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Banjos, fiddles and tattoos

Jefferson County bluegrass/country band born of metal roots

Jefferson County bluegrass/country band born of metal roots

September 30, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The four tattooed 20-somethings from The Fox Hunt raise a few eyebrows when they show up to gigs.

"They kind of look at us like, 'What kind of music do you guys play?' These kids, looking like a rock 'n' roll band, pulling out fiddles and banjos," said Matt Kline, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter.

Curiosity, Kline said, is a good thing for The Fox Hunt, a bluegrass and country band out of the Eastern Panhandle. The band's oldest member is 25.

"I guess it is a little rare for us to be young and playing the style we do," said Kline, 23, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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The Fox Hunt released its 10-track, home-recorded original album "Nowhere Bound" in April and, at the time of the interview, were preparing to go to Knoxville, Tenn., for a series of shows this weekend.

Kline and 21-year-old John Miller of Martinsburg share song-writing, vocal and guitar duties. Matt Metz, 25, of Harpers Ferry, plays the mandolin and banjo. Ben Townsend, 24, of Romney, plays fiddle and banjo.

Before forming The Fox Hunt, three of its members - Kline, Metz and Townsend - were in a metal band called The Red Oranges.

Townsend was the one who introduced everyone else to bluegrass, said Kline, who grew up listening to '90s-era Green Day and Nirvana.

Learn more about The Fox Hunt at www.myspace.com/lefoxhunt.

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Hear it for yourself

Go to www.herald-mail.com to hear a song Matt Kline of The Fox Hunt wrote about the highs and lows of life, inspired by a group of "regulars" at a bar in Martinsburg, W.Va. The song, "Lord, We Get High," is off the band's latest album, "Nowhere Bound."

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