MUSIC: The Ramblin’ Fevers
Photo by John Harpring
The jump from hardcore rock to stripped-down bluegrass may seem like an impossible feat, but for the three members of the Ramblin’ Fevers, it was a seamless transition. After playing together in a local hardcore band and growing weary of the angst, David Beverly and Stephen Dodd picked up an acoustic guitar and a banjo and eventually paired up with their childhood friend Rebecca Wilson and her violin. The group’s self-proclaimed “fun bluegrass” borrows elements of folk rock and old-time country, focusing on simple songwriting and soulful vocals.
Their first gig was on the sidewalk in front of the Sundrees Urban Market almost two years ago and they’ve been going and growing ever since. The trio has managed to branch out and play gigs across the Southeast, with fervent fans following them to out of town performances. They perform mostly original tunes with a smattering of covers, focusing on songs that are easy to translate into their distinct folksy sound.
This year they are taking part in the 12 Bands of Christmas compilation CD and concert on December 8, which benefits Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center. The group’s participation came by way of a serendipitous meeting with the 12 Bands’ Executive Director Joe Stevenson. Stevenson caught their set during the Banjo-B-Que on Memorial Day at the Lady Antebellum Amphitheater and went backstage to meet them, where he offered them a coveted 12 Bands slot right there on the spot. The inclusion into the 12 Bands of Christmas provides even more exposure for a band that’s already getting attention all over the Southeast.