Acoustic Syndicate is a rock/folk/bluegrass band from North Carolina formed in 1992. They have toured nationally in the US, including appearances at Farm Aid and the Bonnaroo festival. Their sound is characterized by three-part vocal harmony and complex polyrhythmic banjo playing. Lyrically, the group often discusses themes relating to subsistence, sustainability and quality of life.
The group consists of Bryon McMurry (Acoustic and Electric Banjo, 6-String Banjo, Vocals), Fitz McMurry
(Drum Set, Congas and Percussion), Jay Sanders (Acoustic and Electric Bass), Steve 'Big Daddy' McMurry (Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals), and Jeremy Saunders (Saxophone).
The McMurry family comes from a small family farm in Cleveland County, North Carolina, near Shelby, North Carolina. They have been farming the same region that their ancestors settled over 200 years ago.
Acoustic Syndicate also has roots in Asheville, NC, where Jay Sanders is an active member of the local music scene.
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