By Bailey Faulkner
Need your fix of “boot-stomping folk music?” The Asheville-based, acoustic roots trio Redleg Husky will perform at Lost Province Brewing Co. on Friday, Feb. 5.
Since 2012, the band has played festivals, theaters and barrooms throughout the Southeast and beyond. The trio has also opened for nationally recognized acts The Tillers and Kim Lenz and the Jaguars.
Now, Redleg Husky is touring in anticipation of its second full-length album, My Old Heart, which is now available for preorder.
The band formed in 2012 after Tim McWilliams (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Misa Giroux (mandolin, guitar, vocals) met at a grad school potluck gathering while attending ASU. Learning of each other’s interests in music, the two played their favorite songs until 3 a.m. that morning. Since that moment, the founding songwriters and vocalists of Redleg Husky have been inseparable.
Recently, the band became a trio, adding full-time bassist Son. Keeping the name he adopted while living in a hippie commune, Son met McWilliams and Giroux in Denver, Colorado when his indie-rock band Haints in the Holler shared the stage with the duo.
Pursuing his dream of playing music full-time, the newest member now lives with McWilliams and Giroux in Asheville.
Redleg Husky released its first recording, a self-titled EP, in 2013. The next year, the band, at this point still a duo, travelled to Knoxville, Tennessee’s Wild Chorus Studios to record its first full-length album, Carolina.
In October, the band, now with Son, trekked to Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Haddam, Connecticut for a seven-day stint to record its upcoming album, My Old Heart.
According to McWilliams, by the end of 2015, the band had performed 172 times.
“We hope at least one person seeing us perform has been able to forget about their cares and join us in genuinely enjoying themselves in that moment,” the band’s website says.
“We made a conscious decision that having fun at shows is the most important thing,” Giroux said.
Fans seem to thrive off the trio’s level of energy at live shows.
“As long as we’re having a good time, it seems like the audience does as well,” Giroux added.
The trio has booked 19 gigs for January, focusing mostly on the Carolinas for the first month of the new year. In February, the band will embark upon its first tour of Florida, playing seven shows throughout the state.
While the band will surely enjoy its first shows in Florida, Boone holds a special place in the trio’s heart, especially for McWilliams and Giroux.
“We still have friends there, and it always feels like a great homecoming when we go back,” Giroux said.
Lost Province Brewing Co.
The band will perform at Lost Province Brewing Co. on Friday, Feb. 5. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will last until 10:30 p.m.
To access My Old Heart before it is available from Tower Records, fans can preorder through the Indiegogo campaign. Merchandise and other recordings are also available for purchase on the site.
Fans can also find more information and music from Redleg Husky on the band’s website or Facebook page.
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