Trailer Bride

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Trailer Bride
Melissa Swingle of Trailer Bride. Festival for the Eno, Durham, North Carolina, July 2001.
Background information
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Genres Alternative country
Years active 1993–2004
Labels Yep Roc, Bloodshot Records
Associated acts The Moaners
Members Melissa Swingle
Robert Mitchener
Daryl White
Brad Goolsby
Bryon Settle
Scott Goolsby
Tim Barnes
John Bowman

Trailer Bride was a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based alternative country rock band signed to Bloodshot Records.[1] Formed in 1993, the band consisted of Melissa Swingle (vocalist, guitarist), Robert Mitchener (bass guitar), Brad Goolsby (drummer), Bryon Settle (guitarist) and Scott Goolsby (guitarist).[2] In the summer of 1997, after the release of their first album, Daryl White replaced Mitchener as bassist.

The band is known for a southern gothic sound, with lyrics reminiscent of the works of Flannery O'Connor.[3][4] Their songs are described as "spooky", and often contained dark themes of death, sin and sex.[1] The first album, Trailer Bride, features songs of local character that celebrate Chatham County, North Carolina, and the main route to the nearby town of Chapel Hill, US 15-501. The first track of their album High Seas, "Jesco" is a homage to Jesco White, the Appalachian "Dancing Outlaw". The band met White while playing a show with Hasil Adkins. White told Swingle, "I don't get out much on account of being famous", which was used as a line in the song.[5]

Swingle started playing music when she was pregnant with her child, Isabel. She learned that fumes from her oil painting could affect the baby, so while looking for another creative outlet, she began to play guitar. Isabel's artwork is on the album High Seas.[5]


Year Title Label
1997 Trailer Bride Yep Roc
1998 Smelling Salts Bloodshot Records
1999 Whine de Lune Bloodshot Records
2001 High Seas Bloodshot Records
2003 Hope Is a Thing with Feathers Bloodshot Records


  1. ^ a b "Trailer Bride". Bloodshot Records. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "allmusic ((( Trailer Bride > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  3. ^ "In the clubs". June 13, 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  4. ^ Zaino, Nick (October 18, 2001). "Off the Record: Trailer Bride". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b Flannagan, Michael (August 3, 2001). "A serious 'whiner'; Trailer Bride paints a song of life". Knoxville News-Sentinel.