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About the band


The musicians

Upcoming events

The musicians

Aaron Soots - guitar/vocals.  If Aaron is not playing guitar, he is practicing guitar.  A gifted musician, and an integral part of The Local Boys. Experience - 21 yrs.

Steven Davidson - mandolin/vocals. Residing in Mooresville, NC.  His knowledge of music and music theory brings a  necessary technical  approach to the band's selections. Experience - 15 yrs.

Eric Childers - dobro/vocals. Eric has a rare talent. While he can play any form of music, his approach is strongly traditional. From Monroe to Monk, his style and versatility blend beautifully with his bandmates. Experience - 36 yrs.

Tommy Rapè - banjo/vocals.  Born in Georgia, raised in North Carolina.  Traditionally rooted and technically accomplished, his fit with this ensemble is unrivaled. Experience - 38 yrs.

Jesse Chattin - bass. With an energetic approach to stand-up bass, Jesse adds a warm and inviting style that matches perfectly with this ensemble.  Experience - 19 yrs.

The Local Boys band members have a combined stage experience of over 120 years!


Their sound

Upcoming events

The musicians

The Local Boys are a band that has been waiting for the designation "Americana", as "Bluegrass" just doesn't cover the material they do. With all members of The Local Boys having deep roots in traditional music, they have a love for the styles that influenced and evolved from old time, bluegrass, country, and rock 'n' roll. 

The Local Boys are fairly standard in their acoustic instrumental arrangement. Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Mandolin, and Bass. Additional instruments may be available upon request including fiddle, classical violin, cello, and percussion. They can accommodate as a duo, all the way to a large production band! All members of the band are superb lead and harmony vocalists. This gives them the ability to find the perfect combination of voices to render any song.

The Local Boys have performed at Merlefest the last 22 years running. In addition, they've hosted the Plaza Stage with the late, Grammy award winning, Tut Taylor. They actively participate in the outreach program, sponsored by Merlefest, bringing music to surrounding area schools. Look for them at the festival this year!


Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Wednesday, 2/19/20 - Foothills Brewpub - Winston Salem, NC

Saturday, 2/22/20 - WAME Radio - Statesville, NC

Saturday, 3/7/20 - Olde Mecklenburg Brewery - Charlotte, NC

Fri-Sun, 4/24-4/26/20 - Merlefest - Wilkesboro, NC

Saturday, 4/25/20 - Private Party - Banner Elk, NC

Friday, 5/29/20 - Rehearsal Dinner - Blowing Rock, NC

Saturday, 5/30/20 - Wedding/Reception - Purlear, NC

Saturday, 6/6/20 - Wedding/Reception - Brevard, NC

Saturday, 7/18/20 - Winston Salem Dash Pregame - Winston Salem, NC

Saturday, 8/8/20 - Summer Concert Series - Connelly Springs, NC

Saturday, 10/3/20 - Brushy Mtn Apple Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC

Saturday, 10/10/20 - Summer Concert Series - Morehead City, NC


Performed at Merlefest 2017

Old Home Place

Performed at Merlefest 2017

Rose Colored Glasses

Performed at Merlefest 2017

Let them be your band!


The Local Boys are available for festivals, weddings, corporate events, private parties, and more!

Check out these reviews from recent shows!

Rhonda J. from Charlotte, NC - Corporate Event - 7/25/18

The Local Boys were so great to work with! They were prompt and overall a great band! The music was great! Just what we were looking for in a band for our event. Thank you!

Margaret W. from Linville, NC - Engagement Party - 7/21/18

The Local Boys were professional, fun, and a great addition to our party!

Michael H from Hendersonville, NC - Community Event - 7/14/18

The Local Boys were fantastic! I can't say enough good things about them! Their  live sound is phenomenal! They preformed in the heat of a July day without complaint and they did so in such a manner that uplifted my guests spirits. I will recommend this group to anyone and everyone.

Laura P. from Chapel Hill, NC - Wedding Reception - 9/23/17

We had a wonderful time at our wedding reception in September in Chapel Hill with the help of this band! The Local Boys are courteous and professional and very skilled musicians. We appreciated their flexibility to play a set outside early in the evening and end the night inside the barn. They played our first dance song, Harvest Moon, perfectly! Our guests came from all over the country and had a variety of musical tastes; everyone had great time. Our guests from Wisconsin loved the Violent Femmes covers. Our guitar building, banjo playing relatives from WV were in heaven with the serious bluegrass songs. Thanks for a great party. Be well y'all!

Lora H. from Wilmington, NC - Corporate Event - 7/21/2017

Truly the nicest guys, they were extremely easy to work with and accommodating for our outdoor corporate event. With everything else I had to worry about (450+ attendees in 90 degree heat), it was so refreshing to have such a self sufficient and professional group of gentleman to work with. I would recommend them in a heartbeat and will most definitely be hiring them again for future events.


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