If you’ve ever thought bluegrass is a thing of the past, it’s possible you’re about to have a change of heart. Described as “the next generation of bluegrass,” jam-infused bluegrass band, South Hill Banks, is set to release their debut single, "Movin' On My Mind" on September 21st followed by their first album as a five-piece band on October 26th; recent Floyd Fest "On The Rise" winners, they have shared the stage with renown artists including Billy Strings, Zach Deputy and Larry King, charming audiences with their unstoppable energy.
Formed in August 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, South Hill Banks pulls from a wide range of influences such as classic rock, jam, blues, to traditional bluegrass to keep audiences entertained with a blend of sounds old and new. South Hill Banks is made up of Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals) and Matt Eversole (upright bass).
“This upcoming album release will be our first official album as a 5 piece unit we’ve been for just the last 2.5 years,” the band says. “Songs have encompassed experiences of the past 2.5 years.”
Since the release of their debut album, Riverside Dr., in 2016 South Hill Banks has gone on to showcase at the IBMAs in Raleigh, NC, win Floydfest's "On the Rise" Competition, 2018 Rock'n to Lock'n finalist, host a successful monthly residence at The Camel in Richmond, VA, and has been featured in the "On the Rise" section in Relix Magazine.
South Hill Banks has created an ever growing fan base by headlining a multitude venues as well as directly supporting some of the top national touring acts in their genre; to date, they have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Billy Strings, Zach Deputy, Larry Keel, Town Mountain, Fruition (opened for Jack Johnson), Dead Winter Carpenters only to name a few. With tour dates and album release on the calendar, they plan to keep going.
“We are currently on all the major music streaming platforms, with an audience of 400-600 monthly listeners each month. We are currently touring from NYC all the way down to Florida and over towards Nashville. With our new album, we plan to head west in early 2019.”
Building on a foundation of fond memories made in southern Virginia, Eric and Ryan (bandmates and brothers) first formed South Hill Banks after local would call them the “South Hill Banks Boys;” the band enjoys playing the Oyster Roast there every year.
“It’s evolved from a place that’s filled with people who are family, everyone treats each other like family, always down to have a good time,” the band says.
To experience South Hill Banks’ fresh, energetic sound, be sure to check out the first single off of their new album called “Moving On My Mind”, which is set to release September 21st, 2018.
For fans of : Grateful Dead, Phish, Doc Watson, Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous String Dusters, John Prine, Van Morrison, and many more