In a recent Rolling Stones Magazine poll, it was reported that adults age 18-34 are tuning in to country music more than any other genre. And although I am not in the demographic, I love country music! Locally there are quite a few bands playing local clubs and festivals, but one on the fast track to Nashville is Norlina. Basically four guys from three local towns are seeing their dreams come true, one song at a time, having shared the stage with country greats like Brett Eldredge, David Allen Coe and Chris Lane, and entertaining fans in shows from Daytona Beach, FL, to Martinsville, VA, and most recently in Nashville, TN, at the CMA FanFest 2015.
Jon Montgomery – Vocals
A native of Germanton, NC, Jon Montgomery, began his love of music playing in high school on Friday and Saturday nights with friends, becoming comfortable sharing his ‘craft’ of original music. “After working on my self-titled EP album, I needed musicians to make up the band for live shows. I was introduced to Zac Beane, guitarist, and David Eskridge, bassist, and played my first full band gig with these guys. It was in the cards, so we decided to join up and become a band in May 2014. As a band, we have a unique blend of vintage Tim McGraw or Keith Urban, fused with Florida Georgia Line’s modern sound that we tend to gravitate to and create naturally; country with a little edge,” said Jon.
Zac Beane – Guitar, Vocals
A native of Asheboro, NC, Zac grew up listening to all types of music and he recalls his dad quizzing him on songs on the radio. “I can remember being picked up by my dad from elementary school and him quizzing me on what a song was called and who sang it. I listened to everything growing up, from classic rock, oldies, country, jazz, R & B, disco, pop…you name it, I listened to it! The first time David (Eskridge) and I played with Jon, we stepped off of the stage and I said, ‘Wow, we sound good together,’ and the rest is history,” Zac recalled.
Tyler Galloway – Guitar, Vocals
Like Zac Beane, Tyler also calls Asheboro, NC, home and is excited about the direction that Norlina is taking. “Our music definitely has a lot of modern country elements to it. We like a good groove or a song that gets you moving, like a lot of what you hear on country radio. But at the same time we aren’t afraid to be a little different lyrically or push some boundaries to be something unique and different. There’s nothing like performing and seeing people respond to us,” stated Tyler.
David Eskridge – Bass, Vocals
David’s road into music has what might sound like a classic country song, with a purchase of a bass from a local pawn shop. “I grew up in Winston-Salem and I purchased a bass at Camel Pawn Shop and I took lessons at Jackson’s music store for several years. I was inspired and learned from people like Victor Wooten, Louis Johnson and Flea; I learned classical and jazz sounds from Jaco Pastorious. The cutting edge of country is a very exciting place to be. The genre is full of opportunities to explore, blending modern technology with old familiar sounds formed from deep, true roots,” David said.
Norlina band members have their sights set on all that Nashville has to offer, but they stay close to their roots in NC. In fact, you may have seen them performing at Ziggy’s, Muddy Creek Cafe or at the Winston-Salem Dash baseball game. “Wherever the future takes us, we share a common dream to create/play music, so that’s what we are setting out to do,” Jon commented.
For more information on Norlina, visit www.reverbnation.com/NorlinaMusic and ‘like’ the band on Facebook.