New Year's Show!

Oh hey! You know what it is!  It's New Years in Winston-Salem - in about four weeks.  

Thinking toward the New Year we tend to reflect on where and who we've been before, and though there are some inevitable areas of shadow, it's good to reflect on the light so we know which way to turn.

There are dark and light times in music.  There are dark and light sides of hope.  We are very excited about our new projects in the coming year, so let's finish 2016 off with a rumpus!  Here's a little video we made telling you about our December 31st show, with some traces of where we've been and where we intend to go.  Hope to see you then.


Phuzz Phest Line Up 2015

Hi all!  It's that time of year! The line up for the 4th annual Phuzz Phest is released and we're pumped!  Take a look and see who all you'll be seeing perform this year!  (See what we did there?  We spoke as if you already had your Phuzz Pass.  We hope you do.)

In other news,  Matt, Kate, & Devin  (we missed Gunnar while we were gone!) went to Nashville and played a beautiful house show with our great friend Brettan Cox (and our new friend Brie Hunt aka Captain).  We made some videos with Brettan while we were there!  Check 'em out!

Hope you like them!

Until next time!

The Genuine xx

Best Folkin' New Year's // Round Two

We have exciting news to share! On December 31st, we will be joined by our good friends Tyler Nail and Charlie King in Winston-Salem, NC to bring in the new year. That's right, you heard correctly.  It's going to be the Best Folkin' New Year's party ... round two! Bring your noise makers. Bring your family. Bring your family's noise makers. Bring your friends. Bring whatever you want as long as you meet us at The Garage, downtown Winston.

We made a super fun announcement video with all the artists that will be performing that night.  Any and all information you would ever need to be prepared for the best night of 2014 is IN THAT VIDEO! We love you all and thank you so much for helping us have a wonderful year. Please come and hang out and celebrate with us the Winston-Salem way.

Autumn is Upon 'em.

We can't tell if the summer went by fast or slow, but regardless I think we are all pretty excited about fall - and I'm sure we're not alone.  It's a popular season change in that it makes all things look new and exciting.  It's a cooling off and a slowing down enough to enjoy chicken stews and haunted houses, bonfires and fall festivals, taking drives just to see the transforming trees... All before the hustle and bustle of Christmas begins.  We're sure fall was placed at this time of year for a reason, for with the leave's new colors can come a new skin for us.  It's the chance and excuse to start fresh and uninhibited, like a new school year.

We're excited for our fresh start and second wind.  We've got some new recordings, some new songs, and some new paths, and we can't wait!

Our upcoming shows:

Oct. 25th - Winston-Salem, NC - Ardmore RAH! 

Oct. 25th. - Winston-Salem, NC - The Garage w/ White Violet

Nov. 6th - Winston-Salem, NC - Krankies Warehouse w/ Joseph

Nov. 19th - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave w/ The Rinaldi Flying Circus

Here's our latest Saturday Session if you missed it!:

xx Kate, Matt, Gunnar, Devin

"The Wild Hunt a-Comin'"

Hello Hello! 

Hope everyone is doing wonderful!  Spring is finally here! It's warm most of the time!  The blooming buds' reproductive systems are slowly poisoning us all to death (or as most call it: "seasonal allergies")!  And we're all forced into a flourish of vernal cleaning!  Unless you're Kate Allivato...  then you live by the broom year-round. 

Moving on from our attempt at witty written eloquence (dang it!).  We're pretty pumped to say that we spent a weekend recording a couple new songs with David Arnold in Tennessee.  He and his wife are very welcoming, he has a great set up, great talent, some awesome cats, and we're really excited to be working with him again.  We will keep you updated on how the new project is going; You'll be the first to know when we release it!

In other news, here are our upcoming shows*:

4/27 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's - FCEA Showcase

5/03  - Winston-Salem, NC - b/Eats on the Street 

5/20 - Winston-Salem, NC - Krankies Werehouse w/ The Dawn Drapes

5/21 - Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse - BOTB

5/31 - Durham, NC - Motorco - Catie King w/ The Genuine

*Check out our Tour page for more info & dates.

Until next time, sincerely, with love,

Kate, Gunnar, Devin, & Matthew xx

P.s.   The title of this love letter is a song lyric by The Tallest Man on Earth. We love him. Don't you?

Springtime Psych-Out

Hey guys!

Let's just be real, we all were hoping Punxsutawney Phil would not see his shadow this year, but alas, there's a light at the end of the tunnel!  We've been blessed with some pretty astounding days recently, so we took full advantage of our new-found revival (hey, that sounds like a band name! Hmm...) and made some videos!! Yes, videos!  Our goal is to make one new video each week so keep an eye out on our YouTube Channel by subscribing.

This spring, we have shows coming up all over NC & we continue to add more! Make sure you check out our tour page to see when we are playing near you.  We're playing from Durham to Bristol and everywhere in-between, including Phuzz Phest April 4-6! Also, we are very honored to be nominated for Best Local Original Band and Best New Band under YES! Weekly's Annual Triad's Best Awards!  Please click on the link here and vote for us, along with your other favorites in the Triad! 

Finally, after Spring comes Summer.  The time of freed inhibitions, no school, shorts, no school, concerts outside, vacation days (for the full timers), hiking, (did I say "no school"?), the list could go on.  To do this agreeable season justice we have some plans coming down the pipes that we think you guys will like.  We know we're excited!  So stay tuned!  

We will leave you with our first edition of Saturday Sessions from the Allivato home.  Enjoy!

The Genuine xx

New Year, New Songs, New Shows!

We would like to thank every one who came out to our NYE party at The Garage, we were lucky enough to play to a sold out crowd and start off 2014 in a big, big way. We would also like to thank Tucker Tharpe and his crew at The Garage. It's so rare to meet people so passionate about live music and we are extremely grateful.

We were excited to share some new songs with those who attended NYE, but don't worry we will be taking them on the road with us this year. Look out for a slew of dates coming from us very soon. Also, if we haven't been to your town yet, let us know! We like to travel and meet new people so please send us a shout at and tell us where we are going next and we will do our very best to make it happen.

Lastly, we were extremely honored to sit down with Our State Magazine for their "Music In The Lobby" series, which you can check out here. 

- The Genuine

Photo by Caroline Butler

New Year's Eve Announcement

We are so very excited to announce our first New Year's Eve show. We've put a lot of love into planning this very important night and now we finally get to share it with you! We will be performing at The Garage in Winston-Salem. We will also be joined by our best good friends Old North State from Asheville and some new friends from Boone called Mont Saint. Festivities will begin at 8 p.m. with Mont Saint opening, followed by a set from Old North State. The Genuine will be taking the stage at 11 p.m. and play two sets throughout the night (with some very special performances.) Be sure to get there early for door prizes and new merch, including a special edition poster that will only be available at the "Best Folkin' New Year's Eve" Party In Winston-Salem! Get there early and don't forget to join the official Facebook event for updates!

Also, we will be releasing a Christmas song, special for you very soon so be on the lookout!


xx Matt, Kate, Devin & Gunnar

Original Artwork by Julie Sohn

Blind Tiger tonight with Joel Henry Band!

Hey guys and gals!  Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! We definitely did!  We are so thankful and blessed for all of our friends and family, and for all of the support everyone has given us.

Tonight we have the pleasure of opening for Joel Henry Band!  Some of you might remember Joel from our album release show, in which case you know how wonderful he is.  If not, then we are super excited that you get to hear him for the first time!  So everyone make the trip to the Blind Tiger in Greensboro tonight and come have some drinks, meet some great people, and listen to music!  We'll see you there.

xx Matthew, Kate, Devin, & Gunnar

Joel Henry Band Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos - ReverbNation


Ziggy's Harvest Jamboree Tonight!

Tonight is the 1st annual "Ziggy's Harvest Jamboree!" All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. You can get in for free if you bring three non-perishable food items (or you can just pay $5.) Either way, there's going to be a lot of great music tonight. So grab your friends and some cans and bring your dancing shoes on down to Ziggy's tonight. We promise it's going to be a lot of fun!

- The Genuine


Live @ WFDD's "Triad Art's Weekend"

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bethany Chafin for an interview and studio session on Triad Art's Weekend. It was played on the 88.5 WFDD twice, but in case you missed it, you can listen now here!

Next week we will be venturing out to Our State Magazine's offices to record a session in their lobby. Needless to say, we're pretty pumped!  We also have some more very exciting news that we're not quite ready to share just yet. Rest assured, this fall is going to be a lot of fun.

Thanks for all of your love and support,

The Genuine



Latest Winston-Salem Show

Hey guys!  Just a reminder about our show tonight (Friday) at The Garage @ 9:00pm!  We are playing with our friends, Old North State, coming all the way from Asheville; so let's make it worth it for them and give 'em some good ole WS hospitality!!  Also, we have some new t-shirts for sale and if you haven't had a chance to get the new album, now's a good time! We'll see you there! 

"Blooms" out today!

The long awaited (at least for us) release day for our first full-length album entitled "Blooms" is finally upon us. Available on iTunes and Spotify for your listening pleasure. Excitingly, "Blooms" debuted at #61 on the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter charts and we couldn't be more humbled.

Also, a really really really big "thank you" to everyone who came out to show support for us at our release party on Friday and our in-store performance at Earshot Records on Saturday, we appreciate everything you do. Thank you to the people who made us a cake with our album cover, thank you to the people who stayed and talked to us after and especially thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped as grow. We literally can not explain how important you are. As sincerely as we can possibly say it, THANK YOU.

 - The Genuine (Matt, Kate, Gunnar, and Devin)


Listen to "Blooms" Right Now!

We hope you enjoy our first full-length album and we sincerely hope to see you at our Album Release party on Friday August 16 at Krankie's in Winston-Salem. If you can't make it out, don't worry! We're having an in-store performance Saturday at 1 PM at our favorite local record store, Earshot Records.

Thank you for your continued love and support, we couldn't do all we do without you.

Album Release Festivities

As we inch closer to the release of our first full-length album, we are delighted to be sharing some awesome moments with you all.  

Firstly, we will be having our album release party at Krankie's Coffee in our lovely hometown of Winston-Salem, NC on August 16th. Overmountain Men and Joel Henry of House of Fools will be joining us. This will be the first opportunity to get a copy of our new record "Blooms." Please visit the event page for more information and to RSVP.

We are also very excited to announce that we will be doing an in-store performance at Earshot Records, on Saturday August 17th at 1PM. This will be a great opportunity to grab the new record, talk to the band, and hear a very intimate performance. Needless to say, we are very excited. 

That is all the news we have for now, but stay tuned because we will be announcing new dates on our tour page very soon as well as a way to pre-order "Blooms" so you can make sure you are the first to get it! 

Love always, 

The Genuine (Matt, Kate, Devin and Gunnar)



Free download of "Wash Over" From Our New Album "Blooms"

Howdy folks,

We're excited to share our first track off of our new album "Blooms" which comes out August 20th. The track is titled "Wash Over" and it is FREE to download! Let us know what you think and of course share it with all of your friends. We're also excited to say that we will be doing an in store performance at a record store in Winston-Salem before the release. That and news on our album release party coming this week, so keep your ears peeled.

 - The Genuine


"Blooms" - Our Debut Full-Length


Making our first full-length album has had it's challenges but mostly, it has been one of the most rewarding things we have ever done. So without further adieu, we are happy to announce that our first full-length album "Blooms" will be released August 20th. Also, our album release concert will be at Krankie's on August 16th and we have an outstanding lineup and other great things in store for that night, more details to come!

We put our whole hearts into this labor of love and we are so excited to share it with you. Below is the album art, which was created by Ivana Bogdan and the track list.  Next Friday we will be releasing one of these songs as a FREE DOWNLOAD! So Make sure you sign up for our email list here so you don't miss out on that. And as always, we want to thank each and everyone one of you for your continuing love and support.

Thank you,

Devin, Gunnar, Matt & Kate (The Genuine) 




1. Violence Creek

2. The Spinning

3. Western Carolina

4. Intimate

5. Wash Over

6. Battles

7. Younger

8. Our Woodgrain Hearts

9. Light of Love

10. Crimes

11. Devious

12. Revelry

13. Farewell Hymnal


Studio Update

Originally published June 20, 2013

Hello friends,

We just wanted to take a moment and share with you everything happening in the world of The Genuine. Last weekend, we stepped into the studio to record our first full-length album at Greenhouse Studios in our hometown of Winston-Salem, NC. Armed with Producer and Sound Engineer David Arnold, we recorded thirteen tracks in one weekend and after three days of very little sleep, swollen fingertips and poorly timed power outages we called it a wrap on Sunday evening. After all of the excitement, the recordings have been packaged up and are now on their journey through mixing and mastering. Right now we are hoping to release the album mid-August and have a big party celebrating it's release (everyone's invited.)  Album name and art will be released soon so be on the lookout!  Words can't express how excited we are to share this labor of love with you.

Thank you for all of your love and support,

Matt, Kate, Devin & Gunnar




Krankie's on May 17th

Originally published on April 27, 2013

Howdy everyone!

The Genuine has been very busy as of late and in case you didn't hear, Matthew and Katelyn became engaged last weekend. Many congratulations to them. Looking forward though, lots of big things coming up for the band. We will be playing a ton of shows in the upcoming months. Most notably, we will be playing Krankie's Coffee on May 17 with our friends Blakley Leonard & The Clay Monsters and Tyler Nail. "What makes this show so special?" you ask. Well, we have a very big announcement to share with y'all that day. So don't miss out!

See you there!