Stray Local is more than an old-time band

From staff reports

Nick Simon will play anything, washboard and washtub bass among them. So you might think that the Wilmington-based band Stray Local is an old-time band, and that’s partly true. But Stray Local is also folk, blues and pop, bringing into its sound those similar to Lumineers, Avett Brothers, Shovels and Rope, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The band blends folk, blues, traditional old time and pop with a sound that features soaring vocal melodies, tight vocal harmonies, intricate yet unassuming fingerpicking, and driving rhythms.

Jamie Rowen is the band’s string master, playing a vintage 1946 Gibson as well as his uncle's old banjo. Hannah Lomas’ voice can soar above the driving rhythms of their bluesy originals but can also be sensitive and controlled, drawing the listener into the more subtle songs. Their vocal harmonies blend seamlessly, while also supporting each other’s solos and letting the other shine.

Lomas also adds mandolin and keyboard into the mix, rounding out the band's soundscape. A creative and adventurous musician, Nick is willing to stomp and dance will be plays.

Washtub harmonies

Who: Stray Local

When: 10 p.m. Aug. 6

Where: Town Pump