The Abingdon Music Experience presents January Jams 2014. The events will showcase nationally recognized artists on stage at the historic Barter Theatre each Friday & Saturday during the month of January, 2014. A limited number of WEEKEND PASSES will be made available, and can be purchased by calling 276-628-3991. Doors will open at 7:15pm each night, and shows will start at 8:00pm. Tickets on sale through the Barter Theatre Box Office. For a complete lineup of events, visit the January Jams page.
Based out of Alabama, St. Paul and The Broken Bones deliver soul mixed with grit, elemental rhythm, fabulous brass section and a performance that electrifies the crowd. Lead singer, Paul Janeway has an extroverted performing style that enraptures his audience. “I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’” This band is all people could talk about at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and after they grace The Barter stage, it’s all people in Abingdon will be talking about! Don’t miss this show!
Hailing from Asheville, The Broadcast is hard-edged, soulful rock music bursting-at-the-seams. Drawing much of their ambience from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section. Their infections energy and authentic approach match them well with headlining band, St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
Doors open at 7:15, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $18/ea and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling: 276-628-3991.
Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.” Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Jim’s musical influences, including the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones, can be heard in his songs with his unique sense of melody and lyrical expertise. He won his first Grammy Award in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and then for The Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc) in 2007.
Cruz Contreras opens for Jim Lauderdale on January 10th at the Barter Theatre. Best known as the lead singer of the Black Lillies, Cruz also plays guitar and mandolin. His solo set is captivating, and he has collaborated with Jim Lauderdale previously.
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Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Iris Dement joins the January Jams series on the 11th. Her style is often described as roots-folk as well as country, but no one denies that her songs speak to the heart. She just recently released a new album of original material for the first time in 16 years, Song of the Delta.
Opening for Iris Dement, is Beth Snapp from Northeast Tennessee. Beth’s vocals, lyrics, and melodies blend together beautifully into a distinctive acoustic experience. She delivers a unique singer songwriter feel that is not only crisp and flowing, but unpredictable and truly a testament to her talent. Her powerful chords and vocals showcase her undeniable lyrical talent.
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John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-five years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. A true innovator, John applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll – often within the space of a single concert. His ability to move fluidly through multiple styles, and carry mesmerized audiences on the journey with him, has set him apart as one of the most loved and admired vocal artists of his generation, not just by fans and critics but among fellow musicians as well. Together with Mountain Heart, they’ve been described as bringing a new, edgier, more rock-inflected sound.
Mountain Heart is a Grammy award winning band which combines elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass music into a high-energy sound. Critics now describe the band using terms such as “acoustic overdrive”, “Folk rock on steroids”, and “slam grass”.
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Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist,Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart, 54, has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band during the ’80s and chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ’90s. The turn of the century saw Stuart looking inward to make deeply felt records paying homage to his love of vintage gospel, his Native American passions, and as always, his core — foot-stompin’, tail-shakin’, honky tonkin’, rockin’ hillbilly music. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville – his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.
The Lost River Cavemen have been touring nationally and pumping life back into Roots music since 2005. The Cavemen spin their music into an aural web that is catchy, profound and playful. Their music has been described as Eccentric Americana, Punk Country, and Ragtime-influenced Neo-Country. However you describe it, there’s no doubt that their high-energy live show gives you good vibes and the kind of buzz that makes dancing and drinking infectious.
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Jason Isbell was once one of Drive-By Truckers’ great songwriting weapons. The Alabama singer-songwriter just released the powerful and profound Southeastern, which candidly addresses his hard fall and hopeful rise. Not easily labeled, you could call Isbell a master of Americana Rock. Southeastern is not a record Jason has made before, and not simply because the glorious storm and drama of his band, the 400 Unit, is absent. They will tour together; it’s not a break-up record, not an album of dissolving, but, rather, songs of discovery. And not at all afraid, not even amid the tears.
Jason Isbell’s solo career has seemed effortless, from Sirens of the Ditch (2007) to Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (2009), through Here We Rest (2011) and last year’s Live From Alabama. Loud records, unrepentantly southern, resplendent with careful songwriting. Songs which inspire and intimidate other musicians, and critics. You won’t want to miss this show at the historic Barter Theatre, along with opener Holly Williams-Hank Williams Sr.’s granddaughter, a powerful singer-songwriter whose newest album has been met with huge, critical acclaim.
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Grammy-winning folk & bluegrass musician, Tim O’Brien, teams up with award-winning country singer/songwriter, Darrell Scott, to perform on January 25th at the historic Barter Theatre as part of the January Jams series.
Memories & Moments is the second studio album from highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, released on their newly formed Full Skies imprint, a compound of O’Brien’s Howdy Skies and Scott’s Full Light labels. Comprising five songs apiece from O’Brien and Scott plus one memorable collaboration in their timely “Turn Your Dirty Lights On,” along with a pair of chestnuts from Hank Williams and George Jones and a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic “Paradise,” with its author guesting on guitar and vocals, Memories & Moments is a face-to-face record by design.
“Our strength is playing in the moment,” says Scott, “so if you record that way, with us across from each other, leaking into each other’s mics, there’s an immediacy to it that translates to the listener. That’s our hope, anyway.”
“We wanted to keep that intimate feeling,” O’Brien adds. “It’s rare that you can play with somebody who can respond and magnify like Darrell does. So except for the one track, this record is just the two of us reacting to one another, and it’s a pretty good game of Ping-Pong. We end up doing stuff that neither of us would do on our own, and that’s pretty cool.”
Back in 2000, the two kindred spirits had joined forces to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals. Following that album O’Brien and Scott became an in-demand touring act, hitting the road together whenever their schedules allowed. (Performances from shows in 2005 and 2006 were gathered on Live: We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This, released last year on Scott’s Full Light as a way of whetting fans’ appetites for the upcoming studio album.) Over the ensuing years, each has been asked incessantly when their paths would next cross. Indeed, the prospect of a Real Time Redux has come to take on an almost mythic significance in roots-music circles — the down-home equivalent of a Led Zeppelin reunion.
Amythyst Kiah, a local favorite, opens for the duo. This isn’t her first time opening for Tim O’Brien, and it probably won’t be her last. Kiah is a singer/songwriter that has an eclectic array of musical influences. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original song, and transforms them into powerful, soulful renditions.
She draws heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Roscoe Holcombe, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers), and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Janelle Monae, Joss Stone). Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to joining the powerhouse vocalist pantheon.
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