This week in Atlanta there is a whole lot of music and not nearly enough time to go see it all. Covering all areas of the music world there is something for everybody. Here are some highlights.
Wednesday, February 6th
Corb Lund @ Smith’s Olde Bar – 8:00 p.m.
Out on the road in support of his latest record Cabin Fever, Corb Lund will be in Atlanta singing to all who want to come listen. Music will be reverberating throughout the upper room at Smith’s Olde Bar as Lund belts out his original cowboy rock music that sounds sweet to the ears. If you need something to do on a Wednesday night then I suggest you check this show out.
Thursday, February 7th
Scott H. Biram @ The EARL – 8:30 p.m.
This may turn out to be the best show of the week. Biram’s live show is something everyone must experience at least once their life. Only one man, he delivers music that is loud, raw and nasty. Rotating between electric and acoustic guitars he blasts through tunes ranging through blues, rock, country and folk. His gravelly voice effortlessly moves between a primal scream and a honky tonk twang each containing a level of intensity found in few singers. Start the weekend off early at the EARL and treat your ears to some Scott H. Biram.
Friday, February 8th
Crane @ Vinyl – 7:30 p.m.
If you dig smooth bluesy music sprinkled with the right amount of rock and funk then Vinyl is the place to be this Friday night. Atlanta’s Crane will be kicking the night off with some bad ass tunes, some old, some new and some by other people. Not only do you get to enjoy some damn fine tunes but you will be supporting a local venue and band.
Patterson Hood @ Eddie’s Attic – 10:00 p.m.
There are few people out there that write songs as well as Patterson Hood. Using his life experiences he delivers deep songs that paint vivid pictures about life in the South, being in a band and time out on the road. Known for his work in the Drive-By Truckers, he has stepped away to produce a few solo albums with songs that really cut to the listener’s emotions. As he sets up for a solo show at Eddie’s Attic, look for a set of tunes covering both aspects of his musical career.
The Whiskey Gentry @ The EARL – 8:30 p.m.
Local band The Whiskey Gentry is one of the best live acts to venture on the stage at the EARL. This Friday they return for a night of rowdy Southern music that will have everyone there moving their feet. Chock full of country rhythms and Southern imagery their music is fresh and lively. This will be a show worth getting your butts too.
Saturday, February 9th
Kevin Rowe @ Trackside Grill 8:00 p.m.
Kevin Rowe writes songs about what he knows. His piano based pop music is full of smooth rhythms, sweet harmonies and lyrics about his life. His songs sound great coming out of your speakers at home but when you hear them live they take on an entirely new life. Saturday he will be in Kennesaw for a laid back evening of killer tunes. Get there early, grab some tasty food then kick back and chill out to the musical styling of Mr. Rowe.
Testament @ The Masquerade (Heaven) 6:00 p.m.
If you are looking for some ear blistering metal then check out Testament in Heaven at the Masquerade. Blistering guitars, thunderous drums and blood curdling screams will fill the room from one of the heaviest metal bands to hit the stage at the Masquerade. Joining them for the evening of metal will be Over Kill, Flotsam & Jetsam & 4Arm. When the night is done, your ears will never be the same.
The Slackers @ The Masquerade (Hell) 7:00 p.m.
One of the better bands to come out of the 90’s ska rebirth was the Slackers. Their groovy beats and catchy lyrics delivered top notch songs as they skanked the night away. Here it is several years later and they can still bring groove. The live shows are still wide open as the Brooklyn band delivers a set list full of tunes from their storied career. If you want a fun evening then this is the place to be.
Jonathan Richaman @ The Goat Farm Arts Center 8:30 p.m.
One of the best song writers that many have no clue about; Richman will be taking the stage with Tommy Larkins for a night of tunes that should traverse his expansive musical career. His unique voice paired with quirky lyrics has provided music listeners with some damn fine music through the years, from punk rock to folk. This is going to be a classic show that can’t be missed.
Patterson Hood @ Eddie’s Attic 7:00 p.m.
Hood shows up for a second night of tunes, except on this night Jay Gonzalez & Brad Morgan will be joining him. So look for more great tunes just kicked up a notch. Also joining them is Dylan LeBlanc. Growing up around some of the best Southern musicians, LeBlanc’s music shows he has absorbed the sounds of his youth. I highly suggest you get to this show.
The Whiskey Gentry @ The EARL 9:00 p.m.
If you missed them on Friday night then there is a second chance to experience the Whiskey Gentry live. Even if you do go to the 1st show there is nothing wrong with seeing them two nights in a row right? Give them a listen you will enjoy.
Sunday, February 10th
Jonathan Richman @ The Goat Farm Arts Center 8:30 p.m.
More quirky goodness from a great song writer, treat your ears to two night of great music.
There you are, just a few of the shows in Atlanta this week. Check any or all of them out, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices.