Another week and another line-up of bands roll into Atlanta. Each week it is a tough decision where to spend your time so here are some recommendations.
Kevn Kinney @ Eddie’s Attic – Thursday, 9/25
This Thursday night one of music’s finest singer/songwriters returns to Decatur for a night of music at Eddie’s Attic. Kevn Kinney has spent a storied career amassing quite a catalog of songs that champion the everyman, or woman. Utilizing personal experiences Mr. Kinney’s songs are more stories that speak of life, love, loss, hope and change. When he brings these songs out on the road his personal attachment to each tune oozes from his lyrics giving them a soulfulness many singers can only hope to achieve. With lighthearted tales and personal interaction he draws people into his musical world creating an atmosphere of hanging out with a long lost friend over your run of the mill music show. The show is billed as Kinney with special guests and you can count on those guests being pretty damn good when he is playing in Atlanta. If you want to experience a night of original music that will venture deep into your soul then be at Eddie’s Attic Thursday night for Kevn Kinney, if not the just stay at home and watch the Voice.
Neil Cribbs & the Rough Gentlemen @ Foundry Grillworks – Friday, 9/26
If you read my ramblings from time to time then you know I dig Neil Cribbs’ music. His songwriting is original, personal and he lays everything out there for listeners to ingest. Whether solo or with his band Cribbs’ soulful voice leads the way as he sings songs about life. A mainstay around the Atlanta music scene, Cribbs has no problem playing anytime and anywhere. His live shows are a must see as he brings something different to the stage with each performance. This weekend you can find him with the Rough Gentlemen in Newnan at the Foundry Grillworks. The night will focus on his latest release – Built Broken & Mended – but don’t worry I am sure he will mix in plenty of Cribbs staples along with a cover or two. Make plans Friday night to support local music and enjoy his set it should be a good one, since Cribbs enjoys performing about as much as you enjoy listening.
The Dream Syndicate @ The EARL – Friday. 9/26 & Saturday, 9/27
Steve Wynn spends most of his time these days tooling around the world playing baseball themed rock tunes with his group The Baseball Project. Before he was belting out lyrics about Ted Williams, Pete Rose and Kirby Puckett his group the Dream Syndicate played a major role in the 80’s. While never reaping the commercial rewards of some of the more popular bands of their time, the Dream Syndicate doled out some of the most influential tunes in the 80’s. Reveled by peers and critics their 60’s inspired rock was loaded with jangly guitars and catchy melodies that influenced a wealth of bands that came about later. After a lengthy hiatus the Dream Syndicate has gotten back together for a brief tour treating fans to their familiar music. This Friday and Saturday the band is in Atlanta calling the EARL home for their first shows in the South in quite some time. It is going to be a great weekend of music as Friday night they are expected to play their debut record Days of Wine and Roses with The Medicine Show to follow on Saturday night. The EARL should get pretty rowdy as the crowds are going to be large so I would suggest getting there early so you don’t wind up shoved in the back corner.
Delta Moon @ Eddie’s Attic – Friday, 9/26
No nonsense, down and dirty guitar driven blues music is what you get when Atlanta’s Delta Moon. With a plethora of records for your enjoyment it is on the stage where they impress. Assembled by music veteran Tom Gray the band has made a career mixing original tunes with classic blues numbers lead by the dual guitar attack of Gray and Mark Johnson. While the guitar playing is the backbone of their music it is Gray’s whiskey soaked vocals that provide the soul. The multiple albums, international touring and word of mouth have helped Delta Moon build a loyal fan base that comes out in droves to any bar, club, music hall or hole in the wall they play in. This Friday night you can catch them live at Eddie’s Attic as they dish out the nasty blues we have all come to love. Get there early if you want a good seat, because it may get a bit crowded.
Marc Broussard & Mingo Fishtrap @ Center Stage – Friday, 9/26
One of the more interesting shows of the week will be taking place at Center Stage. Marc Broussard will be wowing the crowd with his guitar prowess and smooth voice. His records sound good but when he takes the stage something magical happens and the sounds that his guitar emits sound pretty damn incredible. Also on the night’s bill is Mingo Fishtrap, and these guys may steal the show. Don’t plan on sitting still because they bring the funk. Give their latest record On Time a listen then imagine it live and in your face. This may be one folks don’t want to miss.
Cory Branan @ The Caledonia Lounge (Athens, GA) – Thursday, 9/25
For those of you looking to get out of town or are in the Athens area the place to be Thursday night is the Caledonia Lounge. Nashville’s Cory Branan will be in town showcasing tunes from his latest critically acclaimed album No Hit Wonder. Branan is quickly becoming a favorite singer/songwriter of many as he lends a humorous flavor to real life failures, lost love and bad decisions. His music explodes when played live as he opens up and invites fans into his musical universe. The night will focus on the latest music but you can count on him dusting off tunes that span his career. This should be a damn fine night of music for everyone.
There you go folks more great music to see live here in the greater Atlanta area. Check one or all of them out you will not be sorry.