Acoustifried is a 5 piece country rock band out of the Tri Cities area that formed in August 2009. Acoustifried is J.r. Moore, Jeffery Wright, RJ Smith, Jason Malone & Dan Herrell. Acoustifried released their first EP back in September 2012, titled "One Hitters" and is available for sale at their shows or on their website, www.Acoustifried.com.
Lead vocalist & guitarist J.R. Moore started his musical career singing solo in churches at the age of 6 and then started playing guitar at age 15 and has since played in many local bands around the area including Flashback, Brand X, Cold Steel, Wyndego and The Duotones. His band Brand X won the regional True Value/Jimmy Dean competition in 1994 and traveled to play for the state title at ever popular Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville where they finished 2nd. Not long after that he joined Cold Steel where he found his longtime musical partner Jeff Wright and played with them til 1999 opening for national acts Perfect Stranger, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, David Allen Coe and traveled to Atlanta to open for Pam Tillis at Lakewood Ampitheatre. J.R. then went solo and opened for acts Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence before recording a full length gospel cd which included some of his original songs and toured the 5 state surrounding area promoting the album. He then joined back up with Jeff Wright to form The Duotones. After a while he talked Jeff into making a full band again and Acoustifried was born. Jeff Wright has been playing the Tri Cities since the 70's and played with Nite Flite and Nugget where he performed at Freedom Hall in a WQUT based "Battle of the Bands". Later he played in a local tri-citie sband called "Roccoco". He later joined Cold Steel and was with them the whole time that band was playing. Jeff and J.R. have been playing together since 1994. Jeff plays lead guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and does vocals as well as running Acoustifried's sound. Florida native RJ Smith started playing guitar in '87 and bass in '91 and now adds harmonica, upright bass, piano & vocals to his list of instruments. He has opened for rock act NonPoint in 1999 and has played in many bands in the South FL area including forming and singing for rock reggae band Relief Squad. He also writes and produces music in his spare time. Jason Malone plays drums and has played the last 7 years at Abingdon's Highland Fellowship church which he played to a sold out Viking Hall on Easter 2010. Jason's music career started at age 3 with the drums and he was soon on stage at age 4 and played in a gospel band with his dad until he was 10 years old. He has played with the popular local band The Nomadz from 2005-2009 and he opened for Little Texas when he was with the band Southband. He later played with Reagan Boggs and has opened for national Christian acts Newsong and Big Daddy Weave. Dan Herrell, related to Tennessee Ernie Ford, began touring to NC, VA, TN and KY with his own band as lead singer and guitar player at age 11. In his mid and late teen years, he toured with country singer John Haney and performed in Nashville at the Blue Bird Cafe and on TNNs show "Crook and Chase". At the age of 19, he played in and around Dollywood with various well known artists for several years. This lead to his retirement of touring and became a studio session player for country, rock and blues artists on the recording label Encore Records. For more info, our schedule, videos and more go to Acoustifried.com and also go to their Facebook page as well to find out when and where they'll be playing next. Stay fried!