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 pmVariety Playhouse
$18 Advance, $21 Day of Show
This event is all ageshttp://www.variety-playhouse.com/event/1365377/
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.
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.
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