When: Fri., Sept. 6, 7 p.m. 2013
For 80 years, Our State has documented the unique culture, people and places of North Carolina—even longer, then, than the Bynum General Store has existed. The current issue of the institutional monthly magazine features a piece—penned by The Old Ceremony's Django Haskins—about the spring-to-fall Friday night Bynum Front Porch Music Series that has inhabited the idyllic Chatham County community's landmark building for more than a decade, even after the store closed in 2006.
This magazine release party highlights a strong and varied trio of North Carolina singer-songwriters. Best-known for his stint as a Squirrel Nut Zipper—during which time he wrote the breakthrough smash "Hell"—Tom Maxwell now merges that swing, jazz and jump blues background with rowdy roots-rock and plaintive country ballads. Formerly of the New Familiars, Eric-Scott Guthrie still follows in the folkie ways of the band he co-founded, though with a restraint that reveals the details of his candid storytelling and fingerpicked guitar. Liz Moudy's offbeat folk and dramatic, commanding voice shares some commonalities with Samantha Crain. —Spencer Griffith