B Sides & Badlands Archive

B-Sides & Badlands: Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns Balance ‘Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love’ On New Album

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

“No one ever told me life was going to be so hard,” snarls Matt Mullins with Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns. With “Wish You Well,” off their new album, Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love, out Friday, April 10, 2020 the Beckley-based rock ‘n roll band barrels through various influences. It’s a prime exhibit of their gutsy […]

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Holl & Holler Promises Plenty of Cheer + Beers

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

Live music will never become obsolete. There is something magical about meeting up with friends or even strangers for an evening of art in its purest form. Nothing could possibly replace the feeling of reverb rippling out across a crowd; the singalong chorus of throngs of fans; the feeling when you grab a piece of […]

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B-Sides & Badlands: The Half Bad Bluegrass Band are Pretty Darn Good

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

Anyone born of the Appalachian ridge line more than likely has music coursing in their veins. The traditions of folk and acoustic music, blended with a Jimmie Rodgers charm, become engrained in your bones whether you realize it or not. That seems to be the case for The Half Bad Bluegrass Band, who have amassed […]

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Friday, Oct 18: Acclaimed Pianist Tony Nalker at GVT

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog

“Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail,” Frank Sinatra famously wrote, as noted by daughter Nancy Sinatra in a 1985 book titled Frank Sinatra, My Father. […]

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B-Sides & Badlands: Carlene Carter, Highway Queen

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Jason Scott

Carlene Carter has brandished the Carter Family torch quite marvelously over the decades. More importantly, she has blazed her own path, branching off from such a tremendous legacy to mine her own. Her work is certainly indebted to her traditional Nashville roots and growing up as the daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith. In […]

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Justin Wells Stirs up Quite the Storm.

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

Justin Wells soaks every syllable with soul-moving conviction. His work, namely his 2016 solo debut, Dawn in the Distance, is appropriately steeped in the stone cold classics — a little bit George Jones and Waylon Jennings, and a whole lotta rock ‘n roll. Even so early in his career, Wells plants his feet as a […]

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B-Sides & Badlands: Black Garlic Honors Stevie Watts’ Memory on New Album

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

Funky and fresh, Fayetteville’s Black Garlic upends all expectations. In blending blues, rock, funk and soul, the progressive six-piece march onward into new territory for what will surely be crowning artistic accomplishment. Having lost founder, frontman and talented musician Stevie Watts last summer, remaining members Josh Bibb (guitar), Rob Gross (drums), Michael Williams (bass), Duncan […]

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B-Sides & Badlands: South Hill Banks Weave Genres in Rich Tapestry

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

The Appalachian Trail worms its way up and down the east coast for over 2,200 miles. Anyone who has hiked any length of the woodsy footpath knows of its rustic beauty, harkening to a vibrant history of hard-working families and a heritage nestled in the annals of time. It contains unlocked mysteries and fables far […]

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Saturday, March 2: Jon Stickley Trio Will Make you Believe at Wild Bean

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

On record, the Jon Stickley Trio explode with kaleidoscopic colors, owed predominantly to their tightly-bound, earth-shattering finger-picking. They cut traditional fiddle tunes, such as Bill Monroe’s “Jerusalem Ridge,” with the chewy bounce of jazz music and the blustering firestorm of jamgrass. Players Jon Stickley, Lyndsay Pruett and Hunter Deacon hail from Asheville, North Carolina and […]

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B Sides & Badlands: The Parachute Brigade Shines Like Gold

By: HashtagWV / Category: B Sides & Badlands, Blog, Jason Scott

There is an overwhelming majesty of the West Virginia countryside. It’s indescribable really. But when you listen to Americana band The Parachute Brigade, you get a truer sense of what heaven on earth really means. Armed with their debut project, aptly titled The Gold EP, the band of musicians — comprised of Justin Puett, Eric […]

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What Would the Quarantined Bunny Drink? w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper this April!

What Would the Quarantined Bunny Drink w/ Hashtag Lewisburg City Paper - This April, what would the quarantined Easter bunny drink? Vodka, rum, tequila, brews? Find out with Robert Aquilino here. The impact of COVID-19 continues to affect us all in unprecedented ways. Along with fun/engaging content this month, we have included helpful information about the Paycheck Protection Loan Program for small businesses. In this issue, Grandpa […]


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