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Possum Jenkins

From left to right: Nathan Turner: guitar/drums/vocals, Brent Buckner: Harmonica, Jared Church: bass, David Brewer: guitar/drums/vocals and David Willis: guitar/drums/vocals · Photo by David Wainer

About Carolinacana

What does a band do when the music they play draws from numerous sources but collectively exists outside of any specific genre?

They invent one.

Carolinacana is the fourth independent studio release by North Carolina quintet Possum Jenkins. Named for the band’s diverse musical roots and their attempt to forge a signature sound, the record ably represents the band’s 8-year history of writing and performing songs together, steeped in the state’s richly diverse musical traditions.

With liberal doses of country, gospel, Piedmont blues, folk and soul influences native to the Old North State, Carolinacana emerges as Possum Jenkins’ most finely tuned batch of original songs to date. Teaming again with Winston-Salem-based engineer and co-producer Doug Williams (The Avett Brothers, Mad Tea Party), the album’s 14 tracks were cut between December 2010 and October 2011 at Williams’ Electromagnetic Radiation Recorders.

Familyreunioncountry.com calls Carolinacana

…a heaping helping of 14 tracks worth of Piedmont blues perfectly seasoned traditional country, gospel and even country rock spiciness. Possum Jenkins shares songwriting and vocal duties, creating a mixture of perspectives and vocal diversity. The result is a richly textured collection of songs that capture the lows and highs of life’s grand parade.

The site also named Carolinacana its Album Of The Week for January 17, 2012.

Fully funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Carolinacana also features crucial guest turns from David McCracken (Donna The Buffalo), Molly McGinn (Amelia’s Mechanics, Wurlitzer Prize), Jordan Craig (Soul Benefactor, B.P.L.) and James Bernabe (The Loose Cannons).

About Possum Jenkins

Formed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, NC, Possum Jenkins has been crisscrossing the Carolinas and journeying into neighboring Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia since February 2004. With David Willis, Nate Turner and Dave Brewer sharing lead vocalist, guitar and drum duties, and anchored by bassist Jared Church and harmonica player Brent Buckner, the band’s sound careens between rowdy, off-the-rails country, blues and gospel rave-ups, sensitive singer-songwriter fare and foot-stomping rockers.

Since their debut release of To What’s Her Name, Wherever The Hell She Is (2005) and on through On Time (2007) and Collection Of Bad Habits (2009), the close-knit quintet has drawn considerable praise for their honest original songs and gritty, energetic live shows. The band has shared the stage with Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, Shooter Jennings, Southern Culture On The Skids, The North Mississippi All-Stars, The Coal Men, Greg Humphreys and Andy Friedman among others. Possum Jenkins has also appeared at numerous festivals, including Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Shakori Hills Grassroots Fest and Music On The Mountaintop.

With thousands of miles and more than 250 shows behind them, the five friends in Possum Jenkins are thrilled to simply still be in the game, making music together and turning people on to the Possum gospel–one fan at a time.

Possum Jenkins Side Projects

The Wurlitzer Prize

Sprouting its roots at the Old Winston Social Club’s songwriter nights, The Wurlitzer Prize features Dave Willis, Jared Church and Brent Buckner alongside talented Greensboro-based singer-songwriter and frequent Possum collaborator Molly McGinn playing classic country and new originals in a stripped down, primarily acoustic setting.

Sanders Willis

Dave Willis’ singer-songwriter superhero alter ego.

Soul Benefactor

Dave Brewer and long time Possum cohort Aaron Burleson swap instruments and lead vocals in Boone’s very own seven-piece rock n’ soul outfit. From Stax and Motown, to Muscle Shoals and New Orleans, this band was born to boogie.

The Worthless Son-In-Laws

Dave Brewer plays the drums in one of the High Country’s most underrated outfits. Combining alt. country, ’80s jangle pop and a dash of roots rock, The Son-In-Laws are veterans of MerleFest and have been pals of the Possum for many years.

The King Bees

Stingin’ and swingin’ the blues since 1987, husband and wife duo Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni and Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville have toured the world alongside their musical heroes. Occasionally they let Dave Brewer pretend to play the drums with them.

Easybake

Featuring the harp talents of Brent Buckner and sometimes Possum drummer Lauren Myers, Winston-Salem’s Easybake plays “no bullshit rock and roll” and “consists of a few problem children that no one else has the patience to be in a band with.”

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