When: Fri., Aug. 5, 8 p.m. 2016
Friday, August 5
Dark Water Rising
Charly Lowry's thick eastern North Carolina drawl tugs and stretches out the name of the band she leads, Dark Water Rising, as she explains the ominous name's origins.
"It has a lot to do with our Native American heritage, which is a big part of who we are as people and how we move throughout the world," she says, recalling growing up with bandmates Aaron and Corey Locklear on tribal territories near the banks of the Lumber River. "In these communities, the one thing that really ties us together is the river. It's been a great source of nourishment and protection for people for hundreds and hundreds of years. We want to pay homage to our origins and where we're from."
The overall origins of the band's soulful take on pop haven't taken a normal route so far. Lowry, whose vocal acrobatics play off the band's rootsy blues beats, was among thirty-two finalists on the 2004 season of American Idol. The sonic power requisite for those over-the-top vocal competitions is still present in her voice, but the lessons she took away from Idol extend beyond singing.
"It definitely gave me a crash course in the music industry. It was a fast-paced race compacted into just three weeks overall," she recalled, noting the difference in the slow-moving post-Idol bid for success. "After the show, coming back home and getting my life together, we started the band. And we've been managing ourselves and waiting for someone to take notice."
The band is still working on earning that attention. On Friday night, it will test out new material that it hopes to pull together into a new record, despite a recent failed crowdsourcing campaign that only raised about a third of the twenty-thousand-dollar goal. Since 2013's EP Grace & Grit: Chapter I, a commanding follow-up to the band's self-titled debut album, the lineup has continued to shift. Newcomer Emily Musolino's harmonies add an edgy punch to Lowry's lead vocals, and the pair has been busy writing the bulk of the group's latest set list.
"We've been diving really deep into the music and adding layers, trying out new arrangements," Lowry says, referencing what the band has coined as its own "rocky soul" sound, with an emphasis on the rock. "We want to keep the rock and roll in it." —Karlie Justus Marlowe
THE POUR HOUSE, RALEIGH
8 p.m., free, www.thepourhousemusichall.com