The Johnson City, TN band A Great Disaster, has made their musical mark on the region after forming in early 2012. Comprised of students and recent alumni of the East Tennessee State University music department, the band has recorded multiple studio albums and has been featured on many of the region’s premiere stages including Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion. The band has a unique sound, citing folk, rock, Celtic, jazz, R&B, country, and classical styles among their influences. With over 60 original songs and jams, A Great Disaster incorporates a broad spectrum of sounds and styles in their repertoire and concertgoers will hear great contrasts in style and mood with each song. One consistent element of each of their songs, however, is deliberate lyrical direction. Violinist and singer, Westley Harris says of their songs, “each one tells a story or describes a specific thought that came from something real that happened to one of us. Even if we made up the story or the character for the song, the inspiration for the piece came from real life and every musical decision we make is designed to get you to feel something like what we were feeling when we were inspired.” This project began in order to pursue creating a musical scrapbook of the story and pathos of growing up and living in East Tennessee. Now, as the band grows, venturing to new experiences and new stories, they look to continue the musical scrapbook that is A Great Disaster while simultaneously getting you to get up and dance and sing along!