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Futurebirds fly into Legends

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Article Published: Apr. 11, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 19, 2013
Futurebirds fly into Legends

Futurebirds, featuring Thomas Johnson, Carter King, Dennis Love, Brannen Miles, Daniel Womack and Payton Bradford, will perform April 18 at Legends in Boone.

Photo by Jason Thrasher

In a lead up to its second full-length album, rockabilly sextet Futurebirds of Athens, Ga., will bring its psychedelic style of country music fused with alternative rock influences to Boone Thursday, April 18.

According to the band's promoter, All Eyes Media, the band’s latest studio effort, “Baba Yaga,” marks a distinct milestone in the evolution of the eclectic ensemble.

“Baba Yaga” is a follow-up to the band’s first full-length album, “Hampton’s Lullaby,” and its 2009 self-titled EP.

The new 13-song album features the musical craftsmanship of Thomas Johnson, Carter King, Dennis Love, Brannen Miles, Daniel Womack and Payton Bradford. “This album definitely feels like a big milestone for us, no question,” King said.

“Just the fact that it’s finally coming out feels like a milestone in itself,” Johnson added.

Aside from their growing discography, Futurebirds has boosted their reputation by touring with Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Heartless Bastards and Alabama Shakes. They have also been featured on the 2011 Bonnaroo Buzz Tour.

They also managed to play multiple gigs at this year’s SXSW festival.

According to the label, “Baba Yaga” was recorded in 45 days in the studio over the course of seven months, with the band pausing for touring engagements.

“The songs on this album seem to all come from a similar place,” Johnson said. “They don’t all sound the same or have the same vibe, but we’ve shared so many experiences that there’s an unspoken understanding amongst us as to where a song is coming from and where it wants to go.”

“The songs can take different lives from night to night,” King said in a press release, “because you feed off the energy of the crowd, and that energy can be really different from night to night. The most important thing is to keep things fresh and not be up there going through the motions.”

Some of the album’s more highly played songs, as determined by the label, will be “Virginia Slims,” “Serial Bowls, “Death Awaits” and “St. Summercamp.”

“We all come from different backgrounds and chase different sounds, but when we play together, there’s this weird dark chemistry amongst us,” Johnson said, adding, “I can hear a song that someone else wrote and know exactly what I can bring to it, and the same goes for the others when they hear my songs.”

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The show takes place at Appalachian State University’s Legends Music Hall Thursday, April 18. Doors open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 for Appalachian students and $7 for general admission.

Tickets can be purchased weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Plemmons Student Union information desk or online at Legends has a BYOB six-pack limit policy.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story misidentified Futurebirds' label as All Eyes Media, when the record label is actually Fat Possum Records. The story has since been edited to reflect this correction.

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