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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
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About our beneficiary: Nuci’s SPACE
“Athens, Ga., Born and Bred”
Mule Train Records was created full 2009 mule fest festival guide
out of a love for music and began in Location
May 2008.
“We wanted to develop an art-
(below Good Dirt)
ist friendly record label using 21st
century technology and partnering the lee boys......................................................
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with our artists so that they would the bearf
have a tool chest of resources at * The Mule Train Office the incredible sandwich...........................
was used as the Fuzzy comedy showcase....................................
their disposal to be able to navigate
through the somewhat tricky waters Sprouts (a 1990s party
of the music business,” Ryan Kelly, band) rehearsal space. Lingo...............................................................
managing partner of the label, says. * The building houses trey wright......................................................
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The Green Room (which soulh
Mule Train strives to use the most betsy franck &
opened during Athfest 9
environmentally friendly practices The bareknuckle band...................................1
possible in promoting its records 2008), Green Room Stu- Pam blanchard/one l........ ......... ......... ......... ....20

and artists, while also understanding dios (a full recording lefty williams/ the half
studio) and Green Room dozen brass band.....................................
that pressing compact discs and vi-
nyl is still necessary in the business. International Produc-
tent city...................................................26
tions. Lara........................................................22
It strives to use only the greenest tropical breeze steel drum band.......26
the xg-1.................................................22
* The number of jazzchronic...........................................27
packaging and printing resources jocelyn ellis & the
ken will morton....................................27
pounds of material col- Alpha theory...................................22
and encourages using online distri- lefty hathaway......................................27
Young goodman brown................24
lected (and recycled the jompson brothers..........................28
bution outlets as much as possible. chris moore........................................24 8
broken road...........................................2
when possible) during three foot swagger..........................24
“We hope to offer diverse music rachel o’neal.........................................28
brad downs & the
construction is more the adam payne band...........................28
from upstart and mid-level bands poor bastard souls......................25
avery dylan............................................29
than 3500 (1.5 tons!). dr. arvin scott...................................25
and provide them with the resourc- 90 acre farm...........................................29
free lunch............................................25
* The walls of the re- harp unstrung........................................29
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cord label office are nathan sheppard...............................26
to go,” Jill Kelly, vice president of
operations, says. purple and green, re-
Mule Train Records hopes to rep- minding Jill of Mardi
Thanks to all of those involved The athens blur magazine for
resent the new sounds coming out Gras. handling the design and layout
in creating the Mule Fest 2009 of-
of Athens, Ga., and is ready to have ficial festival guide!!! We’d espe-
of the guide
the new generation of music heard. Bands cially like to thank:
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cover design by
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Nathan Rodriguez
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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 Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music
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week summer day camp for youth * Nuçi’s Space organization is to prevent suicide by providing
ages 11 to 17 which supports the exists in the honor of obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering
mission of Nuçi’s Space by serving Nuçi Phillips, a 22-year- from depression and other such disorders as
as an outreach program to young old musician who took well as to assist in the emotional, physical and
musicians. Because of the success his own life after professional well-being of musicians.
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presenting an after school program depression for five
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steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven- widely. In 2007, they performed “May be what Jimi Hendrix had in
string bass) and Earl Walker (drums) for more than 250,000 music fans mind with his grand plan for ’electric
are the entire band. at festivals throughout the United sky church music.’ Part Robert
Alvin Lee isn’t the oldest of the States. Randolph, part Holmes Brothers, the
family, but he seems to take on an They have played with many other Miami quintet sang the praises while
important leadership role. The band sacred steel artists and were invited whipping the crowd into a frenzy
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him “Uncle Al”. “Palmystery” of one of the greatest pedal-steel/lead guitar interplay and
“All our lives we’ve helped raise living bass players, Victor Wooten. funky rhythms.”
them,” he says referring to the younger Recently, Alvin Cordy Jr., the bass “Sacred steel” is a type of music
members of the family. “We have little player, took two months off from the described as an inspired, unique form
issues, but we always love each other.” band to play in Japan with Robert of Gospel music with a hard-driving,
The inspiration behind their Randolph. blues-based beat. The musical genre
wildly energetic, sacred-steel music This year The Lee Boys played is rooted in Gospel, but infused with
is founded in the church and fueled Bonnaroo to great success, Alvin says. rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk,
by the death of Alvin Lee’s father and The festival Web site said fans of hip-hop, country and ideas from
his late brother Glenn Lee, who used The Lee Boys described them in the other nations.
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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 FORMED
“Double-Wide Revival”. 2003 in Athens, Ga
now-broken up, party band Fuzzy He says the new CD might be a
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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.
One hardcore fan named “Blue”
DOUBLE THE PUNCH!!! to entertain, and that’s what a lot of
people in Athens are trying to do, like
Tim Conley did (in the 1990s).”
was that inspired is kinda cool.”
While Manning and Tonge are all
for quantity, Mark Durfield believes in
has recorded every live show except
two, Manning says.

6 am - 10 am
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

4 pm - 7 pm “The best part about Athens is

that there’s always a song going on
“He’s sneaky.”
Overall, a Bearfoot Hookers’
and coughing,” Manning says.
A the end of the night, one 98-
year-old woman named Ellen wanted
somewhere,” Manning says. performance is something not offered
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
women or entertaining elderly,
everyday, which he often keeps woman flashed them.
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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(but s the best of the fest
till lega
from the bringers of all things fun ^
[the athens blur magazine, rye bar, and sugarbuzz studios]

open mic shootout


how it works: The incredible

Who’s Who
Matt McKinney (lead guitar and
vocals), Kevin Juneau (bass guitar),

sandwich fri/10:30 p.m.

Damian Kapcala (keyboards) and
>> 6 slots each night (20 minutes each) Rackley Davis (drums and vocals)
>> Solo and duo acts only (sorry bands!) Formed
>> Judged by top-names in the Athens music community 2008 in Athens, Georgia
At the end of any show outside
>> Weekly winners will face off in a of Athens, The Incredible Sandwich “I try to write something Label
Mule Train Records
final competition for the grand prize! 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. ”

‘the prizes:
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.”
>> $200 cash prize meet people and have to leave so soon.” McKinney is a big fan of lots of
>> Weekend headlining performance @ Rye Bar 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
>> Coverage in The Athens Blur Magazine remember the band the next time it and then started listening to Wilco and maybe even a percussionist.
>> 3 song EP recorded at Sugarbuzz Studios 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.
“Our music makes you boogie-


“I try to write something people The band, as it is now with
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
>> Rye Bar 140 E. Clayton St. (beneath Helix) 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
>> Doors @ 9; show starts @ 9:30 composition, he puts a remarkable is hitting a new stride and reaching a draw a crowd.
>> Free show for all the groupies out there! 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—
feels like home to McKinney.
For submissions, contact:
says, even though The Sandwich is Award for “Upstart of the Year”.
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
and a musician,” he says, expressing his
happy on a fan’s couch as they would be
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,

-available at- 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
he had never wanted to become a stand- colleges nationwide. TJ is the creator

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but his first official show was during
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 SATURDAY, august 22, cont.

6:30p -12a (ongoing): Green Room Studios Open For Viewing GREEN ROOM STAGE outdoor STAGE


7:00-7:50p SOULHOUND
8:10-9:00p FREE LUNCH
8:10-9:00p BRAD DOWNS & THE
Comedy Showcase 8:40-9:30p 3 FOOT SWAGGER
9:20-10:10p JAZZ CHRONIC 9:20-10:10p TENT CITY
10:30-12a THE INCREDIBLE 9:50-11:00p XG-1
SANDWICH 10:30-12a
11:30p-??? THE BEARFOOT

SUNDAY, august 23
saturday, August 22
10a-11:30a PAM BLANCHARD 1:30-2:30p LARA
11:50-12:50p 706 + KIDS ACTIVITIES 2:20-3:10p LAISSEZ FUNK
12:30-1:30p DR. ARVIN SCOTT 2:50-3:40p RACHEL O’NEAL
1:10-2:00p ONE L 3:30-4:20p LEFTY HATHAWAY
1:50-2:40p TREY WRIGHT TRIO 4:00-4:50p ADAM PAYNE BAND
2:20-3:10p TROPICAL BREEZE 4:40-5:30p LINGO
2:50-3:40p YOUNG GOODMAN 5:10-6:00p AVERY DYLAN
3:30-4:20p BROKEN ROAD 5:50-7:00p BETSY FRANCK & THE
4:00-4:50p 90 ACRE FARM 6:20-7:30p HARP UNSTRUNG
4:40-5:30p LEFTY WILLIAMS 7:30-9:oop THE LEE BOYS
5:10-6:00p CHRIS MOORE
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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Lingo trey wright

(SUNDAY, 4:40 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 1:50 P.M.)
pressive,” Wright said. “Squat’s all about having fun and
Break-ups can be hard. Hard like broken glass against entertaining. It’s dance music.”
your head, or less physical, hard on your heart. The Trio will play original songs from their recent CD
Apparently, the members of the roots-based jam “Thinking Out Loud”, as well as jazz interpretations of Ra-
band Lingo know a lot about break-ups, or they just are diohead and folk rock singer Nick Drake.
sympathetic to this type of sadness. “Back in the day, jazz was all about re-interpreting pop-
Justin Tramble, rhythm guitar and vocals, calls the ular songs,” Wright says, pointing to the music of George
Gershwin as an example.
band’s trend a long-standing joke.
The Trio’s new CD was co-produced by Wright and Mar-
“All the songs we like best have to do with break-ups,” lon Patton.
he says. “And we keep writing them.” The members are currently doing a wide range of
Much of the media who has tried to describe the shows, from college-towns to church shows and rock ven-
band has commented on their indefinable music. sounds.” ues to promote the CD, Wright says.
“We’re tough to define, I guess,” Tramble says. “We’re Three out of four of the members, which includes Trey Wright leads a life of music, which is something says the CD raises the bar for ener-
like a jam band but a lot more singer/songwriter. We Tramble, Dylan Burke (lead guitar and vocals), Drew Ear- that he never envisioned for himself even as a music mi- gized, collaborative and highly listenable guitar, bass and
have a lot of just songs.” ley (drums), and Alex Tramble (bass guitar and vocals), 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-
Tramble says one reporter called them Ben Harper taught themselves how to play music in high school.
University of Georgia jazz improvisational class, and it all bals.
mixed with Widespread Panic. Lingo has played about 45 shows this year already came together somehow, he says. “The Trey Wright Trio is an intensely attentive, selfless
“It’s kinda funny to see what people say about us.” and plans for their first album to be released this Fall. Wright will be performing as part of his Trio with Marc mix of musicians completely connected to what is going
Tramble says. “We have the freedom to do a lot and take risks,” Miller (upright bass) and Marlon Patton (drums, also on around them,” according to the Web site.
Having a sense of humor, as Tramble seems to, is Tramble says. “We want to turn this into a career. I want plays with Squat) during Mule Fest. The best part of playing for Wright is when the band
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 Wright also performs solo and co-founded the award- tries something new and it works.
Humor, however, walks a fine line. people already know our songs.” winning jazz band Squat. “Our music is very interactive,” he says. “It’s fun to go
“We try to avoid corniness,” he says. “As corny as that “The Trio is more about setting the mood. It’s more ex- someplace you never went before.”

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soulhound betsy franck

(SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.) (SUNDAY, 5:50 P.M.)
Hour” in Macon. “But beware: she can be as brutal
In the middle of Floyd Fest, a funky music
as a bad stretch down a mountainside too.”
festival that took place July 23 through 26 in
Her band, Betsy Franck & the Bareknuckle
Virginia, Atlanta-based soul band Soulhound is
Band, has been together in its current formation
two songs in to one of its sets.
for two years.
People are dancing. People are sweating. The
“We’ve finally melded together and found our
sun is shining.
sound,” Franck says over the phone. “I hope to get
And then the power cuts out.
behind this and push it really hard.”
On a nearby stage, the crew is prepping for
She then talks about her excitement about add-
Grace Potter to preform.
ing new instruments.
Soulhound members hold it together and
“We all play with other people. Everyone is do-
start playing as soon as possible. They play for
ing side projects,” she says. “But now we all priori-
two hours instead of one and make many new
tize this.”
Franck is currently finishing up a solo album
“It was a first-class event,” says Bob Roth, gui-
live shows,” Roth says. “We tried to bang it out live.” Betsy Franck has one of those incredibly powerful voices with AJ Adams, which she hopes to release in Sep-
tar and vocals. “We went to one festival where
capable of transcending genres, according to Kristen the tember.
the headliner bailed out, but this was not like that. We
He points out the song “Simone” as one in particu- writer of an Athens music blog “Echoreyn of Athens”. All the band’s songs are original and written by Franck.
had a great time.”
lar that was done in one take because of reduced studio People up and down the East Coast know her voice. She says she has been working really well under pressure
The band recently released a new CD “Quickie in the
time. Her solo and group songs are mostly blues and southern and generally writes a new song when she gets bored of her
Cave” and immediately began “pimpin it”, as Roth calls
He hopes audiences will have their hair blown back rock, and she has been recognized for 10 years as a powerful other ones.
when Soulhound performs, and he enjoys being the un- and award-winning performer who knows how to entertain. One of her new songs she particularly likes is “I’m Afraid”,
The CD name has brought some inappropriate com-
known factor. “Betsy Franck’s gospel-strong and siren sweet voice will which she wrote before a set at Caledonia Lounge. The band
ments, Roth says, but the band recorded it in a live room
“One guy at a festival called our performance a ‘drive- carry you safely over the personal turmoil that you’d normal- will perform the song together at Mule Fest, although she
called “The Cave” and they did it quick.
by funking’, and I like that,” he says. ly approach like a patch of jagged asphalt,” writes the “11th will record it solo.
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pam blanchard lefty williams

(SATURDAY, 10:00 A.M.) (SATURDAY, 4:40 P.M.)
Picture a group of children dancing freely. They he learned to play, although he says he’s sure the ex-
twirl in toy-sized circles. They laugh and seem to perience isn’t any different for other people learning
feel pure joy and excitement. to be guitar players.
This vision, this willingness of children to let His Father used to say, “The more you play, the
their spirits shine and put their whole hearts into faster it will stop hurting.” So, he played non-stop,
dancing is why Pam Blanchard chooses to focus teaching himself to play by ear, and then he began
her attention on entertaining young children. to sing back-up in several bands.
“They remind me of the ability of music to in- “I listened to Dave Matthews and thought, ‘If
cite joy, and that is cool to watch with any age,” this guy can sing, so can I’,” Williams says. “I never
she says. really liked my voice, but I got more comfortable do-
As a teacher at a local Montessori pre-school ing it.”
13 years ago, Blanchard started writing a lot of Although he transitioned over time into being a
songs for the children, but wanted to expand the front man, he always knew he would be a full-time
songs. Yes, Lefty Williams has only one arm—hence the musician.
At the time, she was playing some jazz stuff with Joe watermelons and hoping and colors and feelings, is what term “Lefty”—but who needs two arms to play the gui- “I’m musically Schizophrenic,” he says. “I’ll play blues
Ellison (drums) and Danny Conkle (bass) who became the they care about.” tar anyway? for awhile and then funk and then metal.”
original members of the Pam Blanchard & The Sunny Side- Although grown-ups have a much harder time letting The 31-year-old, Atlanta-born artist started playing Lately, he’s been trying to stick to playing Southern-
Up Band. loose, sometimes she occasionally enjoys dressing up and the guitar at the age of 4 and invented a prosthetic pick influenced blues and rock with jazzy overtones.
As adults grow older, they often forgot their youthful playing romantic tunes for an older crowd. at the age of 6 because he wanted to play fast like Jimi J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network calls
mindset, but not Blanchard. Children and the way they Still, children are what continue to spark her interest Hendrix. Williams’ lyrics close to all humans and his perspectives
think make sense to her. the most. Despite his one-armed existence, he never backed wise and seasoned.
“What is scary to them (like mean people or loud peo- ‘Young children care about the journey and the process down. He remembers singing “Amazing Grace” at church “In overcoming disability to create music, Jason
ple) is scary to me,” she says. “What’s important enough rather then a projected outcome,” Blanchard says. “And I in front of 600 people at the age of 6. “Lefty” Williams truly has a remarkable story to tell,”
to me to write songs about, like butterflies and trucks and like hanging around people like that—they help me re- He also remembers his fingers hurting terribly when he says.
member not to miss the magic of now.”

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(SATURDAY, 1:10 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 5:50 P.M.)
Phillip Kohnen, the composer and band lead- which is why the band can’t perform as much as
it would like to.
er for the Athens salsa-soul band One L, first en-
Four out of six members are in school and
countered Cuban music in 2003 through a col-
two members have obligations with The Univer-
lege class while he was studying anthropology.
sity of Georgia Redcoat Band.
It was love at first sound, and since that
Out of convenience, The HDBB plays mainly
first meeting he has listened and played island
in Athens, but did recently play a private party
rhythms almost nonstop. in North Carolina.
“I gravitate towards Cuban music because of They play a balance between new and origi-
its really complex rhythms,” Kohnen says. “It’s a nal standards and have been incorporating a lot
fusion of European and African styles.” more collaborations with other bands or artists.
He formed a band called Boondog Trio, but it Even though the definition of jazz does fit
broke-up soon after coming together. HDBB, Cutchin says the popular conception of
Now, One L members change sometimes be- Success appeared with little warning for members of jazz is changing.
cause of school and other band-related issues, Similarly, he says the big mambo craze of the 1950s Half Dozen Brass Band. Now, they must figure out how “We do our jazz stuff, but not a lot of swing,” Cutchin
but overall the sound stays the same. was sparked by a political situation. to handle it. says. “In the last 30 to 40 years more emphasis has been
What most Americans know as “salsa” comes from Until culture changes in Cuba, the audience in Athens The band has been together in some capacity for a on brass band.”
music played in New York in the 1970s by Cuban im- that likes to dance to salsa will likely remain steady. year, but together with their current six members only Lately, he says he’s been describing the band as Dix-
migrants. To pull One L together, Kohnen picked the giraffe as since March of 2009. ieland funk.
One L tries to play stuff more connected to true Cu- a symbol to anchor his advertisements. Up against the locally-known names of Kenosha Kid Cutchin says he’s enjoying playing with the current
ban music inspired by rhythms of the island. “The giraffe started as short-necked animal and kept and Carl Lindberg, they won the 2009 Flagpole Award group of musicians, although he would love it if more
“I like to share music from the island because Cuban reaching and reaching,” he says. “That’s sorta how I feel for “Best Jazz”. people danced at the shows.
politics are changing and tourism might be possible,” as a musician. I started guitar at age 17, and now I’m Joshua Cutchin says he is surprised at the band’s “It should be music to be danced to,” Cutchin says.
Kohnen says, explaining that Cuban music might then reaching higher and higher to new plateaus.” success, and that it’s as hard as herding cats to get all “But so far only a few people have been dancing.”
become more popular. 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 Brad Downs and The

Brown Poor Bastard Souls
(SATURDAY, 2:50 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
Brad Downs, a Mississippi Delta native, is a singer/
Young Goodman Brown is hope and hopelessness,
songwriter who now lives in Athens. He writes and
faith and disillusion. He is hands held high under the
performs Americana and country-rock songs with his
gun of time. He is a country guitar on a summer night.
band, an able crew of Athens’ music veterans, includ-
He is a page from Jean Paul Sartre, a verse from Tom
ing Paul “Crumpy” Edwards on bass, William Tonks
Joad. He is the solitary rambler on Kierkegaard’s road.
playing electric guitars and dobro and Randy Durham
He is an outlaw and a preacher. A gambler and a king.
on drums. Downs released “Winter Breathing”, his de-
He is his own worst enemy with his boots, his only
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.

chris moore Dr. Arvin Scott

(SATURDAY, 5:10 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M.)
Chris Moore was born in Savannah and raised in Dr. Arvin Scott is an award-winning, multi-instru-
the two red light, farm community of Glennville, mentalist, composer, motivational, youth program
Ga. He was into music from as early as he can founder/director and a university professor with
remember: Elvis at the very youngest age, and a track record that spans nearly 40 years.
then there was all the cool, ingeniously melodic He has experience in classic R&B, jazz, African, Ca-
stuff McCartney was doing with Wings, the jazzy ribbean and Brazilian genres, which all contribute
sounds of Steely Dan, nasty, rowdy jams of the to his World Beat project. Influences on his music
Stones and Rod Stewart and the Faces. Until he include James Brown, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart
moved to Athens in 1997, he barely knew three and Widespread Panic. He has received multiple Flagpole Athens Music Awards. He founded a
chords on a guitar. He didn’t know any other musicians in town, so he picked up his cheap pawn community-based program for kids aged 3 to 16 years old in Athens, Ga and the surrounding areas.
shop guitar and started writing simple songs and playing open mics until eventually he met other The program called “Drumming for Success” provides mentorship and percussion classes for kids.

3 foot swagger free lunch

(SATURDAY, 8:40 P.M.) (FRIDAY, 8:10 P.M.)
Free Lunch has a rock & roll sound with jazzy tones
3 Foot Swagger was born in September of 2007 and the occasional twang. The Flagpole calls this
when five friends and fellow musicians were hired locally-based band, “a funky staple of the Athens jam
for a last-minute gig at a North Georgia river out- band scene.” Free Lunch began in mid-2006. After
post. Three members, Jeff Reusch (rythm guitar, vo- several break-ups and changes, Free Lunch is now
cals), Scott Lerch (bass guitar) and Charlie McCoy sticking with members Bill Baker, (bassist and vocals),
(drums) had prior touring experience with regional Andrew Lastrapes, (guitar), and Richard Chamberlain,
band Melodious Ground, while David Cardello (drums and vocals). Justin Willis joins in on guitar, while
(lead guitar) and Jake Cohan (acoustic guitar, vocals) “Gnarly G” adds a new degree of style with his saxophone collaboration. Band influences include
played locally with numerous collaborators. The band has many influences that range from bluegrass James Brown, Widespread Panic and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
to electronica and most everything in between.

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laissez funk nathan sheppard jazzchronic

(Sunday 2:20 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 6:20 P.M.) (friday, 9:20 P.M.)
Laissez Funk is a group of Athens locals Nathan Sheppard’s biggest influences are pop sing- JazzChronic is innovative and exuberant.
who play music with a jazz-funk fusion. They ers and songwriters from the sixties and seventies. Members play a mix of funk, rock and roll, R&B,
generally perform an array of covers. They For him, making music is a way of life. He has jazz and soul. The band sometimes incorporates
performed for a Georgia Theatre benefit performed for local open mic nights and opened vocals into their songs, while all original music is
concert in July. Members include Logan Wallis for several international acts, including Matthew composed with the contributions of all members.
(piano), Matt Shirley (guitar and vocals), Bill Ba- Sweet and Jefferson Starship. He has been in- JazzChronic is made up of Leon Campbell (drums),
con (drums) and Mark Dykes (bass and vocals). volved in a few publishing projects in both movie Bill Baker (bass guitar) ,Gnarly G (tenor baritone,
Influences include Phish, The Grateful Dead and cable television. The song “Carolina” was fea- soprano saxophones), Howard Stroud (synth) and
and The Funky Meters. tured in a motion picture called “Blue Ridge Fall.” Justin Willis (lead, rhythm guitar). Reverb Nation calls the band creative, original, psychedelic funk
Clips from Sheppard’s catalog were used in a WB freak fusion that combines rock, soul, funk and acid jazz into a powerful musical experience that will
Network series “Nick Freno, Licensed Teacher.” melt your mind.

ken will morton

tent city
(SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.)
(SATURDAY, 9:20 P.M.)
Tent City is a warm and cozy, yummy chunk of Ken Will Morton is an accomplished singer/
fun, according to its MySpace page. The Flagpole songwriter; his music has been heralded by Paste
calls the band, “a new local jam band that mixes Magazine, Relix and more. An engaging performer,
elements of world and blues into the traditional he has been nominated twice for “Best Solo Per-
jam format for interesting and enveloping songs.” former” by Flagpole Magazine. He has toured most
Made up of Greg Kearney, (guitar), Greg Cooler, parts of the U.S. and in Ireland, opening for Randall
(bass guitar), Quinten Q. Perkins, (keyboards), and Bramblett, Sugarland and more. In 2008, Ken Will’s
Scott Underwood, (drums), Tent City mixes a song “Oh Lord” was featured in the TV show
contemporary blend of unique originals along with eclectic rearrangements of deep cut classics. “The Deadliest Catch”. He is currently putting the finishing touches on 2 CDs: a full-length for the
Influences include The Allman Brothers, Phish and Led Zeppelin. NYC-based Sojourn Records and a 5-song EP for Mule Train Records debut produced by Nathan
Sheppard at the Green Room Studios.
the tropical breeze
steel drum band lefty hathaway
(SATURDAY, 2:20 P.M.) (Sunday 3:30 P.M.)
The Tropical Breeze Steel Drum Band is a perform- Lefty Hathaway has performed and recorded
ing ensemble comprised of instruments made several genres throughout the years, from old school
from 55-gallon steel drums, which cover all the bluegrass to funk and hip hop, spending the early part
voices from soprano through bass, and a full of the past decade touring the west coast with a
rhythm section. The band performs music from handful of projects that embodied such collective
Trinidad and other Latin countries, along with experience. He was born in England and moved back
classical, pop and jazz. Tony McCutchen founded and forth between England and the States. Lefty’s
the ensemble in 1986 at The University of Georgia. relocation to Athens, from California in 2006, has
The band serves as a musical ambassador for the University. 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.) (Sunday, 5:10 P.M.) (SATURDAY, 4:00 P.M.)
The Jompson Brothers are a new, soulful, classic Broken Road is a local Georgia band, who have Avery Dylan has been making ground in Georgia In his youth, 90 Acre Farm founder and self-
rock act out of Nashville, TN. The Jompson Broth- years of experience on the road and in Nashville. for over seven years by getting to play with taught musician, Todd White, was fascinated by
ers form a blended sound of blistering guitar, This group combines elements of bluegrass, gos- some of the top name musicians around like: Besty his older cousins’ versions of bluegrass and outlaw
thumping rhythm section and soul-laden vocals. pel, and traditional and contemporary country Franck, Lefty Hathaway, Tommy Crain, John Straw country standards. White’s musical style lies
Frontman, Chris Stapleton made his mark on Nash- music. Members are Brad Smith, Tim Cadiere, and many more. He’s been on several CDs and somewhere between bluegrass and classic rock
ville as a songwriter, penning two country radio Waylin Wright, Chris Blanton, Charles Newman has a few of his own. You may best recognize him & roll. With the release of their debut EP “Back
number ones among his dozens of album cuts. The and Austin Tripp. Influences include Alan Jackson from the Avery Dylan Project, which travels and Home”, 90 Acre Farm gained regional attention
Jompson Brothers are currently recording their and George Strait. Their single “Thinkin’ Outside has been making its own mark. In he past two years winning the Athens area Battle of the Bands.
full-length debut with Frank Rogers. the Box” hits the radio the third of August, and they have played in five states in over 200 shows
they are having a show at the Morton Theater and rocked thousands of faces. Dylan started out
on Nov. 13. in Southwestern Virginia in the mid-1990s.

RACHEL O’NEAL harp unstrung

(Sunday, 2:50 P.M.) (SundaY, 6:20 P.M.)
Rachel O’Neal started her musical career as a Harp Unstrung was formed in August of 2008.
lead vocalist in a variety of bands in the early An eclectic blend of jazzy jam-band and alterna-
1990’s, but has of late been honing her craft as a tive rock, Harp Unstrung takes the listener from
songwriter and solo acoustic performer based mellow whispers to roaring crescendos. Lush har-
in Athens. The reception she has gotten at her monies house thought provoking lyrics, as inviting
acoustic shows prompted her to get into the guitar riffs tempt the audience to the dance floor.
studio and record a fully produced version of the The band is comprised of Kevin Fleming (guitar,
collection of original songs she has been playing vocals), Tony Delgado (drums), Drew O’Donnell
live. The culmination of her efforts is Rachel’s debut record, “Getaway”. This record is an eclectic (vocals, guitar) and Daniel Walker (bass, vocals). Harp Unstrung has been going strong in the Athens
blend of indie-rock, jazz and southern-tinged Americana. bar scene, and will be recording their first album at Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studios, with producer,
Dave Aitken.

(sunday, 4:00 P.M.) 706 was formed in 2007 by Clarke Middle School
Adam Payne is a musician from Athens. Adam says students. The band started with William Kissane
the band has always been called The Adam Payne (vocals, drums, keyboard) and Jake Cona (lead guitar).
Band because they were never clever enough Since then, Foster Gorman (bass) and Henry Sieben-
to coin a cool name. Adam has been playing his tritt (keyboards) have joined the band. Soulful vocals
songwriter-folk blend music on stages across the and technical perfection brings a youthful, yet deter-
Southeast since 1997. He has been cataloging and mined dimension to each song 706 performs. Their
illustrating his experiences every step of the way. originals are unique and compelling and like the songs
The band always brings a darker and more focused they choose to cover, they defy genre classification. The band admits they take in everything right now
palette to the music. Adam recorded ‘Sorry, Please Try Again’ in 1999 and ‘Untitled’ in 2007. 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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