“Chapel Hill has a great music scene in general,” Smith said.
“We have a whole lot of places to play. Chapel Hill has about the most vibrant music scene in the state, I would imagine.”
Crediting country music innovator Gram Parsons for the expression, Smith described Campfires and Constellations as “cosmic American music” and said his band’s sound shirks the constraints of traditionally defined and commercially popular country music.
Mooneyhan, the band’s drummer, said their diverse musical influences contribute to their eclectic sound. Mooneyhan, who is also the talent buyer and general manager at Local 506, plays in a metal band with Bax and has been involved in numerous musical projects in his career.
He said though Campfires and Constellations was conceived as a couple of guitarists, the group has become much more musically and personally.
“What makes this special is it’s so fun,” Mooneyhan said. “We’ve been doing it for years — we all stuck around after college. I don’t know if any of us used our degrees.”
Silver Dollar Switchblade’s own Charlie Mewshaw doubles as the owner and founder of Old Grey Cat Records, where both bands are signed.
Though he hasn’t known the musicians in Campfires and Constellations long, he was quickly attracted to both the group’s artistic prowess and their personalities.
“Really, what I look for when I want to approach somebody about putting something out is good, original music and whether they are decent people,” Mewshaw said.
“They’re easygoing guys, fun to talk to or have a beer with. They play great music and appreciate a lot of different stuff individually, and I think that contributes to their sound.”