Southern Accent: you spoke, they listened

In February, we posted about a special project band featuring a number of notable pickers who were getting together to do some off-season concert gigs. The band will include John Miller on guitar, Jesse Brock on mandolin, Joey Cox on banjo and Mike Conner on bass. A number of other pickers and singers have agreed to be a part of this project when one of those folks can’t make it, including Norman Wright.

The band had chosen the name Southern Accent, which generated a torrent of comment and controversy here on Bluegrass Today. It turns out that a Gospel bluegrass group in western North Carolina uses that name, and friends and fans of the band united to express dismay and dissatisfaction about this new side-project band’s name.

Conner, whose contact information had been published in our earlier post, told us that in addition to the many comments posted here, he received numerous emails and phone calls from Southern Accent fans, and members of the church where they sing regularly.

“I even had the pastor from their church leave me a 10 minute voice message asking us to consider a different name.”

Never meaning to cause a ruckus – especially for a very part time venture – the new band is going to choose a new moniker, and they are asking for your help.

Conner is offering a pair of free tickets to Roanoke Fiddlefest, the festival he manages in late July, to whoever comes up with their favorite new band name. The winner will also get free accommodations for the weekend in the performer’s housing area on site. He asks that suggestions be made in the comments to this post, and we will notify the winners once a new name has been chosen.

Roanoke Fiddlefest runs July 30-31 and boasts stage performances from Cherryholmes, Mountain Heart, Lonesome River Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and more.

Sounds like an agreeable solution to me!

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  • Hi! This is Southern Accent from Western NC, and we’re sending out a thank you to Mike Conner, Wyatt Rice, Joey Cox, John Miller, and Jesse Brock for their understanding and willingness to change their name. We’ve been performing for 16+ years under the name Southern Accent and have enjoyed traveling from NY to FL during that time.

    We appreciate you all taking into account what our friends and fans have voiced concern over and deciding to change the name of your group.

    We wish you all the best in your musical ventures!

    Southern Accent

  • Jantes

    My husband recommended “Southern Fried Grass” for a name. It’s catchy and do not think there is a group under this name. Thanks for changing your name, we appreciate it very much as we are big fans of “Southern Accent”. So glad you are starting a new group as bluegrass is so important in our culture, and we love it.

  • dgauding

    I’d like to suggest “Carolina Compromise” for the band.


  • I think “Millers Cove” would be a really cool name considering that John Miller is a member of the band. Millers Cove was the title of a really great old country song by Bobby Bare. I bet that song would work up really well bluegrass style.

  • Couple Suggestions for a name that would still use the Southern thing…

    Southern Drawl
    Southern Tone
    Southern Timbre
    Southern Inflection

  • Tad Gilster

    Too bad the accent required a compromise but its a classy move. I think “All Drawl” retains the theme…

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  • I would like to submit for band name consideration …

    Mountain Pedigree

    That’s a very strong, proud name.

  • How about “A Pick on the Side” or “A Gig on the Side” or “What the Cat Dragged In” or “Time Between” – refers to both the band’s schedule and a great tune.

  • 53Kbass

    How about CrossCut BB or 52 South or Part Time BB and the final call is for, Spare Change BB . Good Luck with a name , there hard to come by

  • I’ve always thought “Boss Hawg” would be a good name for a bluegrass band.