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Jackson County rockers Porch 40 to tour with Marshall Tucker Band in NC

t600-Porch 40Cullowhee-based “up and comers” Porch 40 announced that they will be taking part in The Marshall Tucker Band’s Winter Tour for three dates as they travel through North Carolina. Porch 40 will open for the renowned southern rockers at The Ritz (Raleigh Jan. 21), Cone Denim Entertainment Complex (Greensboro Jan. 23) and The Fillmore (Charlotte Jan. 24).

Touring with a group like The Marshall Tucker Band, who originated in Spartanburg, South Carolina with hits like “Can’t You See” and “Heard It in a Love Song,” is an experience that hits home to members of Porch 40.

“It’s a testament to how hard we’ve worked the past two years and very humbling at the same time,” said lead singer and rhythm guitarist Drew Duncan. “The guys have spent a lot of long nights writing original music, and we’ve practiced until our hands bled more times than I can count. I couldn’t ask for a better, more dedicated group of guys to chase my dreams with.”

While only playing together for a little over two years, Porch 40 has trail blazed their way into the area scene, growing into a regionally touring band. Formed while studying at Western Carolina University, the band has developed a bond and a sense of unity that comes once in a lifetime.

“Porch 40 is more like a family than a band,” said electric violinist Mitchell Metz. “Having our home base in a small town, we’ve established a sense of community and togetherness that has shaped the way we handle ourselves in every walk of life. Creating original music that makes people dance and feel good about themselves is what we’re all about.”

While having influences from genres across the board including funk, metal, jazz, folk, hip-hop and many more, southern rock holds a special place in the hearts of multiple members of the band.

While Duncan and drummer Spencer Bradley hail from Sylva and Cullowhee, bassist Carter McDevitt and saxophonist Scott Burr are originally from the Charlotte area.

“We couldn’t ask for a better band to rock with, and we appreciate The Marshall Tucker Band for having the faith in us to perform at a high level and make this the best experience for everyone involved,” Burr said. “Being away from home and going to school at Western Carolina University, I don’t get the chance to head back to Charlotte very often with our busy schedule. It seems like we’re always on the road, and that’s where I want to be.”

Porch 40’s debut album “Spread It Heavy” was released in September and is available on all major digital outlets, including but not limited to, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify and more.

The members of Porch 40 are all between the young ages of 21-24 years old. Two of them are still attending Western Carolina University and will graduate this May. The band plans to hit the road for a full tour this summer/fall. In the meantime, they will continue to play area Western North Carolina venues on a regular basis while steadily branching out on a regional and national level this winter and spring.

“We’d like to thank all of the fans, venues, owners, booking agents, promoters, writers, DJ’s and everyone else who continues to support our movement. It’s because of their belief that we’re able keep this train rolling,” Duncan said.

For more information on the group’s album “Spread It Heavy,” visit


Ledbetter Road Incident

crime-sceneA student ended up in the emergency room early Friday Morning, March 28th after allegedly being hit by a vehicle on Ledbetter Road in Cullowhee. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Joshua Thomas, 21, of Cullowhee, had been drinking before he was struck by a vehicle, according to N.C. Highway Patrol. Thomas left Tuck’s Tap & Grille on foot and claims he was hit by a car on Ledbetter Road.  There was no evidence of a vehicle and a very vague description of a suspect vehicle from the victim. He had some damage to his left ankle. The N.C. SHP was notified by the hospital’s emergency room around 2:30 a.m. Anyone with information about the incident, is asked to contact the N.C. SHP at 828-627-2851 and ask for Bowers.

Jackson County Relay for Life 24 Hour Relay June 21st

The Relay for Life is coming once again to Jackson County. Nationwide, Relay for Life raises millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society to aid in cancer prevention research. Here in Jackson County Relay for Life will hold its 24 hour relay on June the 21st at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Linda Davenport of Relay for Life has this to say about that nights events; “On that day all the teams will be setting up tents and the team members will come out and raise money for Relay, its also a chance to get survivors together and honor those who have lost the fight and those still fighting. There will be lots of fun and games going on, there will be food and activities, we will have some bands come out and teams will be selling crafts from their tents. Luminaries can be purchased that night in remembrance of those who lost their fight against cancer and in honor of those who are still fighting. The luminaries will line the track and at night the lights will be shut out and people will have a luminary walk. We will have people who walk all night because cancer never sleeps, a lot of people take that to heart and stay up and walk all night in honor of loved ones. There will be speakers and groups such as Zumba. Its lots of fun but also very informative, we hand out information for Relay for Life. It’s just an awesome event”. People wishing to be a part of Relay for Life’s 24 hour relay on June 21st can register as late as the day of the relay. To register or for any information on Relay for Life’s 24 hour relay call Linda Davenport at 828-269-1259.

Earthquake Measured at 2.5 on the Richter Scale felt in Cullowhee

According to the United States Geological Society, an earthquake with its epicenter approximately eleven miles west of Cullowhee was recorded at a 2.5 on the Richter Scale at exactly 5:58 Thursday morning. . Dating all the way back to 1776, people living inland in North and South Carolina and in near by parts of Georgia and Tennessee, have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916 near Waynesville, NC and was felt as far as Kentucky. Moderately damaging earthquakes strike the inland Carolinas every couple of decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt about once every few years.