“The Get Right Band are the type of performers that you just know will break out. Their songs are infectious and take you immediately to a very happy place. But, the pep has substance. The lyrics are smart and bear weight.”
Jon Chattman, Huffington Post (Aug 24, 2016)
“Based out of Asheville, The Get Right Band is a group I’ve been keeping tabs on for a few years now. Led by singer/guitarist Silas Durocher, the ensemble also includes Jesse Gentry (bass) and drummer J.C. Mears (drums). What stands out about this band is the mere fact that nobody around this region sounds like them. Period. And it’s that “all” factor which puts The Get Right Band into a league of their own. It’s surprising when you stand there watching them perform, where you’re trying to figure out just how they’re able to get that much sound from a power trio. With their latest record “Who’s in Charge?” the group once again showcases those musical tastes and attitudes that continue to propel them into the next chapter of what is already amounting to a promising future.”
Garret K. Woodward, Smoky Mountain News (Aug 02, 2016)
A native of the rolling hills and coal mining communities of rural western Kentucky, Grayson Jenkins is a singer-songwriter who now calls Lexington, KY home. John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Eagles, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, and many others have influenced his unique brand of Kentucky country music.
Modern Strangers rocked The Gem in December. We all had such a great time, we’ve invited them back!
"There are few groups on the local scene that would classify as pop bands. Modern Strangers is among that elite camp. With catchy melodies and an infectious energy, they create a sound that feels as if it comes from another era" - Mountain Xpress
Singer-Songwriter, Banjo and Fiddle Player from Western North Carolina
Rooted in the influences of country, old-time, bluegrass, and folk, Alma innovates the old to make an artistic Appalachian sound. While most of her set consists of original music, she also incorporates some traditional songs and a wide range of covers.
This will be our third fun packed Karaoke Night at The Gem. Funds raised will go to Sarge's "WuzBug Fund for Special Needs", which allows Sarge's to help animals with injuries, disorders and diseases requiring medical treatment outside of the routine.
Tickets will be available starting January 14, and are $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door.
The Brothers Gillespie are a band native to Western North Carolina, located in Eastern Tennessee. Our influences range from Waylon Jennings to Black Flag, The Pixies to Kanye West, and everything in between. As such we create our own brand of folk rock n' roll that we like to call Cosmic Americana.
Modern Strangers is an Asheville-based band playing high-energy, toe-tapping, and melodic rock music! A 4-piece combo of journeymen musicians, they take their varied influences and form them into a JanglePop juggernaut with a mountain twist. Hard to pin down their sound, they've heard comparisons from The Beatles to The Pixies to early REM to Elvis Costello to The Kinks. Catchy songs, vocal harmonies and just the right amount of edge make these guys a fun night whether they're playing originals or quirky covers.
In celebration of Balsam Range Art of Music Festival, we here at The Smoky Mountain News and Boojum Brewing Company will also be hosting an event as part of the weeklong festivities.
The inaugural "Bluegrass Boogie" will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at The Gem downstairs taproom at Boojum Brewing in downtown Waynesville. Popular Western North Carolina bluegrass/Americana act Ol' Dirty Bathtub will kick things off at 8 p.m. as the house band for the evening.
Balsam Range mandolinist Darren Nicholson (whose band won the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association "Entertainer of the Year" award) will also be appearing onstage that night, alongside other musician friends and special guests that will be dropping by for some picking'-n'-grinnin'.