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For Fans Of: Perpetual Groove Brock Butler, former front man for Perpetual Groove, is much more than your average Singer/Songwriter; the guy is a practical jukebox of both originals and hundreds of covers. He takes the concept of being a “one man band” to the absolute extreme. Armed with a wide array of instruments, both vocal and guitar loopers, as well as his iconic goose bump raising voice, Butler’s solo act evokes the styling’s of Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon and even (daresay) Outkast. He has performed nationally and abroad with groups such as: Moe., Umphrey’s McGee, and Everyone Orchestra; can be found frequenting festivals like: Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Bonnaroo and is known for his signature sunrise serenades on Jam Cruise. Utilizing the corridor between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean as their canvas, Pseudo Blue have painted a promising masterpiece across the North Carolina landscape with effervescent live performances and a disposition beyond their years. From playing local neighborhood venues, music halls, and ballrooms to regional festivals, Pseudo Blue’s distinctive countenance has never failed to mesmerize their audiences. With the release of their debut album “Building an Army” in December of 2011, Pseudo Blue have confirmed that they can convert that vivacity into first-rate studio recordings without skipping a beat, something that has proven to be no small feat for bands in the jam scene. But don’t stick this band under a single, all encompassing musical genre; their boogie-inducing improvisational funk is only matched by their versatility, as indicated by the bluegrassy-countryesque undertones of their debut album, complemented by some juicy jazz and catchy anthemic rock sure to satisfy even the most restrained palettes. Each member of this four-piece band affixes their own unique influences and musical virtuosity to the mix: spearheaded by Eric Puente on lead guitar and vocals, James Jenkins supplements with his sultry keyboards and counter-punctual harmonies, Curtis Fawcett keeps it fresh and funky with his knee-bending bass, and Gabe Fawcett accentuates with an always polished application of drums and percussion. With North Carolina as their launch pad, Pseudo Blue is certainly poised to extend their local success to the national stage, where they are sure to be greeted by a horde of audiophiles ready to boogie down.
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