Disclosure: I was given information and digital download of the band from Big Picture Media in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed were my own.
Mission South is a super young, super-talented roots/rock trio from Washington, D.C. ! Washingtonian was quoted as saying, " To listen to Mission South... is to be transported via rumbling guitars and Miller's smoky-tinged voice to a slow, hot night on a Louisiana bayou." ARTISTdirect's quote read, "If you like The Black Keys or even Ben Harper, well, you are going to love Mission South." The members of Mission South, Dan Miller (guitar/vocals), John Beck(bass/vocals), and Max Harwood(drums), all grew up together on the same street, attended grade school together, and were writing songs and playing music together as early as middle school. The wildest fact about them is that they competed together in large scale eating competitions, and Bassist John Beck holds the record for the most nachos consumed in pounds in one hour for the 18 and under division!!
They continued to play music together when they could when they were in college, scattered around the country in New Orleans, Virginia, and Vermont. When the band realized that the distance was hindering the band's progress as a live act, they began traveling for weekends of non-stop shows in their college towns, growing the Mission South fan base with every stint and in one short year, packing frat houses, selling out shows, and creating an impressive draw along the East Coast. In the Spring of 2012 they recorded "Migration, Vol.1" and it quickly topped DC's Independent Music Download charts and later earned them a runner-up position on the DC Deli Magazine's Poll for 'Best Emerging Artist of 2012'. They graduated from college in May 2012, and they went back to DC. They've shared the stage with Keller Williams, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Virginia Coalition. They've performed in iconic venues such as the 9:30 Club in D.C., The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans, and hit The Fox Theatre in Denver, and played Crawfest in New Orleans with headliner The Funky Meters this past Spring as part of a 50-date national tour in support of the new EP, "Migration, Vol.2", which was released April 9, 2013.
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Barb's take on the CD: My favorite song was "Free" and I did like the intro, along with "Peaches". They probably would have been more of a favorite when I was a bit younger, but these days, I'm not into their style of music so very much. I think that some of my readers may be interested in their music. Steven didn't get the opportunity to listen in on their music this time.