The Ramblin' Fevers find their footing in folk music

The Ramblin' Fevers will play at Still Water Taproom at 8 p.m. Saturday. Catch them again on June 29 at Sky City.

A few years back, David Beverly and Steven Dodd dipped their toes into music, through both church and hardcore music. Then, they made a 180 and went for a sound getting back to a Southern tradition.


“We’ve always liked getting to acoustic roots,” Beverly said.

Adding Becca Wilson, The Ramblin’ Fevers will bring their folk sound to Still Water Taproom, 974 Broad St., on Saturday, June 9.

“I like the sincerity that (folk music) can have, and just the way you can really get into it,” Beverly said in a phone interview. “I really like it much more than hardcore. The hardcore scene steered away from that – a bunch of machoism and people trying to be cooler than other people. I grew up playing old country songs.”

The band, whose name was inspired by Merle Haggard’s song Ramblin’ Fever, cites influences such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard and the Avett Brothers. But their sound is all their own.

“You really can’t mimic someone to the point of being exactly like them,” Beverly said. “When we get together, we can’t stop writing, and we start on something completely new.”

Writing music to their own tune is a group effort for the trio.

“Everyone brings something to the table,” Beverly said. “It’s a collaboration, and that’s just what happens. There’s not much effort to make something so unique or so alike from our influences. It’s just what happens when you put us together and we play music.”

In May, The Ramblin’ Fevers was in the lineup for the Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Bluegrass Festival, which included The Whiskey Gentry and Drive-By Truckers.

“Everyone was really accommodating,” Beverly said. “They made us feel at home and let us feel that the little guys are important, too. Even on the days we didn’t play we got to go back and hang out with the bands, and they still put up with us.”

The Ramblin’ Fevers’ self-titled EP started selling in February, and Beverly said the band has eight more songs that will hopefully make it to another album later in the fall.

After the Still Water show, the band will play in Augusta at Sky City on June 29, and on July 23, they’ll venture to Atlanta to play at Eddie’s Attic – an influential music club in the Southeast where musicians go to get a start.

“I think I should be more nervous, but I figured getting that show would be more difficult than it was,” Beverly said. “Eddie (Owen) was like, ‘Yeah, man, we like your sound.’ We called him on a Monday and he asked us to come up that day to play. He was really open and supportive in helping us get heard there.

“I know that John Mayer had his start there,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll be the same story for us.”


WHO: The Ramblin’ Fevers

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9

WHERE: Still Water Taproom, 974 Broad St.; (706) 826-9857