Pine Hill Haints @ Grayton Bar & Grill
Inspired by Southern tales of the supernatural, the Pine Hill Haints play a self-described style of “Alabama ghost country” that melds honkytonk, rockabilly, folk, and bluegrass. As a child, vocalist Jamie Barrier often joined his grandfather in attending local hootenannies, where he was exposed to the musical traditions of his native Alabama. Later, Barrier honed his own voice by singing in a graveyard -- the Pine Hill Cemetery -- and formed a raucous rockabilly outfit named the Wednesdays while still in elementary school. The Wednesdays would go on to release several albums in the 2000s, but Barrier nevertheless formed the Pine Hill Haints in 1998 as a second and different project, piecing together core members Matt Bakula (washtub bass, banjo), Ben Rhyne (snare drum), and Jamie’s wife, Katie “Kat” Barrier (washboard, mandolin). While their catalog of songs comprises mainly original material, the band has also been known to cover traditional gospel (Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies, Where The Roses Never Fade), cowboy (I Ride An Old Paint, Back In The Saddle Again), and folk (Goodnight Irene, Oh! Suzanna/Camptown Races) songs.