Abby K is a 16 year-old bassist/vocalist from Moorseville, NC. She is set to release her debut single “It Should Have Been Me” worldwide on August 22nd via The Orchard, a Sony subsidiary. She has collaborated with her manager and producer, Eddie Z, to bring “It Should Have Been Me” to life as a powerful rock song with a pop hook. The song has been likened stylistically to Halestorm and Avril Lavigne by music industry insiders. “It Should Have Been Me” has also been praised by Alice Cooper’s guitarist Nita Strauss, who took a notice to Abby’s incredible talent early on and welcomed the young virtuoso to open for her on two different occasions.
Since making their debut on June 16, 2001 in front of 1,200 people at a sold-out Second Chance Prom in Charlotte, they’ve come a long way. In addition to selling out shows all over the region, the band has also opened for and played with such national acts as Bon Jovi, Train, Bret Michaels, Nelly Furtado, LL Cool J, Joan Jett and many others. Charity Case has also headlined shows at every arena in the Charlotte, NC area, played before tens of thousands at various festivals throughout the region and sold out every club where they have played for more than two years. The band also holds the Friday and Saturday night records for attendance at Oktoberfest in Hickory, NC, which is where the band’s DVD “Blood, Sweat and Cheers” was recorded live in front of a record crowd of over 15,000 in October 2008.
Cementing their place in a burgeoning Charlotte music scene, The Hawthornes are a step forward to music-retro. Fusing imaginative, melodic hooks with sultry vocals, fiery guitars, and luscious grooves, The Hawthornes color the musical winds with unmistaken character.
This widely-influenced group of musicians has taken time to craft an album that stretches to the edge of their varied styles, noting that most fans of music can find familiarity in elements of their sound.
The band operates in somewhat of an Omni-genre, combining the backgrounds of each individual member’s primary discipline, and marrying them in a sonic-sphere that is equal parts accessible and challenging. From the rhythm patterns and grooves laid by Horace Carney (drummer) and Chris Freeman (bass/vocals) to the intricate chord play of Mike Prescott (guitar/vocals) and alluring melodies of Ade Herbert (vocals/keys), The Hawthornes deliver musical experiences that delight the casual music fan and the audiophile.
Lancaster County locals WHITS END will be be bringing their country rock good times to the mid-day of the Chili Championship. Whits End preformed at the Carolinas Country Music Fest, after winning Battle of the Bands at Charlotte’s Whiskey River, where things really began to take off! After signing with Pearl Street Records, Whits End, continues on the rise to fame, prepping to record their first single. This band has passion and we’re looking forward to some honky tonk with our chili!