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nuçi’s space
welcome to mulefest 2009!
ryan KELLY,
Dear Music Fans:

It is with great pleasure that the Mule Train

Records family welcomes
you to Mule Fest 2009. We are excited to
be hosting our second an-
nual music festival in the Classic City and
hope that you enjoy this
great weekend of music. We have work
ed hard to provide you with
a diverse line up of entertainment over
the course of the weekend in
a family friendly environment.

A portion of the proceeds of Mule Fest 2009

will be provided to Nuçi’s
Space. Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit hea
lth and music resource center
located in Athens, Georgia. The aim of
the organization is to prevent
suicide by providing obstacle free treatmen
t for musicians suffering
from depression and other such disorder
s as well as to assist in the
emotional, physical and professional well
being of musicians.
This is very close to my heart as one of my
best friends committed sui-
cide while I attended college at the Univ
ersity of Georgia. He helped
introduce me to the wonders of the Athe
ns live music scene, and the
sudden loss of his friendship was a life-c
hanging event. The memory
of his spirit shaped the creation of Mule
Train Records and lives on
in every record we release. Please take
a moment and stop by the
Nuçi’s Space booth and see how you can
get involved with this great

Enjoy the music. We thank you for spen

ding the weekend with us and
look forward to seeing you at many Mule
Fests to come. Remember
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who is mule train records?
“Athens, Ga., Born and Bred”
Mule Train Records was created
out of a love for music and began in Location
May 2008.
512 N. Thomas Street
“We wanted to develop an art-
(below Good Dirt)
ist friendly record label using 21st
century technology and partnering
Fun Facts
with our artists so that they would
have a tool chest of resources at * The Mule Train Office
their disposal to be able to navigate was used as the Fuzzy
through the somewhat tricky waters Sprouts (a 1990s party
of the music business,” Ryan Kelly, band) rehearsal space.
managing partner of the label, says. * The building houses
Mule Train strives to use the most The Green Room (which
environmentally friendly practices opened during Athfest
possible in promoting its records 2008), Green Room Stu-
and artists, while also understanding dios (a full recording
that pressing compact discs and vi- studio) and Green Room
nyl is still necessary in the business. International Produc-
It strives to use only the greenest tions.
packaging and printing resources * The number of
and encourages using online distri- pounds of material col-
bution outlets as much as possible. lected (and recycled
“We hope to offer diverse music when possible) during
from upstart and mid-level bands construction is more
and provide them with the resourc- than 3500 (1.5 tons!).
es to get them where they want * The walls of the re-
to go,” Jill Kelly, vice president of cord label office are
operations, says. purple and green, re-
Mule Train Records hopes to rep- minding Jill of Mardi
resent the new sounds coming out Gras.
of Athens, Ga., and is ready to have
the next generation of music heard. Bands
-The Corduroy Road
-The Incredible Sandwich

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About our beneficiary: Nuci’s SPACE

full 2009 mule fest festival guide


the lee boys......................................................
......... ......... ......... ......... .....9
the bearfoot hookers
the incredible sandwich...........................
comedy showcase....................................

trey wright......................................................
......... ......... ......... ......... ......... .....18
betsy franck &
The bareknuckle band...................................1
Pam blanchard/one l...................................
lefty williams/ the half
dozen brass band.....................................

tent city...................................................26
tropical breeze steel drum band.......26
the xg-1.................................................22
jocelyn ellis & the
ken will morton....................................27
Alpha theory...................................22
lefty hathaway......................................27
Young goodman brown................24
the jompson brothers..........................28
chris moore........................................24 8
broken road...........................................2
three foot swagger..........................24
rachel o’neal.........................................28
brad downs & the
the adam payne band...........................28
poor bastard souls......................25
avery dylan............................................29
dr. arvin scott...................................25
90 acre farm...........................................29
free lunch............................................25
harp unstrung........................................29
laissez funk..........................................26
nathan sheppard...............................26

Thanks to all of those involved The athens blur magazine for

handling the design and layout
in creating the Mule Fest 2009 of-
of the guide
ficial festival guide!!! We’d espe-
cially like to thank:
cover design by
Lindsay oberst for gathering and
Nathan Rodriguez
writing all artist info!

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about our benificiary: nuci’s space

Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health

and music resource center in Ath-
ens, Ga. Bob Sleppy, executive * In 1999, the
director, says Nuçi’s Space is hon- Phillips family of Atlanta
ored to be the beneficiary of Mule formed the Nuçi Phillips
Fest 2009. Memorial Foundation
“The focus of Nuçi’s Space is the in memory of their son.
well-being of musicians,” he says. The Foundation created
“Paramount to this concern is the Nuçi’s Space.
ability to see a mental health pro- * The mission is to
fessional without fear of stigma or prevent suicide by
negative repercussion.” providing obstacle-free
He says the money received from treatment for
Mule Fest will be used to help main- musicians suffering
tain the commitment to providing from depression and
professional counseling services other such disorders, as
at a very low cost. Nuçi’s Space well as to assist in the
recently celebrated the completion emotional, physical and
of its third year of Camp Amped. professional well-being
The camp is a multiple session, two- of musicians.
week summer day camp for youth * Nuçi’s Space
ages 11 to 17 which supports the exists in the honor of
mission of Nuçi’s Space by serving Nuçi Phillips, a 22-year-
as an outreach program to young old musician who took
musicians. Because of the success his own life after
of Camp Amped, Nuçi’s Space is struggling with
presenting an after school program depression for five
(Camp Amped After School) that years.
will begin August 13, 2009. CAAS, a
* Nuçi’s Space
partnership between Athens School
welcomes the help of
of Music and Nuçi’s Space, is a 13-
volunteers, including be-
week music ensemble program.
ing part of street teams,
“We expect Mule Fest to be a
fundraising and plan-
huge success. The line-up of bands
ning events.
and musicians is incredible and the
Mule Train family has been a plea-
sure to work with,” Sleppy says.

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Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music

resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the
organization is to prevent suicide by providing
obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering
from depression and other such disorders as
well as to assist in the emotional, physical and
professional well-being of musicians.

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the best of the fest

the lee boys

sun/7:30 p.m. Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and
Keith Lee (vocals), along with their
three nephews Roosevelt Collier
(pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr.
There’s something to be said about “No matter what, (seven-string bass) and Earl Walker
being in a band with your family. you’re still family” (drums)
While for many people this
- Alvin Lee, The Lee Boys FORMED
something might not be too positive, Mid-1990s in Miami, Fla.
Alvin Lee of the The Lee Boys doesn’t up and then deciding he wanted
see himself performing any other way. to spread his music further, Alvin LABEL
“No matter what, you’re still learned booking and the business side Arhoolie Records
family,” he says. of music from Robert Stone of Folk LATEST RELEASE
The three brothers, Alvin Lee Alliance in Florida, which showcases Say Yes (2005)
(guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith music in Jacksonville.
Lee (vocals), along with their three The Lee Boys have now toured
nephews Roosevelt Collier (pedal widely. In 2007, they performed to Jimi Hendrix saying that their
steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven- for more than 250,000 music fans music,
string bass) and Earl Walker (drums) at festivals throughout the United “May be what Jimi Hendrix had in
are the entire band. States. mind with his grand plan for ’electric
Alvin Lee isn’t the oldest of the They have played with many other sky church music.’ Part Robert
family, but he seems to take on an sacred steel artists and were invited Randolph, part Holmes Brothers, the
important leadership role. The band to perform on the recent album Miami quintet sang the praises while
and those who know him best call “Palmystery” of one of the greatest whipping the crowd into a frenzy
him “Uncle Al”. living bass players, Victor Wooten. with hypnotic grooves, innovative
“All our lives we’ve helped raise Recently, Alvin Cordy Jr., the bass pedal-steel/lead guitar interplay and
them,” he says referring to the younger player, took two months off from the funky rhythms.”
members of the family. “We have little band to play in Japan with Robert “Sacred steel” is a type of music
issues, but we always love each other.” Randolph. described as an inspired, unique form
The inspiration behind their This year The Lee Boys played of Gospel music with a hard-driving,
wildly energetic, sacred-steel music Bonnaroo to great success, Alvin says. blues-based beat. The musical genre
is founded in the church and fueled The festival Web site said fans of is rooted in Gospel, but infused with
by the death of Alvin Lee’s father and The Lee Boys described them in the rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk,
his late brother Glenn Lee, who used following ways: exhilarating, energetic, hip-hop, country and ideas from
to play the main instrument—the exciting, freeing fun, spirited, soulful other nations.
peddle steel guitar. and thrilling. Alvin Lee believes he and his
“Their deaths inspired me to After their 2006 performance family members have a mission to
continue music,” Alvin says. at the Chicago Blues Festival, the touch people through their music and
After playing music growing Chicago-Sun Times compared them share it with the world.

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4 pm - 7 pm
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the bearfoot hookers sat/10:30 p.m.

The first time Ty Manning of The any sense. WHO’S WHO

Bearfoot Hookers came to Athens, he After three years of upheaval from Ty Manning (guitar, vocals), Mark
went downtown to check out some new marriages and large purchases of Durfield (guitar, vocals), Scott
Nicholson (piano, organ), Marcus
music at the Athens Human Rights houses and bookstores, The Hookers Thompson (guitar), Jon Tonge (on
Festival. have about seven songs ready for a new bass) and Josh Skelton (drums)
He wandered to College Avenue album that Manning tentatively calls
and witnessed Tim Conley of the “Double-Wide Revival”. FORMED
2003 in Athens, Ga
now-broken up, party band Fuzzy He says the new CD might be a
Sprouts jumping from the roof of The theme album or even a double-CD, LABEL
Grill onto a stage below. with songs only about new life and Independent
From this moment, he knew new birth. LATEST RELEASE
Athens was a pretty cool town, and Most of the seven recent songs Life at the Bar (2004)
he knew it would accept his fun and were written by Jon Tonge, the bass
unique personality. player.
“I never claim to be the best guitar “Jon (Tonge) wrote about 60 love Being unique themselves, the band
player or the best singer,” he says over songs, and half of them are crazy crap,” often attracts interesting people along
the phone with a simple honesty. “I try Manning says. “But the fact that he their tours.
to entertain, and that’s what a lot of was that inspired is kinda cool.” One hardcore fan named “Blue”
people in Athens are trying to do, like While Manning and Tonge are all has recorded every live show except
Tim Conley did (in the 1990s).” for quantity, Mark Durfield believes in two, Manning says.
While the members of The Bearfoot quality of songwriting. Because of a request by “Blue”, The
Hookers have roots in Southern small “He’ll go months without writing Hookers once performed at a nursing
towns, like Waycross, they are based in anything, and then he’ll come up with home.
the college town of Athens, Ga. this amazing song,” Manning says. “They were dancing and sweating
“The best part about Athens is “He’s sneaky.” and coughing,” Manning says.
that there’s always a song going on Overall, a Bearfoot Hookers’ A the end of the night, one 98-
somewhere,” Manning says. performance is something not offered year-old woman named Ellen wanted
And, especially for him, that’s by other artists. to leave with them, and a song “Ready
always true. He began the songwriting Manning says they once had a to Ride” was born.
for the band and writes songs almost stretch of 17 shows where at least one Whether it’s being flashed by
everyday, which he often keeps woman flashed them. women or entertaining elderly,
crunched up in his pocket. “And then guys started going Manning and The Hookers have a way
Not all of his songs are good, he topless, “ he says with a slight sadness of creating excitement, and surely they
admits, and most of them don’t make in his voice. won’t back down anytime soon.

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Matt McKinney (lead guitar and
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sandwich fri/10:30 p.m.

Damian Kapcala (keyboards) and
Rackley Davis (drums and vocals)

2008 in Athens, Georgia
At the end of any show outside
of Athens, The Incredible Sandwich “I try to write something Label
Mule Train Records
members like being homeless, or people would understand. If
more accurately—hotel-less. They’ll sit a song is about a Latest Release
around and find someone willing to problem, thousands can The Incredible Sandwich (2009)
offer up an extra room, or a couch or a identify with it. ”
clean bit of carpet space.
- Matt McKinney, dislike of the limiting labels sometimes
“We always manage to find people,”
Matt McKinney (lead guitar, vocals) The Incredible Sandwich put on artists. “I just want to be me and
says. “But the worst part is that you the band to be the band.”
meet people and have to leave so soon.” McKinney is a big fan of lots of
For The Sandwich, couch surfing is He grew up admiring the guitar sound and collaborating. He hopes to
a good way to make friends who will solos of The Allman Brothers Band, eventually add another guitarist and
remember the band the next time it and then started listening to Wilco and maybe even a percussionist.
tumbles into town. Radiohead in college. A full-length album is in the
This familiarity is also what “I have a pop-esque writing style, works. He says it will likely be around
McKinney hopes to achieve through with a 18-year background in jamming,” 80 minutes with 10 long songs of
his songwriting. he says. constantly moving and flowing sound.
“I try to write something people The band, as it is now with “Our music makes you boogie-
would understand,” he says. “If a song McKinney, Kevin Juneau (bass guitar), woogie,” McKinney says.
is about a problem, thousands can Damian Kapcala (keyboards) and If you’ve seen The Sandwich
identify with it.” Rackley Davis (drums and vocals) has perform live, you know their music
Writing since the age of 16 only been together for five months. makes people dance. Especially in
and enriched by a degree in music McKinney says the current quartet Athens, The Sandwich knows how to
composition, he puts a remarkable is hitting a new stride and reaching a draw a crowd.
amount of thought into each of his new realm of thinking. Supported by a tight-knit
songs. Something must be working since community, St. Simons Island—where
We don’t really jam,” McKinney the band received the 2009 Flagpole the band was in residency in July—
says, even though The Sandwich is Award for “Upstart of the Year”. feels like home to McKinney.
often called a jam band. “Chances For McKinney, the true testament With their unpretentious attitudes,
are that I’ve written all that out. It of a band is staying real to who you are. The Sandwich members are likely as
makes no sense to me to jam without “I try to be true to myself as a writer happy on a fan’s couch as they would be
thought.” and a musician,” he says, expressing his in a penthouse suite.

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comedy showcase fri/9:00 p.m.

Friday night’s Mule Fest Comedy
Showcase was produced by Chris Line-up
Patton. The show features some rising (15 minute sets)
stand up comedians from the Athens Experience the first ever
and Atlanta area. It will last from 9 to Comedy Showcase Jonathan Lowder
Harold Kizzaps
11 p.m. DJ t8r(tot) will provide music in The Green Room—a night Brian Stolz
for the after party. you don’t want to miss! Chris Patton
In order of performance the Joel Atwill
comedians are: Headliner
Jonathan Lowder is a 23-year-old (20 minute set)
comedian living in Athens. He started Inspiration comes from everything
doing comedy at Rye Bar earlier this around him, especially his friends. His TJ Young
year and has also performed at Half- boy-next-door charm combined with
Moon Pub and The Office Lounge as an edgy sense of humor creates a unique
part of Classic City Comedy. Johnathan style that helps him easily relate to any Atwill went on tour with The Whigs—
draws influence from comedians John audience. not knowing what would come of it.
Belushi and Chris Farley. His stage Chris Patton started doing comedy Stand-up comedy is what came of it.
name is Farls Barkley. in March of 2009 on St. Patrick’s Day Headliner TJ Young is nestled
Harold Kizzapps is a 25-year-old, with a set at Nowhere Bar, which he securely in a long line of great
local comedian. He’s at the beginning completely bombed. Not to be defeated, comedians. If he were more of a
of what he hopes will be a successful he picked himself up and worked his morning person, he could have gotten
career. He’s had shows at Rye Bar, way through the open mic at Rye Bar. a better spot near the front of that
The 40 Watt and Flicker bar. He likes Before long, he started putting together line—But who can get up before 1
ninjas, ultimate Frisbee and some full nights of comedy and music there. p.m., honestly? With a background in
shaving cream his mom bought him at Drawing influence mainly from Dave improv and sketch comedy, TJ brings
a yard sale that he thinks smells really Chappelle, Richard Pryor and Mitch his clever wit and and boyish charm to
good. He doesn’t like quicksand, eggs Hedberg, Chris’ unique style of laid- the stand-up stage. Sometimes playing
and country music. back yet in your face comedy makes dumb about the obvious nature of
Brian Stoltz is a senior at the him truly special. things and other times turning simple,
University of Georgia. He began his Joel Atwill accidentally became a everyday observations on their ear,
comedy career at the age of three, stand-up comedian. Prior to late 2007, TJ’s an audience favorite at clubs and
but his first official show was during he had never wanted to become a stand- colleges nationwide. TJ is the creator
his sophomore year of college. His up comedian. In fact, he had never even and host of the Loft Comedy Showcase
influences range from Joel McHale thought about becoming a stand-up in Athens each month.
to Mike Speenberg and Daniel Tosh. comedian. After graduating from the
University of Georgia in 2004, Joel

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FRIDAY, August 21
6:30p -12a (ongoing): Green Room Studios Open For Viewing
8:10-9:00p FREE LUNCH

9:00-10:40p Comedy Showcase

9:20-10:10p JAZZ CHRONIC


11:30p-??? DJ T8R(tot)

saturday, August 22
10a-11:30a PAM BLANCHARD
11:50-12:50p 706 + KIDS ACTIVITIES
12:30-1:30p DR. ARVIN SCOTT
1:10-2:00p ONE L
2:50-3:40p YOUNG GOODMAN
3:30-4:20p BROKEN ROAD
4:00-4:50p 90 ACRE FARM
5:10-6:00p CHRIS MOORE

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SATURDAY, august 22, cont.

7:00-7:50p SOULHOUND
7:30-8:20p KEN WILL MORTON
8:10-9:00p BRAD DOWNS & THE
8:40-9:30p 3 FOOT SWAGGER
9:20-10:10p TENT CITY
9:50-11:00p XG-1
10:30-12a THE BEARFOOT

SUNDAY, august 23
1:00-2:00p THE JOMPSON BROS.
1:30-2:30p LARA
2:20-3:10p LAISSEZ FUNK
2:50-3:40p RACHEL O’NEAL
4:00-4:50p ADAM PAYNE BAND
4:40-5:30p LINGO
5:10-6:00p AVERY DYLAN
5:50-7:00p BETSY FRANCK & THE
6:20-7:30p HARP UNSTRUNG
7:30-9:oop THE LEE BOYS

north thomas st. in athens. the outdoor stage is in the first american
bank parking lot adjacent to mule train records.

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artist bios

(SUNDAY, 4:40 P.M.)
Break-ups can be hard. Hard like broken glass against
your head, or less physical, hard on your heart.
Apparently, the members of the roots-based jam
band Lingo know a lot about break-ups, or they just are
sympathetic to this type of sadness.
Justin Tramble, rhythm guitar and vocals, calls the
band’s trend a long-standing joke.
“All the songs we like best have to do with break-ups,”
he says. “And we keep writing them.”
Much of the media who has tried to describe the
band has commented on their indefinable music. sounds.”
“We’re tough to define, I guess,” Tramble says. “We’re Three out of four of the members, which includes
like a jam band but a lot more singer/songwriter. We Tramble, Dylan Burke (lead guitar and vocals), Drew Ear-
have a lot of just songs.” ley (drums), and Alex Tramble (bass guitar and vocals),
Tramble says one reporter called them Ben Harper taught themselves how to play music in high school.
mixed with Widespread Panic. Lingo has played about 45 shows this year already
“It’s kinda funny to see what people say about us.” and plans for their first album to be released this Fall.
Tramble says. “We have the freedom to do a lot and take risks,”
Having a sense of humor, as Tramble seems to, is Tramble says. “We want to turn this into a career. I want
good, especially when you sing a lot about break-ups. to be able to pull up to a town we don’t know and have
Humor, however, walks a fine line. people already know our songs.”
“We try to avoid corniness,” he says. “As corny as that

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trey wright
(SATURDAY, 1:50 P.M.)
pressive,” Wright said. “Squat’s all about having fun and
entertaining. It’s dance music.”
The Trio will play original songs from their recent CD
“Thinking Out Loud”, as well as jazz interpretations of Ra-
diohead and folk rock singer Nick Drake.
“Back in the day, jazz was all about re-interpreting pop-
ular songs,” Wright says, pointing to the music of George
Gershwin as an example.
The Trio’s new CD was co-produced by Wright and Mar-
lon Patton.
The members are currently doing a wide range of
shows, from college-towns to church shows and rock ven-
ues to promote the CD, Wright says.
Trey Wright leads a life of music, which is something says the CD raises the bar for ener-
that he never envisioned for himself even as a music mi- gized, collaborative and highly listenable guitar, bass and
nor in college. drum trio music, and calls the guitar sound seductive and
He met the members of his musical groups in during a Patton a magician at phrasing with his drums and cym-
University of Georgia jazz improvisational class, and it all bals.
came together somehow, he says. “The Trey Wright Trio is an intensely attentive, selfless
Wright will be performing as part of his Trio with Marc mix of musicians completely connected to what is going
Miller (upright bass) and Marlon Patton (drums, also on around them,” according to the Web site.
plays with Squat) during Mule Fest. The best part of playing for Wright is when the band
Wright also performs solo and co-founded the award- tries something new and it works.
winning jazz band Squat. “Our music is very interactive,” he says. “It’s fun to go
“The Trio is more about setting the mood. It’s more ex- someplace you never went before.”

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(SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.)
In the middle of Floyd Fest, a funky music
festival that took place July 23 through 26 in
Virginia, Atlanta-based soul band Soulhound is
two songs in to one of its sets.
People are dancing. People are sweating. The
sun is shining.
And then the power cuts out.
On a nearby stage, the crew is prepping for
Grace Potter to preform.
Soulhound members hold it together and
start playing as soon as possible. They play for
two hours instead of one and make many new
“It was a first-class event,” says Bob Roth, gui-
tar and vocals. “We went to one festival where live shows,” Roth says. “We tried to bang it out live.”
the headliner bailed out, but this was not like that. We
had a great time.” He points out the song “Simone” as one in particu-
The band recently released a new CD “Quickie in the lar that was done in one take because of reduced studio
Cave” and immediately began “pimpin it”, as Roth calls time.
it. He hopes audiences will have their hair blown back
The CD name has brought some inappropriate com- when Soulhound performs, and he enjoys being the un-
ments, Roth says, but the band recorded it in a live room known factor.
called “The Cave” and they did it quick. “One guy at a festival called our performance a ‘drive-
“As a funk band, we wanted to have the energy of the by funking’, and I like that,” he says.

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betsy franck
(SUNDAY, 5:50 P.M.)
Hour” in Macon. “But beware: she can be as brutal
as a bad stretch down a mountainside too.”
Her band, Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle
Band, has been together in its current formation
for two years.
“We’ve finally melded together and found our
sound,” Franck says over the phone. “I hope to get
behind this and push it really hard.”
She then talks about her excitement about add-
ing new instruments.
“We all play with other people. Everyone is do-
ing side projects,” she says. “But now we all priori-
tize this.”
Franck is currently finishing up a solo album
Betsy Franck has one of those incredibly powerful voices with AJ Adams, which she hopes to release in Sep-
capable of transcending genres, according to Kristen the tember.
writer of an Athens music blog “Echoreyn of Athens”. All the band’s songs are original and written by Franck.
People up and down the East Coast know her voice. She says she has been working really well under pressure
Her solo and group songs are mostly blues and southern and generally writes a new song when she gets bored of her
rock, and she has been recognized for 10 years as a powerful other ones.
and award-winning performer who knows how to entertain. One of her new songs she particularly likes is “I’m Afraid”,
“Betsy Franck’s gospel-strong and siren sweet voice will which she wrote before a set at Caledonia Lounge. The band
carry you safely over the personal turmoil that you’d normal- will perform the song together at Mule Fest, although she
ly approach like a patch of jagged asphalt,” writes the “11th will record it solo.

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pam blanchard
(SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M.)
Picture a group of children dancing freely. They
twirl in toy-sized circles. They laugh and seem to
feel pure joy and excitement.
This vision, this willingness of children to let
their spirits shine and put their whole hearts into
dancing is why Pam Blanchard chooses to focus
her attention on entertaining young children.
“They remind me of the ability of music to in-
cite joy, and that is cool to watch with any age,”
she says.
As a teacher at a local Montessori pre-school
13 years ago, Blanchard started writing a lot of
songs for the children, but wanted to expand the
At the time, she was playing some jazz stuff with Joe watermelons and hoping and colors and feelings, is what
Ellison (drums) and Danny Conkle (bass) who became the they care about.”
original members of the Pam Blanchard & The Sunny Side- Although grown-ups have a much harder time letting
Up Band. loose, sometimes she occasionally enjoys dressing up and
As adults grow older, they often forgot their youthful playing romantic tunes for an older crowd.
mindset, but not Blanchard. Children and the way they Still, children are what continue to spark her interest
think make sense to her. the most.
“What is scary to them (like mean people or loud peo- ‘Young children care about the journey and the process
ple) is scary to me,” she says. “What’s important enough rather then a projected outcome,” Blanchard says. “And I
to me to write songs about, like butterflies and trucks and like hanging around people like that—they help me re-
member not to miss the magic of now.”

(SATURDAY, 1:10 P.M.)
Phillip Kohnen, the composer and band lead-
er for the Athens salsa-soul band One L, first en-
countered Cuban music in 2003 through a col-
lege class while he was studying anthropology.
It was love at first sound, and since that
first meeting he has listened and played island
rhythms almost nonstop.
“I gravitate towards Cuban music because of
its really complex rhythms,” Kohnen says. “It’s a
fusion of European and African styles.”
He formed a band called Boondog Trio, but it
broke-up soon after coming together.
Now, One L members change sometimes be-
cause of school and other band-related issues, Similarly, he says the big mambo craze of the 1950s
but overall the sound stays the same. was sparked by a political situation.
What most Americans know as “salsa” comes from Until culture changes in Cuba, the audience in Athens
music played in New York in the 1970s by Cuban im- that likes to dance to salsa will likely remain steady.
migrants. To pull One L together, Kohnen picked the giraffe as
One L tries to play stuff more connected to true Cu- a symbol to anchor his advertisements.
ban music inspired by rhythms of the island. “The giraffe started as short-necked animal and kept
“I like to share music from the island because Cuban reaching and reaching,” he says. “That’s sorta how I feel
politics are changing and tourism might be possible,” as a musician. I started guitar at age 17, and now I’m
Kohnen says, explaining that Cuban music might then reaching higher and higher to new plateaus.”
become more popular.

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lefty williams
(SATURDAY, 4:40 P.M.)
he learned to play, although he says he’s sure the ex-
perience isn’t any different for other people learning
to be guitar players.
His Father used to say, “The more you play, the
faster it will stop hurting.” So, he played non-stop,
teaching himself to play by ear, and then he began
to sing back-up in several bands.
“I listened to Dave Matthews and thought, ‘If
this guy can sing, so can I’,” Williams says. “I never
really liked my voice, but I got more comfortable do-
ing it.”
Although he transitioned over time into being a
front man, he always knew he would be a full-time
Yes, Lefty Williams has only one arm—hence the musician.
term “Lefty”—but who needs two arms to play the gui- “I’m musically Schizophrenic,” he says. “I’ll play blues
tar anyway? for awhile and then funk and then metal.”
The 31-year-old, Atlanta-born artist started playing Lately, he’s been trying to stick to playing Southern-
the guitar at the age of 4 and invented a prosthetic pick influenced blues and rock with jazzy overtones.
at the age of 6 because he wanted to play fast like Jimi J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network calls
Hendrix. Williams’ lyrics close to all humans and his perspectives
Despite his one-armed existence, he never backed wise and seasoned.
down. He remembers singing “Amazing Grace” at church “In overcoming disability to create music, Jason
in front of 600 people at the age of 6. “Lefty” Williams truly has a remarkable story to tell,”
He also remembers his fingers hurting terribly when he says.

artist bios
(SATURDAY, 5:50 P.M.)
which is why the band can’t perform as much as
it would like to.
Four out of six members are in school and
two members have obligations with The Univer-
sity of Georgia Redcoat Band.
Out of convenience, The HDBB plays mainly
in Athens, but did recently play a private party
in North Carolina.
They play a balance between new and origi-
nal standards and have been incorporating a lot
more collaborations with other bands or artists.
Even though the definition of jazz does fit
HDBB, Cutchin says the popular conception of
Success appeared with little warning for members of jazz is changing.
Half Dozen Brass Band. Now, they must figure out how “We do our jazz stuff, but not a lot of swing,” Cutchin
to handle it. says. “In the last 30 to 40 years more emphasis has been
The band has been together in some capacity for a on brass band.”
year, but together with their current six members only Lately, he says he’s been describing the band as Dix-
since March of 2009. ieland funk.
Up against the locally-known names of Kenosha Kid Cutchin says he’s enjoying playing with the current
and Carl Lindberg, they won the 2009 Flagpole Award group of musicians, although he would love it if more
for “Best Jazz”. people danced at the shows.
Joshua Cutchin says he is surprised at the band’s “It should be music to be danced to,” Cutchin says.
success, and that it’s as hard as herding cats to get all “But so far only a few people have been dancing.”
the members together for practice or performances,

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(Sunday, 1:30 P.M.)
Lara’s Georgia roots and California spirit have
been mixed and shaken to create a unique and
delightful musical cocktail. She has been deeply
involved with music since childhood, and dis-
covered her songwriting skills after an encoun-
ter with dolphins in Venice beach. With her
debut album, “Emerging”, she established herself
as a warm, inspiring performer and talented lyri-
cist. She blends soulful piano and vocals with a fun and intimate storytelling style. Now her second
album, “Dive In”, showcases her gift at musical arrangement and strong melodies. Her heart pours
through with raw presence, carrying you with her and inviting you to dive into your heart.

the xg-1
(SATURDAY, 9:50 P.M.).)
The XG-1 formed in the spring of 2009 in Ath-
ens, Ga. The band consists of Larry Acquaviva
(bass/vocals), Riley Smith (drums), and Jonathan
Walker (guitar, vocals). The XG-1 brings all original,
cut and dry rock and roll. The eclectic influence
base drives the band to write it’s own brand of
distinct rock songs, always bringing the heat.

Jocelyn Ellis & the

Alpha theory
(friday, 7:00 P.M.)
Jocelyn Ellis & The Alpha Theory of Charlotte,
North Carolina, represent a different direction
with their music. The Alpha Theory, consisting of
three talented and diverse musicians, Jeff Taylor,
Jesse Seibold and Nathan Woolard, dedicated
most of their music-careers playing in punk rock
and metal bands while learning to play other
genres. Now paired with arguably one of North
Carolina’s best female vocalists in music-award
winner Jocelyn Ellis, you have a successful blend
of rock, soul, blues, funk and hip-hop. The band released its self-titled EP, “In the Beginning” on May
7th 2009, and since then have had their music played all over NC radio stations.

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Young Goodman
(SATURDAY, 2:50 P.M.)
Young Goodman Brown is hope and hopelessness,
faith and disillusion. He is hands held high under the
gun of time. He is a country guitar on a summer night.
He is a page from Jean Paul Sartre, a verse from Tom
Joad. He is the solitary rambler on Kierkegaard’s road.
He is an outlaw and a preacher. A gambler and a king.
He is his own worst enemy with his boots, his only

chris moore
(SATURDAY, 5:10 P.M.)
Chris Moore was born in Savannah and raised in
the two red light, farm community of Glennville,
Ga. He was into music from as early as he can
remember: Elvis at the very youngest age, and
then there was all the cool, ingeniously melodic
stuff McCartney was doing with Wings, the jazzy
sounds of Steely Dan, nasty, rowdy jams of the
Stones and Rod Stewart and the Faces. Until he
moved to Athens in 1997, he barely knew three
chords on a guitar. He didn’t know any other musicians in town, so he picked up his cheap pawn
shop guitar and started writing simple songs and playing open mics until eventually he met other

3 foot swagger
(SATURDAY, 8:40 P.M.)
3 Foot Swagger was born in September of 2007
when five friends and fellow musicians were hired
for a last-minute gig at a North Georgia river out-
post. Three members, Jeff Reusch (rythm guitar, vo-
cals), Scott Lerch (bass guitar) and Charlie McCoy
(drums) had prior touring experience with regional
band Melodious Ground, while David Cardello
(lead guitar) and Jake Cohan (acoustic guitar, vocals)
played locally with numerous collaborators. The band has many influences that range from bluegrass
to electronica and most everything in between.

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Brad Downs and The

Poor Bastard Souls
(SATURDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
Brad Downs, a Mississippi Delta native, is a singer/
songwriter who now lives in Athens. He writes and
performs Americana and country-rock songs with his
band, an able crew of Athens’ music veterans, includ-
ing Paul “Crumpy” Edwards on bass, William Tonks
playing electric guitars and dobro and Randy Durham
on drums. Downs released “Winter Breathing”, his de-
but album featuring special guests from bands such as Widespread Panic, R.E.M., Drive-by Truckers,
Bloodkin and the Hackensaw boys. The album was recorded by Drew Vandenberg at Chase Park
Transduction on random, scattered days during July and August, 2008.
Dr. Arvin Scott
(SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M.)
Dr. Arvin Scott is an award-winning, multi-instru-
mentalist, composer, motivational, youth program
founder/director and a university professor with
a track record that spans nearly 40 years.
He has experience in classic R&B, jazz, African, Ca-
ribbean and Brazilian genres, which all contribute
to his World Beat project. Influences on his music
include James Brown, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart
and Widespread Panic. He has received multiple Flagpole Athens Music Awards. He founded a
community-based program for kids aged 3 to 16 years old in Athens, Ga and the surrounding areas.
The program called “Drumming for Success” provides mentorship and percussion classes for kids.

free lunch
(FRIDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
Free Lunch has a rock & roll sound with jazzy tones
and the occasional twang. The Flagpole calls this
locally-based band, “a funky staple of the Athens jam
band scene.” Free Lunch began in mid-2006. After
several break-ups and changes, Free Lunch is now
sticking with members Bill Baker, (bassist and vocals),
Andrew Lastrapes, (guitar), and Richard Chamberlain,
(drums and vocals). Justin Willis joins in on guitar, while
“Gnarly G” adds a new degree of style with his saxophone collaboration. Band influences include
James Brown, Widespread Panic and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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laissez funk nathan sheppard

(Sunday 2:20 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 6:20 P.M.)
Laissez Funk is a group of Athens locals Nathan Sheppard’s biggest influences are pop sing-
who play music with a jazz-funk fusion. They ers and songwriters from the sixties and seventies.
generally perform an array of covers. They For him, making music is a way of life. He has
performed for a Georgia Theatre benefit performed for local open mic nights and opened
concert in July. Members include Logan Wallis for several international acts, including Matthew
(piano), Matt Shirley (guitar and vocals), Bill Ba- Sweet and Jefferson Starship. He has been in-
con (drums) and Mark Dykes (bass and vocals). volved in a few publishing projects in both movie
Influences include Phish, The Grateful Dead and cable television. The song “Carolina” was fea-
and The Funky Meters. tured in a motion picture called “Blue Ridge Fall.”
Clips from Sheppard’s catalog were used in a WB
Network series “Nick Freno, Licensed Teacher.”

tent city
(SATURDAY, 9:20 P.M.)
Tent City is a warm and cozy, yummy chunk of
fun, according to its MySpace page. The Flagpole
calls the band, “a new local jam band that mixes
elements of world and blues into the traditional
jam format for interesting and enveloping songs.”
Made up of Greg Kearney, (guitar), Greg Cooler,
(bass guitar), Quinten Q. Perkins, (keyboards), and
Scott Underwood, (drums), Tent City mixes a
contemporary blend of unique originals along with eclectic rearrangements of deep cut classics.
Influences include The Allman Brothers, Phish and Led Zeppelin.

the tropical breeze

steel drum band
(SATURDAY, 2:20 P.M.)
The Tropical Breeze Steel Drum Band is a perform-
ing ensemble comprised of instruments made
from 55-gallon steel drums, which cover all the
voices from soprano through bass, and a full
rhythm section. The band performs music from
Trinidad and other Latin countries, along with
classical, pop and jazz. Tony McCutchen founded
the ensemble in 1986 at The University of Georgia.
The band serves as a musical ambassador for the University.

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(friday, 9:20 P.M.)
JazzChronic is innovative and exuberant.
Members play a mix of funk, rock and roll, R&B,
jazz and soul. The band sometimes incorporates
vocals into their songs, while all original music is
composed with the contributions of all members.
JazzChronic is made up of Leon Campbell (drums),
Bill Baker (bass guitar) ,Gnarly G (tenor baritone,
soprano saxophones), Howard Stroud (synth) and
Justin Willis (lead, rhythm guitar). Reverb Nation calls the band creative, original, psychedelic funk
freak fusion that combines rock, soul, funk and acid jazz into a powerful musical experience that will
melt your mind.

ken will morton

(SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.)
Ken Will Morton is an accomplished singer/
songwriter; his music has been heralded by Paste
Magazine, Relix and more. An engaging performer,
he has been nominated twice for “Best Solo Per-
former” by Flagpole Magazine. He has toured most
parts of the U.S. and in Ireland, opening for Randall
Bramblett, Sugarland and more. In 2008, Ken Will’s
song “Oh Lord” was featured in the TV show “The
Deadliest Catch”. He is currently putting the finishing touches on two CDs: a full-length for the
NYC-based Sojourn Records and a five-song EP for Mule Train Records debut produced by Nathan
Sheppard at the Green Room Studios.

lefty hathaway
(Sunday 3:30 P.M.)
Lefty Hathaway has performed and recorded
several genres throughout the years, from old school
bluegrass to funk and hip hop, spending the early part
of the past decade touring the west coast with a
handful of projects that embodied such collective
experience. He was born in England and moved back
and forth between England and the States. Lefty’s
relocation to Athens, from California in 2006, has
landed collaborations with numerous local talent, establishing himself as part of the classic city’s leg-
endary music community. He has gained a chiseled persona, delivering a collective of all experiences
to a sound that embodies such range.

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(SUNDAY, 1:00 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M.)
The Jompson Brothers are a new, soulful, classic Broken Road is a local Georgia band, who have
rock act out of Nashville, TN. The Jompson Broth- years of experience on the road and in Nashville.
ers form a blended sound of blistering guitar, This group combines elements of bluegrass, gos-
thumping rhythm section and soul-laden vocals. pel, and traditional and contemporary country
Frontman, Chris Stapleton made his mark on Nash- music. Members are Brad Smith, Tim Cadiere,
ville as a songwriter, penning two country radio Waylin Wright, Chris Blanton, Charles Newman
number ones among his dozens of album cuts. The and Austin Tripp. Influences include Alan Jackson
Jompson Brothers are currently recording their and George Strait. Their single “Thinkin’ Outside
full-length debut with Frank Rogers. the Box” hits the radio the third of August, and
they are having a show at the Morton Theater
on Nov. 13.

(Sunday, 2:50 P.M.)
Rachel O’Neal started her musical career as a
lead vocalist in a variety of bands in the early
1990’s, but has of late been honing her craft as a
songwriter and solo acoustic performer based
in Athens. The reception she has gotten at her
acoustic shows prompted her to get into the
studio and record a fully produced version of the
collection of original songs she has been playing
live. The culmination of her efforts is Rachel’s debut record, “Getaway”. This record is an eclectic
blend of indie-rock, jazz and southern-tinged Americana.


(sunday, 4:00 P.M.)
Adam Payne is a musician from Athens. Adam says
the band has always been called The Adam Payne
Band because they were never clever enough
to coin a cool name. Adam has been playing his
songwriter-folk blend music on stages across the
Southeast since 1997. He has been cataloging and
illustrating his experiences every step of the way.
The band always brings a darker and more focused
palette to the music. Adam recorded “Sorry, Please Try Again” in 1999 and “Untitled” in 2007.

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avery dylan 90 Acre farm

(Sunday, 5:10 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M.)
Avery Dylan has been making ground in Georgia In his youth, 90 Acre Farm founder and self-
for over seven years by getting to play with taught musician, Todd White, was fascinated by
some of the top name musicians around like: Besty his older cousins’ versions of bluegrass and outlaw
Franck, Lefty Hathaway, Tommy Crain, John Straw country standards. White’s musical style lies
and many more. He’s been on several CDs and somewhere between bluegrass and classic rock
has a few of his own. You may best recognize him & roll. With the release of their debut EP “Back
from the Avery Dylan Project, which travels and Home”, 90 Acre Farm gained regional attention
has been making its own mark. In he past two years winning the Athens area Battle of the Bands.
they have played in five states in over 200 shows
and rocked thousands of faces. Dylan started out
in Southwestern Virginia in the mid-1990s.

harp unstrung
(SundaY, 6:20 P.M.)
Harp Unstrung was formed in August of 2008.
An eclectic blend of jazzy jam-band and alterna-
tive rock, Harp Unstrung takes the listener from
mellow whispers to roaring crescendos. Lush har-
monies house thought provoking lyrics, as inviting
guitar riffs tempt the audience to the dance floor.
The band is comprised of Kevin Fleming (guitar,
vocals), Tony Delgado (drums), Drew O’Donnell
(vocals, guitar) and Daniel Walker (bass, vocals). Harp Unstrung has been going strong in the Athens
bar scene, and will be recording their first album at Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studios, with producer,
Dave Aitken.

(SATURDAY, 11:50 a.M.)
706 was formed in 2007 by Clarke Middle School
students. The band started with William Kissane
(vocals, drums, keyboard) and Jake Cona (lead guitar).
Since then, Foster Gorman (bass) and Henry Sieben-
tritt (keyboards) have joined the band. Soulful vocals
and technical perfection brings a youthful, yet deter-
mined dimension to each song 706 performs. Their
originals are unique and compelling and like the songs
they choose to cover, they defy genre classification. The band admits they take in everything right now
with open minds, but they will name: R.E.M., The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin.
All four members are currently freshmen at Clarke Central High School.

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