In case you haven’t heard of them, Acoustic Syndicate is a native North Carolina rock / folk / bluegrass group. Formed in 1992, the band has toured all over the United States, playing at major festivals such as Farm Aid and Bonnaroo. Their harmonies and intricate banjo playing exemplify one of the many reasons they have been successful. While most of the band’s members hail from just outside Shelby, North Carolina, bassist Jay Saunders is an Asheville native and he is coming home for Thanksgiving in a big way.
Though the band announced it was going to take an indefinite break in 2005, they reunited last spring and have decided to play their yearly homecoming concert here in Asheville at The Orange Peel. There are also rumors that the newly reunited band will record its seventh album.
Acoustic Syndicate has stated that they never had any plans to stop producing music for good, but that they just needed a break from the constant grind of touring. Before the break, the band was touring 250 days a year just to stay afloat with their record contract.
Having said they will continue to play concerts, there are no formal plans for booking any national tours in the near future. They have stated that this time around, the terms will be their own and they will pick their own shows. For right now, the band members seem to be content spending as much time as they can with their friends and families.
The concert is November 24th, with the doors opening at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the gate.