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Asheville, North Carolina’s genre hopping songwriters, The Resonant Rogues, have been winning over audiences worldwide with their signature blend of string band music since 2013. Following their musical inspirations from the Appalachian mountains to the Balkans, through Paris by way of New Orleans, their original songs speak to the heart with poetic lyrics, and appeal to the ears with stellar musicianship and arrangement.

“American folk music has always had a populist perspective, a vision of music made by the people, for the people. Asheville, North Carolina roots band The Resonant Rogues know this well, for they’ve traveled the byways and highways of America, even crossed the water to Europe and the Mediterranean with instruments and songs in tow. Anchored by the songwriting duo Sparrow and Keith Smith, the Rogues have shared songs with train-hoppers in New Orleans, busked on the streets of Budapest, learned Turkish Romani dance in Istanbul, and marched in protest in the hills of Appalachia. Throughout, the stories they’ve heard and the people they’ve met have fueled their music, which abounds with influences like Eastern European Romani brass bands, New Orleans street jazz, old-time stringbands, Woody Guthrie anti-fascist folk, French jazz Manouche, and Middle Eastern rhythms. It’s not easy to pull off such a bold combination of genres, but The Resonant Rogues learned this music in person from the people who created it, so they have a tie to each tradition and a working knowledge of what this music means to the ordinary people that make this music every day. It’s a tintype view on the modern world,a cracked image that reflects the past through a prism of the future. –Hearth Music

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“Exceptionally compelling” -Songlines Magazine

“Soaring, haunting vocals” -Lonesome Highway

“Tight musicianship” -Folk and Tumble

“Their intense cohesion is so intertwined that it feels like they’re playing with one pair of hands. Harmonies seem to pour from one set of lungs… Onstage, the fluency they wield for their craft (or, I should say “crafts”) is impressive, in that understated kind of “come close and listen up,” kind of way.” -No Depression

“Young North Carolina group craft theatrical pop thrills from a heady mix of old-time, Balkan and Hot Club Influences. Guaranteed festival club floor-fillers!” -fRoots Magazine

“With plenty here to appeal to a variety of folk based musical tastes while still maintaining core band identity, it bodes well for a very promising future. “-Folk Radio UK

Reviews for Autumn of the World

Mountain Xpress (US)      Americana Highways (US)     Blue Ridge Outdoors (US)

Lonesome Highway (Ireland)  

American Roots (UK)  Folk Radio (UK)     Artree (UK)    Folk and Tumble (UK)      Messenger Newspapers (UK)    Music News (UK)

Slimchance (NL)    Real Roots Cafe (NL)    Blues Magazine (NL)

Paris Moves (FR)

Keys and Chords (BE)     Roots Time (BE)    Rootsville (BE)

Planet Country (IT)

Notable Festival Appearances:
Port Fairy Folk Festival – Port Fairy, Australia
Nannup Music Festival – Nannup, Australia
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival – Bristol, TN, USA
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – Pittsboro, NC, USA
Lake Eden Arts Festival – Black Mountain, NC, USA
At.Tension Festival – Larz, Germany
Maverick Festival – Suffolk, United Kingdom
Beer and Bluegrass Festival – Poole, United Kingdom
Mera World Music Festival – Mera, Romania
Jetlag Circus Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jazz Capital Festival – Kecskemét, Hungary

 

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