The Sally Rose Band started over a decade ago as a honkytonk family band called Witchbaby. These days, Sally Rose (guitar, vocals)—who started writing songs at the age of eight—her mother, Catherine Monnes (electric fiddle, cello), brother-in-law, Ben Jensen (bass), longtime friend Pete Stallings (guitar, bass) and David Jacobs (drums) fuse rock, folk and soul for a funky, fantastical sound.
The Charlottesville, Va.-based band took off in 2014, after shooting a music video for the radio hit “Bones” with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Johnny St. Ours. The band’s debut album, Gotta Be Gold (2015), features guest appearances by Erin Lunsford (Erin and The Wildfire) and Lauren Hoffman (The Secret Storm). The Sally Rose Band appeared as part of the 2015 Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series.
In 2012, powerhouse songstress Erin Lunsford recruited some of her most talented friends to join a new band called Erin & the Wildfire. Lunsford, Ryan Lipps (guitar), Matt Wood (bass) and Nick Quillen (drums) were later joined by Jackson Shurlds (horns) and Garen Dorsey (sax, keyboard). This Wildfire continues to spread throughout Central Virginia, along the East Coast and beyond.
Lunsford won both the Charlottesville’s Paramount Idol and the 11th Annual Rapunzel’s Songwriting Contest in 2013. During the same year, Erin & the Wildfire released its debut, self-titled EP. This hometown favorite made their Levitt AMP Charlottesville Music Series debut in 2015.