Stray Local w/ Matt Wenger
May 21, 2016 · 8:00pm
Stray Local is a young, Americana trio that formed in Wilmington, North Carolina in the summer of 2013. Their eclectic sound reveals the group’s wide range of influences and differing musical backgrounds. Their debut album, The Sun Still Shines, celebrates these influences seamlessly integrating string band inspired songs with bluesier ones. Stray Local has been featured on WHQR’s Soup to Nuts Live!, placed first at Charlie Poole Music Festival in the Vocal Duet and Folk Song categories, and placed first in Hourglass Studios Free EP Competition, winning 10 free days in the recording studio. The trio used their winnings at Hourglass to record their first full-length album, the Sun Still Shines, which came out in October 2014.
Stray Local got their start playing on the streets of downtown Wilmington and quickly moved up to venues around town and across the southeast. Jamie Rowen and Hannah Lomas attended college together at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying classical music, and began playing music together in the Old Time Ensemble, a class where musicians met to learn tunes of the Appalachian string band tradition. After graduation, the pair wrote their first songs together. Although initially the two wrote virtually, Jamie made the move to Wilmington in the summer of 2013 and the band officially began.
A few months later, the duo met Nick Simon playing cajon with another singer/songwriter in town, and after one jam together the two realized Nick was a perfect fit. A creative and adventurous musician, Nick is willing to play anything; stomping, dancing, washboard…nothing is out of the question. Nick also plays bass (our custom made washtub bass). Jamie Rowen is the string master, playing his vintage 1946 Gibson expertly, as well as his uncle’s old banjo. Hannah’s voice can soar above the driving rhythms of their bluesy originals but can also be sensitive and controlled, drawing you into the more subtle songs. Jamie and Hannah’s vocal harmonies are what sets Stray Local’s music apart. The two blend seamlessly, while also supporting each other’s solos and letting the other shine. Hannah also adds mandolin and keyboard into the mix, rounding out the band’s soundscape.
The trio now lives together in their downtown Wilmington home and enjoys gardening, bike riding, running, writing music, and hosting game nights together. Oh, and eating Nick’s delicious and masterful home cooked meals!
Hailing from Lancaster county’s rich pastures of plenty Matt Wenger, a young multi-instrumentalist, plays old-time traditional songs of our land as well as the songs of musical-revolutionaries such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and Townes van Zandt. Songs are delivered honestly and acoustically. Balladeering the way into tomorrow .