49 Winchester by Joshua Black Wilkins

49 Winchester

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Hailing from Castlewood, Virginia, 49 Winchester have always sought to incorporate the conflicting impulses of both longing for home and longing for the road into their music. Over the course of their four studio albums, the eight-piece band’s Appalachian folk has gradually blossomed into a rockier and more rough-around-the-edges sound.

49 Winchester have patiently built a loyal following over the course of their three independently released albums, which began back in 2014 with their self-titled debut release. This was followed by The Wind in 2018, before the trio was completed by III in 2020.

The band’s mercurial, definition-defying style caught the attention of Nashville’s go-to label for Americana and alt-country music, New West Records.

In 2022, 49 Winchester released their first album with New West, Fortune Favors the Bold. the project received far-reaching acclaim, and served as a celebration of the band’s roots in Virginia.

The playful artwork depicts a coal miner, embodying 49 Winchester’s continued determination to pay homage to the blue collar traditions that have long formed the backbone of country music, as epitomised on ‘Hillbilly Daydream’.

Fortune Favors the Bold elevated 49 Winchester from regional heroes to national prodigies. Various outlets championed the group for their eclectic mix of influences, with Holler naming the 2022 album as one of its Albums of the Year.

In 2023, 49 Winchester are set to embark on a hotly anticipated tour across the US, which will see them playing in Tennessee, Arizona and more.

  • Full name: Isaac Gibson, Bus Shelton, Chase Chafin, Noah Patrick, Tim Hall and Justin Louthian
  • Hometown: Castlewood, Virginia
  • Genre: Country
Artist - 49 Winchester Live 2

BREAKING49 Winchester Add UK Dates to Their 2023 Spring Tour

By Maxim Mower, January 20, 2023

The folk-country band will head across the Pond for the three London shows in March.

Artist - Randall King

BREAKINGC2C Festival 2023 Adds Randall King, 49 Winchester and More to Line-Up

By Maxim Mower, January 30, 2023

They'll be joined by the likes of Pillbox Patti, Tyler Booth, Ward Thomas and Song Suffragettes.

Artist - 49 Winchester Live

49 Winchester Concert Tour 2023: Dates & Tickets

By Maxim Mower, December 20, 2022

The Virginia-based mavericks have announced a series of dates that will take them across the US.

49 Winchester by Joshua Black Wilkins

49 Winchester Announced for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2023

By Maxim Mower, November 28, 2022

Virginia's alt-country favourites will be returning to the 2023 festival, which celebrates music from Appalachia and beyond.

Holler Country Music

ALBUM REVIEW49 Winchester - Fortune Favors the Bold

By Hal Horowitz, May 9, 2022

Even if the small-town concepts expressed on Fortune Favors the Bold have been heard before, authentic lyrics and the band's warm southern country rock make them fresh - and even inspiring.

49 Winchester by Joshua Black Wilkins

INTERVIEWHome Sweet Home: 49 Winchester

By Matt Wickstrom, May 9, 2022

Calling in from a quick stint back home before heading back out on tour, frontman Isaac Gibson picks out a handful of his favorite spots in Castlewood, Russell County and Southwest Virginia that he swears by.