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Unaka Prong


Meeting in Boone, NC through Appalachian State's Hayes School of Music, Unaka Prong began as a joint collaboration of songwriting in 2013.

Over the past five years, Unaka Prong has been sculpting a sonically unique identity, offering a new and memorable musical experience for the listener. Many fans have described their sound as a melding between prog rock groups like King Crimson, jazz funk groups like Soulive, and psychedelic jam rock groups like Phish. Combining odd meters, funky grooves, and earnest lyricism, their latest release, 'Salinity Now!', reflects the group honing in their songwriting with each stylistic direction.

The band takes an experimental approach to many of their songs through an expressive, conversational atmosphere between instruments. Each album mixes a hearty blend of genres and styles that is sure to appeal to many different ears.

Press Reviews

“...a tight-knit live band.”

-Dolan Reynolds, The Poke Around
"I am so into this band from Boone, North Carolina! Their album, Margot, easily made my top ten of regional faves for 2016. Proggy, jazzy, and all-around fabulous."
-WNCW 88.7's "Local Color" via Tumblr

“A new band named Unaka Prong with a high quality first output brings us an entertaining mix of styles...Funky grooves with guitar, trumpet and dirty organ? It works good here and the band has rich talent for cool rhythms and fine interaction...The sound is rich and vivid and close to a live-sound.”

- Peter Funke via “WeekendProg”
"A fascinating journey through funky, bluesy, jazzy, yet progressive rock music from Boone, North Carolina. Trumpeter Nic Pressley is so fun to listen to! And I love how the rest of the instruments are recorded to sound as if you are among them, on stage. Awesome! Chris Pope's vintage keyboards are gorgeous and always up front and center. The vocals are awesome and hilarious in a kind of Robert Wyatt way. The dual guitars of Mike Welsh and Daniel Stevenson are so nicely constructed--as if Paul Weller was playing with Radiohead or . . . Paul Weller! The drums are recorded so warmly that you might as well be sitting in drummer John Hargett's lap."
-BrufordFreak via
“Adult Contemporary” is an adventure to listen too, and there is never a dull moment. The musicianship is incredibly tight, showcasing the true, raw talent each band member possesses. When all of the genres and individual influences are working together, it’s something special....People often associate jam bands with four-hour set lists and overly long guitar solos, but a local band proves on its sophomore album that jams become much more interesting when you infuse elements of jazz, rock, reggae, funk — and well — just about everything you can imagine."
-Brian Miller, The Mountain Times


Band Members


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                                                       John Hargett // Drums and Vocals


                                                                     Chris Pope // Keyboards

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                                                         Daniel Stevenson // Guitar and Vocals

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                                                                          Mike Welsh // Guitar 

                                                       Jonathon Sale // Bass Guitar and Vocals





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Salinity Now!

by Unaka Prong

Salinity Now! marks the third full-length release from Unaka Prong. Showcasing the band’s ever-evolving dedication to combining odd meters, funky grooves, and earnest lyricism.


released April 2018

Tracking Engineer: Frank Barrett
Mixing Engineer: Chris Pope
Mastering Engineer: Chris Pope
Album Art: Mike Welsh
Tracked at Barrett Sound Studio in Nashville, TN
© 2018 Unaka Prong

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