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18 Strings

Appalachia is a culturally rich region that 18 Strings is proud to call home. Their Aesthetic draws from the people of the mountains and their stories. The organic sound of voices, a guitar, mandolin, and upright bass matches the miles and miles of rolling hills that hides centuries of musical tradition. With a cultural backdrop so rich and an ever-evolving scene, it’s a wonderful place to be a musician.

The band released its self-titled debut album in mid-2016 and have since signed with Mon Hills Records, West Virginia University’s record label, with whom they produced their sophomore full-length album, Single Wide (released in October 2017). Their third effort, Natural Voice: Songs from Earth, was released on May 4, 2018. When they began this recording project, half of the group was on strike (two of them are teachers in the WV public school system, and two are teachers in higher ed.). The album that resulted is a hopeful look at American life in the face of contemporary cultural and economic adversity through the lens of both traditional and progressive sounds.

While the band’s music is rooted in Appalachian musical styles, the musicians themselves are influenced many other genres, including acoustic classic rock, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Lead Belly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Beatles. Appalachicana is geographical in location, but American music in scope.