Johnny Roquemore to play at Cowboy's BBQ
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.