by Whitney Kenerly


“Music is our wine; partially sane but never sober.”

This is the mantra of neo-soul, hip-hop and indie rock fusion group, Dalton Village. The group’s six members come from all over the state, and have been together as a band since 2012.

J. Tahshere Crawford is the group’s MC and said some of the influences that his band mates share includes The Roots, Foreign Exchange and Phoenix.

“It’s really and eclectic group,” said Crawford.

The group’s song, “Nightlife” is a very smooth and jazzy party jam. The exchanges between lead singer Kelcey Ledbetter and rapper Crawford are clearly inspired by collaborations between older bohemian rap groups and chanteuses like Erykah Badu. It’s slinky and playful “” perfect for a night out.

Crawford said that some of the members met back in high school, while others met through the music scene and attending open mics.

“We were all going to this local spot called the Flatiron,” said Crawford.

The group certainly had humble beginnings. Drawn together due to shared musical interests, they just began to practice and jam one summer.

“We started out practicing in a small little hot shed,” said Crawford. “We made it work.”

The mellow sextet was recently invited to play at the WhoDat music festival this August in Greensboro as one of six featured local bands. They also played at The Blind Tiger this summer.

“That was a really big milestone for us,” said Crawford.

For now, the biggest challenges for Dalton Village are coordinating schedules for the six members and finding places to play. As with many up-and-coming bands, it’s hard to break into the local music scene. Crawford said that the band had struggled to find places that would give them a chance initially.

Dalton Village has been invited back to The Blind Tiger, and are excited to branch out into other performance opportunities.

For a relatively new band, they are excited to see things coming together. !