Southern Belles bring diverse grooves to Boone

By Derek Halsey (reporter@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 12 | Modified: Jun. 14
Southern Belles bring diverse grooves to Boone

The Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci on guitars, Raphael Katchinoff on drums, Andrew Carper on bass and Tommy Booker on keyboards. The band will perform June 13 at Murphy’s in Boone.

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Despite their moniker, The Southern Belles are a quartet of male musicians who have been creating a regional following over the last few years.

Hailing from Richmond, Va., the group is always trying to diversify its sound, as its members mix together many musical genres into a heady and fun brew.

The Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci on guitars, Raphael Katchinoff on drums, Andrew Carper on bass and Tommy Booker on keyboards. The band plays at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub on Friday night, June 13. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 10 p.m.

“We’ve all got quite a lot of influences and a whole lot of different tastes in music,” Booker said. “So, it’s kind of a melting pot of music some of the time. It was a much more traditional group in the beginning before I joined the band. And the name kind of stemmed from that. They were playing a Halloween party and kidded around like they were going to dress like Southern belles. That never actually happened, but the name stuck. At the time, the band was much more folky than now.

“After I joined the band and we started feeling each other out, I introduced a song or two, but I don’t really write music in that (folky) style. Adrian and I have always been big Phish fans, although we’ve steered clear of listening to Phish too much nowadays, even though it is ingrained in our fingers forever. So, things started to become more jammy, a little more funky and a little more progressive. We’ve tried to embrace all of that and be a versatile rock and roll band at this point.”

While Booker resides in Richmond and spent a year in the music business in New York City, he went to college at Appalachian State University and enjoyed his experiences in the High Country.

“That was a great time,” he said. “I was a recording and production major, with Scott Wynne, who is the director of that department. I switched my majors a couple of times before settling with recording and production, which also wasn’t for me, because I’m not the engineering type of guy. I wasn’t the best in my studies, because my true passion is and always will be my music, so I was out playing music at least three times a week. I had a great time in Boone. I was always playing at the DragonFly (Theater & Pub) when that club was there, or Murphy’s or Crossroads or Koncepts (Hookah). So, I had a rich group of musician friends and music lovers.”

They — and others — are invited to The Southern Belles’ June 13 show at Murphy’s, located at 747 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

For more information, visit http://www.thesouthernbellesmusic.com.

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