Strong Water

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Strong Water is a Folk/Americana band based out of Harrisonburg, VA currently touring the Mid-Atlantic. Self-described sound is “smooth, with a little bite.” Influences include; The Head and the Heart, Mumford & Sons, and The Lone Bellow.

In 2013, Strong Water lead singer and guitarist Greg Brennan finished his American Literature course with something better than an A: the perfect name, borrowed from the Puritans, for his whiskey drinking, Americana/Folk band.

And like a good shot of its namesake, Strong Water is smooth with a raw, inexplicable bite, garnering inspiration from artists such as Noah Gundersen, Mumford and Sons, and The Lone Bellow, yet remaining unafraid to break the conventions of its genre with a pulsing drum beat or a reggae breakdown. Metaphor-laden lyrics are inspired by the intersection of seeming opposites: love and loss, anticipation and nostalgia, courage and fear, and by the surrounding beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Their textured sound is, “Complete with howling banjos, two-part vocal harmonies and driving drums” as described by The Burg, a Lynchburg outlet that named Strong Water as one of five acts to watch at music festival Lynchstock 2017.

Most notably, in September of 2017, they opened for the Grammy-Award winner, The Steel Drivers at a sold-out show at The Hamilton in Washington, DC .

Shortly after, in October they released their single “Bearfoot,” the title track off their upcoming album (released Sept. 21st, 2018), before taking a brief hiatus from touring as three of the band members got married and the album was finalized.