Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Seph Custer, brings the tunes from Franklin County, VA. Known mostly for his guitar work and vocals, he's been playing music in the local scene for over a decade in various bands. In recent years, Seph has toured from Texas to Pennsylvania, playing a large variety of venues, events, and festivals. His first solo album, 'Where You Are' was released in January 2016. 'Where You Are' consists of 8 tracks, including three songs with vastly-talented violinist Laurel Brooke. It has been featured on 101.5 The Valley's Music Place, The Roanoke Times, and on various blogs online.
Seph's sophomore album, 'Beginning to End' features twelve original songs, touching on many genres; Americana, Funk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Old-Time, and Rock, all performed with only guitar and vocals. 'Beginning to End' was recorded live on November 1st at Windfall Studios and released worldwide on November 18th, 2017.
In addition to performing, Custer also teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, fiddle, slide guitar, lap steel and music theory at Downtown Music in Rocky Mount, The Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store, and Fret Mill in Downtown Roanoke.
Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett
Kyle Forry and Justin Arnett were both born and raised in Franklin County, Virginia. They began playing and writing songs together in high school and have largely shared the same musical journey in the 15 years since. Their music intertwines acoustic roots, Americana, rock, reggae, and soul.
Since Barefoot West began performing in bars, festivals, and venues in Southwest Virginia eight years ago, they haven’t stopped to take a breath. Their numerous public performances and local popularity led to them being voted “Best Local Band” by Laker Magazine every year from 2010 to 2013. They even appeared in Lake Effects, a 2012 film which was shot at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and televised nationally and internationally. Most recently, Kyle and Justin opened for Southern Ground Recording Artist, Levi Lowrey and Zac Brown Band member, Clay Cook on opening night at the Harvester Performance Center in their hometown of Rocky Mount, VA.
Low Low Chariot
Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin toured for years with his rock outfit, Madrone, gaining thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother told him repeatedly “Country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
JD’s grandfather, Jim Freeman, an incredibly accomplished country musician in his own right, toured with bluegrass greats Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. JD learned these once forgotten songs. He discovered a storytelling style of music that engulfed him to the point of making a pilgrimage to Nashville. He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take. JD began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
He formed a band with seasoned players and named it Low Low Chariot, after his grandfather’s single “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Now performing live, releasing their first recordings and gaining die-hard fans daily; the Low Low Chariot is ready to continue their story and honor that fate and family that created them.
Austin, Texas resident Matt Powell was born and raised in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Although considered a Texas artist for having lived in the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nearly twenty years, the forty-three year old lefty still considers Franklin County, Virginia home. Well versed in many styles of music, over the years Matt has recorded and self-produced eight full-length, stylistically diverse albums entirely on his own. A talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who plays almost everything on all of his records, he has led many versions of his own groups playing just about every place one can or could in Austin as well as all over Texas, out to California, up to Chicago, and back. Over the years and his time spent on the roads of this nation, Matt has created a blend of blues, country, rock, folk, pop, soul, and bluegrass that is entirely his own. As an accomplished guitar player Matt has also worked backing some of the biggest touring acts out of the Lone Star State. As a gifted writer he has had several of his songs recorded by mainstream and up-and-coming artists, as well as had them placed in movies, tv shows, and even a video game! Matt has opened for or performed with a list of Americana artists a country mile long and always stands tall with the best. These days, typically armed with his songs, his voice, and a guitar, Matt Powell live is a sure treat to anyone who understands and respects the art and craft of a seasoned, hardworking musician and tunesmith.
Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos
This Zydeco-flavored blues band from Durham brings its mojo to Blue 5 for a special show. Melton's trademark zydeco style of harp playing has been influenced from his past in music rich cities as Lafayette (Louisiana), Austin, and Chicago. Melton has played with the great slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and opened for stars such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Come down to Blue 5 to experience a show that will make you feel like you are at a big party in the Louisiana bayou....
Ministers of Soul
Hoppie Vaughan leads The Ministers of Soul through some great tunes. Original tunes + Al Green, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield & Much Much More!! You will thoroughly enjoy this show - Guaranteed!!!
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.