By John Geraghty
It’s fitting that the new release from Campfires and Constellations will be titled “Carolina Homegrown,” considering the five-piece folk-rock band was truly born and raised in North Carolina.
In 2010, the band began as an acoustic project between leads on vocals and guitar, Charlie Smith and Corey Bax. Since spring of 2012, the band has evolved to its full potential, adding Ernest Thompson, Stephen Mooneyhan and Daniel T. Perry IV.
Campfires and Constellations is currently recording new music with UNC Vinyl Records. “It’s forthcoming, we’re not rushing it,” says Corey Bax. Their previous release is available on Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp.
The band of UNC-CH seniors is already quite well known among the Chapel Hill community, having performed at the Local 506, He’s Not Here and throughout Fraternity Court on game weekends.
“Everything you see is basically born of the stage,” says Charlie Smith. Their major influences include Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Robert Earl Keen Jr., and Doc Watson.
“We like beer-drinking music, ya know…just tryna raise some hell,” says Smith.
Although their after graduation plans are unknown, ultimately the band would like to continue working together.
“If people wanna hear it, we’ll keep playing,” Smith says. “If you come to a Campfire show, you better bring your f***ing mouth guard because we’re gonna try and knock your teeth out.”