Sunday April 5, 2009
Cultural Center Theater, Charleston
Doors 6:30pm Show 7:00pm
Advance Tickets $12.50 At The Door $18.00
800 594 TIXX www.mountainstage.org or Taylor Books/downtown Charleston
The Gourds - Hailing from Austin, TX, the Gourds mix up good-time, honky-tonk and alternative with enough quirk and charm to win over country and alternative audiences. The band was formed in 1992 by multi-instrumentalist/vocalists Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith - who still share songwriting duties after nearly a dozen releases. Longtime regulars at SXSW, the Gourds caught the ear of the "No Depression" crowd with the drunken, porch-jam sound of its 1997 debut "Dem's Good Beeble." But it was the live, follow-up, "Gogitchershinebox," with covers of David Bowie’s "Ziggy Stardust" and the twangy take on Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" that proved to be the band’s breakthrough. The band provided the score for the Mike Woolf 2003 film "Growin' a Beard," a documentary that follows the men of Shamrock, TX, as they compete in the town's annual Beard Growing Contest. The band’s new CD is titled "Haymaker!"
Tom Rush - Born in Portsmouth, NH, Tom Rush came up in the Boston/Cambridge folk scene of the early '60s, playing folk-blues and recording a series of LPs for Prestige Records. After moving to Elektra Records, Rush began interpreting songs by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne and is credited with introducing those artists to the masses. By the early '70s, he had moved to Columbia Records where he recorded mixed covers with his own songs. Rush also participated in the infamous 1970 "Festival Express" tour of Canada (recently released on DVD) along with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Ian and Sylvia, and The Band. Rush’s new release, "What I Know," is his first full-length studio album in 35 years and features collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and Bonnie Bramlett. He continues to champion newcomers to the singer/songwriter community via his Club 47 Music Series which has been host to the likes of Alison Krauss and Shawn Colvin.
Backyard Tire Fire - Based in Bloomington, IL, Backyard Tire Fire is an alt-country trio that has been described as sounding like "a drunkenly angry Tom Petty crawling out of a Florida swamp." The band, made up of singer/songwriter/guitarist Ed Anderson, his brother/bassist Matt Anderson and drummer Tim Kramp, has been championed by George Wendt ("Norm" on the TV show "Cheers") since he heard them open for Alejandro Escovedo. The band released a self-titled debut in 2003 but it was 2007's "Vagabonds and Hooligans" that landed the group opening slots for the likes of Jason Isbell and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The group tours relentlessly - more than 200 shows a year - and, in 2008, issued the CD "The Places We Lived."
Susan Werner - An incredibly talented and versatile artist who’s at home in a number of genres, Susan Werner’s influences range from Nanci Griffith and Thelonious Monk to Joni Mitchell and Sting. Raised on a farm in Iowa, she earned a degree in voice before going on to study opera at Temple University. In 1995, her national debut on Private Music featured cameos by an eclectic assortment of fans including Zachary Richard, Marshall Crenshaw and Mitchell Froom. Her 2004 release "I Can’t Be New," was a collection of Tin Pan Alley-styled songs. Her new CD, "Classics," is a paean to classic ‘60s and ‘70s songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Marvin Gaye and Paul Simon. Werner arranged the songs for string quartet and classical instruments, with performances from Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops instrumentalists.
The Deep Vibration - Hailing from Nashville, this lean and gritty quartet was given its name by none other than Lou Reed. The group has expanded its original blues-rock formula to induce "wild and lonely folk tales and soul-powered rave-ups." Gillian Welch guests on the band’s debut EP "Veracruz."
This show is scheduled for national release in June. For more info: Adam Harris 304 556 4900