THE BELLE HOLLOWS
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

THE BELLE HOLLOWS

The Belle Hollows, a Nashville-based band, say that they feel most comfortable with the moniker “new folk”. The duo, comprised of siblings Rachel Johnson and Jeremy Johnson, blends rich harmonies with traditional and original lyrics, guitar, and sometimes some banjo to boot.

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THE FALL LINE BLUES PROJECT
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

THE FALL LINE BLUES PROJECT

Hosted by: Jontavious Willis and Henry Jacobs

The Fall Line Blues Project is a recent collaboration between Jontavious Willis, Henry Jacobs and others, the aim of the Project is to spend time with the men and women of the Fall Line region who enjoy playing the music handed down by their ancestors. The Fall Line is a geographical region where the Piedmont and Coastal Plain meet in Georgia and Alabama. So far, they’ve recorded interviews with Horace Combs and Eddie Hinton who will be our first featured guests from the project. Jontavious and Henry plan to continue recording and sharing often-overlooked music.

Music starts at 7:30 PM at Pure Life Studios (206 Clark St., LaGrange, GA) and the two short films will be screened at 6:00 PM next door to Pure Life at The Chapel (208 ½ Clark St.). Donations for the filming accepted and 100% of the proceeds go to The Fall Line Blues Project.

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BARRY WALDREP'S SOUTHERN CULTURE REVIVAL FEATURING JIMMY HALL and DONNA HALL(from Wet Willie)
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

BARRY WALDREP'S SOUTHERN CULTURE REVIVAL FEATURING JIMMY HALL and DONNA HALL(from Wet Willie)

You know them, you love them, and they are back to end the year with a bang. 

We LOVE this collaboration of musicians. The energy is high and the music is fantastic.

  • Waldrep co-founded the Alabama-based bluegrass/jam band Rollin' in the Hay in July 1993.

  • Waldrep was a also a full time member of the Birmingham band Telluride.

  • In September 2009, Zac Brown invited Waldrep to join him on his Breaking Southern Ground Tour.  Waldrep is featured on the Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar CD/DVD, along with Kid Rock, and Little Big Town.

  • In January 2013, Waldrep began the "Smoke From the Kitchen" sessions, which is a bluegrass banjo/southern rock project. This project includes artists Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Paul T. Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), Benji Shanks and Jazz Grass Mandolin player David "Dawg" Grisman. 

  • In January 2016 Barry teamed up with singer songwriter Kelli Johnson to spend the year touring as a duo. During this year they released one CD titled "Hey Country" (where are you now). 

  • October 2016, Barry announces he will be touring with Country Artist John Berry as a member of his band on Johns 2016 Christmas tour. 

  • January 2017, Barry Waldrep and friends began performing their fusion of Bluegrass/Southern Rock with special guest vocalists. The band is Barry (Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin & Banjo), Jason Bailey (Mandolin), Caelan Berry (Drums) & Bryan Hall (Upright Bass). Guest vocalists Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr), Donna Hall & Joe Debrow.  

  • 2018, Barry continues with  his own band, and their shows have been called by fans as a "SOUTHERN CULTURE REVIVAL".  Waldrep states that this branding is the result of just being who we are.  "No matter what we play it's gonna sound southern". 

  • Waldrep and his band mates all all natives of Georgia and Alabama and have musical influences from Bluegrass, Jazz, Southern Rock and Gospel.  

Jimmy Hall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Mobile by a musical family steeped in gospel tradition.

Jimmy Hall first gained notoriety as the lead vocalist, saxophonist, and harmonica player for the band Wet Willie, which emerged from Mobile, Alabama in 1970. His unique brand of R&B-infused rock and roll swagger propelled the group’s “Keep On Smilin’” to the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart in 1974. After five albums with Capricorn Records, Wet Willie moved to the Epic label in 1977, carrying the singles “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend” to the Top 40. As a solo artist, Jimmy appeared in the Top 40 yet again with “I’m Happy That Love Has Found You” in 1980. His songs have been recorded by Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Blackberry Smoke, Johnny Russell, and others. Additionally, Jimmy has been a vocalist and bandleader for Hank Williams, Jr. since the 1980s. Jimmy is an inductee of both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. A 2017 Alabama Media Group article dubbed Jimmy “Alabama’s greatest Southern rocker." Additionally, Jimmy Hall, has toured as a vocalist with Jeff Beck's US Tour over the years. According to Jeff Beck's Website, Hall is referred to as “A Southern Boy with Lots of Soul.”

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JONTAVIOUS WILLIS
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

JONTAVIOUS WILLIS

TICKETS GO ON SALE DECEMBER 14, 2018 12 NOON

EVERY GENERATION or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. 

At the age of 22, bluesman Jontavious Willis may be the one.

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind,” Taj Mahal said after inviting Jontavious to play on stage in 2015. “He’s a great new voice of the twenty-first century in the acoustic blues. I just love the way he plays.”

"When I heard him play I said to myself: this is how the blues, as I know it, is going to stay alive,” said Paul Oscher.


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THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE

TICKETS GO ON SALE DECEMBER 14 AT 12 NOON

An Ingenious Super Duo armed with guitar/banjo, drums, xylophone, accordion, shakers, melodica, a violin bow and penetrating harmonies.

A MUST SEE!

"There are no fluffy songs and no filler instruments in the arrangements–just tight, strong folk music."

--Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses

Label: Independent

Genre: Folk-Americana

Hometown: TBD

PO Box: East Nashville, TN

Influences: The Weepies, Shovels and Rope, Brandi Carlile.

Sounds Like: The Low Anthem, Civil Wars, Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris.


Formerly from Nashville, The Rough & Tumble now find themselves living full time on the road, in a 16ft camper with an 85 lb puppy named Puddle. If you ask Mallory Graham or Scott Tyler how their lives ended up this way they’ll likely respond, “with careful planning, spreadsheets and shoddy cell phone service.”

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ORDINARY ELEPHANT
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

ORDINARY ELEPHANT

TICKETS GO ON SALE DEC. 14TH 12NOON

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The nomadic husband and wife duo is “as genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines.

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SARAH POTENZA
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

SARAH POTENZA

TICKETS GO ON SALE DECEMBER 19TH 12 NOON

Sounds Like: A Janis Joplin-Aretha Franklin hybrid with a mic … but a Lucinda Williams-Bonnie Raitt hybrid with a pen

For Fans of: Alabama Shakes, B.B. King, Mavis Staples

Why You Should Pay Attention: After Potenza's spellbinding blind audition yielded a four-chair turn on NBC's The Voice, a visibly moved Pharrell Williams told her she was "giving this generation something they've never seen before." Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound. Her new album, Monster, solidifies endless Janis Joplin vocal comparisons but also colors between the lines of Memphis blues, Nashville Americana, New Orleans funk and L.A. punk. Its lyrics are personal and personally therapeutic, as she empowers herself through tunes denouncing industry naysayers and embracing her fuller-figured, boisterous self.

She Says: "It's hard for a size 16, 36-year-old woman," says Potenza of catching a break in the music industry. But she's come to realize those numbers actually work in her favor. "I've never opened a door with my looks. Because I've always relied on my personality and my talent, I've really flourished and feel strong and confident. I don't know how to get someone to buy me a drink in a bar, but I'll sing you a song!"

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SULTANS OF STRING
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

SULTANS OF STRING

TICKETS GO ON SALE DECEMBER 28 12 NOON

2015 JUNO nom/SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves.


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JACOB JOHNSON
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

JACOB JOHNSON

Part virtuoso and part storyteller, you might say that Jacob Johnson does with a guitar what Gene Kelly did with dance. Although his songwriting has won awards and his guitar-playing has put him on stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy, his ability as an entertainer is what has won fans throughout the southeast. He refers to himself as "a ham that just wants to be on stage" but he’s much more than that. Jacob is an amazingly talented guitarist and songwriter which, combined with a bit of a personality, makes for a wildly impressive stage performance. 

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The Meadows Brothers
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Meadows Brothers

TICKETS GO ON SALE 10/12/18 AT 12 NOON

Up and Coming --

"Ian and Dustin Meadows are jack-of-all-trades instrumentalists who have come together to create a truly amazing musical experience. Their sound is a throwback to all of the great folk/country/bluegrass/blues that was kicking around both prior to and shortly after World War II, as well as the great folk revival of the 60’s."  - CHIP MCCABE, LONESOME NOISE

From the Connecticut River Valley of New England, Ian and Dustin Meadows, 23 and 21, have been making music together for more than a decade. The countless hours spent singing and playing together eventually resulted in concocting their unique blend of stripped down Rock n’ Roll, Country, Blues, and Folk music combined with honest songwriting, distilled through the brothers life experience and ever-changing outlook.

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Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio:

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable live performances feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar. Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet and armed with a gorgeous tenor voice. The Trio’s shine during live performances with Heather’s deep well of Americana originals - folk, jazz, blues - with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies.  
 

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Jontavious Willis and the Front Porch Collective REUNION
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Jontavious Willis and the Front Porch Collective REUNION

SOLD OUT!

Come be a part of this local music collaboration phenomenon. Both: The Bluesman, Jontavious Willis, and the Old-Time musicians ... Front Porch Collective (Callie Hammond, Henry Jacobs, and Nick Mayfield) are local musicians taking the stage by storm. When you hear what these two genres meld together you know it is their true calling. They play from the heart - they have a love and passion for music from time gone-by. You are sure to do some toe-tapping, hand clapping and ear to ear grinning during this rare reunion of friends. Don't miss it.

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Woody Russell Trio
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Woody Russell Trio

FREATURING

WOODY RUSSELL: VOCALS AND GUITAR

LLOYD GIL WRIGHT: PIANO/KEYS

DEZ DESORMEAUX: TENOR/SOPRANO SAX

Critically acclaimed, award-winning, Contemporary Jazz vocalist, guitarist, and composer, Woody Russell, melds Jazz, R&B, and Folk into his sophisticated genre-blurring sound. It's a specialized musical niche that only a handful of artists have occupied where Jazz meets Singer-Songwriter (think Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Liz Wright, etc). One could look back to the origins of the American Songbook and select 70's era singer-songwriters, but Russell's view is decidedly more contemporary. 

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September 14th - Levi Lowery and Wyatt Durrette: Yesterdays Wine
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

September 14th - Levi Lowery and Wyatt Durrette: Yesterdays Wine

Yesterdays Wine

Yesterday’s Wine captivates and charms their audience in any venue. Music festivals and songwriter rounds across the country have been buzzing about the brilliant shows delivered by the duo. Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowrey are acclaimed singer-songwriters in their own right, brought together by their craft and love for sharing music. Wyatt and Levi collaborated in the past, lending their talents in co-writing on the Zac Brown Band song “Colder Weather” which spent two weeks at #1. Levi and Wyatt also contributed in writing on the GRAMMY award-winning ZBB song “The Wind”. Individually, Wyatt has 7 more GRAMMY Awards and Levi has performed extensively with acts including Mumford and Sons, Kid Rock and Alabama. Now performing together as Yesterday’s Wine, the pair epitomizes the magic in story-telling through song.-- 

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Sarah Peacock
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Sarah Peacock

Sarah Peacock on tour with her band. Peacock bridges gaps between Country, Blues, Americana, and Rock-N-Roll. Her music is raw, truth telling, and fiercely unique. Essentially, at all times, Peacock is victoriously defeating the forces of evil with glorious Amazonian strength and valor. 

  • Papa's Tacos starts serving at 6 PM out back
  • Doors to the building open at 6:30 PM
  • Show starts at 7:30 PM
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The Uber of Comedy
Aug
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Uber of Comedy

 

"The Uber of Comedy" is Pure Life's second sketch comedy night, after last year's variety show featuring Flying Giants. It's a comedy show featuring sketches about apps and technology, start-up culture, the business world, driving, roads, and anything in between. Featuring some of Atlanta's finest sketch comedy actors and writers, this show is the perfect way to make it through a summer without "Saturday Night Live." And if you don't laugh, at least there'll be some nice music!
 

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Jock Webb and Clarence Davis
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Jock Webb and Clarence Davis

Trying to keep this thing called the Blues alive, describes Clarence Bluesman Davis and Jock Webb’s style. Their gifts of music are self developed; no formal lessons, just living and breathing the music. Between them are more than 80 years of blues experience; delivering the gritty sound you expect from Alabama’s Blackbelt. They moved through the “Chitlin Circuit” from both ends: Clarence play on it and Jock growing up listening to it from his own backyard. This duo is a perfect combination of some Good Ole Delta Blues. If you don’t know what the Blues is you will know what it sounds like.

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Open Mic Night
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Open Mic Night

  • Doors and sign-up starts 7 PM
  • Music starts at 7:30 PM 
  • Acoustic instruments only
  • Sound provided
  • House keyboard available 
  • $5.00 cash at the door
  • $2.00 tacos or $8.00 plates available for cash purchase at the venue. 
  • Songwriter Competition coming soon. 
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Stevie Tombstone
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Stevie Tombstone

"Stevie Tombstone is a quintessential troubadour, a veteran musician who’s had a degree of success but has mostly been relegated to “best-kept secret” status. The leader of an Atlanta-based swamp-rockabilly band called The Tombstones in the 1980s and ’90s, Tombstone has now settled into a solo career in which he crafts powerful folk songs tinged with classic country and vintage blues influences. "Dan Armonitis-

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Matthew Sabatella w/special guests Callie Hammond & Nick Mayfield
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Matthew Sabatella w/special guests Callie Hammond & Nick Mayfield

Matthew Sabatella is a singer, instrumentalist, recording artist, performer, speaker, writer, and content curator, he illuminates the connection between music and the story and people of the United States.

"Best Acoustic Performer" - New Times Broward/Palm Beach - Best of 2005

http://www.ramblingstringband.com/

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Acoustic Open Mic Night
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Open Mic Night

Acoustic Open Mic Night
Second Friday of each month
July: 13th
Sign-In and Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
$5 cash at the door

Come share your talent, mingle with musicians, entertain music lovers, and bridge a multi-generation gap with an open mind at Pure Life Studios OPEN MIC NIGHT. 
Be sure to BYOB and snacks. (Silent snacks. nothing worse than a chip crunching when you are about to hit the emotionally high part of a song.) 

Please bring your instrument. There is a house keyboard available for use.

Direct question to maggie@purelifelagrange.com  

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April Verch Band
Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

April Verch Band

Rolling Stone cited her “One of the 12 best things we saw at MerleFest in 2016.”
“Just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss as an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch,” said NPR’s Marco Werman on “The World.”
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Acoustic Open Mic Night Second Friday of each Month
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Open Mic Night Second Friday of each Month

Acoustic Open Mic Night
Second Friday of each month
May 11th
Sign-In and Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 7:30 PM
$5 cash at the door

Come share your talent, mingle with musicians, entertain music lovers, and bridge a multi-generation gap with an open mind at Pure Life Studios OPEN MIC NIGHT. 
Be sure to BYOB and snacks. (Silent snacks. nothing worse than a chip crunching when you are about to hit the emotionally high part of a song.) 

Please bring your instrument. There is a house keyboard available for use.

Direct question to maggie@purelifelagrange.com  

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Dr. Dixon Featuring Frankie's Blues Mission
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Dr. Dixon Featuring Frankie's Blues Mission

 

Music, dance . . . NEW - Curated by Jontavious Willis - The first half will be listening- room-style show and the second half (for those who wish to participate) is Juke Joint Blues Night. Kick off your shoes and move to the blues. Everyone had so much fun dancing with Frankie's Blues Mission back in February we are keeping our promise and doing it again. 

Dr. Dixon featuring Frankie's Blues Mission

Born in Atlanta in 1947, Dr. Dixon grew up listening to his dad’s record collection. It wasn’t until he heard it at an outdoor concert, however, that he was compelled to take up the harmonica. He recalls, “The guitarist pulled out a harmonica and started playing. At that moment I didn’t hear the harmonica with my ears, I heard it with my heart. At that moment I knew that the sun was not going to go down without me having a harmonica.” Known as the “Blues Physician,” he was soon approaching dressing rooms backstage to introduce himself and his harmonica to artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and John Lee Hooker. He ended up regularly playing for them when they passed through Atlanta on tour.

BYOB

 

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Jon Shain
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Jon Shain

Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style - combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain’s latest disc, Gettin' Handy with the Blues - a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain is currently at work on a new recording project with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.

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Hillside Food, Arts, and Music Festival
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Hillside Food, Arts, and Music Festival

  • Garfield Street LaGrange, GA, 30240 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Music Line-Up:

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Writers Round with Sara Greer and Jay Elle

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Kimmer

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM: John and Lalla Mcgee

11:30 AM-noon: The Front Porch Collective

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Highbeams

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: CRK (Chattahoochee Rhythm Keepers)

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM: The Cult Classic

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Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli

You will never have more fun than when you are at a Jontavious Willis concert. Authentic and nostalgic all in one breath. He feels like he just stepped out of the 1920's with songs true to the era, vocals that will make you swoon and mad guitar skills that will leave your jaw hanging wide open. Jontavious found his match in Andrew Alli. A singer/songwriter/harp player out of Richmond, Virginia who completes the sound. Check them out and GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Side note - Congratulations to Jontavious Willis for winning the 2017 Best Self Produced Album of the Year - Blue Metamorphosis! Recorded right here in LaGrange, Georgia at Pure Life Studios.

http://jontaviouswillis.com/

https://www.andrewallirva.com/

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Kurt Thomas and Barry Waldrep with guest Dawn Rooks
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Kurt Thomas and Barry Waldrep with guest Dawn Rooks

Tulla White Catering will offer a cash bar on a trial bases serving beer, wine by the glass or bottle and a few well drinks.

Cash Menu:

~ Greek salad with or without grilled chicken $8-$10

~ Southern hamburger steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, greenbeans, and roll $12

~ Veggie Alfredo Lasagna, side salad, and garlic bread $14

DESSERT: $5

Caramel Twix Cheese Cake

Tiramisu

RESERVE your dinner on the website under the dinner plate with the March 24th date. Remember - cash at the table the night of the show.

Kurt has opened for some of the biggest names in country music including Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Zac Brown, Sugarland, Darius Rucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Gary Alan.

Kurt won Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star contest making him the opening act for Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, and Gary Alan at Tuner Field. He also won season 3's CMT's Music City Madness - a nationwide contest that lead to Kurt's doing an Unplugged Studio 330 session on CMT as well as a mentorship with Grammy-award winning singer, Randy Travis.

Kurt has a unique ability to captivate an audience - whether playing old favorites or his own songs. "I have always tried to stay in touch with the fact that a good song tells a story and most of my songs always do", says Kurt.

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Harpeth Rising
Mar
11
6:30 PM18:30

Harpeth Rising

“A new album by Harpeth Rising is always a treat but this time around they really take rising seriously. Making the kind of record that just can’t be made these days within the system but needs to be made more than ever, the insightful lyrics and genre fusing music take this back to the time when music was a religion. Very mature young people music, ring leader Jordana Greenberg must be some wild kind of old soul because this is something special for young and old. Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. Step up to the challenge and see if you can handle something this meaty that goes down so easily. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout. Miss out on this at your own risk. ”

— Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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The Honey Dewdrops
Mar
3
8:30 PM20:30

The Honey Dewdrops

"Gorgeous harmonies, thrilling arrangements, and some remarkably insightful, honest writing. "     - SING OUT! MAGAZINE

The Honey Dewdrops"Handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway."

- ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

"Just one of the highlights from the outstanding Tangled Country, a collection of often sad but still hopeful songs, 'Same Old' mines some of the territory of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, with lilting banjo, gorgeous harmonies and tasteful pedal steel, and exemplifies this duo's simple yet beautiful music." FREDDY JENKINS, FOR NPR MUSIC'S FAVORITE SONGS OF 2015

 

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