High Country Heroes

By Derek Halsey (reporter@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jan. 30, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 30, 2013
High Country Heroes

Big Daddy Love will perform Feb. 9, as part of Murphy’s High Country Heroes Music Series.

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February can be a rough month weather-wise here in the High Country.

It can be a hard decision for national music acts to risk venturing into the mountains with their buses and possibly encountering a snowstorm or an empty room.

So, almost a decade ago, John Rush of Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in Boone decided to put together a string of music shows at the club that would highlight the impressive amount of local talent we have here in the region.

Now in its ninth year, the High Country Heroes Music Series will take place on the first four weekends of February.

“The music series turns our slowest month – because of the blizzards and everything – into our busiest month of the year,” Rush said. “It started out as kind of a hunker-down approach so local bands could play it safe this time of year in case of blizzards and stuff, and it turned into the best way to get the word out in February.

“You know, nobody stops to look at posters or stops on the street to talk, they’re just walking quickly to wherever they need to be. We wanted to work with some close friends whom we knew could get through whatever might happen during a harsh winter, who would understand if something bad happened, like if we had to close early because they shut down the highway or pipes froze or we lost power. Now, it is turned into something that the local bands want to be a part of, so it is pretty cool.”

The High Country Heroes Music Series will feature not only local bands, but regional groups, as well.
“I have the lineup set for this year,” Rush said. “I always have Boone-based bands, as well as bands that used to live here but moved away, usually to Asheville, but have come back. That way, we don’t have a band from Florida trying to drive a van up the mountain.”

So, with bands showcasing on both Friday and Saturday nights this month, here is the list of groups that will make up the 2013’s High Country Heroes Music Series.

Feb. 1 – Supatight, a band that brings the junk in the trunk to the funk.
Feb. 2 – The Major Sevens, a rock, folk and bluegrass band made up of Watauga High School and ASU alumni.
Feb. 8 – Native L, a combination of two Boone bands, BPL and The Native Sway.
Feb. 9 – Big Daddy Love, an Appalachian Roots Rock band with some bluegrass thrown in the mix that won the “Under The Radar” award for best new band at the FloydFest music festival.
Feb. 15 – The Invisible III, a side project from Jay Sanders of Acoustic Syndicate.
Feb. 16 – Nomadic, a dance-inducing band that blends funk and blues and rock.
Feb. 22 – The Get Downs, a roots rock band that maintains the 1950s-through-1970s grooves.
Feb. 23 – Donnie Dies, a progressive and improvisational band that melds rock, jazz, electronica and funk music.

Murphy’s is located at 747 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For show times and cover charge information, call (828) 264-5117

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Big Daddy Love will perform Feb. 9, as part of Murphy’s High Country Heroes Music Series.
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The Native Sway, above, will team up with BPL for a Feb. 8 show, as part of the High Country Heroes Music Series.
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