Cullowhee is the name of the small town in North Carolina that's the home of Western Carolina University. It's also the name chosen by a group of musicians who started a band there in 1974.
CULLOWHEE BAND has a style that envelopes everything from country ballads to rock and roll, to pararodies, to jazz, to blues, to reggae, to dixieland and back again. Starting as a trio, Edwards, Clark, and Flynn, the band grew to six pieces and created a musical sound they called "Mountain Rock" - a combination of folk, country, gospel, pop and rock. They were "Americana" before there WAS "Americana."
The best part? Just about everything you hear on stage was written by these guys. And how many six-piece bands do you hear with five lead singers? And you will hear 20+ instruments between the six of them - talk about versatility!
Cullowhee has a tremendous and loyal group of fans. Louisville, Kentucky, in particular, took Cullowhee to their hearts; they played to standing room whenever they came to town. In Atlanta, they held forth mostly from the Steak and Ale in Tucker. Night after night, weekdays as well as weekends, they packed them in. Each band member wrote songs encompassing styles including pop, rock, country, folk, jazz, reggae, and other styles, and played a multitude of musical instruments. Every set featured segments by each member - a show within a show. The mixture of personality, music, comedy, and sincerity made a connection with many audiences.
For years, Cullowhee has lived on through the music and the love of their fans. On this eve, we welcome their long-awaited reunion to the RCT stage!