Excited to get your dance on while sipping some delicious craft beers? The Main Stage, sponsored by Devil’s Backbone and the Moss Arts Center, featured sets from the area’s best. Check out our 2017 lineup:
Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns
About as smooth as Appalachian shine.
Throughout the years Matt Mullins & members of the band have toured in various other bands including, Atomic Jo, What’s Left, Poor Taters, The Boatmen, From The Future, Old School Abbey, Blistered Nifkin, and A Noted Author. But in late 2015 when these four friends got together to track what was to be Matt Mullins’ solo record, they quickly took notice that this was something different that they wanted to continue doing together. Matt’s solo album became a group project and since then the band has been writing new material and booking supporting of their debut album Family.Music.Beer., which was released in August 2016. With an eclectic mix of genres that have influenced the group, it’s hard to classify them as just an alt-country band.
Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns are an Appalachian Rock band that have found a niche all their own. The stories in their songs are almost as diverse as the influences you hear in the music. Fueled by a driving rhythm section made up of drummer Dylan McInturff and bassist Bill Fraley, Stuart Hill creates sonic tapestries with his guitar that will leave you in awe. Add to that the lyrical prowess of raspy voiced singer/guitarist Matt Mullins and you have what the group feels to be the most honest music they have ever collectively created.
Eric Gress is a modern country singer/songwriter from the small town of Pulaski, VA. After writing and releasing his debut album “Small Talk” in January of this year he has been on the road touring with his band and playing solo acoustic shows from Nashville to the east coast. The single “Another Song About Whiskey” has seen some radio play and Eric has opened shows for Travis Tritt, Luke Combs, James Otto and many more in the last year.
While stealing the hearts and ears of anyone who hears his music, Eric has plans of traveling and playing as much as possible in the foreseeable future.