Bands - Homegrown Tomato Festival

Dead Cat

Dead Cat is an original country quartet from Charlotte, NC. Born several years ago from a rainy day and a broken heart, then roommates, Cat Glenn and Desmond Landry wrote their first song “Go.” The tone was set for this band’s poignant reflection of lovesick country that was carried by Cat’s soulful voice, and Desmond’s wailing dobro. After being asked to play a few shows and being well received in the Charlotte area, Cat and Desmond decided to record an album. They asked friend and fantastic musician Geoff White (David Childers, Appalucia) to accompany them and were honored and blessed when he became a full time member of the band. Matt Davis, friend and fellow bluegrass lover, became another vital addition in 2015 on stand up bass. Through years of love and loss, Cat found an outlet in singing and songwriting. With a voice that possesses a serene sadness and touches on some of life’s most critical hardships, Cat has been able to bring forth a deep emotional core to her music. Though the content is at times melancholy, Dead Cat pushes an upbeat, catchy country sound that keeps you tapping your feet. Dead Cat was awarded Readers Choice “Best Country Artist” in 2016 Creative Loafing. Dead Cat finished their first full length album in summer of 2017, which is set to release in October of the same year. Check out their website here.

The Bill Noonan Band

C&W traditionalists with rock and roll tendencies, Noonan and ensemble mix “touchstones of inspiration” from way-back C&W and bluegrass days with eclectic rockers and Noonan’s own catalog of top-notch originals. Noonan’s wry presentation and tasteful Telecaster fretwork is complimented by sideman Matt “Shorty” Miller’s energetic virtuosity on mandolin, electric guitar and harmony vocals. Download and listen to Noonan’s “Catawba City” album here.


Bill Noonan has been an active part of the Charlotte music scene for many years, from his days in the 90s and 00s as leader of local Americana pioneers the Rank Outsiders to his more recent work as a solo artist, band leader, and producer.


Download and listen to Noonan’s “Catawba City” album here.

King Cackle

King Cackle is a dirty blues two piece with hints of punk, bluegrass and roots. Joe Nelson, raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, began developing a unorthodox mash up of rock n roll driven slide guitar while spending his summers on the Rappahannock River. This corresponded with the decision of electrifying the sound, and bringing the project to light. Aaron Rogers (Bandasuki, TKO Faith Healer) was introduced to Joe at a local metal show and they've been playing ever since; thus, King Cackle was born. As the two come from different backgrounds of music, the adrenal squeezed high octane punch will keep you grinning; and drinking.