Justin Fedor: Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin
Josh Daniel: Vocals/Guitar/Resonator
Daniel Flynn: Vocals/Drums
Patrick Maholland: Vocals/Bass
HL Ruth: Banjo/Pedal Steel
Founded in 2005 by Fedor and friends, North Carolina’s The New Familiars have grown into an Americana Rock fixture in the southeast playing their own style of “American Rock & Roll” for years now. Having undergone many transformations in their early years, the band has remained rock solid for years with Daniel, Maholland, Ruth, and Flynn rounding out the “no frontman” quintet. Drawing from the vast influences collected throughout their careers, they’ve shaped a sound that combines the nitty-gritty roots music of the Appalachia with the guitar-drenched-drum-driven anthems of Rock & Roll. Through collective songwriting, howling harmonies, & multi-instrumental talent, their show can take you from a back porch hoe-down to a full on rock show at the change of an instrument.
Making the road their home, their high energy shows have gained them notoriety not only in the press, but also among their peers. The band has been paired with legends like Levon Helm, Del McCoury, and Gregg Allman; as well as new school greats like The Infamous Stringdusters, Langhorne Slim, and Scythian. Known to be a group of fun loving guys, their musicianship has wooed the likes of Ronnie McCoury (Travelin’ McCourys), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band), and John Cowan (New Grass Revival/Doobie Brothers) to join them on stage for some epic nights of picking and grinning.
Ever the freedom seekers, the band has remained independent of labels and management as they’ve navigated their way through the festival, theatre, and club scene nationwide. They’ve been honored with playing some of the best music festivals in the country like SXSW, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Shakori Hills, Guavaween, and FloydFest. In 2012 they were featured at the Democratic National Convention and then later asked to open for Vice President Joe Biden on his visit to Charlotte, NC.
After a couple of EPs and a live album, the band released “Between the Moon & The Morning Light” in 2011, a full length studio album comprised of songs about love, luck, traveling the road, and finding one’s place in the world. A crystallization of all that the band has experienced over the years of touring, the album features many of the people they have formed bonds with along the way including Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers, Tania Elizabeth of the Duhks, and Sam Quinn , formerly of the everybodyfields. In 2013, they released “A Tribute from Bristol”, a live album from their Tribute to Levon Helm set performed at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the famed Paramount Theatre. With guest spots by members of The Black Lillies, the everybodyfields, Whiskey Gentry, & the Bus Driver Tour, the album is reminiscent of The Band’s “Last Waltz” and comes complete with horns by Charlotte’s Midwood Horns.
The New Familiars are currently represented by Red 11 Music for booking and are appearing in both festival, club, and theatre performing both their original music as well as Levon Helm Tribute sets.