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Raleighs Anthony Neff was born in the same West Virginia town where Hank Williams was pronounced dead, and he appropriately honors the roots of American music in his mix of Americana, rock, folk and pop stylings. His first album,- Chase Your Burden, earned four stars from the Roots Music Report, while Mark Duncan of CarolinaMusic.net noted – Some might call his style alt-country and they would be correct but I feel like it is much more than that. Anthony evokes stark imagery with his lyrical content and the listener cannot help but be drawn in.
An alumnus of Bostons esteemed Berklee College of Music who went on to develop his craft during five years in Oaxaca, Mexico, New York-based Daryl Shawn combines his taste for unusual chords with the guitar-thumping techniques of flamenco and rhythms culled from African music to create an eclectic mix fueled by a healthy appetite for rocking out (and sometimes, blissing out). Shawn complements his guitar skills with unabashedly picturesque lyrics – think a mix of Kaki Kings chops and the wounded soul of Bon Iver.
04/05 – Saturday 8PM
Shot time & Cigarettes
04/12 – Saturday 8PM
Herbie D & the Dangermen
Who knew that an advertisement on Craigslist would lead to Herbie D and the Dangermens swampy blend of Appalachian acoustic blues and New Orleans-style jump blues? That is exactly how Herbie Desseyn met Chris Gifford and, with the addition of fellow Dangermen Art Martin and Michael Salazar, the band has been entertaining thousands of fans from empty nesters to swing dance enthusiasts.
Crowds everywhere love the bands special acoustic blues style, which allows them to play any venue ranging from large stages to living rooms. And they deliver with a unique sound created by the inclusion of an upright bass, swapping out an electric guitar in favor of an acoustic guitar, and by replacing the traditional harmonica with a saxophone. Herbie D and the Dangermen have already released two CDs! The first, their self-titled EP Herbie D and the Dangermen (2012), includes four originals songs and one cover song. The bands second CD, Dangerous With Blues was a full-length compilation released in 2013. Herbie D and the Dangermen also earned the right to represent the River City Blues Society of Virginia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With that notch in their belt, along with their continuing effort to expand their fan base and the cities in which they perform, the future is bright for this unique acoustic blues band!
04/13 – Sunday 1PM
Traditional Irish Music Session
(a bit slower for a Sunday afternoon)…1-3pm
04/19 – Saturday 8PM
Hardship, human frailty, and lessons learned are among the themes that veteran songwriter Rob Williams explores in his latest roots rock offering, A Place in the Sun. The album, released in 2013, is Williams first as a solo artist following an extensive stint with the alt-rock band Joe Buck, Jr.
This year, Williams, a native of Richmond, VA, is exchanging the familiarity of band front man for the mantle of Americana troubadour as he travels to support his latest release.
A Place in the Sun showcases Williams talent for delivering a rocking brand of lyric poetry that celebrates the mundane beauty and trials of life. One of the albums standout tracks is Norfolk Southern, an acoustic-driven song complemented by melodic electric guitar (played by older sister Leslie Williams). The song is rooted in Williams memories of his grandparents house – situated near a railroad – and his reflections on their lives in a North Carolina farming community during the Great Depression.
Despite the soulful nostalgia of Norfolk Southern, A Place in the Sun does not dwell on sentimentality. Williams admits that his inspiration for the record was drawn less from traditional Americana themes than from snapshots of everyday living and from the rock influences of his youth.
Incorporating stylistic qualities ranging from the swinging grit of the Old 97s to the garage-tinged edge of the Replacements, A Place in the Sun remains true to the personal indie sound Williams has cultivated throughout his lengthy career.
The prolific songwriter – whose gifts as a lyricist and composer are matched by his skilled vocal and guitar execution – has stripped down to an acoustic guitar and a microphone for his current tour. But audiences expecting sedate folk ballads may be caught unprepared for the energetic rhythms and pop dynamism that endure as trademarks of his work.
For more information about Rob Williams, his current tour, and the stories behind his newest songs, visit http://www.robwilliamsacoustic.com.
04/25 – Friday 8PM
Triptonic was formed in the pines of Alamance County in late 2011. With a diverse set of musical backgrounds and influences, the bands originals feature elements of grunge, progressive rock, blues, funk and jazz. The band has built a reputation for diverse and unique sets largely based around the bands original music and occasional improvisation. They aim to provide an enjoyable experience with their own brew of sound and look forward to meeting new faces.
04/26 – Saturday 8PM