Seven Handle Circus
Formed in 2010, Seven Handle Circus is a six-piece Georgia band that has been critically acclaimed as “bad-ass bluegrass” with the “drive and energy of a rock band.” During their legendary live performances they push the limits of human endurance to send each crowd into a dancing and partying frenzy. Elements of rock, punk and alternative infuse their shows and they have even rocked crowds with rappers such as T-Pain & Yung Joc.
On their debut EP, Whiskey Stills & Sleeping Pills, Seven Handle Circus draws from their love of traditional bluegrass and folk and distills these influences into a modern sound that is all their own. With themes ranging from the fun of drinking to the complexities of life, Seven Handle Circus shares the beauty of the music they love, along with plenty of new surprises.
The band is already following in the footsteps of some wildly successful alternative acts that use elements of bluegrass to create a modern style of music. Whiskey Stills & Sleeping Pills was recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain studio, whose clients include cutting-edge artists like the Avett Brothers. Last May, the band headlined Chattanooga, Tennessee’s acclaimed Nightfall Concert Series, where Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Nickel Creek played before breaking wide open. Last year, Mumford & Sons invited the band to play at The Fox Theater in Atlanta after the platinum-selling Englishmen just happened upon an acoustic set 7HC was playing at the bar next door to the historic theater.
The band members, all of whom began playing as young kids, have formal training and are accomplished musicians. They display this faithfully with their tight performances and fluent picking.
Shawn Spencer, Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Colin Vinson, Banjo, Vocals, Songwriter
Steve Bledsoe, Mandolin, Vocals
Richard Burroughs, Fiddle
Jeff Harrison, Drums
Troy Harris, Bass