Sounds from the Steeple: Destitute Way

Joseph Hummel and Justin Collins, sole members of Destitute Way, perfect their musical skills and southern sounds. (Photo special to The Saint)

Destitute Way is a Dahlonega-based music group whose sounds are anything but destitute.

With their bluegrass-meets-indie sound, the duo recently packed the house at the local Crimson Moon Café. Destitute Way’s use of traditional Americana instruments like the mandolin and banjo reflect their hometown of Dahlonega, and is reminiscent of the bluegrass heard around throughout the South. Soft background harmonies often accompany the soulful melody, adding to the simplicity of their music.

Despite only having four songs on iTunes, Destitute Way is scattered throughout YouTube and offer a few selections on their ReverbNation page. However, live performances are where the pair really shines. This group offers a much larger library of songs when playing live than anything one would find from them on the internet.

Out of the few songs found on the band’s iTunes sound track, “Around a Little Georgia Town” offers an adequate sampling of Destitute Way’s twangy guitar sound. The smooth chords and perfectly blended voices add to “Around a Little Georgia Town,” making it one of the band’s most popular tunes.

Destitute Way is made up of both members doing vocals and guitar, while Joseph Hummel specializes in the banjo segments and Justin Collins plays mandolin. Their soft background harmonies often accompany the soulful melody, adding to the simplicity of their music.

A cross between Ed Sheeran and The Avett Brothers, this band creates the perfect blend of hipster and Southern.

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