Scuffletown is an acoustic trio featuring singer/songwriter Marc Carraway; vocals, guitar, slide guitar and mandolin, John Whitlow on harmonica, flute, guitar and vocals, and Vaughn Mairs on upright bass. The trio cuts across a range of musical genres including traditional, blues, jazz and calypso. Their energetic and engaging performances have taken them to venues across the eastern United States, and many critics consider them to be one of the premier acoustic acts in the richly talented Piedmont Virginia area. John Hill, founder of WNRN’s Acoustic Sunrise states about the trio, “Marc Carraway's driving guitar and award winning songwriting is joined by John Whitlow's virtuoso back-up on harmonica, flute, accordion, and dorkaphone (you have to go see a show!), along with Vaughn Mairs' amazing work on the upright bass. The music flows, the good times roll, and you're left with a sense of happiness and ease-Scuffletown Trio style.
Carraway brings more than 35 years of performing and recording experience guitar and lead vocals. Combined with Whitlow’s energetic stylings on harmonica, flute and accordion and Mairs’ versatility on upright, the trio cut across a range of musical genres. Their repertoire, while often centered on a wide variety of original tunes, also includes songs “borrowed” from a range of artists, including Keb Mo, Randy Newman, Bob Marley and Richard Thompson to name a few. In addition, Whitlow brings his unique and humorous perspective to the repertoire, with originals such as Rock-n-Roll Man and Dorky Little White Man Blues.
Scuffletown first began to emerge in the Charlottesville music scene with their formal establishment at a “Name the Band” concert in 1998. The group has since performed at festivals, concerts and clubs throughout the eastern United States, generating a strong following and critical acclaim. Scuffletown released their first recording, Live At The Speakeasy, in 2000, followed up by Roads, their first studio release, in 2003. Their third recording entitled “Another Sundown” was inspired by the group’s love of sailing upon Carraways 39 foot Ericson sailboat, formerly owned by Folk musician Gordon Lightfoot. The trio is currently in the studio and hopes to release its fourth recording in early 2015.
Scuffletown is best known for their diverse and entertaining live shows. The combination of Carraway’s songwriting and guitar work along, with the talents of Whitlow and Mairs, create what one critic refers to as “an outstanding evening of entertainment, full of wonderful songwriting, great instrumentation, fun and downright hilarity. Collectively and individually, Scuffletown has shared the stage with a range of national and international artists including Buckwheat Zydeco, Cephas and Wiggins, Sean Keane, Pierce Pettis, ??????? WNRN’s Acoustic Sunrise founder and former host John Hill states “Scuffletown is truly one of the musical gems in the richly talented Piedmont, Virginia region.”
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"Mischief, Laughter, and Straight Ahead Great Music"
"Seeing Scuffletown is an evening of real entertainment. They're one of the Charlottesville area's gems. Marc Carraway's very seasoned songwriting and expert guitar work, along with John Whitlow's world class harmonica and wonderful flute make for a fine mix. Marc's top-shelf bourbon vocals (that would be smooth), along with the great energy of John's instrumental licks, creates a sound that is both steady and emotional all at the same time. A Scuffletown concert is full of mischief, laughter, and just straight ahead great music. When it's time for the encores, you'll be the one on your feet applauding."
Founder and Former Host of 91.9, WNRN's Acoustic Sunrise
"Scuffletown's "Live at the Speakeasy" is a CD that sings with the spontaneous love of life. Marc Carraway's soulful songwriting is perfectly portrayed through his strong, yet often tender vocals. John Whitlow's harmonica completes the blend with harmonic virtuosity. A great CD to take on the road or just sit back and enjoy."
"It goes down smooth"
"This good-time duo's got range. Guitarist-songwriter Marc Carraway sings bittersweet ballads about moody loners and southbound trains. He's almost country, like Lyle; and small-town sensitive, like Robert Earl Keen. Mouth-harp wizard John Whitlow buoys a down-home blues with a shot of good cheer. It all goes down as smooth as a mug of cool suds on a warm Saturday night."
"Scuffletown is Proof Positive"
"An extremely impressive array of instrumentation and sound from a band of just two. Scuffletown is proof positive that the best things in life are the ones that last."
"Laugh, feel, dance, and laugh again"
“Scuffletown is more than a powerhouse duo; it's a good time with great musicians. Nothing programmed, nothing sampled, just pure, solid, original American folk music. Marc & John will make you laugh, feel, dance, and laugh again.”
David M. Bailey
National touring singer/songwriter
2003 Kerrville Folk Festival Winner
"Compelling and Song-Centered"
Praise for the CD, "Scuffletown, live at the speakeasy":
"In a way, this CD has allowed me to appreciate these local songcraft aficionados more than I already did, because I get to play it over and over. Taking two instruments, harmonica and guitar, John Whitlow and Marc Carraway flesh out the sonic dynamics of folk, traditional blues, reggae and rockabilly in fresh ways. Carraway's pipes only get better the more warmed up he gets, bringing a comfortable, old-soul quality to traditional and personally-penned tunes. In fact, some of the strongest songs, 'All These Roads Lead Out Of Town,' 'Michael Goes To Water,' 'Mary In The Mountains' and 'All I Ever Needed,' are Carraway's work. Set against Whitlow's intuitive toots and bent notes, this collection of songs is compelling and always song-centered, which makes it playable and re-playable."
-Southpaw Scribe Tunes Review
"An evening of outstanding entertainment and music"
-Garrett Lakes Music and Arts Festival
Deep Creek, Maryland