Members include John Hovelsrud, formerly of Cocktail Frank, Rich Proctor, formerly of The Watts, Depo Provera & Copper Hill. Steve Hyatt formerly of Groove Asylum & Two Dog Walker. Rick Kloskey, formerly of Forgiving Grace and Two Dog Walker
Chicago Blues, Texas Blues, Delta Blues, Jazz Blues, British Blues, Country Blues, and the list goes on. All historically rooted to a region or an era or a specific group of players. All of them popular in their own right. “Monkey Hill” borrows our favorites adds our own unique style and gives our audiences a sample of each.
“Monkey Hill’s” set lists are a melting pot of all the aforementioned genres of the blues, with equal respect paid to the rock, country and jazz music that has also tickled our ears over the past several decades. While still rootsy to its core, “Monkey Hill” represents a modern evolution of the blues, Blues Americana.
At the end of the day, we are four friends who share the same common thread, a love of music, a love of our region and putting a smile on the faces of our followers.
Throughout his 20-year career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader, Childers has written about the tension between secular and religious impulses. His albums have always included songs of wild hedonism and uplifting faith but, as his new album, Serpents of Reformation,evolved, he found himself drawn to themes of salvation and repentance. “I wrote a few new gospel-type songs and the music took on a life of its own. The songs all look at the forgiveness that’s at the heart of Christian philosophy, even though you don’t see a lot (of forgiveness) in the world today.”
Childers usually tracks his records live, with minimal overdubs. This time, he let his son Robert and co-producer Neal Harper control the creative process. “I didn’t set out to make a gospel album,” David Childers says, “I wanted to make a hip-hop record. I’d been listening to a lot of the stuff RL Burnside recorded late in his career. He had a lot of hip hop beats and electronic rhythms in the background. I told my son Robert, who knows a lot about recording technology that I wanted to do a record like that. We started by recording ‘Life of Jesus,’ a song I did with The Gospel Playboys in the 90s, and took off from there.
I first saw David Childers perform on a hot, humid night in July 2000 at the legendary Double Door Inn in Charlotte, NC. Most of the songs he performed that evening were filled with the subject matter of Jesus, damnation, salvation, the devil, forgiveness, and redemption. I will never, ever forget it. It was such an inspiration that the next day I wrote David a personal letter asking him if we could make a record together about those things in which he was singing about. We have been friends ever since. No record or manager contract. Just a handshake.
It is my hope David’s greatness as a songwriter and artist will be recognized and appreciated by many in years to come. Please lend an ear to his latest release, ‘Serpents of Reformation,’ and experience for yourself the same power that moved me so, that mesmerizing Summer night some fourteen years ago. — Dolph Ramseur
“David is the most prolific North Carolina songwriter alive. Everywhere I go people ask about him. It is great to see people constantly discovering this man and his massive body of work.” – Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers
Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott’s life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics. He performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz. He has cultivated more than 1,000 songs in his career while also honing his skills as painter, sculptor and children’s book author/illustrator (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales).
Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. Today, his songwriting has made a marked shift to Americana.
On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana. Here’s what Will Kimbrough had to say about “Wreck and Ruin.”
“Chad Elliott has assembled not only a great group of songs, but some of Nashville’s finest roots music practitioners and producer drummer Ken Coomer to make a soulful and beautiful album. Townes would be proud.” – Will Kimbrough
Elliott is currently working on his 21st album, titled “RINGGOLD.” This album is all about family, home and his life as a songwriter. It travels back to the roots of his hometown in Lamoni, IA. In fact, it is recorded in his grandparent’s home, which he purchased last fall. Elliott plans to release RINGGOLD in 2017.
“Lauren and Lane—faces familiar to the music world answering to a new name, their middle names, to be exact. This alternative folk duo with bluegrass influence plays a variety of instruments and styles. Their sweet and melodious harmonies create a signature sound that it is unique to this project. Lauren and Lane is currently in the studio recording their debut EP. While this pair is new to the music scene, their track record speaks for itself. Already they are performing shows and featuring with other respected artists including Jim Avett, father of The Avett Brothers. We can be sure to expect great strides from Lauren and Lane.
Kellie Lane Hatley Sides and Kacie Lauren Hatley were born and bred out of small town Stanfield, North Carolina. Raised as fifth generation bluegrass musicians, the Hatley sisters are no strangers to the stage. At the age of 3, both Kellie and Kacie were quite literally thrown into the arena by singing with The Hatley Family Band, a bluegrass gospel arrangement, performing for crowds of over a thousand people. Sharing the stage with other siblings and cousins, the girls learned to harmonize at an early age. More info http://www.laurenandlane.com/
What do you get when you cross two multi-talented, award winning, Charlotte area artists, both surviving troubles from their pasts and now telling their stories together in song…with a beautiful, “written in the stars” love story to boot? You get Stolen Hearts!
Pam Taylor and Robert Johnson Jr. have stolen each other’s hearts and are now stealing the hearts of fans, young and old, everywhere! Together, this dynamic duo is well on their way straight to the top and it’s no wonder with what these two have accomplished as individual artists!
Take a look at Robert Johnson Jr. , former founding member and front-man of local Charlotte area band, Moses Jones. Like his namesake, Robert Johnson Jr. has been to the crossroads and his songs illustrate his journey from the roots of his Westside Charlotte upbringing, to the spotlight of the Charlotte music scene. His songs reflect the days of his youth and also what every songwriter strives to do, tell a story.
Having never had a single musical lesson Robert Johnson Jr. was given his first “real” 6 String Guitar at age 10. Rarely did one see him without it. Hard work and devotion to his personal responsibilities and his God given inner musical drive has given us this talented, humble man who now, since realizing that his dream is coming true, wants to tell us thru his original songs, the stories that make him Robert Johnson Jr.
Winner for Best Singer/Songwriter 2014 Charlotte Music Awards
Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Carolina Music Awards
Nominated for Best Rock Male 2013 Queen City Music Awards
Feature in Americana Rhythm Music Magazine June 2014 Issue
Pam Taylor is a Singer /Songwriter/Guitar player from a small town in South Carolina, who is also 3rd generation musician. Her grandfather is a singer/guitar player and her father also plays the saxophone. She grew up singing, playing piano, writing and often performed in plays and with choral groups. At age 18, her father gave her her first guitar, a Washburn acoustic, in which she taught herself how to play. After discovering she had a knack for songwriting as well, she hasn’t looked back. This has been a life-long dream of Taylor who has shared the stage with such artists as Los Lobos, Trampled Under Foot, Tommy Castro, Debbie Davies, Kofi Burbridge, Deanna Bogart, Elvin Bishop and Deborah Coleman…and that’s just to name a few! It’s no wonder she’s making waves, in only 2 years on music scene the expressive singer already has multiple nominations and wins for Best Blues Band, Best Female Rock Artist, Best songwriter, Best Vocalist, Best Blues Rock Release (Hot Mess) from the Carolina’s all the way across the pond. Her debut release, Hot Mess, is getting worldwide airplay and the title track was even noted by USA Today as being one of their top 10 intriguing tracks. Her high energy live performances are drawing the attention of fans everywhere.
WINNER 2012 Charlotte Music Awards for “Best Female Rock Band” and “Best Blues Band”
Voted Created Loafing Magazines Readers pick for ” Best Local Songwriter”
1st Runners Up in the 2012 Charlotte Blues Society Talent Competition
Nominated for Best Rock Female 2013 – Carolina Music Awards
WINNER Best Rock Female 2013- Queen City Music Awards
OFF THE WALL
Always a local favorite. We have had Off The Wall open and headline over the past few yes here at the Capri Theatre. With Will on lead vocals and lead guitar, he is backed by the band featuring Rachael- rhythm guitar, vocals Marisa- keyboard, vocals Ethan- drums. This group demonstrates a soulful, bluesy and ease with innovations of both classics and new top 40’s. “Off the wall” is a sure sign that live music is going strong in the younger generation.
Justin McCorkle, the only son of Marshall Tucker Band founding member George McCorkle, feels he was put here to play music and to bring that feeling that only a real song can bring to music fans. Justin has shared the stage with many stars of all types, from multiple Grammy winning members of The Zac Brown Band to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, to Southern Rock legends. As a singer/songwriter and publishing company owner he has worked with and been groomed for success by some of the best of the business from Nashville, TN to Los Angeles, CA.
McCorkle is the lead guitar player for The Southern Boys Band from Birmingham, AL. When this band decided to take a step back from music professionally, McCorkle decided to get back to his roots. He was approached by Garage Door and Super Spin Records. When this record deal opportunity knocked, McCorkle opened the door. With a new recording project and tour dates on the horizon to support the new record, McCorkle needed a band. Not just any band, but a band that would bring the vision to life.
This band is Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Southern Rock, you name it, the influence is there. This comes by no other means than its members.
Alison Turner Watson, a Converse College graduate and board certified music therapist, brings flute and keys to the mix. Her soulful, yet controllably delivered vocals mesh right in. Her flute brings a totally different dynamic to the sound and keys round out the band’s production.
JJ Guerrieri brings his monster slide guitar that is in your face and something that is not easily forgotten. Guerrieri also shares the lead and rhythm duties with Justin. He has been a staple of the Spartanburg SC music scene for quite some time now and for good reason. He’s an incredibly versatile guitar player that excels at any genre of music.
Michael Johnson’s percussion style is certainly his own. Derived from metal and grunge influences Johnson has no problem falling back to the fundamentals of any style making him beyond versatile. Johnson is just as at home playing the blues as he is metal or country. For good reason, Johnson has been at the music scene for a number of years now and could be one of Spartanburg’s best kept secrets.
Michael Wilkerson, originally from Charlotte, NC, stays in the driver’s seat of this band with his smoky bottom end bass lines. Wilkerson is a blues fanatic and has a heart for soulful music in general. Being a grunge influenced bass player his style transitions quite well with some very innovative impressions on the overall sound.
Lastly Justin McCorkle brings the lead vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. McCorkle being a versed musician and in the music business literally all his life brings the ziplock to the sandwich bag for this band.
In a time of less and less recreation for everyone they bring a breath of fresh air-that feeling that only a performance from the heart and soul can deliver. The music is just a downright good time and a great feeling. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!
Formed in 2015, “Buck Shoals” is a five piece band that defies categorization. All of the members met, and are currently enrolled in, the music program at USC Upstate, where they are learning to hone their craft while submersing themselves in musical diversity. The members consist of Drew Spencer- Vocals & Guitar, Marco Taveras- Piano & Vocals, Dalton Guest- Drums & Vocals, Tripp Hammett- Bass, and Matt Neely- Guitar. During a Buck Shoals performance, the audience should expect both vocal and guitar harmonies, intricate rhythmic structuring, and improvisation. Buck Shoals strives to not be confined by genres or labels, which is made obvious in their original material.