Bombadil, a trio from Durham, NC, are tonight's headliners for Back Porch Music On The Lawn. The band, whose name comes from a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," is kicking-off a late summer East Coast and Midwest tour in their "hometown."
Bombadil originally got together when a group of friends at Duke University decided to play music while still attending college. After graduating in 2006 they continued to perform and record until a temporary split-up in 2009.
Last year in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition, the band talked with Linda Wertheimer about their formation, their split after their bassist found he was suffering from nerve damage in his hands, and their regrouping in 2011.
Back in June Bombadil appeared on The State of Things, talking with Frank Stasio and playing some tunes in the studio:
The free concert at the American Tobacco Campus begins at 6 p.m. with The Tender Fruit, a musical project of Christy Smith who is also based in Durham.
The Tender Fruit: