Since coming together at Boone, NC's Appalachian State University in 2004, the five members of Possum Jenkins have toiled and triumphed in bars, clubs, theaters and festivals.
15-years and four albums in, the band delivers a sound as unapologetically Southern as bowl of hot grits. Brimming with elements of outlaw and '90s country, electric blues, classic funky soul and gritty rock, the band continues to turn heads throughout the Carolinas and beyond.
Possum Jenkins has been fortunate to share the stage with several notables, including Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, Southern Culture On The Skids, Greg Humphries, Drivin' 'N Cryin', The North Mississippi Allstars, Yarn, Andy Friedman & The Other Failures, Naked Gods and Shooter Jennings.
Beginning with 2005's "To What's Her Name, Wherever The Hell She Is," Possum Jenkins has churned out a handful of solid recordings, including "On Time" (2007), "Collection Of Bad Habits" (2009), "Carolinacana" (2012).
In recent years, the band's acoustic house show performances have generated considerable buzz, and the veteran outfit continues to play live shows in a variety of contexts. Possum Jenkins began hosting their own music festival--The Carolina Ramble & Reunion--in 2004. The event takes place annually just outside of Boone, NC.
Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that is pure and maintains the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.
Amidst the sea of earnestly soft-sung songs on the Americana circuit, Rose's voice stands out with depth and complexity, capable of gymnastic yodels and deep resonance. She cultivates her own hard-working perspective without imitation or posturing through a tangible, relatable sense of hunger and realism about the sacrifices of the road, the elusiveness of fulfillment, and the bittersweetness of dreams.