Hank & Brendan
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Hank & Brendan are an unlikely duo as they have had opposing stories in regards to their individual upbringings. While Brendan was born in Wilmington, North Carolina to New York parents, Hank was born in Westchester, New York to a family that hailed from South Carolina. Brendan took a liking to the banjo at a young age and was formally trained in bluegrass music at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, while Hank found that the New York punk scene with such bands as The Velvet Underground and the Strokes resonated with him. He opted to play jazz guitar at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Like the yin and yang, they managed to pull together a sound that took the best of both worlds and blended them almost seamlessly. This puts them in the odd position of being the bluegrass band at the rock shows whilst being the rock band at the bluegrass shows.

Hank and Brendan met at an open mic that was held at the Station in Carrboro in 2015 and they initially started playing that summer together simply as an offbeat side project to the progressive rock bands that they were each in at the time. Eventually the duo project outlived both of their respective bands. Having enough originals to record a CD, they went into the studio with friend and producer Dylan Turner. In December of 2016, their debut album “Space Grass” was released.
  • Members:
    Hugh William Close, Brendan Macie
  • Sounds Like:
    New York psychedelic punk with an acoustic southern flavor
  • Influences:
    Beatles, Bela Fleck, Pink Floyd, Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Velvet Underground
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    08/04/18 14:44:16

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