Brooks Forsyth is an American musician and songwriter from Boone, North Carolina. Forsyth's musical style encompasses a variety of genres, particularly within Americana: folk, country blues, bluegrass, and roots-rock; along with components of Jazz and Contemporary Rock. He has a large repertoire of original songs and a versatile guitar style consisting of both flatpicking and finger-picking. Throughout the last ten years he has performed solo as well as with a variation of musical ensembles across the U.S.A.

 

In July 2016, Forsyth embarked on his first national tour across the U.S. promoting his second solo album "On the Lam and Lonesome" recorded at Grenville Art Recording Studio in Boone, NC. Following his first solo release "Back in Cackalacky" in January 2015 also recorded at Grenville Art Recording, both albums have garnered attention on international radio. They are both available on iTunes and Spotify, among other digital distributors.

 

He is a founding member, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the North Carolina band The Major Sevens. In September 2008, the band released their first studio album entitled "Goodbye Baby", which initiated the growth of a strong regional following. Soon thereafter, they began to see their music disseminate across the state. This expansion allowed them to be featured in various notable entertainment outlets, some including Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC), Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (Pittsboro, NC), WNCW radio (Spindale, NC), and Fox 8 News (High Point, NC). Forsyth and revolving band members have intermittently traveled portions of the Southeast, playing as far south as The Green Parrot (Key West, FLA). They have opened for acts such as Pokey Lafarge, Horse Feathers, and Acoustic Syndicate.

 

In 2010, in conjunction with MusicFest n' Sugar Grove, Forsyth and other band members were invited to a festival press conference where they were given the chance to play for and with Doc Watson. After hearing the band's rendition of Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean A Thing", Doc exclaimed "Ah, country jazz!"

 

Since 2012, The Major Sevens have performed a considerable amount in the piedmont region of NC They frequently provide outdoor/lobby music for Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC. There they have played before acts such as Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile and The Punch Brothers, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. In 2013, they played for the Global Southern Intiatives Conference at UNC Chapel Hill.

 

Since 2013, the band has also been a regular act at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. They are featured in race festivities of the Fan Zone during the Food City 300 and 500.

 

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