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Sept 16th 8pm Live from “Iowa’s Renaissance Man” Chad Elliott

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

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.

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May 13th 8pm $5 Monkey Hill, Blues Americana

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

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.

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July 15th 8pm $10 David Childers and the Serpents

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

david childersThroughout 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

More info and links

http://nodepression.com/album-review/david-childers-bone-rattling-roots

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/an-exclusive-first-look-at-david-childers-new-album_us_58e30df6e4b02ef7e0e6e022

http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/listen-david-childers-collar-and-bell

https://www.relix.com/blogs/detail/song_premiere_david_childers_run_skeleton_run

http://shutter16.com/run-skeleton-run-and-tales-of-bloody-bones/

https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/david-childers-run-skeleton-run/

https://glidemagazine.com/183953/introducing-david-childers-unique-creator-song-interview/

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2017/05/reviews/albums/david-childers-links

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Sept 23 Featured Artist “Magnolia Wing” 8pm

Posted on Jan.01, 2017

Magnolia Wind are an incredible, award-winning, husband and wife duo. Their unique combination of Americana, Rock, Country, and Folk provides a fresh sound on the Nashville music scene. Both being accomplished musicians, Chris and Kristen are able to switch instruments effortlessly to provide a much bigger sound than you expect from a duo. The two have captivated and connected with audiences everywhere they play.

Chris Butler – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Kristen Brassel Butler – Vocals, Bass, Percussion

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“Past show” July/10th/8pm/$8, “Bombadil” from Ramseur Records (Home of Avett Brothers) Drew Spencer to open

Posted on Jan.29, 2015

Daniel Machalak, James Philips

NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, AUSTIN AND EVEN GAFFNEY.  Time to welcome these guys back for what will likely be the last time.  Like most of the performers we bring through, once they start packing seated 2,000 plus Music Halls, its hard to bring them back.  What would rock ‘n’ roll sound like if someone poked fun at it? It would sound like Bombadil, rock nerds from Durham, NC. Part blues rock, part folk, part who-knows-what, Bombadil sees the value in the nuance and the humor in the awkward moment, tackling music with an enthusiasm kind of like kids with their first instruments.

Happily, a regimen of relaxation and stretching exercises has Michalak’s pain under control, and the band is rebuilding its momentum. They spent most of 2012 touring and recording the songs that became Metrics of Affection. The album is their most melodic and adventurous outing yet, a cornucopia of styles marked by mischievously surrealistic lyrics and their familiar lush harmonies. Their inventive arrangements add funk, country, boogie woogie, rap, early rock and hints classic pop songwriting, circa 1940, to their already eclectic sound.

“We produced the album ourselves,” Robinson says. “We recorded in our house in Old North Durham. James [Phillips, our drummer] engineered it in our home studio. It’s the first time we recorded at home, instead of going somewhere to make a record. It was also the first time that we used drum machines, synths and samplers. James sang more on this record than ever before, Daniel rapped for the first time, Bryan wrote a cello part for the first time and I recorded pitched wine glasses for the first time. We all write songs and we’re not afraid of jumping out of our box to write any kind of song we like, whether it’s classical, hip-hop, punk or bluegrass.”

Bombadil - April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Spencer will be opening for these guys tonight.  Drew has been one of our founding musicians at our Tuesday Night Open Mic nights holding the attention of listeners with his soulful and somewhat Dylanish personality.

Photo by Patron Miller Photography

Photo by Patron Miller Photograp

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