June 14, 2019
“Everyone says it, but we truly are eclectic…” says bassist Greg Thurman about his band,18 Strings – an acoustic string trio based out of Morgantown, WV. The three members– Andy Tuck (vocals/ guitar/ harmonica), Chris Jones (mandolin/ fiddle) and Thurman (bass) – come from different musical backgrounds spanning everything from jazz to folk, and rock to classical.
The result is a seamless fusion of styles that incorporates smart songwriting, tight harmonies, refined technique, and an airtight groove uniquely defined as Appalachicana (part Appalachia, part Americana).
Their aesthetic draws from the people of the mountains and their stories. The organic sound of voices, a guitar, mandolin, and upright bass matches the miles and miles of rolling hills that hide centuries of musical tradition. The band considers making music in West Virginia to be an amazing experience. With a cultural backdrop so rich in tradition and an ever-evolving scene,
it’s a wonderful place to be a musician.
While the band’s music is rooted in Appalachian musical styles, the musicians themselves are influenced by other American types of music, including acoustic classic rock songs like Going to California by Led Zeppelin and Fearless by Pink Floyd and artists like Bob Dylan, John Prine, Lead Belly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Beatles. Appalachicana is geographical in location, but American music in scope.