Concert Review: Twin Forks & The Social Animals at The Bling Pig

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Folsom Records, a brand-spankin’ new label out of Nashville, Tennessee brought a musical taste of the South to Ann Arbor with the Americana folksy acoustic and mandolin-driven tribe, Twin Forks on Saturday, April 29.

The one and only opener for the night was Minnesota indie rock band, The Social Animals. The regular tour called for Americana/modern country singer-songwriter Dan Layus (previously of Augustana) to join, but tonight he was M.I.A. thanks to the Stagecoach Music Festival in California…

For this show, Twin Forks was comprised of Chris Carrabba (vocals, guitar), Shawn Zorn (drums), Kelsie Barron (vocals, banjo, mandolin), and Dane Poppin (bass). The supergroup often includes Susie Zeldin, Ben Homola, and Jonathan Clark.

For those familiar with Carrabba’s work as the ‘posterboy of emo’ with Dashboard Confessional and the harder side of Further Seems Forever, a folksy feel may seem like a stretch. But after the first verse, listeners quickly realize this is Carrabba’s roots. It’s both authentic and refreshing. Plus, the smiles on stage are contagious. Throw in a mandolin and complimentary harmonies from Barron, a steady drumbeat from cousin Shawn, and you’ve got a positively endearing live show performance.

The band played familiars covers including a Talking Heads cover “And She Was,” the Violent Femmes popular 80s hit “Blister in the Sun,” and good friend of the band, Cory Branan’s “Tall Green Grass.” Original songs included a sweet and subtle “Plans,” an adorkable “Kiss Me Darling” with harmonies between Carrabba and Barron that were the definition of #totesadorbs.  Other fan favorites included the foot-stomping “Scraping Up the Pieces” and an encore of “Back to You.”

The amount of silly laughs, fun jokes and pure joy that this group has while performing on stage is transforming. Anyone previously unaware of the band was sure to leave the venue a fan. And if you missed out, do yourself a favor, take a little detour, and when you find the fork in the road, take it. In fact, take two: Twin Forks.

Check out some photos from the concert:

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