The Whiskey Gentry

The Whiskey Gentry and Friends: The 8th Annual Merry Y'alltide Celebration

The Whiskey Gentry

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, City Mouse

Sat, December 10, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$18 Advance, $21 Day of Show

This event is all ages

The Whiskey Gentry
The Whiskey Gentry
Hailing from Atlanta, The Whiskey Gentry has been described as a "toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum" by Paste Magazine.

Initially formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band's 2011 debut, Please Make Welcome, garnered critical acclaim, with "Cost of Loving You" selected as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at MerleFest.

With cameos from Butch Walker, Les Hall, and The Dappled Grays, 2013's Holly Grove infused elements of country, bluegrass, rock and punk with poignant lyrics and fiery, heartfelt vocals, and peaked at #16 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Live from Georgia arrived in 2014, capturing the raw energy and powerful stage presence fans have come to expect from performances. Recording for a new release, entitled Dead Ringer, began at Echo Mountain Studio in October 2015, with the lineup including Sammy Griffin, Chesley Lowe, Michael Smith, Rurik Nunan, and Carlton Owens.

Hunter S. Thompson wrote that "the whiskey gentry" was "a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis." While the band does enjoy a good pour, their dreams are becoming reality, their identity is distinct, and the future looks bright.
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. While playing small rock clubs around the Southeast he developed a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the country playing large venues and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet and Trombone. His debut 2010 release “The Musical Stylings Of” became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air. In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film “Old Man Cabbage”. The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. His last album entitled “Sing-a-longs” went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart and earned him a nomination at The Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist. Blair Crimmins has now finished his 4th studio album “You Gotta Sell Something” to be released in February 2017. Crimmins continues touring in anticipation of the album release and performs unreleased tracks from the record as well as old favorites from his past recordings.
City Mouse
City Mouse
Amerikindafolkish from Atlanta GA

City Mouse's upcoming single release, "Blood Red Youth" defines what the Atlanta, Georgia, band's hometown fanbase already knew. This is a songwriting band. Since their culmination in 2013, the band's originality, forged around their own lyrics, persistence and enigmatic stage presence, has led them to sold out shows throughout Atlanta's various venues. They have shared stages with bands like The Steeldrivers, Cicada Rhythm, the Howlin' Brothers, Underhill Rose, Family & Friends, The Darnell Boys, and more.

The group became a staple of the Atlanta, Georgia, Americana scene as the trio featured on their debut EP, "Joy of Life", but continues - with occasional help from a host of noteworthy Atlanta musician friends - as a 'duo-led collective'. After some extensive touring, Michael Hudgins, co-founder and former guitarist, announced a need for a change of pace. The band's split came along amicably and, in fact, culminated in City Mouse partnering back up with Tony Terrebonne, Head Engineer of Atlanta's legendary studio, ZAC Recording Studios, and recording two final songs as the original lineup. The recordings, entitled "The Sanguine Sessions," includes Hudgins' poignant waltz about kicking bad habits with love as the catalyst, "Bloodshot Eyes", and a new song which will serve as the upcoming single from Revels' called "Blood Red Youth" - hence the 'colorful' project title. "Blood Red Youth" is a "conversation", according to Revels, between young lovers that is passionate and frenetic, "full of the nervous energy that comes along with young love. As the song goes on, the dialogue becomes more intertwined and difficult to distinguish one voice from another; a parallel to both the figurative and physical aspects of being in/ making love."

"Blood Red Youth" and "Bloodshot Eyes" denote a marked solidarity of sound that shows the growth from the band's freshman release. City Mouse celebrated their shifting band and the new songs with an over sold-out crowd at the legendary listening room of Eddie's Attic in their hometown. This process was briefly documented by an interview the trio did with OpenEars Music in Atlanta, which you can watch here. "The Sanguine Sessions" recordings will be available everywhere the Summer 2016 following the release of "Blood Red Youth". The band is currently planning a Southeastern tour for early September 2016.
Venue Information:
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307