Shoals Bands Rock Out During South By Southwest Music Festival

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Shoals bands are getting the chance to perform in front of a national audience and leaders from the record industry.

The Gnarly Charlies are one of a couple thousand bands to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The Gnarley Charlies is an alternative rock band from the Shoals with a main stream mission: getting their music out in front of record executives and making a name for themselves on a national stage.

“This is the music event of the country.  This is where you want to be.  So, to have that opportunity given to us, it’s really exciting,” said lead singer, Bradey Gomillion.

According to Gomillion, the chance to even play a few notes at the festival is a huge accomplishment already.

“Even out of 3,000 bands playing, that’s out of 15, 20-thousand submitted.  So, it’s still a great opportunity that not every band is having,” said Gomillion.

The band will be part of the Muscle Shoals showcase.

Mixed in with the Gnarly Charlie’s original set list, the band also plans to cover popular songs recorded in the Shoals by some of the legends in order to send tribute to the area and musicians that put the Muscle Shoals sound on the map.

“Everybody has to pay their dues, playing in front of nobody in dive bars or whatever and that can go on for who knows how long,” said drummer, Quinn Stanphill.  “The Gnarly Charlies aren’t out of that phase yet.  We just got lucky and got asked to do this whole Muscle Shoals thing.”

The band will be in Austin for ten days playing music at a variety of venues.

The Valley Roots is another band from the Shoals performing at the festival.

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