Hours of listening to demo submissions eventually paid off when we opened The Great Afternoon‘s email to find that the banjo isn’t just for making bluegrass tunes. Christina Ward has been rocking out on the banjo along side bassist Kris Knechel and Brian Huggins on drums for over a year now. Her soothing vocals carefully guide us through some of life’s tougher realities while leaving a bit of hope for better days. Their first EP is not all doom and gloom as much as it is foot-tapping and and head bobbing thanks to a perfect blend of drum and bass lines with the unexpectedly soulful banjo picking.
The band has been playing a handful of shows around their hometown of New Jersey in support of their first EP “The Great Afternoon”, which was released just a few months ago in August. Here’s a stream of ‘Science Fiction’ but don’t stop listening there, head to bandcamp or Facebook to stream the full album and maybe even make a purchase for just $7!
The Great Afternoon will be playing Friday, November 18 at the Tritone in Philly and again at the Bus Stop Music Cafe in Pitman, NJ on Saturday, November 19. Check them out if you are in the neighborhood and let us know what you think!
Update: We are so excited to get to meet The Great Afternoon in real life right here in Brooklyn, February 24th at Roots Cafe on 639 5th Ave starting at 8 p.