Have you purchased your tickets for the nation’s only bi-state beer festival — Brews by the Bay — yet? There’s one more reason to do so, and that’s Southern Cut, the modern/classic country rock band who will be will be providing the live entertainment on August 29.
The six-piece band – including two guys who can rock a harp – has already made a name for itself in Cumberland County. And they’ll be coming to Cape May County bars near you soon enough.
We sat down with lead guitarist Jake Smith, who just so happens to be a CMBC brewer, to get the deets:
Where does the name Southern Cut come from? It’s a play on words. We’re based in south Jersey and we’re doing a southern rock/country thing.
What’s the sound? We play everything from the Allman Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd, all the way through modern pop country. Sometimes people hear ‘country’ and they think of that slow, behind-the-barn country song, but we want to get people dancing.
Originals or covers? We have a couple of our own songs, but we’re 99% covers.
Is there any reason you’re especially excited to play Brews by the Bay? Absolutely. I was at the event last year and it was awesome – over 1,000 people, and we’re expecting this year to be even bigger. Plus, the beer is great, and the space is beautiful. Right on the water.
Is there any similarity between brewing beer and playing music? I consider both to be an art form. They each require a lot of practice and passion to make it work right.