Single Release



“Man Inside”

Organic Records




Asheville, North Carolina


When a legacy group like Acoustic Syndicate returns to the studio for the first time in years, it’s almost guaranteed that the result will be a diverse collection of songs that have been waiting for their chance to be recorded—and then devoured by long time fans. The band’s recent singles span their broad musical spectrum, from the signature sound and thoughtful original writing of “Sunny” to the joyously danceable Grateful Dead cover, “Bertha,” to the irresistible blend of social critique and smooth groove embodied in “Simple Dream” and the iconic cover tunes of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground” and The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll.”

Now the early purveyors of roots-jam music return with one last single prior to the release of their long-awaited full length album. “Man Inside”’s original incarnation was 15 years ago, so it comes from the same musical space that sparked initial fervor for the band in their early years and contains within it that “classic” Acoustic Syndicate sound. It showcases guitarist, lyricist and singer Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry and offers the intimacy of emotive-based songcrafting that has endeared countless fans to this band’s music and Big Daddy’s iconic vocal.

McMurry tells the story behind the song:
“This is one that I’ve had for quite a long time. Bryon (McMurry, banjo, guitar and vocals) said  that he thought it had been around fifteen years or longer. It was going to be my Steely Dan appreciation as an homage to the groove. The message behind the lyrics came out of a much darker time in my life. It is a commentary on that lifelong struggle… that restless realization of an unfulfilled lifetime of underachievement in the face of poverty, ever mounting adversity, and a near desperate desire to do something meaningful before the clock runs out.

It’s also a message of hope… and for my own benefit, serves as a reminder to be thankful for the ones in our lives that make it worth it all. At first, I thought this was one that I was kind of keeping back for a ‘solo’ project, but once I started thinking about it as an Acoustic Syndicate song, it became so much easier to produce. Bryon put down some killer progressive banjo, Jay’s acoustic bass tone and solo was spot-on and Fitz’s drums were crisp and locked up super tight with Jay. What we wound up with is an ‘old school Syndicate tune’ …with a little hot sauce on top.”

A remarkable amalgamation of thought-provoking lyrics and a compelling groove, this is music that is profoundly personal, fiercely distinctive and yet deeply accessible, transcending easy categorization—music that is, indeed, wholly their own. With “Man Inside,” Acoustic Syndicate has shown once again why so many fans fell in love with them in the first place.


  • Acoustic Syndicate is a trail-blazing, seminal group that helped create and shape the genre of Jam Grass
  • In the group’s 25 years, they’ve headlined festivals throughout the Southeast, performed at Bonnaroo and Farm Aid, and influenced several of today’s most popular roots acts like Greensky Bluegrass, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Larry Keel, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon and more