Making his Woody Guthrie Folk Festival debut [Sidenote: Culbreth has attended the festival regularly, but not as a scheduled performer. For the previous four years, fellow festivalgoers would have heard him only at the after-hours song-circles held at the campgrounds.] this past July, Alex Culbreth played a solo set in the basement of the Brick Street Café. Standing with the heels of his western boots over a pair of kickpedals, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native kept time with a small bass drum while he performed his gritty country and blues set. Fans of The Band, Drive-By Truckers, and The Civil Wars would do well to check his tour schedule for upcoming shows; he is currently touring the southeastern United States.
In a recent video interview, Culbreth stated that he drew inspiration from Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt in his songwriting. His new album with the Dead Country Stars, Heart in a Mason Jar, recently reached #10 in the Euro Americana chart, receiving many favorable reviews.