Charlotte Music Awards will hold its 2012 Americana-Bluegrass Showcase at Pucketts Farm Equipment, 2740 West Sugar Creek Rd. in Charlotte on Thursday, April 12th, 2012.
Doors 6:30pm, All Ages. Adv tickets - $8; DOS - $10
Founded in 2007, The Charlotte Music Awards showcases all aspects of music in Charlotte and the Carolinas. CMA’s goal is to enhance the profile of the music community in the region and support local music and local artists. With such a large talent base in a region steeped in rich musical tradition, the Charlotte Music Awards hosts between eight and ten showcases in different genres annually for local residents, and bands from all over the region to compete for top honors.
The 2012 Americana –Bluegrass Showcase will be held at Pucketts Farm Equipment and will feature the following artists:
Owen Poteat - Owen Poteat, known as The One Man Boogie Band by his fans, was born in a small town in NC and has been making music most of his life. He's known as the One Man Boogie Band because he's not your average solo entertainer... he's one guy stomping on real drums with his feet while wailing out vocals, playing on an old beat up Gibson acoustic that's pushing out syncopated rhythm, lead and bass lines all while blowing out some of the hottest harmonica you've heard... All 100% live, real, loud, rocking and in your face music from a guy who loves playing for you as much as you'll love listening.
The awards he's racked up over the last few years include Top 12 finish in the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Nominated Charlotte's CMA 2012 "Best Blues Artist" and "Best Americana Artist", Best Blues Band in Virginia 2011 (as a solo artist) and Gigmasters' Best One Man Entertainer in the US for last 7 years!
Chuck Johnson "The Charlyhorse" - If Tom Sawyer had grown up to be Woody Guthrie, the result would be Chuck Johnson, “the Charlyhorse.” His upbringing in a small Southern town and the roads he traveled from there inspired vivid soundscape stories populated by trailer-park queens, hellfire preachers, shuttered cotton mills and down-home philosophers.
Firmly anchored in the American roots tradition, Chuck’s songwriting draws on the legacy of his musical heroes, including John Prine, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, but his background in rock, country, R&B and funk gives each tune its own unique feel. Onstage, the result is humorous, high-energy performances paced by wistful ballads of lost love, life and death.
Rusty Knox - Rusty grew up around music in his small southern hometown of Davidson, NC. With a grandmother who played church organ for over 50 years and a large extended family that gathered around the piano on Sunday afternoons, music was a big part of the Knox family. Piano lessons, then later playing trumpet, gave Rusty a minor foundation in music. It wasn't until Rusty saw Jimi Hendrix open for the Monkees that the guitar came into his life. After only one very influential guitar lesson, did the music bug infect Rusty for good. An unfortunate accident took his teacher away from him and he began to learn on his own. After playing within the confinesof his house for over 30 years, his first public appearance brought a bundle of nerves and uncertainty to a head and Rusty realized that this was what he wanted to do. With a handful of original songs and no knowledge of music theory, Rusty brought his music to the people of his small hometown, and they liked it.
MOsART - Maurice Lee Brines – Mos Art is a quartet made up of Ken Barry on harp and mandolin, along with a multitude of MIDI instruments; Dennis (Surf) Plyler on guitar; Wes Teeter on percussions and drums; and Mo Brines on acoustic/electric/cigar box guitars and vocals. Rock infuzed Americana blues, or Americana blues infuzed rock – judge for yourself!