Sounds of Secret Stages 2016 #3: Ona

It's sweltering out there, which can only mean it's getting to be about time for the 2016 installment of Alabama's awesome little music festival, Secret Stages. In a mere few days, a bunch of great local/regional/further afield bands will descend on Birmingham for what promises to be a heck of a good time. (Once again) I won't be there, dangit, but here's who I think is really worth checking out from the excellent lineup.

From the wild and wonderful place known as West Virginia comes Ona. Named for one of those small WV country hamlets, the band combines sounds that are both salt of the earth and dreamily polished. Something about them feels more than a little bit throwback, maybe it's something about their earnest delivery. These handsome fellas are well worth lending an ear to.   

[posted 7.31.16]


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