Scuffletown Live on Sunset Road
on Sunset Road
Friday July 23, 2010, 6:15pm
When John Whitlow and Marc Carraway of local musical duo Scuffletown first began to "drop in and jam" with each other in the late '90's, they had little idea that their partnership would still be going strong after nearly thirteen years and three recordings. Their energetic and engaging performances have taken them to venues across the eastern United States, and many critics consider them to be one of the premier acoustic acts in the richly talented Piedmont Virginia area.
Carraway brings more than twenty five years of performing and recording experience to the duo, with guitar and lead vocals, while Whitlow's energetic stylings on harmonica, flute and accordion help to create a unique sound for a band of just two. Their repertoire, while centered on a wide variety of original tunes, also includes songs "borrowed" from a range of artists, including Keb Mo, Randy Newman, Bob Marley and Richard Thompson. In addition, Whitlow brings his unique perspective to the repertoire, with originals such as Rock-n-Roll Man and Dorky Little White Man Blues.
Scuffletown first began to emerge in the Charlottesville music scene with their formal establishment at a "Name the Band" concert in 1998. The duo has since performed at festivals, concerts and clubs throughout the region, generating a strong following and critical acclaim. Scuffletown released their first recording, Live At The Speakeasy, in 2000, followed up by Roads, their first studio release, in 2003. While receiving praise for their recordings, Scuffletown may be best known locally for their diverse and entertaining live shows. The combination of Carraway's songwriting and guitar work with Whitlow's sideman talents and energetic stage presence creates what one critic refers to as "an outstanding evening of entertainment, full of wonderful songwriting, great instrumentation, fun and downright hilarity".
With the addition of Vaughan Mairs (Mando Mafia) on upright bass, the group's approach expands to include calypso, swing, and jazz influences. As one critic recently put, "times might be a little tough with the economy, but music can be uplifting and with this hard-working outfit, good times are easily affordable". The Scuffletown Trio will be appearing at the Stage Cafe at C'ville Coffee in Charlottesville Saturday, July 24th at 8:30PM.