BIO

Roam Like Ghosts is the acoustic duo of singer/songwriter, Mathew Daugherty and guitarist/songwriter, Bucky Fairfax. Mathew resides in Reston, VA; Bucky in Cary, NC. The duo’s song writing process is a virtual experience, iterating through a geographic distance until songs are formed and the story is told. Despite the distance, the duo performs regionally between DC and North Carolina at a variety of cafes, bars, and breweries in what the band describes as intimate performances in settings conducive to their sound and mood.

Mathew started singing at an early age and started his first band with some high school friends in the 10th grade. Bucky grew up around musicians and started playing guitar at 13. His dad was a major early influence being an amateur bluegrass guitarist.  Both grew up on and were influenced by classic rock, 70’s and 80’s metal, grunge and alternative rock of the 90’s, and current hard rock, alternative and acoustic rock.

The Ghosts were introduced in a previous life in 1993 through mutual friends in Richmond, VA when Bucky’s band was looking for a singer. After a few line-up and name changes, the band SEDAH was established and performed and recorded music from 1994-1998. Fast forward twenty years to 2017, after a handful of collaborations and a few bands later (notably for Daugherty - 3STARKARMA and The Unaccountables and notably for Fairfax - Radio Silent Auction, and Something for Now), the two musicians reunited in a musical fusion with a new acoustic sound and writing style more subtle in intensity and deep in reflection and reminiscence, more simplistic and refined, and with a softer edge from their formative years.

Roam Like Ghosts was formed from the writing and recording of their debut album, ‘Yesterday and the Day Before’. The band name comes from a Daugherty lyric in the haunting track "A Ballad of a Friend" and represents for the band a passage of time with connection to our past and future.

“Roam Like Ghosts is an innovative blend of roots-y sounds, put through a post-grunge alternative lens...Anchored by graceful guitar playing and augmented by introspective vocals, the music takes the listener on an emotional ride through the ebb and flow of life.” - Indie Plus Music. Their sound consists of delicate guitar playing and restraint coupled with vocal strength, ghostly melodies, and sober thoughtfulness forming songs of love and loss, life and death, hope and fear.

2021 delivers their sophomore release, '...to that place you call home', in which the Ghosts expanded their production but maintained the pure elements of their acoustic sound delivering a reflective and emotive mix of songs. The album was partly written and mostly recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down, which made recording all that more of a challenge and rewarding for the duo.

The new album was recorded at Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, NC with Dick Hodgin (Hootie and The Blowfish, Cravin' Melon, Clay Aiken, Corrosion Of Conformity, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Quest) at the controls again and finds the group hosting a number of guest musicians providing percussive and ethereal accompaniment to the album's well rounded alternative sound in a full production release.

With roots in alternative and grunge and added acoustic, swampy flair, drawing on life experiences and inspiring self reflection, hope and change, Roam Like Ghosts provides a unique soundscape for much needed escape and reflective calm in current times of the strange and uncertain.


SHORT BIO

Roam Like Ghosts is the acoustic duo of singer/songwriter, Mathew Daugherty and guitarist/songwriter, Bucky Fairfax. The duo first met in 1993 in Richmond, VA when Bucky’s band was looking for a singer. After a few line-up and name changes, their band SEDAH was formed and they performed and recorded music from 1994-1998.

Fast forward twenty years to 2017, after a handful of collaborations and a few bands later (notably for Daugherty - 3STARKARMA and The Unaccountables and notably for Fairfax - Radio Silent Auction, and Something for Now), the duo reunited in a musical fusion with a new acoustic sound and writing style more subtle in intensity and deep in reflection and reminiscence, more simplistic and refined, and with a softer edge from their formative years.

Roam Like Ghosts was formed from the writing and recording of their 2017 debut album, ‘Yesterday and the Day Before’. 2021 delivers their sophomore release, '...to that place you call home', where the Ghosts expand their production but maintain the pure elements of their acoustic sound delivering a reflective and emotive mix of songs.

With roots in alternative and grunge and added acoustic, swampy flair, drawing on life experiences and inspiring self reflection, Roam Like Ghosts provides a unique soundscape for much needed escape and reflective calm in current times of the strange and uncertain.

DISCOGRAPHY

...to that place you call home
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the Single - "Disappear" (MP3)
"...to that place you call home" was started in February 2020 as an EP, but COVID shutdowns and delays allowed for more songs to be written and finalized and an 11 song album was completed at the end of December 2020. The album was pre-released on Bandcamp on January 1, 2021 and released on February 26th, 2021 on all other major digital platforms. The album has a bigger sound with more instrumentation, musical guests, while maintaining the acoustic feel. "We can honestly say, this is some of the best work that we've done yet."

"...to that place you call home" was recorded at Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, NC with Dick Hodgin (Hootie and The Blowfish, Cravin' Melon, Clay Aiken, Corrosion Of Conformity, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Quest) at the helm, engineering and producing.
Yesterday and the day before
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the Single - "Smile" (MP3)
"Yesterday and the Day Before" was released on October 20th, 2017, digitally. "With the popularity of digital media and everyone listening to everything through a digital device, whether downloading or streaming, we didn't see the purpose for manufactoring tons of CD's that a listener would just burn onto their computer or device. Plus it made for less things to bring to shows." For almost a year, the duo went back and forth, crossing state lines to write and record this album. "We are pretty happy with outcome and hope that everyone else is too."

"Yesterday and the Day Before" was recorded at Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, NC with Dick Hodgin (Hootie and The Blowfish, Cravin' Melon, Clay Aiken, Corrosion Of Conformity, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Quest) at the helm, engineering and producing.

REVIEWS

'...to that place you call home' Reviews

Our first single, 'Disappear', from '...to that place you call home' was reviewed by A&R Factory.
"With profoundly eloquent vocals that seep into your mind and make you imagine taking a trip away with that special human in your life, to hearing such intricately meshed guitar sequences that make you gasp in excitement, this is a truly fine song with so much to like inside its caring core."
For the rest - A&R Factory
"It’s the kind of record that brings you from one side of the acoustic-based realm to the other, and in the process, creates a flexible lineup of songs that can’t help but keep you fully entertained, if not outright fascinated at the impressive level of insightful emotion and heartfelt themes."
For the rest - Sleeping Bag Studios
"I get crazy when bands blend their own styles, along with tints of old school and different instruments. You know, things that give you pause – and goosebumps."
For the rest - Divide and Conquer
"The eleven song collection finds the duo further defining and exploring their unique mix of Rock-infused acoustic Folk music. Within the context of singer/songwriter acoustic music the album shines a light on the musicians’ extensive experience in multiple musical genres."
For the rest - The Static Dive
"Their new album “To That Place You Call Home” is nothing less than fantastic......"
"They obviously know their sound and have created a gem. I said it before and I’ll say it again, easily the best album I’ve heard so far in 2021."
For the rest - Indie Music Plus
Indie Music Plus reviewed our single, 'Disappear', in their web episode 231. To hear what they had to say, CLICK HERE
"Powerful and straightforward; folky without being too soft yet alternative without being too eclectic. Fans of acoustic guitar music across quite a variety of genres will once again find refuge in the sound of Roam Like Ghosts."
For the rest - The Ark of Music
"The 11 track record expands on the elements of the band’s acoustic sound, exploring love and loss, life and death, hope and fear, with a reflective and emotive mix of songs. "
For the rest - Indie Band Guru
"Mixing up the genres they love most and injecting a hefty dose of their signature sound has led to a wholesome and lyrically diverse record that we haven’t been able to shut off since it crossed our paths."
For the rest - We Write About Music
ArtistRack's review of our single, 'Disappear'.
"The track feels like a combination of folk and indie-rock, achieving a fantastic combination of various genre definitions and sonic aesthetics."
For the rest - ArtistRack

Our song 'Smile' was reviewed on Indie Music Plus episode 156. Check it out on their YouTube Channel - HERE
Roam Like Ghosts is an innovative blend of roots-y sounds, put through a post-grunge alternative lens...Anchored by graceful guitar playing and augmented by introspective vocals, the music takes the listener an emotional ride through the ebb and flow of life.
For the rest - Indie Music Plus
"The album, which one could surmise is something of an anthology, includes standout songs like the opening track, “When The Wind Blew,” plus “The Quiet”; “If Walls Could Talk,” and “Smile.”

The latter track, “Smile,” is a single waiting in the wings thanks to its beautifully layered harmonies and musical instruments creating magnificent melodies."
For the rest - Indie Rock Cafe
"Musically, Roam Like Ghosts is acoustically driven with rich textures and warm rhythms. Vocally, Daugherty and Fairfax’s singing were absolutely fantastic..."
For the rest - Divide and Conquer
"'Smile' is perhaps the duo’s most affecting number, with its sunny, hopeful eloquence that conveys the singer’s sincere wish to make up with his girl and get back together. Solid all around, these Ghosts could bring a humanistic spirit to any coffeehouse... "
For the rest - Music Connection Magazine
"RLG manage to traverse that territory alongside other familiar ones like country and folk. But the band's very core is unmistakably alternative, which makes them sound contemporary and focused. The convincing performances of Matthew Daugherty on vocals and Bucky Fairfax on the acoustic and slide guitar also help with this ambitious task..."
For the rest - Drooble
"Roam Like Ghosts make a bold statement with their debut, Yesterday and the Day Before, by going against the current of today’s hip-pop wave..."
For the rest - I AM THE INDUSTRY
"Currently in the midst of the big-wave-of-sound musical culture, I find projects like Roam Like Ghosts‘ debut album, Yesterday And The Day Before, refreshing in its minimalist and low-maintenance approach. Skilled guitar artistry, bonafide vocal prowess..."
For the rest - Ark of Music
"Roam Like Ghosts blends the alternative world in an acoustic demeanor towards a grungy bravura through a collaborative effort to infiltrate the music scene on their newest single , ‘Smile’..."
For the rest - Artistrack

INTERVIEWS

A Chat with Roam Like Ghosts (16.04.2021) on The Other Side Reviews. You can check it out here - The Other Side Reviews
An interview with Roam Like Ghosts on UPSTREAM INDIE.com. You can check it out here - UPSTREAMINDIE.com

HAPPENINGS

Tracks form '...to that place you call home' have been selected for Spotify Playlists(note: playlist adds typically last a month), check them out:
'The Great Unknown' has been added to The Other Side Reviews, 'OSRs Folk playlist' on Spotify. Thanks for the add!
'Disappear' was placed on Spotify playlist 'Deep Indie Songwriters' from curator, Bob Smith, of The Static Dive, thanks for add.
'Photograph(Don't Forget Me)' was added to content creator/curator/blogger, Os Garotos de Liverpool's(Brazil) playlist - Os Garotos de Liverpool Apresenta, thanks for add.
'The Great Unknown' was added to blogger, Indie Criollo's (Ecuador) "10 DAILY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE WORLDWIDE UNDER FOR THE DEMANDING EAR # 43" blog, thanks for add.
'The Great Unknown' was added to blogger, Rock Era Magazine's (Cairo, Egypt) palylist, "The Road to Americana! P. 2", thanks for add.

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