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Band of the Week Q&A: Charlie Muncaster of Muscadine Bloodline talks touring, rapid success


Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton have rode the highest of upward trajectories since the duo joined to form Muscadine Bloodline in early 2016. After releasing only four singles, the country duo debuted their self-titled EP less than a month ago to a fever pitch buzz. The band has rode that buzz through a nationwide tour which will lead them to Druid City Music Hall tomorrow night, Feb. 10. We spoke with Charlie Muncaster, one half of Muscadine Bloodline, about being on the road, the group’s style and experiencing rapid success.

What genre or subgenre would you consider Muscadine Bloodline to be?

I would probably call it country with a rock twist, but with very honest lyrics.

Who are some of your musical influences?

We have so many different musical influences. We listen to so many different genres of music. We listen to rap, we listen to rock, we even like screamo music. Growing up, we didn’t really listen to country until we were about teenagers out of college, so we kind of grew our love for country music through the songwriting aspects of it. We gravitated toward the honest lyrics and the story telling aspect of the genre.

You guys haven’t even released a whole album yet and you already have quite the following, what has that rapid success been like?

It has been really fun to watch. We announced our band name January last year, and we really couldn’t have pictured being where we are today back then. It has been really overwhelming. It proves that being out on the road and touring still really does hold weight and fans really do take notice when you’re out on the road every weekend.

In what kind of ways has new media and social media helped Muscadine Bloodline grow?

Man, I’ll tell you this, without social media and video content allowing us to reach our fans online, we wouldn’t be half as successful as we are right now. It is so crucial nowadays. Being able to contact people all around the world through the internet is the biggest leg up that any artist or business could have. I mean could you just imagine if artists like Johnny Cash had social media, how big those guys would be? Those guys promoted shows by putting up flyers and we put a hundred dollars into an ad and punch it into whatever town we want, it is pretty awesome.

You mentioned that soon after announcing the name, the group became popular, how did you come up with that name Muscadine Bloodline?

Well Gary and I had a lot of different band name ideas, but we kinda landed on Muscadine Bloodline. Muscadine is a grape grown in the southern parts of the country, where we live and bloodline is like heritage, where you come from. So we just thought it was a cool rhyming southern name that was eye-catching so we married the words and made it happen.

Me being from the South, as soon as I saw the name it seemed like one of those things that would appeal to people, especially from here.

Well you’d be surprised at how many people have no idea what muscadine is. A lot of people will ask us, “what is a musca-deen?” so we end up having to explain it a lot.

What is the song that you guys enjoy performing the most?

Probably our song “Ginny” would be our favorite to perform. It is this five and a half minute three quarter time country song and it kind of like our “Freebird”.

What is your favorite part of touring?

Seeing a new city every day of the weekend is pretty damn cool. I mean I don’t know anybody in the world that would say they hate traveling, so getting to do it for a living is pretty awesome. It is pretty amazing to see how similar people are everywhere. You expect people to be a different in the north or out on the coast of California, but everybody is the same, they are just normal people like you and me. You kinda realize how small the country is. It is freak to play in Wisconsin and then wake up the next day in Indiana. It really goes by faster than you’d think.

What kind of things can the audience expect at Druid City Music Hall on Saturday night?

They can expect a high energy show full of emotion. It is going to be a really good time. We always really enjoy getting to play in our home state of Alabama.

Tickets for Muscadine Bloodline’s show tomorrow night with Erik Dylan and Tabitha Cooley are available at Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m.

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