BACKSOUTH, NC – BACK SOUTH is a trio that hails from Asheville North Carolina in the ancient mountain territory of the Cherokee Native Americans. The rich musical heritage of the area has been the ground for Back South to bridges many southern music styles ranging from Bluegrass and Old Tyme with hints of Spiritual Gospel on the beat of Rock and Blues.
Each song on the new record BackSouth NC, is fired up with Todd Cecil’s unique approach to playing homemade cigar box instruments with a picking style inspired by old Blues masters but taken to a new area. With Mike Fore’s powerhouse electric blues HARMONICA & JUICE HARP and Scott Harte’s heavy driven DRUMS, the trio energized performances always get crowds moving.
— “it’s hard to sit still when you listen to these guys”’
–“y’all are real venue pleasers and play to the crowd which is a rare thing these days”
Frontman and band founder TODD CECIL, whose instrumentation consists predominately of handmade CIGAR BOX GUITAR in particular the LOWEBOW, which is a guitar and bass in one instrument. Todd has performed and traveled all over the world, with 3 studio records, creating new fans and influencing folks wherever he goes. Todd brings incredible energy and a fun-loving, quirky personality to his every live performances
Moving from Nashville TN to Ashville NC, Todd’s music changed along with the desire for different instrumentation and describes his transformation with:
“I pretty much hid out in the mountains for 6 months and learned how to play the LOWEBOW, –sumthin’ us musicians call ‘woodsheddin’ “
-His musical influences include, Blind Willie Johnson, Ry Cooder, Big Bill Broonzy and the inspiration of a fortune cookie.
If you must buy him a taco make it a veggie.
MIKE FORE originally from NEW ROADS Louisiana, has an extensive list of bands he has traveled with and music styles that he has drawn from to create his own take on the harmonica. A true virtuoso and powerhouse player, Mikes jawdropping performances always leave audiences in amazement.
–“sounds like two or three people in one body…he may need an exorcism”
Mike adds another flavor to the mix with the JUICE HARP, an ancient instrument that rarely shows it’s face in music today. It is always a crowd pleaser!!!! His influences include Paul Butterfield , Charlie McCoy, Toots Thielemans, Deford Bailey and the sound the door sometimes makes when she is leaving.
SCOTT HARTE on drums provides the backbone for the band along with the train-chug of the washboard to mix it up.
If you must buy him a beer make it a Lager or Pilsner…his time in Germany ruined him for Ales.
Back South performs steadily throughout the southeastern United States with short tours on the West Coast and yearly shows in Europe with concentrations in France and Spain. In 2017, the band intends to expand their performances with tour dates to include more areas of the US and other Countries.
The band is currently kicking up smoke with the just released full-length album entitled BACK SOUTH, NC. The professional recording includes 12 full length songs recorded in studios in both Asheville and Nashville, as well as some basement and hotel room tracks. The record is laced with many tales with such tracks as DARK RAMBLER- a song about a witch hunt in the woods, and BACK SOUTH – the story of a man during a war trying to get back south to the promised land and the woman he left there. Perhaps one of the most unique tracks is a song called ZYDECO HALLIE AND THE ALLIGATOR MOON about a hermit woman living in the swamp with the gators. She is rich and keeps her gold in the ground and when thieves come to steal the gold, the gators make a meal of them.
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“The trio sounds as big as a train,
with juke-joint steam
and the rolling thunder of a hurricane…heading Back South…to cause a ruckus.”
– Jboy Coin