Keeping Yadkin Valley's Music Alive (and kickin')
Performing Friday, August 4th at the Reeves Theater
Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Brooks Forsyth is a musician of Appalachia and beyond. He began playing on street corners and barbecue restaurants and has since become a Nashville recording artist. Brooks’ musical style encompasses a variety of genres, particularly within Americana. He has a large repertoire of original songs and a versatile guitar style consisting of both flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques. Throughout the last fifteen years, he has performed solo or with a variation of musical ensembles across the U.S.A.
In 2017, Brooks began recording at the Creative Workshop studio in Nashville, TN with producer Buzz Cason. His last two albums So Much Beyond Us (2018) and his current project feature guitarist Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit), Grand Ole Opry fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, and bassist Michael Rinne (Miranda Lambert). Recordings from these sessions have achieved international radio play. Brooks has also been interviewed on stations such as Grand Ole Opry Radio and Sirius XM Outlaw Country Channel in promotion of these projects.
In 2019, Brooks traveled to Victor, Colorado to film a music video for his original track “Cast My Dreams to the Wind”, directed by Nigel Dick (Guns & Roses, Britney Spears). The video was premiered in May, 2019 through The Bluegrass Situation.
Brooks currently has three solo albums available: So Much Beyond Us (2018), On The Lam And Lonesome (2016) and Back In Cackalacky (2015). His first two albums were recorded at Grenville Art Recording Studio in Boone, NC.
Brooks began playing in western North Carolina in 2006. He is a founding member, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Major Sevens. The band released their first studio album Goodbye Baby (2008). They have opened for acts such as Pokey Lafarge, Horse Feathers, and Acoustic Syndicate. In 2010, in conjunction with MusicFest n’ Sugar Grove, Brooks and his band mates were invited to a festival press conference where they performed for and with Doc Watson.
In 2013, The Major Sevens played for the Global Southern Initiatives Conference at UNC Chapel Hill. The band has performed at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for the Food City 300 and 500. They have also opened shows at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC, before acts such as Lyle Lovett, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile and The Punch Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Del McCoury.