Mindtonic Music

Mindtonic Music represents Acoustic Syndicate, Jay Sanders, and other artists from the southern Appalachian region of Western North Carolina.

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Mindtonic Music represents artists from the southern Appalachian region of Western North Carolina and is primarily focused around the work of Jay Sanders, a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer. Mindtonic Music is proud to represent a diverse lineup of musicians, groups, and styles.


Hailing from Cleveland County, North Carolina, the birthplace of Earl Scruggs, Acoustic Syndicate carries Earl’s boundary pushing legacy into the 21st century. Now in their 25th year, these genre bending pioneers have inspired an entire generation of musicians with their unique blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting.

The band is centered around the McMurry family. Led by Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry on guitar, and joined by his cousins Bryon McMurry on Banjo and Fitz McMurry on drums, their signature three-part harmony blend in a way only blood and a lifetime of singing can create.


The E.Normus Trio's original take on Avant-Garde Post Rock employs the unique instrumentation of N/S Stick, Alto Clarinet, and drums to create a huge sound. Built on a foundation created by the multi-modal Stick, Steve Alford's six octaves of sweeping clarinet range become a primal lead voice that seeks rational discourse in an increasingly isolated world.


Snake Oil Medicine Show defies categorization. Music and Art United, under an increasingly widening umbrella; a vivid expression of love. The positive vibrations the band members share with their audiences communicate a sincere belief. Through unity, awareness, and spirituality, the world can change for the better. Mixing influences of old Appalachia, swing, new-grass, reggae and electronica, SOMS defies explanation... an adventure best experienced in person.


Multi-instrumentalist Jay Sanders leads this organic improvisational group through all kinds of musical conversations. Lean in closely and you will hear a sonic spectrum that ranges from traditional song forms to experimental explorations; all tied together with a sensitivity that comes from a lifetime of listening.


Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter, now 20+ records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings. Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others.

Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1990 his A&M Records debut, How Did You Find Me Here, had sold over 100,000 copies. In recognition of his latest record The View From the Edge, David Wilcox was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 USA Songwriting Contest.

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