The Local Boys

Americana Band from Wilkesboro, NC - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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The Local Boys is a band that has been waiting for the label "Americana", as "Bluegrass" just doesn't cover the material they do. With all members of The Local Boys having deep roots in traditional music, they have a love for the musical styles that influenced and evolved from old time, country, and bluegrass.

The Local Boys are fairly standard in their acoustic instrumental arrangement. Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Dobro and Mandolin. Additional instruments are available upon request including fiddle, classical violin, classical cello, additional guitar, and percussion. They can accommodate as a duo, all the way to a large production band! They have four superb vocalists, who sing lead, as well as harmonies. This gives them an unparalleled ability to find the perfect combination of voices to render any song.

The Local Boys have performed at Merlefest the last 19 years running. In addition, they've hosted the Plaza Stage with the late, Grammy award winning, Tut Taylor. They actively participate in the outreach program, sponsored by Merlefest, bringing music to surrounding area schools. Look for them at the festival this year!

The Local Boys are experienced, prompt, and professional. From inquiry to performance, clients can contact the band with ease. The Local Boys will ensure every detail is covered including arrival time, dress code, song selection, etc.

The day of, you will see a band that is punctual and ready to entertain! On stage, they are fun-loving and interactive with their audience. Intuitive and aware, The Local Boys will sculpt their set lists to enhance your and your guests experience.


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The members of The Local Boys are:

Aaron Soots - Guitar. If Aaron is not playing guitar, he is practicing guitar. A gifted and talented musician, and an integral part of The Local Boys. Experience-17 yrs

Tommy Rapè - Banjo. Born in Georgia, raised in North Carolina. Again, traditionally rooted and technically accomplished. His fit with this ensemble is unrivaled. Experience-35 yrs

Eric Childers - Dobro. Eric has a rare talent. While he can play any form of music, his approach is strongly traditional. From Monroe to Monk, his style and versatility blend beautifully with his bandmates. Experience-33 yrs

John G. Akin - Mandolin. Born in Texas, but spent most of his early musical career based out of Washington, D.C.. He can sing a ballad so sweet it will bring tears from a stone. Experience-40 yrs

Rick Gaughan - Bass. Classically trained on the french horn, but found his true musical love on bass. With roots covering many styles and genres, he's the only member of The Local Boys to play the Grand Ole Opry stage. His accomplishments in music are remarkable. Experience - 50+ yrs


If you like Americana music, stay and listen to The Local Boys! You may hear Bluegrass or Blues, Classic Country or Rock & Roll. It's a wide variety of good music, played in a down home style. It will touch your heart and raise your spirit!
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2017 - Top Folk Band
2014 - Top Folk Band

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We had a wonderful time at our wedding reception in September in Chapel Hill with the help of this band! The Local Boys are courteous and professional and very skilled musicians. We appreciated their flexibility to play a set outside early in the evening and end the night inside the barn. They played our first dance song, Harvest Moon, perfectly! Our guests came from all over the country and had a variety of musical tastes; everyone had great time. Our guests from Wisconsin loved the Violent Femmes covers. Our guitar building, banjo playing relatives from WV were in heaven with the serious bluegrass songs. Thanks for a great party. Be well y'all!

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Truly the nicest guys, they were extremely easy to work with and accommodating for our outdoor corporate event. With everything else I had to worry about (450+ attendees in 90 degree heat), it was so refreshing to have such a self sufficient and professional group of gentleman to work with. I would recommend them in a heartbeat and will most definitely be hiring them again for future events.

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The Local Boys were fantastic. They arrived early to set up getting familiar with the surroundings and the needs of the audience. The music was superb and the crowd loved them. They played special requests and invited audience participation. They were received so positively I have contacted the producers of a music show on PBS to possibly feature them. The were that good! I would hire them again and hopefully have the need to hire again. I cannot say enough. Wonderful, marvelous! You can't go wrong with The Local Boys.

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Merlefest
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Merlefest
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Please note The Local Boys will also travel to Wilbar, Moravian Falls, North Wilkesboro, Glendale Springs, Millers Creek, Roaring River, Boomer, Scottville, Whitehead, Purlear, Ferguson, Hays, Mc Grady, Boone, Piney Creek, Ronda, Hiddenite, Traphill, Taylorsville, Union Grove, Roaring Gap, Triplett, Elkin, Grayson, Hamptonville, Stony Point, Thurmond, Deep Gap, Olin, Jonesville.
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