Growing up on a tiny Arizona ranch, George Banda found his love for music early thanks to his father’s guitar and his grandfather’s mariachi music.

After spending time working in Arizona mines, George knew he needed a change. Moving to Charlotte a decade ago, he earned degrees in theology and music. George can often be found riding his yellow Harley-Davidson nicknamed Pikachu to shows or to teach music, guitar strapped to his back.

The six song, self-titled EP will be released August 26, 2016 on compact disc and digital formats by Croquet Records. The songs convey joy, heartbreak, and unrequited love and showcase George’s range from smoky blues (Waste), to bluegrass (How Special You Are), and country (Sad Song). George often draws comparisons to Ray LaMontagne, Hozier, and Amos Lee.

George Banda marks the second release from Croquet Records, North Carolina’s first 501(c)3 nonprofit record label and songwriter incubator. The six song EP is the first release to be recorded in the Croquet Records studio.

Debut EP available for preorder from Croquet Records.

Stream the debut track, How Special You Are, on Bandcamp.