Saturday Sept. 11, 9:30 PM

Blood is thicker than water, and it can leave scars. But like it or not, those in our bloodlines are stuck with us—and us with them—for better or for worse. Paul Janeway understands this conundrum of heritage well. The singer of the Birmingham, Alabama–based rock and roll soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones was born and raised in America’s Deep South, a place where social consciousness can still take a backseat to unsavory traditions and where a family’s expectations sometimes supersede all else. Despite the fierce familial love, he enjoyed and constantly gave back while growing up—especially to his father and grandfather—from an early age Janeway realized that the way he thought about the world was a little different from those around him, and he began to seek an outlet from which to share what was in his heart and on his mind. Blessed with a powerful voice, a magnetism for connecting with people, and a gift for making music, he traded in a career in ministry to start his own band.

Janeway’s fearless showmanship, thoughtful lyrics, and dedication to his performance soon became the band’s calling card, and paired with the inventive and skillful direction of co-band leader Jesse Phillips as well as a full eight-man roster comprised of some of the best young instrumentalists in the South, they soon became a must-see event. (In addition to Janeway on lead vocals and Phillips on bass and guitar, the lineup is rounded out by Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone) and Amari Ansari (saxophone), who replaced Jason Mingledorff following the album’s recording) Over time, Janeway has learned the art of balancing expectations and how to reconcile his past with his future, just as his band have learned how to overcome their perception by pushing against its ceiling. In embracing those things he cannot change, he has forged ahead as an artist and as a man.

Friday Sept. 10 at  9:30 PM 

 

The Steel Woods’ sophomore Thirty Tigers album, Old News, represents a creative leap for the southern roots rock songwriting team of Alabama native Wes Bayliss and his North Carolina partner Jason “Rowdy” Cope, who completed their first recordings barely months after they first met.

Recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios, the site of an old church during a six-day break in a hectic touring schedule, the new double-vinyl disc (the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Straw in the Wind) features more original songs and, for the first time, the whole band participated – including the rhythm section of bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Jay Tooke – playing in a single room, cutting the tracks virtually live

  

 Saturday Sept. 11, 8:00 PM

Dirty Honey is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2017. It consists of singer Marc Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone. Their self-titled extended play was self-released in March 2019. 

When vocalist Marc Labelle moved to Los Angeles he met guitarist John Notto. After performing a gig of cover songs together at a bar, they then played on the sidewalk of Sunset Boulevard in front of about 100 people. It was after this second performance that they decided to officially form a band in 2017. Notto recruited bassist Justin Smolian, and the trio had trouble finding a drummer until Smolian brought in Corey Coverstone, who enthusiastically asked to join.Labelle came up with the name Dirty Honey after hearing Robert Plant mention his band The Honeydrippers in a Howard Stern interview and thought it sounded like such a "dirty" rock and roll name.

  

Saturday Sept. 11, 6:30 PM

 

Fastball's new album The Help Machine follows on the heels of the band's acclaimed 2017 release Step Into Light. The new set, on the Austin, Texas trio's own 33 1/3 label, once again demonstrates the distinctive songwriting, expressive vocals and inventive melodic sensibilities of Zuniga and his bandmate Tony Scalzo. With drummer Joey Shuffield completing the longstanding lineup, the trio's time-tested creative rapport is as potent as ever on such compelling tunes as Scalzo's "White Collar," "All Gone Fuzzy" and "The Girl You Pretended to Be," and the Zuniga compositions "Friend or Foe," "Holding the Devil’s Hand" and the album's enigmatic title track. 

The Help Machine's 11 new originals gain added sonic appeal from the production of Los Lobos member and versatile Grammy-winner Steve Berlin, whose studio resume includes work with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo, Faith No More, Rickie Lee Jones and the Tragically Hip. 

 

Friday Sept. 10 at  8:00 PM 

“One thing I think we can all agree on is that this global pandemic highlights the courage and selflessness required of frontline healthcare workers to do their jobs,” Worsham said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude always, but especially right now. I’ve always loved the song ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, and I think it’s the perfect song to thank these people for their incredible sacrifices. I’m so happy that we were able to receive photos and videos from everyone so we can hopefully shine a little light on them, and we can hopefully bring a few smiles to folks at a time when they really need it.”

  

Friday Sept. 10 at  6:30 PM

“I feel like I’m film in a digital world,” says 29-year-old singer-songwriter Aubrie Sellers. “There are so many slick, clean-sounding records that are designed for quick consumption, but that’s not me. I make dirty, grungy-sounding records, and the emotions spill all over the place. They’re messy at times, but I find beauty in that.”

Elaborating on her film versus digital comparison, Sellers recounts a recent viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey: “I saw it the way you should, in a movie theater, and I just sat back and let the film have its way with me. That’s how I want people to experience my records. Listen to the whole thing, from beginning to end. It’s how I grew up listening to music, and I think it still matters.”

 

Saturday Sept. 11, 5:00 PM 

Alcus Hudson has a unique ability to find the essence of a song. Just listen and it is easy to hear that he is a master of his instrument and craft. He plays and writes all his own material. Unlike any other artist you may come across He plays 14 different instruments and is a singer songwriter focused mainly in the genres of country and rock music. A graduate from the University of Alabama with a Masters from William Carey. He has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 12. He has shared the the stage with artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, BB King, Frank Foster, Austin Hanks, ELO, UFO, Sammy Kershaw, Alter Bridge and Jason Aldean. Alcus has collaborated and written songs for Austin Hanks and local artist in the mississippi area including Travis Clark and JP Bumgardner lead singer for 8 second ride.

 

 
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