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The Local Boys

Americana Band from Wilkesboro, NC - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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The Local Boys are a band that has been waiting for the appellation "Americana", as "Bluegrass" just doesn't cover the material they do. While all members of The Local Boys have deep roots in traditional music, they also 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. They can accommodate as a duo act, 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. They also have an accomplished cellist, for solo or accompanied performances, perfect for the seating of guests, wedding ceremonies, and more!

The Local Boys have performed at Merlefest the last 17 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!


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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 Rape - Banjo. Born and raised in the small town of Stanley, North Carolina. Again, traditionally rooted and technically accomplished. His fit with this ensemble is unrivaled. Experience-29 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-31 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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Aaron and his band were amazing, they were prompt and professional. The music choices kept everyone's toe's tapping, all our guests were impressed by this great band. This is the third year we have had Aaron and his band at our festival and will continue as long as he is willing!!

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The Local Boys are great! We've had them at our event twice and we are never disappointed. Very friendly, they connect with the audience, and overall a great group of guys.

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These guys are solid. We had a great experience from first contact to the end of our reception. The band members are exceptionally cordial and accommodating. I would highly recommend this band for entertainment. The ceremony music was all perfectly timed thanks to Aaron's execution of my playlist. He jumped right in, having seen it for the first time, and it went off without a hitch. One of the many things that made these guys stand out for us(aside from TALENT and professionalism) is how they became part of the celebration. They smiled, cheered, and joined in on our celebration, which made us feel like we truly did have all friends and family present.

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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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