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Acoustic Syndicate
Origin North Carolina, United States
Genres Bluegrass, Rock
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sugar Hill Records

Acoustic Syndicate is a rock/folk/bluegrass band from North Carolina formed in 1992. They have toured nationally in the US, including appearances at Farm Aid and the Bonnaroo festival. Their sound is characterized by three-part vocal harmony and complex polyrhythmic banjo playing. Lyrically, the group often discusses themes relating to subsistence, sustainability and quality of life.

The McMurry family comes from a small family farm in Cleveland County, North Carolina, near Shelby, North Carolina. They have been farming the same region that their ancestors settled over 200 years ago.

Acoustic Syndicate also has roots in Asheville, NC, where Jay Sanders is an active member of the local music scene.



Current members

  • Bryon McMurry: Vocals, Banjo, Guitar
  • Fitz McMurry: Vocals, Drums, Percussion
  • Steve McMurry: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
  • Jay Sanders: Bass
  • Jeremy Saunders: Vocals, Saxophone

Former members

  • John Burns: Percussion
  • Doug Rodgers: Bass[1]
  • Rodger Padgett: Guitar[1]
  • Gaines Post: Flute[1]


  • Acoustic Syndicate (Self-released, 1996)
  • Tributaries (Self-released, 1999)
  • Crazy Little Life (Little King Records, 2000)
  • Live From The Neighborhood (Little King Records, 2003)
  • Terra Firma (Sugar Hill Records, 2003)
  • Long Way Round (Sugar Hill Records, 2004)


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