The Morning After seamless blends an eclectic variety of musical styles to form one of the most unique, infectious sounds on the scene today. Lead vocalist, Rachel Koontz employs a commanding, soulful style reminiscent of Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Classically trained violinist Pattie Hopkins adds a precise instrumental ability combined with a soulful voice that compliments Rachel's voice exactly. The backline of Jamie Dawson on bass and Mike Rosado on drums evokes the Motown sound o the 60's with a Latin feel. The band is rounded out by virtuoso banjo and mandolin players Hank Smith and Shawn Chase who add a melodic feeling that will remind you of Bela Fleck and Chris Thile. All together, The Morning After will entertain you with a high energy, eclectic mix of soul, rock, jazz, Latin and bluegrass that makes the audience jump for joy again and again!
"When the musicians of The Morning After first teamed up, their range of expertise made choosing just one style to focus on a difficult task. Ultimately, they figured it’s way more fun to share the love and throw out the rulebook. The resulting sound is a wild blend of rock, bluegrass, soul, jazz, funk, latin and beyond. They’re part acoustic revivalists, part showstoppers." - Ashley Melzer, Carrboro Citizen (Jan 26, 2012)
"Raleigh, NC--One of the last local shows of last year, as well as one of the first of the new year took place at Raleigh’s Southland Ballroom. The Morning After rang in the New Year with a party to be topped by few. Dressed to the nines for the occasion, The Morning After took the stage and immediately dazzled the awaiting crowd. Ranging from downtown party goers, hippies, and a variety of local artists, the crowd itself was high on the new year and swinging to the raucous compilation of strings and drums. Playing some of their older favorites such as “Rest Tonight” and “De La Luz,” the soul fueled Latin hybrid ensemble reflected the spirit of the night perfectly. As 2011 came to a close, the band joined their fans for a champagne toast. Glasses hoisted high, Southland Ballroom staff, band members, and fans alike warmly welcomed 2012 with cheers, hugs, and more than a few hilarious awkward kisses."
- Hunter Lee Elliot, raleighmusic.com (Jan 09, 2012)
Starless Nights was recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Elkins at Desolation Row Studios, Raleigh NC, produced by The Morning After and born out of love.
All songs copyright 2012, Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 Grandma Bea Music, BMI
Tracks 1, 4, 7 Odasormuse, BMI
The Morning After would like to thank everyone who helped us, continues to help us and will help us; family, friends and fans alike.
Photography by Gabriel Nelson, f/Stop Grooves photography www.fstopgrooves.com
Design by Mike Rosado, MR Creative Inc.
The Morning After:
- Shawn Chase: mandolin, vocals
- Jamie Dawson: bass guitar, vocals
- Pattie Hopkins: violin, vocals
- Rachel Koontz: vocals
- Mike Rosado: drums, percussion, vocals
- Hank Smith: acoustic and electric banjos, acoustic guitar, vocals
With special guests:
- Greg Elkins: organ, pedal steel
- Peter Lamb: tenor saxophone
- Paul Rogers: trumpet
- David Wright: trombone, horn line arranger for: “In the Snow”