The members of South 20 are musical interpreters.
Their job as a band is to create an emotional ambience that plays background to the stories of John Brisbin, a long-time local contractor and author/poet.
Musically, they draw influences from folk and jazz, some blues rock and bossa nova. Lyrically, the songs are stories, tales of life and our heritage.
It's true Americana, Brisbin says.
"In this era of manufactured music and consolidated media, the stories have been virtually eliminated from music," he says.
The basics: The members of South 20 (Roger Hallaway, Sharon Rogers, Phil Sarkissian and Edward Fritz) are college students or recent college graduates. Rogers, the band's vocalist, brought in players specifically to create accompaniments for Brisbin's work.
Affiliations: Fritz plays in the ska band Basura and Hallaway plays with the post-punk band The Horse I Rode.
Releases: "A Little Creek Named Cow," a 12-song, 80-minute epic with lyrics and poetic verse. The album was released June 20 and the band plans to tour the project this summer.
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