Paul Cauthen of Sons of Fathers performs at Maha Music Festival.

No offense to the locals that preceded them on Maha Music Festival’s two stages, but Sons of Fathers have brought the best thing this festival has seen yet today.

Their folk rock comes with ripping southern rock guitar courtesy of lead guitarist Tony Brown and trumpet (and a bunch of other stuff) from multiinstrumentalist Kullen Fuchs.

They’re fantastic musicians and with their denim vests, open shirts, fedoras and old, battered organ, they look like they stepped out of an Allman Brothers behind the scenes video.

Singers David Beck and Paul Cauthen are the best thing going in the band. Their harmonies, especially on songs such as “Hill Country Girl,” sure are pretty. Lines like “long blue dress and a long brown hair” sound sweet in their capable hands.

“Maha! My how it is great to be here,” Beck told the crowd. “It feels like heaven here.”

Beck, Cauthen and the rest of the band seemed to be having more fun than anyone, even those people dancing out on the lawn. I’d love to see them again, especially at a headlining club show where they’d get plenty of time to perform.

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