“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,  incredible and inconceivable.”
~ Aaron Copland ~

Poisoned Apple Recordings, Inc., is a collective of North Carolina musicians dedicated to promoting, developing and nurturing local independent music.

Our approach is to call attention to unconventional music, merchandise and entertainment that is beneath the radar of mainstream pop. The music we feature reflects the ethos and aspirations of a subculture that is defined by its own value system, and because music is frequently a catalyst for cultural change, we feel that it is important to give voice to musical talent that has the potential to blast through the confines of the mundane and take us to an entirely different level of musical experience. Because we realize that many musicians struggle financially to gain visibility, we will never charge a fee to the artist and will always provide fair royalties.
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What Sets Us Apart   

//The New Hillbilles
 The New Hillbillies

What happens when you combine a band of brilliant musicians from New Hill, NC with deep roots in country, rock and blues, elevating and meaningful lyrics, dynamic guitar work and an infectious dance groove?  The New Hillbillies is what!  
With a unique hillbilly-rock sound that branches out into the beyond, twisting and turning its way thru aspects of psychedelic, soul, southern rock, folk and improvisational music.

In the fall of 2014, Jeff Womble (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Cameron Johnson (Bass Guitar, Vocals) and two additional original members set out to start a new music venture.  Their new band called “The New Hillbillies” was envisioned as a modern bluegrass band with all the usual suspects. But it soon became clear that this would be so much more.   As the new year approached, lineup changes and a new sense of direction caused these two cousins to realize that the band was in need of a dynamic drummer who could take them to the next level.  One winters day in downtown New Hill a drummer named, Ian Bartschenfeld stumbled on a New Hillbillies jam session.  After that chance encounter, they started playing together and as things developed, the music started to morph and change into the southern rock-a-billy blues sound that The New Hillbilles are known for today.

                In the spring of 2015 The New Hillbillies started playing shows in bars around the Apex, North Carolina area.  Impressive original tunes were mixed with outstanding adapted cover songs to create an intense show that soon had a local following.  Later that year at one of these events they met Jacob Adam Johnston (Lead Guitar), who became a member of the band after sitting in on a couple of songs with the band that very night.  Since then, the band has shared its music in a wide variety of venues across the state of North Carolina.

                The New Hillbillies who hail from Chatham County, North Carolina, have been influenced by a wide variety of musicians and musical styles from past and present.  Musicians sych as, The Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Doors, and Steve Earle have inspired them to create a unique sound that is deeply rooted in country, rock and blues.  A mix of multiple singers and songwriters allows this band to extend beyond its borders to reach an audience every time they take the stage!

//My Son the Manatee
Having met whilst fishing late one night for lamprey and codpieces on a Scottish loch, Jamie Garrett (guitar, banjo, vocals, keys and percussion) and Pat Zande (bass) formed "Old Gregg," a psychedelic folk rock duo that performed at local pubs for free pints, pills and sad handjobs from the down-on-their luck transients that often visit such establishments.

When approached to perform at a private party to play for actual money, the duo wisely absorbed an only partially addled Gerry Dawson who sat in originally on mandolin only.  However when Jamie and Pat realized he could do a lot of the work of the band for them, Gerry quickly added his vocal, guitar, and percussion stylings to the band which became known as "Josh Duggar and The Funny Tummy Feelings."

The private party lead to more rehearsals in Jamie's garage, and that eventually grew to even more rehearsals in Gerry's garage. 
Bolstered by the momentum of their garage rehearsals, the band drew the attention of local and occasionally posthumous producer, Philonious of Poisoned Apple Recordings, who encouraged the band to adopt a name that would not attract "cease and desist letters" from large corporate entities and the ire of the community at large.  "My Son,  the Manatee" was thus birthed into the alt-rock ooze of the american spleen, and the three are currently aggregating with regularity at Philonious' studio where climatic and atmospheric conditions have proved to be ideal for the recording of their debut album


This Area is Under Construction

Lupo is the psy-folk project of songwriter and producer, Philonious.  The music is generally described as psychedelic-folk with the lo-fi feel of bands like Sparkelehorse and Grandaddy.