Making their live debut on New Years Eve 2010, the group continued to polish its record in the studio before releasing it in late 2011.
By then, the band was already making runs out of town, playing as far away
as Detroit. Members have spent the past year furthering their reach, hitting various markets around the state and beyond.
Along the way, the band has juggled members, often performing without Weaver and sometimes adding Woodard's older brother, P.J., on keyboards. Fortunately, they make it work. Flexibility is the key.
"Ian works 60 hours a week. I work - sometimes I work 60 hours a week, sometimes I work zero hours a week," Carroll said. "People have schedules and we're older and we do what we can do. We found that we like being together and playing together and it works naturally."
"We're not in our early 20s any more. At this point, we have to be somewhat grounded - in the sense that I don't want to be broke," Thornton added with a laugh.
But with Carroll having seen success with American Minor (including stints on the road with Drive-By Truckers and the Allman Brothers Band) and the Southern Souls (which toured regionally and appeared on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage) it still may seem strange to some that AC30 members aren't quitting their day jobs quite yet and giving things a go full time.
"One thing follows the other," Carroll said. "That's what I've learned most of all. You don't press the issue. If things happen, they lead you in a direction or lead you down a path. If they don't happen, you don't worry about it and you play in your band that you think is good."
Thornton echoed Carroll's thoughts on the practical, yet focused, approach of the group.
"If we didn't really believe that this band could do something, we wouldn't be doing it. But there aren't any delusions of grandeur like we're going to get signed next year," he said.