Sterling Waite moved to Macon, Georgia from the Bronx in October 2009. Sterling’s mother is from North Georgia, and his father is from London. Heavily influenced by new folk groups like Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, and Justin Townes Earle, Sterling formed the Cotton Avenue Hustlers, an old time string band, in the spring of this year. The group is named after Cotton Avenue which at one point was a major part of Macon’s economic center. “Hustlers” refers to the band’s frequent street performances in Macon.
Christian Wimberly, upright bass, and Zachary Gruman, mandolin, are both Alabama natives. Randy Wesson, fiddle, is from Macon, Georgia, the group’s hometown. In true street performer style Christian plays a foot tambourine and Sterling plays a bass drum. In addition to the original songs on their first release “Free in The Mountains”, the group performs an eclectic mix of covers including a folksy version of “Creep” by Radiohead. [+]