The southern Appalachians hold some of the South's, indeed, some of America's, greatest music. Legends of bluegrass call the region home, and the mountains of western North Carolina are no different. While many acoustic, old-time and bluegrass bands grace western North Carolina with diverse songstyle and sounds, none feature the eclectic lineup and musical depth of Commonfolk. Commonfolk hails from Bryson City, a small town that defies the stereotypes assigned to rural America. It's diverse landscape and eclectic population draw people from all over the world. Bryson City and the mountains that surround it gave birth to an uncommon and inventive sound contained in the five members of Commonfolk. Guitarist Aaron Plantenberg and banjoist Isaac Deal provide authentic Appalachian vocals and songwriting that varies from southern gospel-style to folk-pop that appeals to a wide audience. Bryson City native Bradley Adams brings a driving mandolin style, bassist Jeff Redman punctuates the material with rock-driven lines and Jim Leatherwood caps it all with amazing soprano sax, flute and pennywhistle. Together, the group has tight harmonies that top off an impressive instrumentation. Commonfolk's first album, a self-titled arrangement of mostly original material captures the broad range of each member's influences and musical styles. Recorded entirely in Bryson City, the album features an intimate, honest feel that defines what Commonfolk is - music for the people.