Union County to release third album

Article Published: May. 20, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Union County to release third album

Union County rocked Boone last week at Pepper's for the restaurant's 35th anniversary celebration.

Photo by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

The Union County boys are back.

On top of prepping for their "biggest show to date," they're promoting their third album, and it promises to be worth the party.

May 29 marks their CD release party at Aquarius Music Hall in High Point (8 p.m., $10), and High Country homebodies will find the music on iTunes the first of June.

Since the band's inception five years ago, it has been searching for its sound.

"I, for one, think we've finally found it," folksy rocker Steve Thompson said.

It's been a great year for the band. September marked the second time Thompson got to open for his idols, Sister Hazel, and this time it was at the House of Blues, the same stage where he had watched them perform years earlier.

"I remember thinking, if only we could be that lucky," he said of SH's opening act years ago.
It was a surreal experience to have that wish come true, and the CD release promises to be a continuation of the feeling, a feeling Union County is getting used to: Excitement.

The band's first CD was sheer acoustic, its second a mesh with drums and keyboards. This latest album promises to be a happy blend fans of the group's Peppers shows are guaranteed to love.

"It's a fun party atmosphere," he said.

Thompson started the band while a music major at Appalachian State University and, while, in the years since, its members have moved as far away as Charleston, S.C., he still calls Union County Boone-based.

"Boone will always be our home," he said.

As the boys prepare for their future, they'll go where the music is, but Thompson hopes he's "lucky enough to live in Boone."

"If we spend most of the time on the road and just need a place to live, it will be Boone," he said.

While in the High Country, the band frequents Pepper's, where it alters its shows to purely acoustic. Full band shows happen at Flipside, and Boone's the group's favorite place to play.

Union County is a mesh of Alan Peterson's jazzy style and Thompson's rock beats, and the result is cheerful, acoustic driven, and above all fun to listen to.

To check out happy tunes like "Paris," visit the band's MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/unioncounty.

Union County returns to Pepper's June 5 at 8 p.m. and July 24 at 9 p.m.

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