Wombat Junction with their “the dude abides” brand of Americana, are emblematic of the kind of laid-back and talented clientele Foxfield caters to. Headliner Wombat Junction makes heartfelt music, blending genres during explosive performances. Don’t be surprised if the night ends in a big ol’ jam fest.
McKenzie Butler came to South Carolina by way of Tupelo, Mississippi where she found her love of music at a very early age. After learning her first guitar chords while sitting on a friend's back porch, she began writing lyrics and putting them to music. By the age of nineteen, McKenzie was performing at open-mic events and placing in various singer-songwriter contests in her hometown. After relocating to Columbia, South Carolina, McKenzie worked diligently on cultivating her craft by studying and performing whenever and wherever she could. Her musical influences include Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, and Susan Tedeschi, and her soulful, bluesy vocal style is often compared to artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.
McKenzie would eventually share some of her original material with musicians she had met at open mics and acoustic shows. In 2016, the McKenzie Butler Band began rehearsing, recording, and performing for growing audiences. Drummer Barry Harp and bassist Justin Marshall combine for a tight rhythm section while Whit Jones (guitar) and David Headrick (keys) add precise melodies and striking leads to complement McKenzie's exquisite vocals. Since then, the band has graced stages throughout the southeast including Columbia's Music Farm and The Fifteenth Annual Birdfest in Pinewood, S.C.
The band released a 6-song debut EP of original material in October 2018 and the group is already hard at work on a follow up album. With a true love for artists ranging from James Taylor to Michael Jackson, which absolutely shines through into their music, the McKenzie Butler Band will be entertaining audiences for many years to come.