The Tan & Sober Gentlemen stopped by Live and Local this week to promote their upcoming show at the Haw River Ballroom – which they’ll be recording to release as their first live album.


Bringing the fire with a wild blend of Celtic and punk music, the Tan and Sober Gentlemen have been major figures in the local music scene (and the Celtic and bluegrass scenes writ large) for nearly a decade. They earned instant acclaim with their debut album, 2018’s “Veracity,” and followed that up with an equally powerful sophomore effort, 2022’s “Regressive Folk Music.” Their 2018 cover of the Irish standard “Follow Me Up to Carlow” made 97.9 The Hill’s list of the 100 best local songs of all time.

But if anything, the Gentlemen have an even bigger reputation for their raucous live shows – and they’re working with Sonark Media to record their next one for posterity. It’ll take place, fittingly, at the band’s favorite venue, the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. (They say the idea came on the spur of the moment on that very stage – at a show last year, when bassist Ben Noblit told the crowd to come back in 2024 to hear them record an album.)

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The show will take place on Saturday, January 27, starting at 8 p.m. with Dylan Walshe opening. Noblit says the band’s set list will focus on songs they haven’t yet recorded, with a few old favorites mixed in.

Alan Best, Tucker Galloway, Eli Howells, and Ben Noblit stopped by Live & Local to discuss the show and play three songs live. Listen: does not charge subscription fees, and you can directly support our efforts in local journalism here. Want more of what you see on Chapelboro? Let us bring free local news and community information to you by signing up for our biweekly newsletter.