About Into The Fog:
Into The Fog began with a back porch jam in Downtown Wilmington when Ian Draughn, a mutual friend of Brian and Will's, insisted they meet up. Soon enough, late night jams and local bar gigs established a foundation for their direction. From there, a longtime friend of Brian’s, Winston Mitchell, was asked to join after playing a few songs together up in Wake Forest, NC. The three played a few shows together before deciding to add a fourth member in Jesse Stockton, a good friend of all of theirs from various music projects over the years. They acquired their final piece of the puzzle a few months later in the form of well-seasoned stand up bass player, Greg Howell. From there, the lineup was set. Their hope is to develop a long lasting project that can really launch their musical careers, while exploring the world.
The Ride to Telluride:
Into the Fog, a Wilmington, North Carolina bluegrass band, will be headed to Telluride, Colorado in June 2018 to compete in the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Band Competition. They'll be starting things off June 9th by headlining a Bluegrass-Blowout-Send-Off party at Burnt Mill Creek in Wilmington with national act, Fireside Collective, and two other NC bluegrass acts, Folkstone String Band and Counter Clockwise String Band. The next day, we'll be playing and racing in a bike race in Raleigh at the Crank Arm Brewery and packing up the van that evening. June 11th, we make our way across the country to the Rocky Mountains for 2 full weeks of music. On the way there, we'll be playing a contradance in Louisville as well as recording a video shoot/live album at Clay Barclay's Studio's. Before Telluride, we've got a few shows booked and we're hoping to meet up with our friends in the Ghost of Paul Revere to do some music video's and gigs in the mountains! After Telluride, we'll be shooting back across the country to film a set in Wilkesboro at the Saloon Studio's, finishing our trip with a WHQR "Soup to Nuts" live show. We want to make the most out of this trip, and to share this once in a lifetime experience with you so we are asking for your help!
First and foremost we want to be able to chronicle our experiences through a documentary filmed throughout our trip. Our good friend Mason Godwin will be on hopping in the van with us as our photographer/ videographer/ makeshift sound engineer. Along with the documentary we will be recording an EP of the songs we are playing in the competition, we will have a picture/songbook of the trip, posters, stickers, and we will be offering private parties for your donations. Along with many other sweet perks!!
Where will the Money Go?
First and foremost, the money donated will cover our travel expenses to get to and from Colorado, our living expenses for two weeks on the road, and then finally the expenses related to creating media to share with you.
Travel expenses include:
- Van Rental
Living Expenses include:
- Passes for the Telluride Bluegrass festival
Media Expenses include:
- Recording, Mixing, and Mastering an EP
- Filming and Photography for Documentary
- Filming Permits
- Physical Media(getting EP, Documentary, Poster, and Stickers)
- Shipping Costs
We have our goal set at $5,000 as the minimum requirement for being able to make this trip happen, and to be able to cover the costs to be able to share it with you. With that being said, the more money we can raise, the more money we are able to put into the project and the better everything associated will turn out. We're all very capable of living off Ramen Noodles for two weeks (but would prefer not to!)
Above $5000, we'd also like to put the money towards things like
- Purchasing a Band Van
- Purchasing In-Ear Monitors
- Upgrading our band PA system
- Creating a full studio album in the Fall
In all, we'd be looking at trying to reach $20,000-25,000 to make this all possible. This will allow us to progress as a band, overcoming financial obstacles, and getting Into the Fog's music into people's hands as soon as we can. We hope you decide to be a part of this adventure with us!
To learn a little more about us, the goals we have, and a little more about our fiddle player, check out this V``log that our videographer, Mason Godwin, put together in the link below!
Meet the Band:
Brian grew up in Wake Forest, North Carolina and moved to Wilmington in 2011 to study at UNCW. His first exposure to playing music was going to the Campbell Folk School and other folk music camps across North Carolina with his grandparents playing the dulcimer. At the age of ten he picked up the guitar, and started writing songs a few years after that. His style is that of a folk/country singer-songwriter and much of his musical influences come from exposure at a young age to outlaw country and the folk rock of the 60’s and 70’s by his father Mark. By the time he got to UNCW, he had picked up playing the banjo and mandolin. Then exposure to newgrass and jam bands developed his style further. He’s looking forward to taking the next step in his musical career and exploring the country.
Will picked up his first cardboard violin at the age of 5. Started taking lessons and started playing in a family hymn sing by the age of 8. He competed in celtic and bluegrass competitions with his father Peter Maxwell up through his teenage years, all the while studying classical up in the New England area. Improvisation became a point of interest in college as he continued studying classical and was a member of the orchestral ensemble “The Accidentals” for several years under Dr. Gualdi of the UNC Wilmington Music dept. He wrote several ballads in his spare time that he hopes to publish some day. Bar shows with Jeremy Norris, a local Wilmington musician, played a huge part in the development of his stage performance and adaptability to song diversity. The Midatlantic was the next big step that provided the stepping stone to create and perform at a much higher level. They toured together for several years and is thankful for all of the achievements they accomplished together, including: winning the Carolina Music Awards folk division, placing second in the Floydfest competition, Winning the Hourglass competition, playing numerous festivals up and down the east coast, and opening up for their idols.
Winston Mitchell started playing guitar at 14, learning from his father who played country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll music. His father was a skilled guitarist, singer, songwriter, and pedal steel player, as well as Winston’s heaviest influence musically. Eventually Winston began branching out on his own, answering his own musical questions through open ears and eager fingers. Listening to mainly rock ‘n’ roll and old country music up until his mid-20s, his brother-in-law Adam introduced him to a newer, more modern style of Bluegrass. This music reminded him of the stuff his dad used to listen to, but with a sound and flare more relatable to what he enjoyed. He still enjoys playing electric guitar but has a special passion for all things acoustic, specifically the jammier side of things. Three years ago he gave into a long-lived curiosity and began playing mandolin; it was love at first note. Along with mandolin he also plays dobro, which he enjoys alternating regularly.
Jesse was born and raised in the red clay piedmont of Wedington, North Carolina. Brought into music at an early age by his mother who would sing and play piano, or guitar, and sometimes her own childhood ukelele. He began his lessons on piano at the age of 9, moving to guitar at 12 and writing his first song. Since then he has been performing nation wide for 12 years releasing 2 albums. He has also been a featured artist at Merle Fest, a bluegrass festival put on in honor of the late great Merle Watson. Playing music alongside a line up that included Tony Rice, Keller Williams, Joe Smothers, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more. He is excited to join Into The Fog, and continue in this high energy jamgrass musical journey.
Greg Howell has been known in bluegrass circles for over 20 years for his impeccable rhythm and timing on the Upright Bass. Hailing from Eastern North Carolina, Greg’s interest in bluegrass was peaked while attending college in Boone, NC, where he met the late, great Billy Constable. Together, with Billy, Mark Schimick & Ryan Eversole, they formed Sassgrass known for its hard-hitting, NC style bluegrass. He played for a short stint with The Freight Hoppers, and continued to play with Sassagrass. Most recently, Greg has been touring with The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimck Project. Greg currently resides in the Outer Banks with his wife and 4 year old son. You can often find Greg spending time with his family, sharing the stage with bluegrass legends, or in a pickin’ circle with friends.
Risks and challenges
There is not too much risk overall involved with this project. We're going out there either way, but we'd love to be able to share this process with you and to be able to create media that can show you what we did throughout the trip.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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