The Blue Note Grill


Sep
19 Wed
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Chris Ruest / T.A. James & Chuck Cotton

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: April 2, 2018 3:14 PM to September 19, 2018 11:45 PM

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Chris Ruest
If you haven’t been paying attention to his career, this is the short version of what you need to know: Chris Ruest is the real thing. The New Englander has been a resident of Texas for well over a decade. Already a serious student and lover of traditional blues and blues-oriented jazz artists, the singer-guitarist came up through Brian “Hash Brown” Calway’s band (justly regarded as the finishing school of choice for aspiring Dallas blues musicians), and has worked with many of the Lone Star State’s most important talents, including the great Ray Sharpe (“Linda Lu”).

Chris Ruest belongs to the impressive class of serious Texas blues guitarists, a group that includes Johnny Moeller, Shawn Pittman, and Nick Curran. While the others may have wider name recognition, Ruest has quietly built a reputation of excellence that is spreading beyond his Austin home base. A veteran with nearly two decades’ experience on the bandstand, Ruest’s passion for classic blues (jump, Chicago, and Gulf Coast) and roots rock forms comes through in an original voice that combines immediacy and authenticity. Dead-on songwriting and savvy selection of covers provide a platform for his unaffected, honest vocals and tough guitar.


Joining Christ will be everyone's favorites, T.A. James and Chuck Cotton!
Sep
28 Fri
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Damon Fowler

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 15, 2018 4:05 PM to September 28, 2018 11:45 PM

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After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab’s rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon’s strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here – sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit – exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humor very few of his contemporaries can match.

Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, “Thought I Had It All.” It’s an  introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and “Where I Belong” flow in an easy Southern groove.  Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter’s “TV Mama” with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” The country tinged “Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me” offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. “Do It for The Love” is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon’s lead guitar and Tab’s pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, “I Shall Not Be Moved.”  As with Damon’s legendary live performances, Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.
Sep
29 Sat
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Durham High School Reunion / The Terry Wiley Band

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: May 17, 2018 3:13 PM to September 29, 2018 11:45 PM

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The always amazing Terry Wiley Band will take you right back to high school! Bring your classmates, see what your old boyfriend/girlfriend looks like now, catch up with that best friend ... it will be a night for the year books.

Blues, funk, rock, R&B, Motown and more soul than you can handle! Featuring the best musicians, a song list filled with crowd favorites, and the fabulous voice of legendary North Carolina soul singer, Terry Wiley.

The Terry Wiley band is: Terry Wiley, Clark Stern, Josh Preslar, Steve Chall and Kelly Pace.

These guys are FUN, FUN, FUN!
Oct
4 Thu
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Shemekia Copeland

Durham, NC
United States
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SEATED: $30.00
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SEATED / STANDING Public Onsale: August 25, 2018 12:23 PM to October 4, 2018 11:45 PM

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"Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong." –Rolling Stone

"America’s Child is a groundbreaking, genre-bending work of beauty. Shemekia is one of the great singers of our time. This record introduces listeners to another side of her, and I predict it will result in many new fans. Her voice on these songs is nothing short of magic." –Mary Gauthier

"Shemekia Copeland is the real deal. America’s Child goes deep and Shemekia‘s voice—a national treasure—carries the songs effortlessly, whether topical, personal, spiritual, political or just plain raucous fun. Shemekia rears back her head and what comes out is humanity made vocal." –Will Kimbrough

"Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will." –Chicago Tribune

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

America’s Child is by far Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her. With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness. Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project. Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans celebrates our collective diversity in all its forms and colors. American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia’s father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I’m Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.
$25.00 - $30.00
Oct
5 Fri
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MikeMickXer

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 23, 2018 4:27 PM to October 5, 2018 11:30 PM

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REGGAE, ROCKABILLY, R&B, COUNTRY, AMERICANA AND OLD-TIME ROCK & ROLL

MIKE DAVIS
Frontman, guitarist and lead vocalist Mike Davis is an amazing talent who leaves audiences agog and demanding more. Who else in the Triangle can sing Elvis, Marley, Yoakam, Gaye and Withers hits all in a row and so well? And, on his Variax guitars, Mike is without peer in terms of creative and catchy licks. When Mike isn't playing with MikeMickXer, you can catch his fabulous solo act.

MICK VOILAND
Keyboardist Mick Voiland stands alone in the area's band community in not only giving that Hammond organ sound and "fill," but also by securing a deep bottom via left-hand bass lines played on a second keyboard. Close your eyes and you hear a quartet; open them and you see a trio and wonder just how Mick does it.

WILL BEATY
Percussionist Will Beaty is one of the most well-known and experienced drummers in the Triangle. Former Skeeter Brandon band leader and more recently manager and drummer of the renown Hot Damn! Blues Band, Will has toured the world (but mostly his home state of North Carolina) for over 20 years playing country, blues and rock.
Oct
12 Fri
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Bill Toms & Hard Rain

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 23, 2018 3:52 PM to October 12, 2018 11:30 PM

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While it’s hard to put a finger on any one sound that defines “American music,” the compositions of Bill Toms are as close a template as any. The Pittsburgh native, along with his band Hard Rain, delivers a sound that takes the greatest of America’s most beloved genres and melds them into a poetic representation of the best the country has to offer.With his ninth full-length studio release, Good For My Soul (street date October 27), Toms channels a foot-stomping, wall-shaking blend of soul, blues, gospel, and rock vibes, all brought together with his lyrical specialty -- stories of everyday men and women doing their best to stay ahead while still managing to keep a dream or two in their heads.

Soaring horns, gritty licks, toe-tapping rhythms, and Toms’ own rough-hewn vocals will draw listeners in, as well as well-deserved comparisons to the greats such as Dr. John, Little Feat, Springsteen, Joe Tex, The Blasters, Otis Redding, and Rufus Thomas.

“The idea of a horn section behind my songs has been something I’ve thought about for a while,” explains Toms. “Albert King, and all the Stax artists come to mind when I think of what true rhythm and blues can do. I wanted a piece of that; creating dynamics, and drama within the song; and fostering the deep emotion that a great horn section can give. The words also needed this place-- in order to be fully interpreted as the representation of ‘my America,’ and the people who make up my small part of this world.”

Good For My Soul was recorded in February 2017 by Oscar-winning composer Rick Witkowski, who also co-produced the set with Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider). Both artists have collaborated with Toms frequently on parts of his earlier catalog. Toms launched his musical career in 1987 as lead guitarist of Pittsburgh’s legendary band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, During that period, he opened for and played with such legendary names as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. While playing guitar, co-writing, and adding backup vocals for the Houserockers, Toms and the band recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, The Houserockers released American Babylon, which was recorded and produced by Springsteen himself.

As a solo artist, Toms has opened for the likes of Levon Helm, Marshall Crenshaw, Steve Forbert, and Buddy Guy. He’s plotting a string of regional east coast dates to support Good For My Soul, as well as a full European tour in 2018.
Oct
17 Wed
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Albert Cummings

Durham, NC
United States
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SEATED / STANDING Public Onsale: June 24, 2018 1:17 PM to October 17, 2018 11:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Guitar Edge magazine said, "The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin' band, and that's exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does on his new Feel So Good. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places."

Music Connection called it "one of the best live albums recorded in a long time" and Blurt added, "Cummings' first live album provides the perfect showcase for the fiery guitarist's axe-handling skills and enormous onstage charisma."

In 2011 Albert released an instructional DVD for the Hal Leonard Corporation entitled Working Man Blues Guitar. Cummings’ next CD, No Regrets, was self-released in 2012. It was a return to his true musical roots for the six-string virtuoso, poignantly capturing the core of his influences, displaying the impact that R&B, Rock, Soul, Country and the Blues have had on both his playing and writing. It debuted at #1 on iTunes music charts in the USA, Canada and France.

For his latest recording, Someone Like You, Albert chose to record in Southern California with Grammy-winning producer David Z. (Buddy Guy, Prince, Jonny Lang, Gov't Mule) at the helm. Said Z, “Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. What a blast to watch him jell in the studio with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles.” One of those musicians was Blind Pig label mate and leader of The Basic Cable Band on the Conan TV show, Jimmy Vivino, who performs on three cuts. Cummings said, "I'm tremendously excited about this CD and the team of people that will be working this record. It was such a pleasure to also work with David Z and Jimmy Vivino and so exciting to share their excitement about the potential this record has."
$15.00 - $20.00
Oct
18 Thu
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Dustbowl Revival

Durham, NC
United States
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SEATED / STANDING Public Onsale: August 23, 2018 1:30 PM to October 18, 2018 11:45 PM

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Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”

Their new eponymous album, however, finds the Los Angeles-based ensemble evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe.

This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance).

The album’s first single, “Busted,” also exemplifies the sonic leap taken by the band. Spotlighted by Beebe’s slinky jazz vocals, the song mixes traditional American music styles, like the blast of R&B horns and the in-the-pocket drums, with some inventive touches, such as a mandolin plucked like a hip-hop inspired piano, and the upright bass and fiddle played through wah-pedals. The group has said that recording “Busted” was like a door opening for them to create something familiar yet stylistically fresh.

Even the album’s more acoustic number, like “Debtors’ Prison” and “Got Over,” aren’t as old-timey as they might first appear. “Debtors’ Prison” initially suggests a throwback busker tune, but a closer listen reveals an all-too-contemporary ode with Lupetin singing about the struggles of trying to survive in today’s troubled economic times. Similarly, on “Got Over,” Lupetin delivers another modern-day portrait about a scuffed-up soul battling a whirl of problems who winds up “sitting on the kitchen floor … eating all the ice cream, 2 a.m. on a Tuesday.” Things get a little more optimistic on the sunnier, Bill Withers-inspired “Honey I Love You.” Featuring a guest spot by multi-Grammy-winner and fellow genre-bender Keb’ Mo’, this track serves up a timeless slice of sweet, silky soul music.

This new album reveals the band moving in an exciting new direction. Instead of Dixieland jazz and Depression-era folk songs serving as musical mile markers, this CD mines an energizing vein of soul, funk and roots-infused rock that evokes the work of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and classic Stax recordings, and fits the band alongside such contemporaries as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
$15.00 - $20.00
Oct
19 Fri
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Peter Karp

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: June 23, 2018 4:54 PM to October 19, 2018 11:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
“Peter Karp is a star. From his muscular slide guitar soloing to his observational and oh-so-true songwriting, and, most of all, that soulful expressive voice of his, dripping with innuendo. Dude’s entertaining as hell.” Goldmine Magazine

Accolades aside, Karp is a storyteller who also is an assertive singer, an insightful songwriter, a spellbinding performer, and a searing slide guitarist with significant keyboard skills. Ever the multi-tasker, Karp bounces between several instruments, handling electric resonator slide guitar, acoustic guitar — as well as harmonica and piano. Each track driven home with his soulful voice and original songwriting style.  On this record, having spent the past year tirelessly playing ever-larger venues and festivals to a burgeoning fan base in Europe and the US The Peter Karp Band continues to carve out his own unique niche, with a sound born in the swamps of New Jersey and the trailer parks in southern Alabama.

“Guys like Peter Karp, James Taylor and Bob Dylan embody Americana Blues, and us English guys are inspired by it.” - Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones 

As a songwriter Karp first saw national attention when guitarist Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones recorded and toured with Karp on his third release. This led to being signed to Blind Pig Records where he released Shadows and Cracks, cracking the top 10 on the Billboard and Blues charts. He continued to collaborate with the best in the business, including a seven year partnership with Canadian blues guitarist Sue Foley as the Karp-Foley Band before attending to his own band again, putting out two more solo albums in 2016 and 2017. Karp has been the recipient of many distinguished accolades throughout his career including top placement on the Blues charts with every one of his recent albums.

Karp is a singular musician whose ability to tap timeless emotions with such musical passion stands out. He emulates the power and soul of Springsteen, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Otis Redding, putting on one of the most entertaining show you’ve seen.
Oct
20 Sat
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Jordan High School Reunion: The Terry Wiley Band

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 25, 2018 2:57 PM to October 20, 2018 11:45 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The always amazing Terry Wiley Band will take you right back to high school! Bring your classmates, see what your old boyfriend/girlfriend looks like now, catch up with that best friend ... it will be a night for the year books.

Blues, funk, rock, R&B, Motown and more soul than you can handle! Featuring the best musicians, a song list filled with crowd favorites, and the fabulous voice of legendary North Carolina soul singer, Terry Wiley. The Terry Wiley band is: Terry Wiley, Clark Stern, Josh Preslar, Steve Chall and Kelly Pace. These guys are FUN, FUN, FUN!
Nov
9 Fri
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James Armstrong Band

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 1, 2018 4:03 PM to November 9, 2018 11:45 PM

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Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong was born to play the blues. His mother was a blues singer. His father played jazz guitar. Born in Los Angeles, California, Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by the age of 17 he was touring the country. Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personality and seasoned skills.

In his twenties James was the youngest guitar player to play in Smokey Wilson's legendary band. James also helped form a band in Southern California called Mama Roo. That collaboration resulted in an album of the same name, and his first recording contract with Crescendo Records.

In the early 90's James got plenty of exposure to his musical influences, including Albert Collins, who spent quality time with James and taught him a few tricks. Shortly after that he was discovered and signed by HighTone Records while playing in a Santa Monica bar, later immortalized in his song Mr.B's.

Then, just as he was about to tour with his critically acclaimed first album Sleeping With A Stranger, tragedy struck. The events surrounding a home invasion left Armstrong without the use of his left hand and arm, including permanent nerve damage. This threatened to end his career forever. But, thanks to the support of friends, fans and the blues community Armstrong came back two years later with a second album, Dark Night.

What Armstrong lost in the tragedy he gained in "a whole new respect for the music itself, the power in slow blues, how the silences between the notes are as important as the notes". Armstrong also turned his efforts to perfecting his songwriting, vocal and slide guitar skills, all the while developing his gift for turning hardship into song. The results were a third album, Got It Goin' On. The CD garnered two WC Handy award nominations for best blues guitarist and for best song of the year with Pennies and Picks. The CD, Got It Goin' On, with its new grooves and surprises, was praised by critics for its part in redefining the blues and keeping the genre alive.

Over the years Armstrong has performed in many countries including North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked beside Albert Collins, Keb Mo, Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Roy Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Chaka Khan, Charlie Musselwhite, Ricky Lee Jones, Joe Louis Walker, Mitch Michell (Jimi Hendrix's drummer), Peter Tork (The Monkees), Jan & Dean, just to name a few.

James skill as a performer has not gone unnoticed by filmmakers. Several of his songs have been chosen for movie soundtracks. Bank of Love was used in Hear No Evil, with Martin Sheen and Marlie Matlin. Two Sides to Every Story is featured in Speechles with Micheal Keaton and Geena Davis also in The Florentine with Jeremy Davies and Luke Perry.
Nov
16 Fri
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Chicken Shack

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 25, 2018 3:51 PM to November 16, 2018 11:45 PM

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Breaded in Blues. Fried In Funk. Smothered in Soul. Come Get Some!

Chicken Shack is an eclectic group of church musicians who were brought together by their love of playing the blues. Although mostly from North Carolina, they have members from different parts of America – so play many styles of blues. With clever arrangements, tight rhythm section, thick vocal harmonies, and virtuosic solos, we present to you – the blues like you’ve never seen or heard it before. 

Chicken Shack were the TBS 2018 Blues Challenge winners and will travel to Memphis in January 2019 to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC).
Nov
17 Sat
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Randall Bramblett Band

Durham, NC
United States
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SEATED / STANDING Public Onsale: July 28, 2018 11:12 AM to November 17, 2018 11:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Juke Joint at the Edge of the World is the eleventh studio release from esteemed singer-songwriter Randall Bramblett, a multi-instrumentalist musician with a career spanning four decades. Highly sought-after for his creativity as both a collaborator and skilled touring sideman, the legendary Georgian’s talent has earned him the respect of his peers and many of rock’s finest luminaries. While having shared stages with artists such as Steve Winwood, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic, among others, it’s Bramblett’s own career as frontman where his artistry is truly on full display.



Deep into his self-described second act of his solo career, Bramblett aims to recreate the literature of the blues with music about nowhere people in nowhere lands. Conjuring equal parts Tom Waits, William Burroughs, and hallelujah chorus, his music again comes alive with this new collection of songs. With a commitment to the story of his characters and the necessary mutation of music, Bramblett has kept his solo career as fresh as the day it began.



This evolving engine of creativity is due, in large part, to the familiarity and bond shared with his bandmates.



“Juke Joint at the Edge of the World is a record that reflects the freedom that my bandmates and I have found in the last few years of playing together.” With an approach that he calls out for being “less analyzing and more fun,” it gently balances the technical prowess along with the passion held in the hearts and hands of each musician.



Moving with mellow evenness and jazzy dissonance, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World impressively combines elements of soul and funk, marrying profound lyrics with toe-tapping melodies — a union which was inspired by Bramblett’s many trips through southern music clubs. “Some of the places we play are like the old juke joints where people dance and shout. From these people and places we find the energy we need to be free to shake the music up.”



An integration of his own history as well as an integration of sound, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World rides in the wake of Bramblett’s previous release, the darkly soulful Devil Music, and finds, especially in its lyrics, a sort of kinship with its older brother. The songs on Devil Music were inspired by addiction, redemption, black music, and gospel and these same themes appear in Juke Joint at the Edge of the World, ringing with clarity and light, an illuminated manuscript in the hands of a fevered storyteller. But this record has more of a live in-the-studio feel to it. “The music is a little freer this time, rooted more in the soul and R&B dance music I grew up listening to and playing. The songs will take you places that make you dream and dance.”



Songs like “Pot Hole on Main Street” feel like an excerpt from one of Bukowski’s more autobiographical pieces while the transporting, deeply sensory “Mali Katra” feels like a scatter-brained dream rich with symbols portending doom or ecstasy. The deep, twisting vortex of nightmare; the dizzying climb towards salvation; and the long, gnarled streets of poverty and affliction are the paths this record travels, finding light to fill the darkness, and darkness to drown the light.



Bramblett’s solo career began in the 70’s with a pair of albums on Polydor Records. Joining the rock-jazz fusion group Sea Level he wrote/co-wrote a number of the group’s songs, including the Billboard single “That’s Your Secret.” Bramblett was approached by Traffic co-founder Steve Winwood in 1988 and spent the next 16 years touring in his band. It was on the road that he wrote new material with reinvigorated confidence and inspiration. Teasing his listener with unexpected humor while fleshing out fully lived-in characters with human ambition and godly stature, Bramblett continued his storied career with a continual pageant of reinvention and true conviction.

$20.00 - $25.00
Nov
24 Sat
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The Beauty Operators

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: August 25, 2018 4:00 PM to November 24, 2018 11:45 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Beauty Operators are Durham’s all-female blues rock party band. Wear your dancin’ shoes (or boots! Wigs and tutus optional.)

Decency lost a bet with the devil on the night the Beauty Operators were born. They are: Leslie Land with her corruptly indecent vocals and grimy bass- Sandee Washington blowing rudely obscene harp – Maria Linck pushing a depraved rhythm on guitar – Lori Baron doing some heavy, shameless banging – And Darby Odom growling guitar lead so filthy it’s illegal. If playing the blues is a sin they all going to hell.
Nov
30 Fri
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8-Track Minds

Durham, NC
United States
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GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: September 5, 2018 2:07 PM to November 30, 2018 11:45 PM

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8-Track Minds plays funky, beautiful ‘70s gold for hip-shakin’ and slow dancin’. Our charismatic and velvet-voiced singer Sandie, beside veteran Triangle musicians who look the part, delivers spot-on renditions of a smorgasbord of pop hits from “Lady Marmalade” and “I Will Survive” to “American Pie” and “Afternoon Delight.” We look forward to being part of your celebration—let’s get lost in the rock’n’roll and Drift Away!

8-Track Minds is;

Gordon MacLachlan
Greg Bower
Sandie MacLachlan
Glenn Jones
Bryan Sodeman
Scott Miller
Dec
5 Wed
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The Malpass Brothers

Durham, NC
United States
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SEATED: $25.00
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SEATED / STANDING Public Onsale: September 12, 2018 3:43 PM to December 5, 2018 11:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
“Folks follow the Malpass Brothers not unlike those that follow the Grateful Dead. Like that grand experience of mass migration toward a musical experience, these Malpass Groupies would travel anywhere to see their musical heroes and they know where and when they are playing. These young Malpass men communicate viscerally to older folks, many of whom literally came from the Land, the dirt that sustained them and comprises the core of their essential values. These Country and Western troubadours hail from eastern North Carolina and are not only the creators of fine melody, but are the ad hoc leaders of a local movement of folks who are as comfortable watching early Andy Griffith reruns as they would be in helping your young daughter change a busted tire along the side of a dark country road.” - Wyatt Sandman Day

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collards, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like clean fresh air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol’ corn puddin’ at a homecoming covered dish, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers. That’s a promise. (And you don’t lie about a covered dish supper.)

This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you’d like to hear. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who’s bound to be thinking, “What the hell are they doing now?” Count on some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table … and count on logging on to see where they’ll be next.
$20.00 - $25.00

709 Washington Street
Durham, NC
United States
The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle’s premier live-music venues, complete with a full-service restaurant and bar. Family-owned and operated, The Blue Note Grill was voted INDY's 2018 Best in the Triangle: Place to Hear Blues: Winner Place to Hear Bluegrass: Finalist Place to Hear Rock & Roll: Finalist Open Mic: Finalist Barbecue in Durham County: Finalist Wings in Durham County: Finalist Neighborhood Bar in Durham County: Finalist Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and support! ~ Bill and Andrea Gay Whittington