The Morning After

The Morning After

L Shaped Lot, Mac & Juice Quartet

Sat, November 17, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$10 online / $12 at the door

The Morning After
The Morning After
The Morning After is a different kind of band. Imagine an eclectic Motown sound, fueled by bluegrass, dripping with soul with just a touch of latin and jazz and you'll get the idea. Lead vocalist, Rachel Koontz employs a commanding, soulful style reminiscent of the Motown sound of the 60's and 70's. Pattie "Pips" Hopkins adds a rich, soulful voice to balance Rachel's exactly and her soaring violin and fiddle abilities are the icing on the cake. The backline of Lindsey Tims on bass and Mike Rosado on drums evokes passion and soul, driving the band like Detroit steel. The Morning After is rounded out by virtuoso banjo and mandolin players Hank Smith and Shawn Chase who add intertwining melodies like a rich, musical conversation. Did you notice there's no mention of a guitar? They get it done without one. All together, The Morning After will entertain you with a high energy, eclectic mix of soul, rock, jazz, Latin and bluegrass that makes the audience insane for more!
L Shaped Lot
L Shaped Lot
Mac & Juice Quartet
Mac & Juice Quartet
Wilmington, North Carolina’s Mac & Juice announce the release of their new album, Step into the Light. Mac Nelson and Brian “Juice” Raynor met while studying classical guitar at East Carolina University in 2000. Since then, they have been writing, singing and playing music together, developing a sound that celebrates rock and jazz with doses of jam and bluegrass elements spun in. The outcome of this passionate ride is a signature sound that beams brightly with intricate guitar licks that expose their unparalleled dexterity. While crafting songs is serious business for Mac & Juice, what follows are bright, tight, beautifully rocking stories that come to life through moonlit vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and their two guitars which seem to channel the stories as well. 



Mac & Juice's self-released album, Step into the Light, is not just a collection of songs but rather a personal stamp on their original music that has developed organically over the years. Because of the many genres of music coming to life on this album, it is challenging to put them into any one category. Among the eleven songs, “Willie Nelson Song” and “One Hundred Dollars” plug songwriting influences such as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, while “Johnny Gene” and “I’m Going Home” give a nod to authentic bluegrass. “Phoenix” and “She Don’t Wanna Be” are straight driving rock songs with moving hooks. “Today,” “Remembered as the Best” and “Countryside” will make you want to drive with the top down. “The Most Beautiful Thing” unveils jazz notes that are reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, but with their signature virtuoso brand. “Piece of Mind” ebbs and flows over a groove laden low end that spills into a lick-heavy guitar solo where Mac & Juice unleash their tandem jams.

Mac & Juice pick up their beloved Alvarez guitars and play over one hundred shows a year across the southeast. They have likewise been welcomed with open arms into the southern festival scene. Mac & Juice share a brain. Their camaraderie on and off stage is part of why they are such a distinctive act. To experience a Mac & Juice performance or listen to Step into the Light is to have fallen upon something special and not to be missed.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/