time and dancing," he said, classifying the new sound as "undivided aberration."
While the Major Sevens have four members, five people play in the Nectar Brothers' electric mesh of '50s rock and roll and original tracks. "We're trying to incorporate a piano," Forsyth said.
Nectar Brothers represents what Forsyth has been trying to do since he started playing music at age 7.
"I'm trying to bring back, I guess, the groovy feeling of being able to turn on the radio and really like what's going on," he said.
While the Nectar Brothers haven't hit the airways yet, they anticipate an album out by the end of the summer.
The High Country has two chances this week to see the quintet in action. The Major Sevens turned Nectar Brothers hit Canyons (8960 U.S. 321, Blowing Rock) June 11 and Boone Saloon (489 W. King St., Boone) June 12. Saturday's Saloon show puts the Nectar Brothers alongside another hometown group, Guard the Van. For a complete tour schedule, check out the band's MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/themajorsevens.