Who are the Lazybirds?

The Lazybirds band is a classic American roots band from the mountains of North Carolina. Specializing in good-time music that is just about impossible not to move to, there is also a depth to the band that faithful fans have treasured over the years.

The ‘Birds cover a lot of musical ground, from early American stringband music to Dylan classics, as well as classic sounding originals, but deep roots are what hold all of these sounds together.

Lazybirds Socials
Jay Brown

Jay Brown

Jay Brown is a lifelong songster hailing from Birmingham, AL. Jay has spent most of the past 20 years in the Appalachian Mountains playing with Lazybirds and earning a music therapy degree, while also recording and touring to support his solo career. Music is a way of life for Jay, and it truly shows. Jay demonstrates his dexterity on the guitar, harmonica, piano, and banjo. In addition to his gift with instruments, he sings beautifully. He has yet to make a musical sound that lacks in purity and integrity.

James Browne

James T. Browne

James is also from Birmingham, AL. A grade school friend and a musical companion of Jay Brown since 1987, they moved to the northwestern region of NC together in 1993. Here they met Mitchell Johnston and Andrew Christopher, who together founded the Lazybirds band in 1996. James is a stellar drummer, who sings while drumming. That aint easy! He also is a solo performer, playing guitar and singing, as well as a phenomenal carpenter.

Brad Pope

Brad Pope

Brad was born and raised in Asheville, NC. A lifelong immersion in the music from the mountains led him to hearing Lazybirds music along about 2001, and he was immediately hooked. He joined the band in 2017, playing tenor guitar, mandolin, and guitar. He is also a painter/artist running his PopeArt biz in his spare time, whenever he can find some of that.

Cas Sochacki

Cas Sochacki

Cas Sochacki is an American mustache ambassador, father, dobro player and bassist. He began playing dobro with Americana band The Blushin’ Roulettes in the mid-2000’s contributing dobro, lap steel, vocals and bass to the studio release Took to the Country as well as production and engineering on 2014’s Old Mill Sessions. In 2018 Sochacki formed the Western North Carolina folk quartet The Appalucians with partner Angie Heimann and couple Jay Brown and Aditi Sethi. In addition to playing with the Roulettes and Appalucians, Cas recently began thumping the double bass with WNC staples Lazybirds, as well as sliding the pedal steel guitar. All three bands forthcoming releases are being recorded by Sochacki at Farmstead Studio.

Mitch Johnston

Mitch Johnston

On upright bass, rhythm guitar, tuba, and vocals is founding member, Mitch Johnston. Mitch was the first person James and Jay got to know when they moved up to Boone from Alabama in the early nineties. There was an immediate kinship, and together they dove into the deep well of Appalachian roots, blues, country, swing, and jug band music for a few years before the fateful night that Mitch got his old cello out of storage and started thumpin out bass lines on it.It wasn't long after that Mitch met and fell in love with his lifelong companion - a grand old upright bass named Aphrodite, and the two of them gave James and Jay just the right lift to take off, as, well, Lazybirds. Mitch has 100% integrity with all he does, whether it's driving a swing tune with his big bass fiddle, singin his heart out, or being a stellar family man. He's also an electrician, so when the PA isn't working he's always the first to notice it isn't plugged in.

Oliver Johnston

Oliver Johnston

On piano, the sensationally talented Oliver Johnston. Oliver grew up hearing the Lazybirds band, as well as his father's legendary record collection. He began studying piano at age 5 and took to it like a goat to clover. Oliver can play anything, but his soul hangs out in the blues and boogie. His first gig with Lazybirds was down in Alabama at James's sister, Jennifer's house, in the summer of 2021, and he's been bringin out big smiles from the band and the fans ever since.

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