Jupiter Coy­ote at Songbirds

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Their sound has been la­beled “moun­tain rock” — a mix­ture of South­ern Ap­palachian boo­gie, blue­grass-in­fused funk-rock.

In the course of their 27- year his­tory, Jupiter Coy­ote has played more than 5,000 shows, played fes­ti­vals from coast to coast and shared the stage with The All­man Broth­ers Band, Dave Matthews, Wide­spread Panic, String Cheese, The Ra­di­a­tors and Kansas, just to name a few.

” Jupiter Coy­ote used to be one of the most pop­u­lar bands to play Chat­tanooga through the ’ 90s and early 2000s,” says Mike Dougher, ta­lent buyer for Songbirds Gui­tar Mu­seum. “I’ve stayed in touch with Matt Mayes, the leader of the band, over the years. I no­ticed they had two sold­out shows in At­lanta, so we had a dis­cus­sion about them play­ing here.”

ter and Songbirds Coy­ote it so out for booked so one quickly, show, JupiDougher says a sec­ond show was added. Book­ing a band for two shows the same night is a first for Songbirds, al­though Dougher did that when he ran the for­mer Rhythm and Brews.

“The only thing bet­ter than hear­ing JC again, is hear­ing them twice. They re­main one of my all-time fa­vorite bands. So many great songs,” he says.

And t he only t hing bet­ter than hear­ing them twice, is that au­di­ences will prob­a­bly hear two dif­fer­ent shows. Un­like many tour­ing bands, Jupiter Coy­ote rarely re­peats a set from show to show.

Jupiter Coy­ote traces its roots to Bre­vard, N.C., where child­hood friends Matthew Mayes (gui­tar, vo­cals) and John Felty (vo­cals, gui­tars) de­cided in 1990 to pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic.

The duo headed to Athens, Ga., where they joined forces with bas­sist San­ders Brightwell. Steve Tris­men of Boul­der, Colo. (vo­cals, fid­dle) joined in 1999.

Lots of vo­cal har­mony and clever song­writ­ing set these guys apart from the rest of the jam band pack. The band’s eighth stu­dio al­bum is ex­pected to be re­leased this spring.

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Jupiter Coy­ote’s show at Songbirds sold out so quickly that a sec­ond show was added later Satur­day night — a first for the South­side venue.

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