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A deep-rooted sound is currently brewing in the heart of Western North Carolina. It is the blues with intelligence and fervor, and soul with both edge and purpose. It is the connection between old friends and a recent turn of events that put East Coast Dirt back on the map in Asheville.
For the past decade, this band has paraded through the region on a casual circuit, but honed in on venues and special events in their hometown, winning over crowds with original music and festive improvisations. What started as an experimental band has now evolved into something new through lineup changes, the study of different genre, and a focus on dynamic songwriting. East Coast Dirt has continued to mature with age while finding its new voice.
Meanwhile, a young guitar maverick was tearing through Beale Street in Memphis, TN, week after week at BB King’s Blues Club. Patrick Dodd was quickly becoming a force to contend with, when an audition led him to perform as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice. Belting impressive notes and showcasing his signature rasping growl, Patrick’s performances led to a national fan base plus over a million youTube views. But Patrick was seeking out a new place for his family to call home, bringing them to the mountains of NC. Soon after arriving in Asheville, a mutual friend brought together Patrick and Will Little, keyboardist for East Coast Dirt. A meeting of the minds quickly led to a binding of musical efforts, and a new band was born. Patrick Dodd, Will Little, Wilson Hawes (bass), Travis Bossler (percussion) and Brad Boughton (drums) are now East Coast Dirt, a Blues Rock ’n Soul band for the coming days, bringing with them the spirit of the classics sure to entertain and satisfy today’s listeners. www.EastCoastDirt.net