Meeting in Boone, NC through Appalachian State's Hayes School of Music, Unaka Prong began as a joint collaboration of songwriting in 2013 between John Hargett, Mike Welsh, Daniel Stevenson, Jonathon Sale, and Chris Pope.
Over the past six years, Unaka Prong has been sculpting a sonically unique identity. Offering a fresh and memorable musical experience that many fans have described 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. Recently the band has been busy touring the east coast performing at music festivals and clubs alike supporting notable acts including Tauk, Col. Bruce Hampton, Moon Taxi, Toubab Krewe, Jonathon Scales Fourchestra, and Dumpstaphunk.
The band takes an experimental approach to many of their songs through an expressive, conversational atmosphere between instruments. Every show and album mixes a hearty blend of genres that is sure to appeal to many different ears.
“There are only five members in Boone, North Carolina’s Unaka Prong, but that doesn’t put it at a disadvantage when it comes to intrepid energy. In chasing tangents of jam-rock, jazz-fusion and funk out into the restless improvisational ether, the band has the textural acumen and knack for pleasant yet refreshingly askew melodies and grooves to make many a Dead hater rethink some things.”
“Great, genre-bending band out of Boone with a range of musical tastes that take experimental journeys in which progressive and jam rock collide. New album “Salinity Now!” is wonderfully all over the place, from funk rock explosions to spare, slow numbers.”
-The Wilmington Star
“...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
“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
John Hargett // Drums and Vocals
Chris Pope // Keyboards
Daniel Stevenson // Guitar and Vocals
Mike Welsh // Guitar
Jonathon Sale // Bass Guitar and Vocals