Nashville Beats: New Music From Americana Band Roanoke



Roanoke is a rising Folk/Americana band based out of Nashville, TN. Lead by Joey Beesley and Taylor Dupuis, the two come together to create rich harmonies and unforgettable songs of love, heartbreak, and exploration. Joined by band members Zach Nowak, John Fiorentino, and Kyle Breese. Roanoke uses their undeniable musical chemistry to create a unique and captivating sound full of cultural influences, roots instrumentation, and catchy, memorable melodies. Their self-titled debut album Roanoke is an invigoratingly classic Americana album filled with modern yet vintage tunes that make the audience sit and listen to a back-porch tale in true Americana fashion. Roanoke has struck a balance between the narrative songwriting of folk, the ear candy appeal of pop, and the roots authenticity of country music. With their growing fan base, and energetic live show, they are set to shake the alternative Americana Folk scene in no time.

This week, Roanoke released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Where I Roam.


Recorded at East Nashville’s Ten Four Recording Company, the band wrote the album while on an intimate songwriting retreat last summer at an isolated cabin in Harrison, Michigan. Where I Roam draws fresh lines and gives listeners a glimpse into the magic of the trip the band lovingly dubs, “the cabin sessions”.

Where I Roam has been praised by Nashville’s WMOT, Blue Ridge Outdoors , PopMatters , and Atwood Magazine , who called it, “… a modern Americana sound full of dazzling harmonies and emotional nuance”.

Roanoke first made their mark in 2016 with their self-titled debut album, which showcased their polished harmonies and ability to capture fans across multiple genres. Known for their energetic, affecting live performance, the band will begin touring the East Coast and Midwest throughout summer and early fall (full dates below). 

Meeting at a junction of Americana, indie rock, and folk, Roanoke formed and began their journey as a band in 2014. Taking on Nashville’s music scene like many before them, the core of Roanoke — consisting of Taylor Dupuis (Vocals, Guitar), Joey Beesley (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Zach Nowak (Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar), Kyle Breese (Percussion, Harmonica), and John Fiorentino (Guitar) — quickly grew into a close-knit musical collective after endless hours of rehearsal and countless miles on the road.  In May 2016, the band released their debut, self-titled album Roanoke , which won the hearts of fans and words of critics at outlets like HuffPost, The Boot, Bluegrass Today, and No Depression , who described their sound as, “both ageless and expressive.


Tour Dates:

July 12: Hartland, WI — Lake County House Concerts
July 13: Madison, WI — Crescendo Espresso Bar + Live Music
July 14: La Crosse, WI — The Root Note
July 15: Menasha, WI — The Source Public House
July 18: Davenport, IA — Redstone Room
July 19: Appleton, WI — Gibson Music Hall
July 21 + 22: Marquette, MI — Hiawatha Music Festival
July 27: Frankfort, KY — Frankfort Summer Concert Series
Aug 10: Marion, NC — Spillway Bridge and Co
Aug 11: Roanoke, VA — The Spot on Kirk
Aug 12: Harrisburg, PA — Italian Lake Concerts
Aug 14: Washington, DC — Hill Country DC
Aug 15: Richmond, VA — Capital Ale House Downtown
Aug 16: Washington, DC — Live! Concerts on the Plaza
Aug 17: Oakland, MD — Little Yough Music Fest
Aug 18: Warrenton, VA — Old Bust Head Brewing Company
Aug 19: Falls Church, VA — Stone Room House Concerts
Aug 30: Wauwatosa, WI — Harley Davidson 115th Anniversary Celebration
Sept 1: Mckee, KY — Jackson County Fair
Sept 6: Winston-Salem, NC — Muddy Creek Cafe
Sept 7: Lancaster, PA — Tellus360
Sept 8: Reisterstown, MD — Annual Reisterstown Fest
Sept 9: Burke, VA — Burke Centre Festival
Sept 21 + 22: Wilkesboro, NC — Carolina In The Fall
Sept 28: Johnson City, TN — The Down Home



Author: ASoulfulSound

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