Love Ballads and Christian music
Indie, Alt/Rock, Alt/Pop-Rock, Elements of Folk
Outlaw Country / American Roots
Dalton McSwain: https://daltonmcswain.bandcamp.com/track/rain-when-its-fallin-ep
Charlie Hudgins: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/charleshudgins13
Jamie Adamson: https://www.reverbnation.com/jamieadamson
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 solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues – a Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s newest release is Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon, with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre.
Whether you are a blues buff, or just enjoy the blues you will greatly appreciate Jon Shain who took first place in the solo/duo category of the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, besting over 260 competitors for the win. Watch video Shain’s winning performance and read the News & Observer’s feature.
In addition to his 2019 International Blue Challenge - Last August at Durham’s Blue Note Grill, Jon won the 2018 Triangle Blues Society‘s Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category, sending him on to the International Challenge.
Free with student ID / $10.00 Cover at door OR secure a ticket on-line for $11.50 (service fee included)
Alaina Magee is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter who is a current student at LaGrange College majoring in Composition and Music Technology. Three years ago Alaina was playing in the Pure Life Teen program - today she is releasing her first EP, Midnight Rendezvous. The five song EP will be released on all streaming platforms in April 2019. Magee has a style that is vocally driven, moody, soulful, dark with a forward motion mix of Pop and R&B. We could not be more proud than to feature Alaina on her new adventure. Support Local Music.
Film Night at The Chapel
to Benefit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Thursday, March 21st
Doors 6:45 PM / Show: 7PM
$10 donation is suggested.
Limited Seating! First-come, first-serve. BYOB
The Chapel is located in a renovated little whitewashed church at 208 1/2 Clark Street, to the left of of Pure Life Studios, in the Hillside area of LaGrange, within a five-minute drive of downtown. To learn more, visit www.purelifelagrange.com.
Organized as a benefit for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK), the lineup will feature eight short films that celebrate our local waterways and highlight the issues they face. Afterward, Henry Jacobs, CRK’s Outreach Director, will lead a conversation about the films and answer any questions.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is an environmental education and advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries for the five million people who depend on it for drinking water, power generation, irrigation, recreation, and other beneficial uses.
Founded in 1994, CRK has removed nearly 900 tons of trash from the watershed, halted billions of gallons of raw sewage from entering the river, prevented tons of sediment from washing off construction sites into streams, educated tens of thousands of students and teachers on board Georgia’s only two floating classrooms, and stopped approximately 32 million gallons of polluted industrial runoff from entering the river. To learn more, visit www.chattahoochee.org.
ON SALE NOW
Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett is Southern rock Royalty. He may be known for playing on stage with rock’s legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years), The Band, Roger Glover, Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic among others. And respected for his songwriting – he’s penned the title track for the Blind Boys of Alabama’s new Grammy Award winning album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by Raitt, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton, Bettye Lavette and more. But it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is in full display. He continues his storied career with continual reinvention and true conviction on his 11th album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World. His band is second to none and are the perfect team to bring his brilliance to life with tons of soul, funk and talent. Do not miss an opportunity to experience them live!
“Skyler Saufley is not your typical blues player, and his journey to become one is uniquely his own.” - The Saber
Don’t let his youth fool you! Skyler Saufley is a powerhouse blues guitarist and is considered by many to be “The best new talent to hit the Columbus-Phenix City music scene in a number of years!” From the moment he picked up his first guitar, Skyler has been playing and studying the blues with the sole purpose of preserving its history and maintaining the legacy left behind by the blues legends before him. Skyler Saufley draws comparison from his captivated audiences to the likes of Eric Clapton as his stellar reputation expands with everyone he meets. His band, The 99th Degree band, includes some of the most sought-after talent in the blues music industry. No matter the era or style, Skyler infuses every song with a measure of soul, calling on influences like Freddie King, Otis Rush, and Buddy Guy. When he’s not performing, Skyler is hard at work honing all aspects of his craft and working relentlessly on his first album.
SINGER - SONGWRITER ROUND
The best of Americana and Country music is right here. This is where they start before they become famous. A great night of music full of surprises, laughs, and great songwriters.
Justin Cross is an Americana Artist from Birmingham, AL
After releasing his first full-length album Listening to Ghosts in 2010, Justin Cross started reworking and perfecting his homey, folky sound; quickly realizing a maturity that few songwriters of his age possess. His songs speak of hopeful realism, of spiritual struggles, and of a desire to affect the world in a positive light.
In 2012, Cross released his official follow-up EP, Another Winter, to resounding critical approval and further developed his keen sense for contemplative songwriting.
After a successful, fan-funded IngieGoGo campaign at the end of 2013, Cross released his second full-length album, Hope Where It Lies . Cross says, “It is one of those records that resonates with different people in different ways. Some people may be dealing with the same cynicism I was and I want them to see that the world isn’t as much of a lost cause as they suspect.”
TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 16, 2019 12NOON.
Jason Connelly, an American singer/songwriter, who spent most of his life in the U.S. Southlands, has made quite a name for himself over the past few years. In 2009, Jason set out to make music what he referred to as “music with intent”. Since the release of his first record Songs from Inside the Attic, Jason Connelly and his band have gone on to release four more records, including the band’s latest release Worry Street. By the sounds emanating from his latest songwriting diary, it appears as if Jason has been spending most of his time reflecting on past memories, while remaining true to his initial goal of creating music that sparks positivity and sincerity.
TICKETS GO ON SALE JANUARY 2ND 12NOON.
Originally from Springfield, Missouri, this talented guitarist, singer and songwriter has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, since 2009. He studied at Belmont University in the Music City and dedicated himself to full-time music making in February of 2016 which got him out on the road. In his travels he kicks it through Kentucky, meanders to Missouri, then heads back to Tennessee before wandering up to Illinois or down to Arkansas for a few gigs. Yes, the guy stays busy playing his style of percussive, melodic rhythm guitar on a custom designed Craig Southern model backing up his smooth and appealing voice. He works off a song list ranging from unique mashups to top shelf originals, plus all kinds of styles in between since he can “jump effortlessly between folk, rock, hip hop and jazz” without breaking a cool sweat. He released the seven-track recording titled Fort Dakota in 2016 and continues on the solo music adventure as a contemporary troubadour out to make music for the people.
-Tom Irwin, IllinoisTimes, 10/26/17
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.
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.
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!"
Come support Mike Angstadt in his campaign to become the 2019 King of Mask! Each year the Behind the Mask Ball brings Mardi Gras season to LaGrange to raise money for Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services. Mike is one of four competitors vying for the King's Crown this year, and your $20 admission will not only give you an evening of fun and bluegrass music with local favorite Front Porch Collective, plus two craft beer tickets, but also help his campaign raise money for local youth programs....including residential care for traumatized kids, a child advocacy center, drug and alcohol prevention, and therapeutic foster care. Come out for an evening of fun and help Twin Cedars provide for children and families who need their support.
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.
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
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.”
4 Year Anniversary Pack: The Rough and Tumble 1/11 AND Ordinary Elephant 1/12
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.
Beacon Brewing Co. and Pure Life Studios are teaming up to host an exclusive New Year's Eve celebration. This event will take place in the Beacon Brewing Co. taproom and beer garden 700 Lincoln St. LaGrange, Ga and will feature two artists specializing in blues and classic rock. Free prizes and gear will be handed out every hour leading up to midnight. Only 100 tickets are available for purchase. Tickets include dinner and select beverages, see below for more details.
Exclusive Ticket- $50
-Entry into concert
-One meal from a special one-day-only menu
-One Beacon Brewing Co. beer
-One glass of champaign
General admission tickets are available for $30 for those choosing to opt out of dinner and drinks.
Our 1st hang out will be Dec. 28th with Matt Moskal. Listen and join in with familiar cover tunes you will love singing along with. BYOB as always and bring your family, friends and neighbors for this easy night of fun and song.
$5.00 cash at the door the night of the show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.