Paper Crowns cut up for Christmas

“The Paper Crowns have this aura of honesty in their music that’s genuine, easy to grasp, yet also not a complete giveaway,” said Waleed Rashidi of IE Weekly.

The Paper Crowns - the multi-instrument, genre-crossing power duo of Spiro and Nicole Nicolopoulos - are playing a free inside show at Pisgah Brewing Co. at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. 

Delving into modern roots music, The Paper Crowns  ( and their musical chemistry are a gumbo of Appalachian folk and bluegrass, Dixieland melodies, delta blues, acid rock, murder ballads, outlaw country and Southern gospel.

They have a full sound of a four-piece band, yet they honor their intimacy and emotional rawness as a duo. The Paper Crowns have played events such as Warren Haynes Christmas Jam by Day, Mountain Sports Festival, Soulshine Farm Music Festival, South By South East, Sawdust Festival, Hangar 24 Airfest and Pappy & Harriet’s.

Their music has been placed in network TV campaigns for the Olympic Games, Visa and Court TV.