Johnny Ro­que­more to play at Cow­boy's BBQ

The Covington News - - LIVING - Mar­shall McCart wears many hats, but be­ing a mu­si­cian & mu­si­cal en­thu­si­ast are chief among them.

Howdy, mu­sic lovers. Thanks for the feed­back on the last one. What a big week of mu­sic we had, and this up­com­ing week looks to be just as good.

I was talk­ing to a cou­ple of folks the other day about the greater C'town mu­sic scene, and they echoed the sen­ti­ments that many of us have been say­ing for quite some­time- there's got to be some­thing in the wa­ter! One of them also won­dered if our area is on the verge of be­com­ing an ac­tual scene, a place where peo­ple far and wide start to know as a go-to place for mu­sic and tal­ented artists. Well, I'd say we're al­ready there.

Big week, let's get to it. FEA­TURED PER­FOR­MANCE:

Johnny Ro­que­more and the Apos­tles of Blue­grass. Live at Cow­boy's BBQ. 1066 Hwy 142. Friday July 29. 7 p.m.

We've cov­ered Johnny as a fea­tured artist in this space be­fore, and I re­viewed their new al­bum not to long ago, but haven't had a chance to write about an up­com­ing show. That's be­cause the Apos­tles don't play lo­cally that much. They might be down on the Ge­or­gia coast, or play­ing up in the moun­tains, or play­ing fes­ti­vals all over the the state. So this really is a treat.

Johnny, to quote Guy Clark, is "one of the he­roes of this county." He's just the best. The reign­ing Ge­or­gia state har­mon­ica cham­pion, he plays an im­pres­sive and unique coun­try- blue­grass style on his Martin and han­dles most of the lead vo­cals in fine fash­ion. Dave Ross holds down the low end with his big, blue up­right bass and con­trib­utes vo­cals as well. And last but not least, the one and only John Nip­per. A ter­rific multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist, he pri­mar­ily sticks to banjo with the Apos­tles and sings a lot of har­mony with the oc­ca­sional lead vo­cal.

These guys are so tight! They're really a treat to watch. Lots of clas­sics and ole timey stuff, mixed in with some great orig­i­nals. This prom­ises to be a big night at one of the area's best BBQ joints. FEA­TURED SHOWS:

Ron Kim­ble live at Sy­camore Pizze­ria. Thurs­day July 28th. 7 p.m.

This liv­ing leg­end is known all over our great state and that makes sense - he's phe­nom­e­nal. Great, soul­ful voice mixed with strong gui­tar work. This fella al­ways puts on a killer show and usu­ally has some great pick­ers with him. He can sing blues, rock and coun­try all with equal pro­fi­ciency. I like it when he chan­nels his inner Greg All­man. Great stuff!

Stephen Ash­ley at The So­cial House. Satur­day July 30th. 9 p.m..

This guy has been turn­ing heads all around. Based out of north Ge­or­gia, he's been play­ing a good bit in our neck of the woods. A true mix of rock and coun­try, he lists Aero­smith and David Allen Coe as two of his big­gest in­flu­ences. Per mul­ti­ple sources, he puts on a right­eous show. This should be a big night in Por­terdale.

Faye Web­ster live at The Lis­ten­ing Room at Ir­ish Bred w/ spe­cial guest Tay­lor Marie. Satur­day July 30. Doors open at 7 p.m..

Faye is an At­lanta based folk singer-song­writer who has de­vel­oped a strong rep­u­ta­tion for her song­writ­ing and vo­cal work. Kevin Kin­ney of Drivin 'N Cryin is one of her many well known fans. Web­ster lists Ryan Adams as her big­gest in­flu­ence. It's a really nice sound.

Lo­cal artist Tay­lor Marie, with her lovely voice and su­perb songs, looks to be an ideal opener for this one.

Cheyenne Knight. Live at Sy­camore St. Pizze­ria. So­cial Cir­cle. Satur­day July 30th. 8p.m.

Com­ing off the heels of open­ing for Beau & Lucy at Ir­ish Bred last week, this GA Mu­sic Award-nom­i­nated coun­try mu­si­cian hits the Cir­cle. Good voice and tunes, this should be a fun night. AND THE REST:

Friday Com­edy Night. So­cial House. Friday July 29; Amy Rae and Joe Duke, Sy­camore Pizze­ria, Friday July 29.; Stoner­ider, Lis­ten­ing Room at Ir­ish Bred, Friday July 29; live mu­sic at Amici, Friday; live mu­sic at the Mys­tic ev­ery Thurs­day and Satur­day. Live mu­sic most week­ends at 5 O'clock, The De­pot, and Por­terdale Bar & Grill.

MAR­SHALL MCCART COLUM­NIST

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