Add Date: April 20
Artist: Downbeat Project
Genre: Folk, acoustic, jam
Comments: Rise is the debut record from Downbeat Project, one of the most promising bands in the ascendant Charlottesville music scene. Their blend of roots music, bluegrass, funk and folk will appeal to fans of the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and the John Butler Trio. However, Downbeat Project have a couple of big twists that separate them from the herd: Clarence Green's soulful voice and songwriting skills, as well as unique instrumentation--the lineup features Billy Cardine (The Biscuit Burners) on dobro and steel guitar, Lexington native Zachary Blatter (credited as Zachary Orchard) on mandocello, Gerald Soriano on upright bass and Rob Hubbard on drums. (Green also plays guitar.)
Downbeat Project has also appeared on WLUR's own House Mountain Radio, so show them some love. Check out "Real You," "Heaven" and "Back Home."