Forlorn Strangers meet up to make music


Forlorn Strangers is a Nashville-based Americana quintet, a band of five songwriters, each with his own distinct sounds and style. The band is playing inside the taproom of Pisgah Brewing Co. at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

Three members of the band - Chris Banke (guitar, vocals), Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Hannah Leigh Dempsey Lusk (mandolin, percussion, vocals) came together through a writer’s group in south Florida. Committed to their songwriting, they moved to a farm in Waco, Texas, then to Nashville, in 2013. Hannah’s sister, Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, percussion, vocals), joined the band.

In September 2013, Forlorn Strangers released its debut EP, “While the Grass Grows,” six tracks of foot-stomping hooks, train songs and gospel choruses, with some yodeling ballads. The EP was recorded, mixed and mastered in Nashville by Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro), who joined the band in 2014 as it toured the East Coast that spring.

That summer, Forlorn Strangers went back to the studio to record “American Magic Tricks,” a recording that became the fourth most downloaded album on New & Notable at Noisetrade.com, according to the band’s website.

In January, the band was slated to record its debut full-length album with Grammy-winning producer Phil Madeira, at John Prine’s studio, The Butcher Shoppe, in Nashville. The album is scheduled to be released this summer.