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Churchkey Three!

Maybe it’s the rich blues heritage. Maybe it’s the way its well-worn Southern tobacco nostalgia mixes with its renewed urban charm. Maybe it’s the abundance of college kids, raring to tear loose from the shackles of totalitarian parents. Or maybe it’s just the fact that so many awesome bands call the city home. Whatever explanation you favor, it’s hard to think of a more perfect rock ‘n’ roll town than Durham, N.C.

At Churchkey Records, we’re on a mission to share those local sounds with the rest of the world. Founded in 2007 by Kyle Miller and Steve Jones, Churchkey has kept it loud and local through these first three years, releasing records from an ever-expanding stable of Triangle rock bands.


On September 11, we will celebrate our third birthday (and the prospect of many more) with a little party. Churchkey Three will be a free, label-sponsored showcase at Raleigh’s Tir Na Nog as part of the first-ever Hopscotch Music Festival (with free beer provided by Triangle Brewing Company!) Headlined by popular indie rockers Hammer No More The Fingers, the five-band bill will pay tribute to the rock ‘n’ roll that Churchkey was built to promote.


  • 12:30 PM: The Dirty Little Heaters
  • 1:30 PM: Free Electric State
  • 2:30 PM: Last Year’s Men
  • 3:30 PM: The Dry Heathens
  • 4:30 PM: Hammer No More The Fingers

To get you psyched for the party and more familiar with each of our bands, Churchkey is presenting a series of interviews with all eight of our current bands. Every week starting this Wednesday a different local music publication will sit down for an interview with a Churchkey band. The results will be posted both on this blog and on the publication’s website. Linnie Greene from The Daily Tar Heel’s Diversions section starts things off tomorrow by talking with The Dirty Little Heaters. The full schedule is below: