At last! EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruitbats) will play here, with special guests Excons. EDJ just dropped his solo release called EDJ. Gonna be swank…best be here Thursday September 18 at 8pm.
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August 11, 2014
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EDJ is Eric D. Johnson is a singer, songwriter, producer, film score composer. He is most well known as the front man and sole permanent member of the band Fruit Bats, and as a multi-instrumentalist with The Shins and Califone. In 2000, he began playing in the experimental folk ensemble Califone. The following year Fruit Bats’ debut Echolocation was released on Perishable Records, Califone’s label. Over the next decade, Fruit Bats would release several subsequent records on the Sub Pop imprint, and Johnson would continue his role as a supporting player with artists such as Sally Timms, Ugly Casanova, Vetiver, and The Shins. In 2013, Johnson announced that he would be retiring the Fruit Bats name with plans to continue performing under his own name.
The Excons is a trio; the latest project from Greenville home boy drummer, indie rocker and improve musician (and former Fruit Bat member) John Byce. this is all very very good. Plan to join us and vibrate together in

MIKE AULDRIDGE/JERRY DOUGLAS/ROB ICKES – Three Bells CD Auldridge’s last session in company with 2 current Slide gods, Jerry Douglas strikes again, but wait there’s more…
September 15, 2014

Peter Cooper runs it down in the Tennessean

The official Rounder Records memo:
Three Bells (one of two CDs released this week by Jerry Douglas) is an historic collaboration between fellow Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Rob Ickes, marks a personally-charged landmark in all three gentlemen’s expansive bodies of work. In addition to marking the three musicians’ first work together since 1994′s Grammy-winning The Great Dobro Sessions, Three Bells features the final recordings of Douglas’ and Ickes’ longtime friend and mentor Auldridge, who passed away on December 28, 2012, shortly after the recording sessions were completed.

In a career that spans four decades and encompasses over 2000 recordings, Jerry Douglas has more than earned his status as one of the world’s most celebrated musicians. In addition to his instrumental mastery, the 13-time Grammy winner and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year has established a reputation as a ceaselessly inventive recording artist who has drawn from a bottomless well of rootsy styles to create a consistently compelling string of solo albums and collaborative projects.

“The goal was not necessarily to make a record,” Douglas explains. “The idea was simply to record some things together, because we needed to, and if there was time and we were able to get enough done, maybe it would become a record. Fortunately, that’s how it worked out.”

Three Bells finds these master musicians employing their prodigious talents to create a set of spare, emotionally affecting instrumental performances of original tunes as well as some venerable pop and country numbers. Selections include “For Buddy,” which Auldridge adapted from an exercise originated by Nashville pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons, the early Tin Pan Alley hit “Silver Threads Among The Gold” and the sentimental title track, best known to Americans in the Browns’ hit 1959 country version but originally a French pop standard, “Les Trois Cloches,” recorded by Edith Piaf, the Andrews Sisters and others.

Tower of Song is a series of FREE CONCERTS at Horizon Records in our adjoining Bohemian Cafe, truly a unique listening and performing experience for artists and audience.
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