Front Porch Blog

North Carolina Bands with Mighty Big Hearts

A few weeks ago, Appalachian Voices was on the happy end of a rousing night of rowdy rock and roll and vintage and alt country, thanks to the generous hearts of a few North Carolina musicians.

Molly McGinn, sultry-voiced siren from the Greensboro, N.C., collaborative band, Wurlitzer Prize, and David Brewer, the massively talented musician often fronting Americana r&r favorites Possum Jenkins, hosted a fantastic evening of music as a benefit for Appalachian Voices and our work to end mountaintop removal coal mining.

In addition to a seriously fun radio “appearance” set up by the resourceful Molly, listening to some fantastic tunes by Wurlitzer Prize and Possum Jenkins into the wee hours of the night (Molly’s voice really is amazing and the Possum is always a rabble-rousing good time), and a very generous gift of the proceeds, we made some great new friends in the Triad City and hope to go back again soon.

This month marks 8 years together for Possum Jenkins — the Boone/Winston-Salem group recently released “Carolinacana,” funded entirely by fans — and is the third time David Brewer has donated his time and talents to help raise funds for Appalachian Voices.

Wurlitzer Prize is a project put together by musicians hailing from a number of well-known bands in the North Carolina Triad area, including Possum Jenkins, Amelia’s Mechanics and the Emma Gibbs Band.

A hearty thank you to both of these amazing groups — please be sure to check them out!!

Jamie is an Appalachian native with a deep and unshakeable love of the mountains her family has called home since the mid-1700s. With a background in journalism and communications, she has worked as AV's Senior Communications Coordinator since 2008, and served as editor (2008-2016) and consulting editor (2016-present) for The Appalachian Voice.