The Whiskey Gentry, The Darnell Boys, Folk Soul Revival

The Whiskey Gentry

The Darnell Boys

Folk Soul Revival

Sat, April 8, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

The Whiskey Gentry
The Whiskey Gentry
Amongst many attempts to describe The Whiskey Gentry, perhaps the best take was from Paste Magazine who called them a "toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum."

The Whiskey Gentry's catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates.

Two albums in, both co-produced by John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo), they recently gained official recognition as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest. From local haunts to the Nashville music industry's elite, the band's burgeoning followers and supporters have quite literally set the stage for nationwide venues and air waves.

Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band's debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing.

They have since expanded on both a physical and geographic level, becoming a septet comprised of Chesley Lowe on banjo, Sammy Griffin on bass, Price Cannon on drums, Michael Smith on mandolin, and Rurik Nunan on fiddle.



Their most recent album, Holly Grove, is another leap in the band's ongoing evolution on a musical and social scale. In early 2013, The Whiskey Gentry rallied fans to raise funds for studio sessions through a Kickstarter campaign, which ultimately far surpassed their goals and expectations.

Local artists and established pros alike pitched in as well, creating a true ensemble effort on songs such as a duet with Butch Walker on "One Night in New York," and cameos throughout the album by Les Hall, the Dappled Grays, and Radiolucent.

Mastered by Glenn Schick (Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers), Holly Grove infuses elements of country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and punk with a mix of poppy and poignant lyrics, fiery and heartfelt vocals, traditional and avant-garde sound, honesty, edginess, and entertainment all around.
Luring listeners in, capturing their ears, hearts, and minds, and blazing new trails in Americana music and beyond, The Whiskey Gentry is only just warming its heels.

Hunter S. Thompson wrote that "the whiskey gentry" was "a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis." Though they are never lacking offers from fans for a shot of whiskey, their dreams are becoming reality, their identity is distinct, their future on a steady crescendo.
The Darnell Boys
The Darnell Boys
Over the past 5 years the Darnell Boys have toured throughout the South East sharing the stage with such acts as The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous String Dusters, Cracker, American Aquarium and Daniel Romano just to name a few. Formed in late 2010, the Darnell Boys originally consisted of three brothers, A.C. (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Caleb (lead guitar, slide guitar, vocals) and Gus Darnell (guitar, percussion, vocals). The band was soon expanded to include Elijah Neesmith on upright bass and Patrick Weise on junkyard percussion. The groups sound is a diverse blend of American musical elements that draw upon the Blues, Country, Gospel, Soul and Rockabilly traditions all centered around the three brother's unique song writing and vocal work.
Folk Soul Revival
Based in Bristol, VA/TN, a.k.a. the birthplace of country music, FOLK SOUL REVIVAL is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee's most beloved and sought after acts. Performing original roots-rock, the quintet's distinct, radio-ready sound and back-porch instrumentation have garnered success with high profile gigs opening for the likes of Travis Tritt, Jason Isbell, Eric Church, Justin Townes Earle, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and more. FSR's loyal fan base, fondly referred to as "The Congregation," consistently packs sold out shows across the southeast while singing along with the band word for word.

FSR is a mainstay act at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion which boasts more than 60,000 attendees. The band has also performed at Floydfest and are among the best-selling acts to perform at the legendary Carter Family Fold and The Down Home.

FSR frontman Daniel Davis achieved 2nd place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013 for the song "Homesick." The band's third album, Prompting the Dapperness, rose to #12 on iTunes' country chart and reached #99 on the day of its release. The band also climbed to #10 on Billboard Magazine's Heatseekers chart (South Atlantic Division). Virginia Living readers also listed them among southwest Virginia's Top 3 bands in 2012. In 2011 FSR was voted Virginia Is For Lovers Band of the Year at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Their second album, Words Off A Tongue, was listed among No Depression's Top 15. The band has also been spotlighted on Music City Roots and Sirius/XM's "Outlaw Country."
Venue Information:
40 Watt Club
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601
http://www.40watt.com/