Abby Bryant & The Echoes (2019 On-the-Rise Winner)


Built around a powerful voice and hard-driving rock ‘n’ soul rhythm section, Asheville, NC’s Abby Bryant & The Echoes has secured a fast-growing foothold in the Southeast music scene and beyond.

Founded by Abby Bryant (vocals, keys) and Bailey Faulkner (guitar), the two formed the band out of distinctly different musical upbringings.

Throughout his youth, Faulkner developed his musical foundation from his parent’s love of The Beatles and guitar-driven classic rock staples. Hailing from the same hometown, Bryant formed her musical intuition at home and church where she began singing at only five years old under the direction of her music minister father. With her ear and voice trained on gospel and hymns and a spiritual connection to music, Bryant set the stage for her future career in music.

First meeting in high school, the future founders of the band combined their unique influences — Bryant embraced new genres and a sultry soul and Faulkner found the voice to front his melody-centered arrangements.

Listeners will find it hard not to hear similarities to some of the artists that inspire the two including currently touring acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter, and Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds. At the same time, one cannot deny that even with Abby Bryant & The Echoes’ youthfulness, the band connects to the roots of the music in the members’ hearts. Looking to artists like Etta James, Sam and Dave, and the integral Muscle Shoals sound to light the way, Abby Bryant & The Echoes carries its own soul-shining torch into today.

Abby Bryant & The Echoes kicked off its musical journey in 2017 with its debut EP, Leavin’ You, before hitting the road to perform at fan-favorite venues and music festivals throughout the Southeast. The band’s recent singles “Hold Me” and “Better Now” highlight significant growth in songwriting and performance honed from heavy touring.

Tight, robust, and smooth — Abby Bryant & The Echoes have stepped into the big leagues with these tracks and have shown merely a hint of the maturity fans can expect from the band’s upcoming album.

Although a fresh and youthful group, Abby Bryant & The Echoes assures fans that with an already distinctive voice and constant growth, the group is just getting started along the path to a long career marked by an ever-developing collection of powerful originals and exciting live performances.

Supporting Bryant and Faulkner is the band’s powerful rhythm section filled out by Matt Guard (keys, backup vocals) Anthony Dorion (bass, backup vocals), and Gabe Jones (drums).

Abby Bryant & The Echoes reached new heights as winner of the FloydFest 19 On-the-Rise Competition, securing the band five performances at FloydFest 2021 ~ Odyssey. Building off that success, Abby Bryant & The Echoes kicked off 2020 with authority as it completed its first Colorado tour opening for Leeds, UK-based funk heavyweight The New Mastersounds.

Adapting to uncertain times in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the band has redirected its focus on writing new material and gearing up for a strong return to live music once audience safety can be ensured.