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MULE TRAIN RECORDS PRESENTS
MULE TRAIN RECORDS PRESENTS
MUSIC, COMEDY & M0RE nuçi’s space
MUSIC, COMEDY & M0RE
nuçi’s space
welcome to mulefest 2009! RYAN KELLY, PRESIDENT, MULE TRAIN RECORDS Dear Music Fans: It is
welcome to mulefest 2009!
RYAN KELLY,
PRESIDENT,
MULE
TRAIN RECORDS
Dear Music Fans:
It is with great pleasure
that the Mule
you to Mule Fest
2009. We are excited
Train Records family welcomes
to be hosting our second an-
nual music festival
in the Classic City and hope that you enjoy this
great weekend of music.
you with
We have worked hard to provide
a
diverse line up of entertainment
over the course of
the weekend in
a family friendly
environment.
provided to Nuçi’s
A portion of the proceeds
of Mule Fest 2009 will be
center
Space. Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit
health and music resource
located in
Athens, Georgia. The aim
of the organization is to prevent
for musicians suffering
suicide by providing obstacle free treatment
from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the
emotional, physical and professional
well being of musicians.
committed sui-
This is very close to my heart as
one of my best friends
cide while I attended college
at the University of Georgia. He helped
introduce me to the wonders of the Athens live music scene, and the
a life-changing event. The memory
sudden loss of his friendship was
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
this great
Nuçi’s Space booth and see how you can get involved with
cause.
Enjoy the music. We thank
you for spending the weekend with us and
look forward to seeing you at many Mule Fests to come. Remember
to drink plenty of water over the
weekend, and stay cool!
Sincerely,
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who is mule train records? “ATHENS, GA., BoRN AND BRED” Mule Train Records was created
who is mule train records?
“ATHENS, GA., BoRN AND BRED”
Mule Train Records was created
LoCATIoN
began in
out of a love for music and
May 2008.
“We wanted to develop
512 N.
Thomas sTreeT
an art-
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ist friendly record label using 21st
FUN FACTS
century technology and partnering
with our artists
so that they would
* The mule TraiN
office
have a tool chest
of resources at
their disposal to be able to navigate
was used as The fuzzy
sprouTs (a 1990s parTy
through the somewhat tricky
of the music business,” Ryan
waters
baNd) rehearsal space.
Kelly,
* The buildiNG houses
managing partner of the label, says.
The GreeN room (which
Mule Train strives to use the
most
opeNed duriNG
aThfesT
environmentally friendly practices
possible in promoting
its records
and artists, while also understanding
that pressing compact discs and vi-
nyl is still necessary in
the business.
2008), GreeN room sTu-
dios (a full recordiNG
sTudio) aNd GreeN room
iNTerNaTioNal produc-
TioNs.
It strives to use only the greenest
* The Number of
packaging and
printing resources
and encourages using online distri-
bution outlets as much as possible.
“We hope to offer diverse music
from upstart and mid-level bands
and provide them with the resourc-
pouNds of maTerial col-
lecTed (aNd recycled
wheN possible) duriNG
coNsTrucTioN is more
ThaN 3500 (1.5
ToNs!).
es to get them where they
want
to go,” Jill Kelly, vice
operations, says.
Mule Train Records
president of
hopes to rep-
* The walls of The re-
cord label office are
purple aNd GreeN, re-
miNdiNG Jill of mardi
Gras.
resent the new sounds coming out
of Athens, Ga., and is ready to have
BANDS
the new generation
of music heard.
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contents ABoUT oUR BENEFICIARy: NUCI’S SPACE 4 FULL 2009 MULE FEST FESTIvAL GUIDE 15 ARTIST
contents
ABoUT oUR BENEFICIARy: NUCI’S SPACE
4
FULL 2009 MULE FEST FESTIvAL GUIDE
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ARTIST BIoGRAPHIES
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9
THE
LEE BoyS
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THE BEARFooT HooKERS
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THE
INCREDIBLE SANDWICH
CoMEDy SHoWCASE
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LINGo
TREy WRIGHT
SoULHoUND
BETSy FRANCK &
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THE
BAREKNUCKLE BAND
PAM BLANCHARD/oNE L
LEFTy WILLIAMS/ THE HALF
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DozEN BRASS BAND
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LARA
THE xG-1
JoCELyN ELLIS & THE
ALPHA THEoRy
yoUNG GooDMAN BRoWN
CHRIS MooRE
TENT CITy
27
TRoPICAL
BREEzE STEEL DRUM BAND
27
22
JAzzCHRoNIC
27
24
KEN WILL MoRToN
28
24
LEFTy HATHAWAy
28
24
THE
JoMPSoN BRoTHERS
28
THREE
FooT SWAGGER
28
25
BRAD DoWNS & THE
PooR BASTARD SoULS
BRoKEN RoAD
RACHEL o’NEAL
29
25
THE ADAM PAyNE BAND
29
25
DR. ARvIN SCoTT
FREE LUNCH
LAISSEz FUNK
NATHAN SHEPPARD
AvERy DyLAN
29
26
90 ACRE FARM
29
26
HARP UNSTRUNG
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THANKS To ALL oF THoSE INvoLvED
IN CREATING THE MULE FEST 2009 oF-
FICIAL FESTIvAL GUIDE!!! WE’D ESPE-
THE ATHENS BLUR MAGAzINE FoR
HANDLING THE DESIGN AND LAyoUT
oF THE GUIDE
CIALLy LIKE To THANK:
LINDSAy
GATHERING AND
WRITING oBERST
ALL ARTIST
FoR INFo!
CovER DESIGN By
NATHAN RoDRIGUEz
PLEASE RECyCLE THIS GUIDE WHEN FINISHED!
about our benificiary: nuci’s space Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource ens,
about our benificiary:
nuci’s space
Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health
and music resource
ens, Ga. Bob Sleppy,
center in Ath-
executive
* IN 1999, THE
PHILLIPS FAMILy oF ATLANTA
director, says Nuçi’s Space is hon-
ored to be the beneficiary
Fest 2009.
of Mule
“The focus of Nuçi’s
Space is the
well-being of musicians,”
he says.
FoRMED THE NUçI PHILLIPS
MEMoRIAL FoUNDATIoN
IN MEMoRy oF THEIR SoN.
THE FoUNDATIoN CREATED
NUçI’S SPACE.
“Paramount to this concern is the
ability to see a
mental health pro-
* THE MISSIoN IS To
PREvENT SUICIDE By
fessional without fear of stigma or
negative repercussion.”
from
He says the money received
Mule Fest will
be used to help main-
PRovIDING oBSTACLE-FREE
TREATMENT FoR
MUSICIANS SUFFERING
FRoM DEPRESSIoN AND
tain
the commitment
to providing
oTHER SUCH DISoRDERS,
AS
professional
counseling
services
WELL AS To ASSIST
IN THE
at a very low cost.
Nuçi’s Space
EMoTIoNAL, PHySICAL AND
recently celebrated the completion
of its third year of Camp Amped.
PRoFESSIoNAL WELL-BEING
oF MUSICIANS.
The camp is a multiple
session, two-
* NUçI’S SPACE
week summer day camp for youth
ExISTS IN THE HoNoR oF
ages 11 to 17 which
supports the
mission of Nuçi’s Space by serving
as an outreach program to young
musicians. Because of the success
NUçI PHILLIPS, A 22-yEAR-
oLD MUSICIAN WHo TooK
HIS oWN LIFE
AFTER
STRUGGLING WITH
of Camp Amped,
Nuçi’s Space is
presenting an after school program
DEPRESSIoN FoR FIvE
yEARS.
that
(Camp Amped After School)
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
huge success. The line-up of bands
FUNDRAISING AND PLAN-
NING EvENTS.
and musicians is incredible
and the
Mule Train family
sure to work with,”
has been a plea-
Sleppy says.
Thank you for supporting & Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource center
Thank you for supporting
&
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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There’s something to be said about being in a band with your family. While for many people this something might not be too positive, Alvin Lee of the The Lee Boys doesn’t see himself performing any other way. “No matter what, you’re still family,” he says. The three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals), along with their three nephews Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven- string bass) and Earl Walker (drums) are the entire band. Alvin Lee isn’t the oldest of the family, but he seems to take on an important leadership role. The band and those who know him best call him “Uncle Al”. “All our lives we’ve helped raise them,” he says referring to the younger members of the family. “We have little issues, but we always love each other.” The inspiration behind their wildly energetic, sacred-steel music is founded in the church and fueled by the death of Alvin Lee’s father and his late brother Glenn Lee, who used to play the main instrument—the peddle steel guitar. “Their deaths inspired me to continue music,” Alvin says. After playing music growing

sun/7:30 p.M. “No matter what, you’re still family” - Alvin Lee, The Lee Boys
sun/7:30 p.M.
“No matter what,
you’re still family”
- Alvin Lee, The Lee Boys

up and then deciding he wanted to spread his music further, Alvin learned booking and the business side of music from Robert Stone of Folk Alliance in Florida, which showcases music in Jacksonville. The Lee Boys have now toured widely. In 2007, they performed for more than 250,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States. They have played with many other sacred steel artists and were invited to perform on the recent album “Palmystery” of one of the greatest living bass players, Victor Wooten. Recently, Alvin Cordy Jr., the bass player, took two months off from the band to play in Japan with Robert Randolph. This year The Lee Boys played Bonnaroo to great success, Alvin says. The festival Web site said fans of The Lee Boys described them in the following ways: exhilarating,energetic, exciting, freeing fun, spirited, soulful and thrilling. After their 2006 performance at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago-

mulefest mulefest 2009 2009

Who’s Who Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals), along with their three nephews Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums)

FoRMeD Mid-1990s in Miami, Fla.

lAbel

Arhoolie Records

lAtest ReleAse Say Yes (2005)

Sun Times compared to Jimi Hendrix saying that their music, “May be what Jimi Hendrix had in mind with his grand plan for ’electric sky church music.’ Part Robert Randolph, part Holmes Brothers, the Miami quintet sang the praises while whipping the crowd into a frenzy with hypnotic grooves, innovative pedal-steel/lead guitar interplay and funky rhythms.” “Sacred steel” is a type of music described as an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations. Alvin Lee believes he and his family members have a mission to touch people through their music and share it with the world.

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The first time Ty Manning of The Bearfoot Hookers came to Athens, he went downtown to check out some music at the Athens Human Rights Festival. He wandered to College Avenue and witnessed Tim Conley of the now-broken up, party band Fuzzy Sprouts jumping from the roof of The Grill onto a stage below. From this moment, he knew Athens was a pretty cool town, and he knew it would accept his fun and unique personality. “I never claim to be the best guitar player or the best singer,” he says over the phone with a simple honesty. “I try to entertain, and that’s what a lot of people in Athens are trying to do, like Tim Conley did (in the 1990s).” While the members of The Bearfoot Hookers have roots in Southern small towns, like Waycross, they are based in the college town of Athens, Ga. “The best part about Athens is that there’s always a song going on somewhere,” Manning says. And, especially for him, that’s always true. He began the songwriting for the band and writes songs almost everyday, which he often keeps crunched up in his pocket. Not all of his songs are good, he admits, and most of them don’t make

any sense. After three years of upheaval from new marriages and large purchases of houses and bookstores, The Hookers have about seven songs ready for a new album that Manning tentatively calls “Double-Wide Revival”. He says the new CD might be a theme album or even a double-CD, with songs only about new life and new birth. Most of the seven recent songs were written by Jon Tonge, the bass player. “Jon (Tonge) wrote about 60 love songs, and half of them are crazy crap,” Manning says. “But the fact that he was that inspired is kinda cool.” While Manning and Tonge are all for quantity, Mark Durfield believes in quality of songwriting. “He’ll go months without writing anything, and then he’ll come up with this amazing song,” Manning says. “He’s sneaky.” Overall, a Bearfoot Hookers’ performance is something not offered by other artists. Manning says they once had a stretch of 17 shows where at least one woman flashed them. “And then guys started going topless, “ he says with a slight sadness in his voice.

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Who’s Who Ty Manning (guitar, vocals), Mark Durfield (guitar, vocals), Scott Nicholson (piano, organ), Marcus Thompson (guitar), Jon Tonge (on bass) and Josh Skelton (drums)

FoRMeD 2003 in Athens, Ga

lAbel

Independent

lAtest ReleAse Life at the Bar (2004)

Being unique themselves, the band often attracts interesting people along their tours. One hardcore fan named “Blue” has recorded every live show except two, Manning says. Because of a request by “Blue”, The Hookers once performed at a nursing home. “They were dancing and sweating and coughing,” Manning says. A the end of the night, one 98- year-old woman named Ellen wanted to leave with them, and a song “Ready to Ride” was born. Whether it’s being flashed by women or entertaining elderly, Manning and The Hookers have a way of creating excitement, and surely they won’t back down anytime soon.

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>> 6 slots each night (20 minutes each) >> Solo and duo acts only (sorry bands!) >> Judged by top-names in the Athens music community >> Weekly winners will face off in a final competition for the grand prize!

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the incReDible sAnDWich FRi/10:30 p.M. Who’s Who Matt McKinney (lead guitar and vocals), Kevin Juneau
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Who’s Who
Matt McKinney (lead guitar and
vocals), Kevin Juneau (bass guitar),
Damian Kapcala (keyboards) and
Rackley Davis (drums and vocals)
Formed
2008 in Athens, Georgia
“I try to write something
people would understand. If
a song is about a
problem, thousands can
identify with it. ”
Label
Mule Train Records
Latest Release
The Incredible Sandwich (2009)

At the end of any show outside of Athens, The Incredible Sandwich members like being homeless, or more accurately—hotel-less. They’ll sit around and find someone willing to offer up an extra room, or a couch or a clean bit of carpet space. “We always manage to find people,” Matt McKinney (lead guitar, vocals) says. “But the worst part is that you meet people and have to leave so soon.” For The Sandwich, couch surfing is a good way to make friends who will remember the band the next time it tumbles into town. This familiarity is also what McKinney hopes to achieve through his songwriting. “I try to write something people would understand,” he says. “If a song is about a problem, thousands can identify with it.” Writing since the age of 16 and enriched by a degree in music composition, he puts a remarkable amount of thought into each of his songs. We don’t really jam,” McKinney says, even though The Sandwich is often called a jam band. “Chances are that I’ve written all that out. It makes no sense to me to jam without thought.”

- Matt McKinney, The Incredible Sandwich
- Matt McKinney,
The Incredible Sandwich

He grew up admiring the guitar solos of The Allman Brothers Band, and then started listening to Wilco and Radiohead in college. “I have a pop-esque writing style, with a 18-year background in jamming,” he says. The band, as it is now with McKinney, Kevin Juneau (bass guitar), Damian Kapcala (keyboards) and Rackley Davis (drums and vocals) has only been together for five months. McKinney says the current quartet is hitting a new stride and reaching a new realm of thinking. Something must be working since the band received the 2009 Flagpole Award for “Upstart of the Year”. For McKinney, the true testament of a band is staying real to who you are. “I try to be true to myself as a writer and a musician,” he says, expressing his

dislike of the limiting labels sometimes put on artists. “I just want to be me and the band to be the band.” McKinney is a big fan of lots of sound and collaborating. He hopes to eventually add another guitarist and maybe even a percussionist.

A full-length album is in the

works. He says it will likely be around

80 minutes with 10 long songs of constantly moving and flowing sound. “Our music makes you boogie- woogie,” McKinney says.

If you’ve seen The Sandwich

perform live, you know their music makes people dance. Especially in Athens, The Sandwich knows how to draw a crowd. Supported by a tight-knit community, St. Simons Island—where the band was in residency in July— feels like home to McKinney. With their unpretentious attitudes, The Sandwich members are likely as happy on a fan’s couch as they would be in a penthouse suite.

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the best of the fest coMeDy shoWcAse FRi/9:00 p.M. Friday night’s Mule Fest Comedy Showcase was

Friday night’s Mule Fest Comedy Showcase was produced by Chris Patton. The show features some rising stand up comedians from the Athens and Atlanta area. It will last from 9 to 11 p.m. DJ t8r(tot) will provide music for the after party. In order of performance the comedians are:

Jonathan Lowder is a 23-year-old comedian living in Athens. He started doing comedy at Rye Bar earlier this year and has also performed at Half- Moon Pub and The Office Lounge as part of Classic City Comedy. Johnathan draws influence from comedians John Belushi and Chris Farley. His stage name is Farls Barkley. Harold Kizzapps is a 25-year-old, local comedian. He’s at the beginning of what he hopes will be a successful career. He’s had shows at Rye Bar, The 40 Watt and Flicker bar. He likes ninjas, ultimate Frisbee and some shaving cream his mom bought him at a yard sale that he thinks smells really good. He doesn’t like quicksand, eggs and country music. Brian Stoltz is a senior at the University of Georgia. He began his comedy career at the age of three, but his first official show was during his sophomore year of college. His influences range from Joel McHale to Mike Speenberg and Daniel Tosh.

Experience the first ever Comedy Showcase in The Green Room—a night you don’t want to miss!

in The Green Room—a night you don’t want to miss! Inspiration comes from everything around him,
in The Green Room—a night you don’t want to miss! Inspiration comes from everything around him,
in The Green Room—a night you don’t want to miss! Inspiration comes from everything around him,

Inspiration comes from everything around him, especially his friends. His boy-next-door charm combined with an edgy sense of humor creates a unique style that helps him easily relate to any audience. Chris Patton started doing comedy in March of 2009 on St. Patrick’s Day with a set at Nowhere Bar, which he completely bombed. Not to be defeated, he picked himself up and worked his way through the open mic at Rye Bar. Before long, he started putting together full nights of comedy and music there. Drawing influence mainly from Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor and Mitch Hedberg, Chris’ unique style of laid- back yet in your face comedy makes him truly special. Joel Atwill accidentally became a stand-up comedian. Prior to late 2007, he had never wanted to become a stand- up comedian. In fact, he had never even thought about becoming a stand-up comedian. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 2004, Joel

graduating from the University of Georgia in 2004, Joel line-up (15 minute sets) Jonathan Lowder Harold
graduating from the University of Georgia in 2004, Joel line-up (15 minute sets) Jonathan Lowder Harold

line-up (15 minute sets)

Jonathan Lowder

Harold Kizzaps

Brian Stolz

Chris Patton

Joel Atwill

headliner (20 minute set)

TJ Young

Atwill went on tour with The Whigs— not knowing what would come of it. Stand-up comedy is what came of it. Headliner TJ Young is nestled securely in a long line of great comedians. If he were more of a morning person, he could have gotten a better spot near the front of that line—But who can get up before 1 p.m., honestly? With a background in improv and sketch comedy, TJ brings his clever wit and and boyish charm to the stand-up stage. Sometimes playing dumb about the obvious nature of things and other times turning simple, everyday observations on their ear, TJ’s an audience favorite at clubs and colleges nationwide. TJ is the creator and host of the Loft Comedy Showcase in Athens each month.

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SATURDAY, August 22

GREEN ROOM STAGE

10a-11:30a

 

11:50-12:50p

 

12:30-1:30p

DR. ARVIN SCOTT

1:10-2:00p

 

1:50-2:40p

TREY wRIGhT TRIO

2:20-3:10p

 

2:50-3:40p

YOUNG GOODMAN BROwN

3:30-4:20p

 

4:00-4:50p

90 ACRE FARM

4:40-5:30p

 

5:10-6:00p

ChRIS MOORE

5:50-6:40p

 

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PAM BLANChARD

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TROPICAL BREEZE STEEL DRUM BAND

BROKEN ROAD

LEFTY wILLIAMS

hALF DOZEN BRASS BAND

SATURDAY, august 22, cont.

GREEN ROOM STAGE

6:20-7:10p

NAThAN ShEPPARD

7:00-7:50p

 

7:30-8:20p

KEN wILL MORTON

8:10-9:00p

 

8:40-9:30p

3 FOOT SwAGGER

9:20-10:10p

 

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Artist bios Artist bios LINGO (sUNDAY, 4:40 P.M.) Break-ups can be hard. Hard like broken
Artist bios Artist bios LINGO (sUNDAY, 4:40 P.M.) Break-ups can be hard. Hard like broken

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LINGO

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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. “We’re tough to define, I guess,” Tramble says. “We’re like a jam band but a lot more singer/songwriter. We have a lot of just songs.” Tramble says one reporter called them Ben Harper mixed with Widespread Panic. “It’s kinda funny to see what people say about us.” Tramble says. Having a sense of humor, as Tramble seems to, is good, especially when you sing a lot about break-ups. Humor, however, walks a fine line. “We try to avoid corniness,” he says. “As corny as that

try to avoid corniness,” he says. “As corny as that sounds.” Three out of four of

sounds.” Three out of four of the members, which includes Tramble, Dylan Burke (lead guitar and vocals), Drew Ear- ley (drums), and Alex Tramble (bass guitar and vocals), taught themselves how to play music in high school. Lingo has played about 45 shows this year already and plans for their first album to be released this Fall. “We have the freedom to do a lot and take risks,” Tramble says. “We want to turn this into a career. I want to be able to pull up to a town we don’t know and have people already know our songs.”

we don’t know and have people already know our songs.” Trey Wright leads a life of

Trey Wright leads a life of music, which is something that he never envisioned for himself even as a music mi- nor in college. He met the members of his musical groups in during a University of Georgia jazz improvisational class, and it all came together somehow, he says. Wright will be performing as part of his Trio with Marc Miller (upright bass) and Marlon Patton (drums, also plays with Squat) during Mule Fest. Wright also performs solo and co-founded the award- winning jazz band Squat. “The Trio is more about setting the mood. It’s more ex-

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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. Jazzreview.com says the CD raises the bar for ener-

gized, collaborative and highly listenable guitar, bass and drum trio music, and calls the guitar sound seductive and Patton a magician at phrasing with his drums and cym- bals. “The Trey Wright Trio is an intensely attentive, selfless

mix of musicians completely connected to what is going

on around them,” according to the Web site. The best part of playing for Wright is when the band

tries something new and it works.

“Our music is very interactive,” he says. “It’s fun to go someplace you never went before.”

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SOULhOUND (sAtUrDAY, 7:00 P.M.)
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Artist bios Artist bios SOULhOUND (sAtUrDAY, 7:00 P.M.) live shows,” Roth says. “We tried to bang
Artist bios Artist bios SOULhOUND (sAtUrDAY, 7:00 P.M.) live shows,” Roth says. “We tried to bang

live shows,” Roth says. “We tried to bang it out live.”

He points out the song “Simone” as one in particu- lar that was done in one take because of reduced studio time. He hopes audiences will have their hair blown back when Soulhound performs, and he enjoys being the un- known factor. “One guy at a festival called our performance a ‘drive- by funking’, and I like that,” he says.

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 fans. “It was a first-class event,” says Bob Roth, gui- tar and vocals. “We went to one festival where the headliner bailed out, but this was not like that. We had a great time.” The band recently released a new CD “Quickie in the Cave” and immediately began “pimpin it”, as Roth calls it.

The CD name has brought some inappropriate com- ments, Roth says, but the band recorded it in a live room called “The Cave” and they did it quick. “As a funk band, we wanted to have the energy of the

“As a funk band, we wanted to have the energy of the Betsy Franck has one
“As a funk band, we wanted to have the energy of the Betsy Franck has one

Betsy Franck has one of those incredibly powerful voices capable of transcending genres, according to Kristen the writer of an Athens music blog “Echoreyn of Athens”. People up and down the East Coast know her voice. Her solo and group songs are mostly blues and southern rock, and she has been recognized for 10 years as a powerful and award-winning performer who knows how to entertain. “Betsy Franck’s gospel-strong and siren sweet voice will carry you safely over the personal turmoil that you’d normal- ly approach like a patch of jagged asphalt,” writes the “11th

BETSY FRANCK

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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 with AJ Adams, which she hopes to release in Sep-

tember. All the band’s songs are original and written by Franck. She says she has been working really well under pressure and generally writes a new song when she gets bored of her other ones. One of her new songs she particularly likes is “I’m Afraid”, which she wrote before a set at Caledonia Lounge. The band will perform the song together at Mule Fest, although she will record it solo.

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Artist bios Artist bios PAM BLANChARD (sAtUrDAY, 10:00 A.M.) watermelons and hoping and colors and
Artist bios Artist bios PAM BLANChARD (sAtUrDAY, 10:00 A.M.) watermelons and hoping and colors and

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PAM BLANChARD

(sAtUrDAY, 10:00 A.M.)
(sAtUrDAY, 10:00 A.M.)

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Artist bios Artist bios PAM BLANChARD (sAtUrDAY, 10:00 A.M.) watermelons and hoping and colors and feelings,

watermelons and hoping and colors and feelings, is what they care about.” Although grown-ups have a much harder time letting loose, sometimes she occasionally enjoys dressing up and playing romantic tunes for an older crowd. Still, children are what continue to spark her interest the most. ‘Young children care about the journey and the process rather then a projected outcome,” Blanchard says. “And I like hanging around people like that—they help me re- member not to miss the magic of now.”

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 songs. At the time, she was playing some jazz stuff with Joe Ellison (drums) and Danny Conkle (bass) who became the original members of the Pam Blanchard & The Sunny Side- Up Band. As adults grow older, they often forgot their youthful mindset, but not Blanchard. Children and the way they think make sense to her. “What is scary to them (like mean people or loud peo- ple) is scary to me,” she says. “What’s important enough to me to write songs about, like butterflies and trucks and

to me to write songs about, like butterflies and trucks and Yes, Lefty Williams has only

Yes, Lefty Williams has only one arm—hence the term “Lefty”—but who needs two arms to play the gui- tar anyway? The 31-year-old, Atlanta-born artist started playing the guitar at the age of 4 and invented a prosthetic pick at the age of 6 because he wanted to play fast like Jimi Hendrix. Despite his one-armed existence, he never backed down. He remembers singing “Amazing Grace” at church in front of 600 people at the age of 6. He also remembers his fingers hurting terribly when

LEFTY wILLIAMS (sAtUrDAY, 4:40 P.M.)

hurting terribly when LEFTY wILLIAMS (sAtUrDAY, 4:40 P.M.) he learned to play, although he says he’s

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 musician. “I’m musically Schizophrenic,” he says. “I’ll play blues for awhile and then funk and then metal.” Lately, he’s been trying to stick to playing Southern- influenced blues and rock with jazzy overtones. J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network calls Williams’ lyrics close to all humans and his perspectives wise and seasoned. “In overcoming disability to create music, Jason “Lefty” Williams truly has a remarkable story to tell,” he says.

Artist bios

ONE L

(sAtUrDAY, 1:10 P.M.)
(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, but overall the sound stays the same. What most Americans know as “salsa” comes from music played in New York in the 1970s by Cuban im- migrants. One L tries to play stuff more connected to true Cu- ban music inspired by rhythms of the island. “I like to share music from the island because Cuban politics are changing and tourism might be possible,” Kohnen says, explaining that Cuban music might then become more popular.

explaining that Cuban music might then become more popular. Similarly, he says the big mambo craze

Similarly, he says the big mambo craze of the 1950s was sparked by a political situation. Until culture changes in Cuba, the audience in Athens that likes to dance to salsa will likely remain steady. To pull One L together, Kohnen picked the giraffe as a symbol to anchor his advertisements. “The giraffe started as short-necked animal and kept reaching and reaching,” he says. “That’s sorta how I feel as a musician. I started guitar at age 17, and now I’m reaching higher and higher to new plateaus.”

and now I’m reaching higher and higher to new plateaus.” Success appeared with little warning for

Success appeared with little warning for members of Half Dozen Brass Band. Now, they must figure out how to handle it. The band has been together in some capacity for a year, but together with their current six members only since March of 2009. Up against the locally-known names of Kenosha Kid and Carl Lindberg, they won the 2009 Flagpole Award for “Best Jazz”. Joshua Cutchin says he is surprised at the band’s success, and that it’s as hard as herding cats to get all the members together for practice or performances,

hALF DOZEN BRASS BAND

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(sAtUrDAY, 5:50 P.M.)

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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 jazz is changing. “We do our jazz stuff, but not a lot of swing,” Cutchin says. “In the last 30 to 40 years more emphasis has been on brass band.” Lately, he says he’s been describing the band as Dix- ieland funk. Cutchin says he’s enjoying playing with the current group of musicians, although he would love it if more people danced at the shows. “It should be music to be danced to,” Cutchin says. “But so far only a few people have been dancing.”

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Artist Artist bios bios LARA (sUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.) Lara’s Georgia roots and California spirit have been
LARA (sUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.)
LARA
(sUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.)
Artist Artist bios bios LARA (sUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.) Lara’s Georgia roots and California spirit have been
Artist Artist bios bios LARA (sUNDAY, 1:30 P.M.) Lara’s Georgia roots and California spirit have been

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
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

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(friDAY, 7:00 P.M.)

JOCELYN ELLIS & ThE ALPhA ThEORY (friDAY, 7:00 P.M.) Jocelyn ellis & the Alpha theory of

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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Artist bios Artist bios YOUNG GOODMAN BROwN (sAtUrDAY, 2:50 P.M.) Young Goodman brown is hope and

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YOUNG GOODMAN BROwN

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(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 friend.

he is his own worst enemy with his boots, his only friend. ChRIS MOORE (sAtUrDAY, 5:10
he is his own worst enemy with his boots, his only friend. ChRIS MOORE (sAtUrDAY, 5:10

ChRIS MOORE

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(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 musicians.

3 FOOT SwAGGER (sAtUrDAY, 8:40 P.M.)
3 FOOT SwAGGER
(sAtUrDAY, 8:40 P.M.)
met other musicians. 3 FOOT SwAGGER (sAtUrDAY, 8:40 P.M.) 3 foot swagger was born in september

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.

bluegrass to electronica and most everything in between. BRAD DOwNS AND ThE POOR BASTARD SOULS (sAtUrDAY,
bluegrass to electronica and most everything in between. BRAD DOwNS AND ThE POOR BASTARD SOULS (sAtUrDAY,

BRAD DOwNS AND ThE POOR BASTARD SOULS

(sAtUrDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
(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

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(sAtUrDAY, 12:30 P.M.)
and August, 2008. DR. ARVIN SCOTT (sAtUrDAY, 12:30 P.M.) Dr. Arvin scott is an award-winning, multi-instru-

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.

provides mentorship and percussion classes for kids. FREE LUNCh (friDAY, 8:10 P.M.) free Lunch has a
FREE LUNCh (friDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
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 who
(sUNDAY 2:20 P.M.)
(sAtUrDAY, 6:20 P.M.)
Laissez funk is a group of Athens locals
who play music with a jazz-funk fusion. they
generally perform an array of covers. they
performed for a Georgia Theatre benefit
concert in July. Members include Logan Wallis
(piano), Matt shirley (guitar and vocals), bill ba-
con (drums) and Mark Dykes (bass and vocals).
Influences include Phish, The Grateful Dead
and the funky Meters.
Nathan Sheppard’s biggest influences are pop sing-
ers and songwriters from the sixties and seventies.
for him, making music is a way of life. he has
performed for local open mic nights and opened
for several international acts, including Matthew
Sweet and Jefferson Starship. He has been in-
volved in a few publishing projects in both movie
and cable television. the song “Carolina” was fea-
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.”
in a Wb Network series “Nick freno, Licensed teacher.” TENT CITY (sAtUrDAY, 9:20 P.M.) tent City

TENT CITY

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(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

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ThE TROPICAL BREEZE STEEL DRUM BAND (sAtUrDAY, 2:20 P.M.) the tropical breeze steel Drum band is

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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JAZZChRONIC

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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

experience that will melt your mind. KEN wILL MORTON (sAtUrDAY, 7:30 P.M.) Ken Will Morton is
experience that will melt your mind. KEN wILL MORTON (sAtUrDAY, 7:30 P.M.) Ken Will Morton is
experience that will melt your mind. KEN wILL MORTON (sAtUrDAY, 7:30 P.M.) Ken Will Morton is

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will melt your mind. KEN wILL MORTON (sAtUrDAY, 7:30 P.M.) Ken Will Morton is an accomplished

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 2 CDs: a full-length for the NYC-based sojourn records and a 5-song eP for Mule train records debut produced by Nathan sheppard at the Green room studios.

debut produced by Nathan sheppard at the Green room studios. LEFTY hAThAwAY (sUNDAY 3:30 P.M.) Lefty

LEFTY hAThAwAY

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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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Artist bios Artist bios ThE JOMPSON BROThERS BROKEN ROAD (sUNDAY, 1:00 P.M.) (sAtUrDAY, 3:30 P.M.)
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Artist bios

Artist bios

ThE JOMPSON BROThERS

BROKEN ROAD

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the Jompson brothers are a new, soulful, classic rock act out of Nashville, tN. the Jompson broth- ers form a blended sound of blistering guitar, thumping rhythm section and soul-laden vocals. frontman, Chris stapleton made his mark on Nash- ville as a songwriter, penning two country radio number ones among his dozens of album cuts. the Jompson brothers are currently recording their full-length debut with frank rogers.

broken road is a local Georgia band, who have years of experience on the road and in Nashville. this group combines elements of bluegrass, gos- pel, and traditional and contemporary country music. Members are brad smith, tim Cadiere, Waylin Wright, Chris blanton, Charles Newman and Austin Tripp. Influences include Alan Jackson and George strait. their single “thinkin’ outside the box” hits the radio the third of August, and they are having a show at the Morton theater on Nov. 13.

AVERY DYLAN 90 ACRE FARM (sUNDAY, 5:10 P.M.) (sAtUrDAY, 4:00 P.M.) Avery Dylan has been
AVERY DYLAN
90 ACRE FARM
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Avery Dylan has been making ground in Georgia
for over seven years by getting to play with
some of the top name musicians around like: besty
franck, Lefty hathaway, tommy Crain, John straw
and many more. he’s been on several CDs and
has a few of his own. You may best recognize him
from the Avery Dylan Project, which travels and
has been making its own mark. in he past two years
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.
in his youth, 90 Acre farm founder and self-
taught musician, todd White, was fascinated by
his older cousins’ versions of bluegrass and outlaw
country standards. White’s musical style lies
somewhere between bluegrass and classic rock
& roll. With the release of their debut eP “back
home”, 90 Acre farm gained regional attention
winning the Athens area battle of the bands.
attention winning the Athens area battle of the bands. RAChEL O’NEAL (sUNDAY, 2:50 P.M.) rachel o’Neal

RAChEL O’NEAL

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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.

blend of indie-rock, jazz and southern-tinged Americana. hARP UNSTRUNG (sUNDAY, 6:20 P.M.) harp Unstrung was formed

hARP UNSTRUNG

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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.

ThE ADAM PAYNE BAND

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Dave Aitken. ThE ADAM PAYNE BAND (sUNDAY, 4:00 P.M.) Adam Payne is a musician from Athens.

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.

706

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1999 and ‘Untitled’ in 2007. 706 (sAtUrDAY, 11:50 A.M.) 706 was formed in 2007 by Clarke

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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