There’s a new country band on the scene called South of 7 and they’re bringing a fresh interpretation of Nashville sound up to the North. Comprised of Josh Thompson, Alex Bowes, Jordon White, Will Dudgeon and Ben Bryan, these five unique musicians have managed to find their way to each other under less than typical circumstances.
Thompson, the songwriter and lead vocalist of the band, had no musical experience until his last year at Carleton University, when a hand-me-down flea market guitar began a new chapter in his life. Inspired by artists like George Canyon, Dallas Smith and Brett Kissel, Thompson began by learning and singing cover songs, and quickly moved on to composing his own original material.
Cutting his solo chops while playing the music scene in the Quinte area, Thompson met and added members Bowes on lead guitar, White on drums (and as sound engineer), Dudgeon on Bass and Bryan, who plays banjo, mandolin, slide guitar and sings backup harmonies. Together they pack a powerful punch of country rock that has the potential to carve out a future on the country music scene.
In May of 2015, South of 7 began their adventure, and in a few short months, this country quintet has won over the hearts of their hometown and beyond; taking home 1st place at the Landmark Events Kingston Showcase and Winning Stirling Fair’s Country Roots Contest, earning them the chance to open for Deric Ruttan, among many more exciting highlights.
When it comes to writing, Thompson says he writes about what he knows – life. “When you’re writing, you can’t fake it. It has to be real, it’s gotta come from you!” says Thompson. Together with Bowes, Dudgeon, Bryan and White, who help him bring his concepts to life with their individual influences, South of 7 has crafted their own distinct sound, and it’s almost ready to unveil.
Currently in the process of completing their debut EP due this spring, the band just released their fast-paced debut single “Go On Go On” to iTunes, other retailers and streaming sites, and announced a March 1st follow up with “I Need a Truck.” They’re looking forward to another busy summer of firsts, festivals and fairs.
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