Packhouse began as a weekly jam session among friends and morphed into a hard grooving, jam oriented, southern fried with a side of that funky stuff ensemble. Taking their name from the actual packhouse where they played, Packhouse delivers soulful rhythm that can best be described as a melding of rock, reggae, and funk into one seamless, organic sound with melodies that swirl and swell into layers of chords, energetic solos, tantalizing drum fills, and catchy lyrics. A live Packhouse performance filled with authentic jammin’ tunes is a force to be reckoned with and gives an audience something to take home and think about long after the amps are turned off.
Packhouse front man and guitarist Matt Crawford heads this group of seasoned musicians that includes lead guitarist John Honbarrier, bassist Dail Reed, drummer Ash Crawford, Jim Durham on saxophone, Carole Gann on piano, Tamela Hosteller on vocals and hand percussion, and Dave Weatherly on percussion. Lyric topics range from the fantastical to the familiar with Crawford and Honbarrier primarily composing and writing. Ancient aliens and strange dreams appear in “Space/The Ancients,” and characters in a fictional universe are created in “Deathworm Dave,” while “Say What You Want” explores marital strife.
Packhouse is dedicated to their diverse fan base and devotes itself to performing live as frequently as possible. Plans for an east coast tour are in the works, and the group will soon put down some of their musical goodness into their first album. Come revel in the musical movement that is Packhouse!
Audiences at their hometown hot spot Broad Street Social Club, uptown Mickey Milligan’s, Peasant's Pub in Greenville, the Pour House in Raleigh, and venues in the Snead’s Ferry area offer rave revues of mind-blowing Packhouse shows:
-"Simply awesome." - Mumbling Lucy, Band
-"Jammin' tunes guys! I'm putting 'Hope and Opportunity' on my weekend playlist!" - Spencer Joyce, Fan
- “Good vibe here. It's a nice blend you've got of the different styles.” – Mark, Fan
-“Amazing sound. This is what a jam band should be. I'm impressed with the music. Packhouse has the whole -package.” - Fan Comment
-“Space" is genius!!!!” – Geoff, Fan
-"Great music here! oh yeah :-) i really like The Ancients........pyschedlicssss!" - Adian Crowley, Band