Falling Fences centers on the long-lasting musical partnership of songwriter Joe Stickley and lead guitarist Sean Canan, augmented by bassist John Hussung. It’s that combination of lyric, melody, and rhythm that sets the music of Falling Fences apart. Born of a long-time residence Sunday nights at John D. McGurk’s, the trio has developed a personalized approach to music which incorporates Irish folk, bluegrass, pop/rock, and a little bit of old- timey seasoning. Mostly, though, the songs draw attention to themselves more than the influences, as the band name becomes appropriate as fences between genres have been gently pushed to the ground.
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Austin Hefflefinger on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.