String band Into the Fog kisses pandemic good-bye with new album

The early days of genre-defying North Carolina string band Into the Fog were hurried. The…

The early days of genre-defying North Carolina string band Into the Fog were hurried.

The band formed quickly in Wilmington in 2017 to compete in the 2018 Telluride Music Festival, as shown in a documentary by Mason Godwin. Into the Fog then returned home to North Carolina (they’re now based in Raleigh) and reconfigured its membership, recorded a debut album in four days in a tiny mountain cabin, and went on to tour heavily in 2019.

Then, the pandemic. Ultimately, the extended down time helped the band record its second album, “Runnin’ Blind & Chasin’ Time,” without the external pressures of touring.

Cover art for Into the Fog's new album, "Runnin' Blind & Chasin' Time."

The band — Brian Stephenson (vocals, guitar), Winston Mitchell (vocals, mandolin, Dobro), Derek Lane (vocals, bass) and Michael Malek (banjo) — have an album release show Saturday, May 22, at The Palm Room in Wrightsville Beach.

“(The first album) was rushed because we wanted something to say who we were as a band. We played the majority of these songs (on the new album) live for over a year,” Stephenson said. “More than anything we had time to do it ourselves and do it right. For that I have to thank the pandemic.”