Wednesday is never the choice night to stay out late and enjoy live music, however, when a line-up presents its self like last night at the Basement a sacrifice must be made. For the brave souls that chose music, sacrificing a good night’s sleep or getting to work on time, they were treated to one damn fine night of tunes.
Out on the road covering all corners of the U.S., Murfreesboro’s favorite sons Glossary made a stop in Atlanta. Closing out the evening, the veteran band delivered a set of tunes pulling from their vast catalog of music that had the folks at the Basement tapping toes, shaking hips and singing along. Driven by the dual guitar attack of Joey Kneiser & Todd Beene (who also share vocal duties), their songs exploded from the speakers filling the intimate room with some of the best Southern music this side of the Mississippi. Bingham Barnes effortlessly set the tone with his bad ass bass playing supported by Eric Giles and his thunderous drums. It was Kelly Kneiser’s sweet Southern harmonies that gave the songs that something extra that distinguishes them from other Southern rock bands. Glossary’s albums have always showcased their musicianship and writing abilities, but when you hear them live you can truly understand how good these guys are. Wednesday night they showed Atlanta what good music was all about, and the folks who were there for the show went home pleased.
Telegraph Canyon out of Texas delivered a set of tunes that found the equal mix between rock and country. Front man Chris Johnson’s emotion filled vocals painted a mental picture as the band laid down a beautiful musical canvas that transported the listeners into their soundscape full of banjos, fiddles and guitars. The addition of keyboards gave their music a bit of Southern soul which took things to another level. They closed the night stepping out into the crowd for an unplugged tune complete with claps and stomps supporting Johnson’s guitar. I suggest you check these guys out.
Beginning the evening was the local band Brother Hawk. These guys started a little slow but by the third song they had channeled the Allman Brothers and went on to deliver a set of tunes that was smooth and bluesy. JB Brisendine flat tore it up on guitar as he moved from calm & cool to a man possessed at the drop of a hat. Live is where their music needs to be heard and the intimate room at the Basement was the perfect place to hear them jam.
Wednesday nights don’t always draw the largest or the most energetic crowds here in Atlanta, so it was nice to see a decent amount of people jamming to all the bands. Each group brought something different to the table and they all kicked ass treating the folks who didn’t care about how early they had to wake up to a mighty fine night of tunes.