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Named to honor an enduring Leonard Cohen classic song, “The FBR— comprised of Tim Hunter and Malarie McConaha—purveys American roots music traditions with poetic storytelling and multi-genre instrumental approaches. The two met at an open mic night at Puckett’s (now Fox and Locke) the local watering hole in Leiper’s Fork outside of Nashville.” What initially began as an acoustic project between the pair eventually grew to include a full band bringing additional guitar, percussion, bass, and keys to the table.

 

Their debut single "Rain On" gained traction during a time when we the world was facing a new range of emotions during a global pandemic. Following Rain On, The FBR released songs with themes ranging from love and addiction to spirituality and sin, set in melodies that every listener feels deep in the soul.

 

Recent releases and music videos by The FBR have earned the band interviews and articles in American Songwriter Magazine, American Blues Scene, and many others, and the band has celebrated world-wide reach through Internet radio platforms.

 

Malarie McConaha, the band’s lead singer and electric guitar player, “intertwines her spirited delivery of rich vocals with raw guitar that ensnares the audience’s attention and holds it throughout every performance.” Her captivating stage presence “draws the audience in and her bold delivery strikes deep.”

 

Tim Hunter, songwriter, acoustic guitar and harmonica player, writes much of the band’s original music. Storytelling is what he is most known for, having spent years studying classic literature and writing thousands of poems and songs to hone his craft. “Hunter delivers art and poetry with his lyrics, and matches that with melodies that take the listener on a journey.”

 

The FBR is billed as an all-original, Americana act steeped in Southern rock, blues, country, and Irish to name a few. They are big fans of other story tellers and vocal legends such as John Prine, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi Trucks, Lukas Nelson, Band of Heathens, Fleetwood Mac, Guy Clark, Janis Joplin, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle.

The FBR's lead voice, Malarie McConaha playing a guitar on vacation in Cape San Blas, Florida.
The FBR's Tim Hunter, standing on the famous Abbey Road in London, England
The FBR's Tim Hunter on stage at the National Banana Pudding festival in Centerville, TN. Oct 2018
Matt Sepanic, Malarie McConaha, Alex Berry, Steven Maestro Robinson in a studio session at Dark Horse | Franklin TN.
The FBR's Malarie McConaha sitting outside of Creekside Trading Company in Leipers Fork, TN
Tim Hunter's mini cooper outside of Pucketts in Leipers Fork, TN.
Producer Matt Sepanic working with producer/musician Chris Fisher on The FBR's debut single "Rain On"