Live Review: William Clark Green in Asheville – 08/15/2018

‘The greatest party on earth’ recently rolled into western NC for a midweek show…

Fresh off the release of his latest album, Hebert Island – reaching #1 on the iTunes Country Chart – William Clark Green (WCG) and his band took the stage at The Grey Eagle in Asheville on Wednesday night. Opening with the title track WCG set the tone for an upbeat performance with a few ballads mixed in throughout the set list.

Backed by a high energy performance, there were no signs of fatigue from a band that has been touring for the past few weeks in anticipation of the album release as they kicked off an east coast swing with upcoming dates in Washington D.C., New York City and Pennsylvania before returning for another North Carolina date.

Not having played Asheville in quite some time, WCG was appreciative of the crowd on hand and many were familiar with his music. In fact, at one point he mentioned never having the crowd sing his songs back to him (in Asheville) but during the finale of ‘She Likes the Beatles’ the Texas native backed away from the mic and let the crowd take over the chorus.

WCG even shared the inspiration and story behind what led him to write the hit song and how it has changed his life since being released. The details of which will not be shared here – especially with another opportunity to see him perform live and perhaps tell it again in NC so soon.

Having previously expressed his appreciation for crowds who care about the music and artists who take time to both write and cultivate their own unique sound – it was evident there were many on hand Wednesday night who shared in this view.

From the meaningful ‘Old Fashioned’ written for his grandfather to the rowdy ‘Ringling Road’, WCG transitioned smoothly throughout the set backed by a tight band who combined to match the pace set by their lead all evening long.

One of the best live performances witnessed this year, WCG displayed sincere gratitude for all of the fans in attendance. Remaining on stage instead of having the audience cheer for an encore, WCG treated everyone to a few requests before ending the evening.

Taking into consideration that the opportunities for catching a live show are limited in this area, WCG graciously obliged audience requests of ‘Gypsy’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘My Mother’ among a few others.

If you happened to miss out on his first stop, WCG returns to NC on Sunday (8/19) at Puckett’s Farm Equipment in Charlotte. Don’t make the same mistake twice as a few tickets still remain and are available here. You can even pick up a copy of Hebert Island for free by finding Tyler at the merch table and simply asking for an album!

SETLIST 08/15/2018

Hebert Island
Hit You Where It Hurts
Next Big Thing
Drunk Again
Sticks and Stones
Old Fashioned
Ringling Road
Poor
Hanging Around
I Miss You
Creek Don’t Rise
Goner
She Loves Horses
Rose Queen
Still Think About You
Sympathy
She Likes the Beatles

Mile 0 Fest: What to Know Before You Go

For both those that attended the inaugural Mile 0 Fest and everyone else who missed out but is looking at not making the same mistake again…

If you missed the inaugural Mile 0 Fest held in Key West, Florida last year but know anyone who attended, then you’ve likely seen the pictures and heard stories about what transpired – a well ran and flawlessly executed festival on a number of different levels. An epic musical lineup in paradise, paired with opportunities no other festival can duplicate and next year is going to be even better.

Passes and packages (Platinum-SOLD OUT, Gold, Pirate and Beach Bum) for 2019 are on sale beginning next Monday, July 16 and whether you remain on the fence about attending this year or are already booked, we offer the following advice based on attendance from last year and changes that have already been announced or are being offered for this year’s experience.

DATES: January 29 – February 2, 2019

Last year the festival was a four day event that has been extended to include part of Tuesday (1/29) this year. An additional half-day of action so attendees need to make certain their travel plans include arriving early enough to help kick-off the festivities in Key West.

LINEUP:

Already receiving rave reviews, another stacked lineup across the board is only going to grow as the event draws closer. Expect multiple other artists to be added, including FOUR MORE THIS WEEK before tickets go on sale! Last year the event covered six stages with 50-plus artists and 71 shows – this year Mile 0 Fest will host 10-plus stages, 60-70 artists and over 100 shows!

TRANSPORTATION: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (even boats!)

Key West is best reached by air but flights in and out of the small island are limited and often expensive. Other possibilities include Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, but will require either renting a vehicle or taking the bus on a near four-hour trip through the keys down US Hwy. 1. The good news is there is plenty to see and do along the way but the narrow road often allows for only two-way traffic and can be backed up at times. The Key West Express can make reaching the festival even more fun from Ft. Myers if you prefer to view the keys from out on the water.

Once in Key West, all Mile 0 Fest package holders will have access to a trolley with select stops near Duval Street (main street in KW), the Amphitheater and other related stages and accommodations. Some parking is available for golf carts and cars at the Amphitheater stage but one of the best ways to get around Key West is on foot. If you prefer, there are plenty of golf cart and scooter rental places available, in addition to bicycles, which can be extremely beneficial as parking is limited everywhere – remember, it’s a small island.

UBER and Taxis also service Key West, plus public transportation which can be beneficial if staying closer to the airport.

WHERE TO STAY: Mile 0 Fest Has You Covered

Platinum packages and passes are already SOLD OUT due to the ability of those who attended last year to commit early but the remaining available options provide the best in terms of accommodations. Your individual booking representative can help to ensure you receive the best possible room(s) in addition to adding extra days onto either end of your trip (recommended).

If not utilizing the packages available, anywhere on or near Duval St. can provide a location in close proximity to both the Amphitheater Stage and many of the other venues associated with Mile 0 Fest. Also, don’t forget non-traditional bookings which can be provided via VRBO or Airbnb – some of these even allow for individuals or groups to stay on boats which owners rent throughout the year.

WHAT TO PACK: Relax, it’s Key West

Sunscreen, comfortable shoes and a portable phone charger – what more do you need? There are opportunities for swimming at any of the few Key West beaches (Smathers Beach, Fort Taylor State Park, or Southernmost Beach Resort) but unless you’re planning to soak up the sun or take an excursion requiring swimwear – it’s basically optional. A light jacket or long sleeve shirt is recommended because once the sun goes down it can get a little chilly on the island. The charger will be put to good use after all the photos and videos of both Key West, in general, and the musical performances held both day and night.

If you forget anything, there are plenty of stores on the island – big name, local and in between to meet any need.

WHERE TO EAT: Decisions, decisions, decisions…

This is too broad a topic with so many delicious places to choose from which will be given its due diligence closer to festival time. However, there will be food trucks and vendors on-site at the Amphitheater Stage (all were delicious and well priced last year) plus many of the other venues provide food which is also great!

MOST IMPORTANT: Still not convinced?

If you are thinking at all about attending, decide before passes go on sale because they will go quickly and single-day passes are not yet (and may not be) an option this year. The only way to guarantee your spot is to purchase it once they become available on Monday (7/16).

Everyone is on vacation, artists and patrons alike which provides for a unique atmosphere at every show you attend. You may have an opportunity to purchase a drink for your favorite musician or even spend the day with them snorkeling and parasailing while completing one of the many optional FURY provided excursions.

Mile 0 Fest also provides multiple opportunities for individuals to assist with various charities throughout the event. A Fishing Derby, Artist Painting and Guitar Auctions are all options where patrons can take part and help contribute to the Red Dirt Relief Fund, Michelle Halpern Foundation and Bahama Village Music Program, which a few of the artists themselves assist while visiting the island.

Music takes place from 10:00am until near 2:00am daily, meaning those extra days you tack onto your trip will be useful if you’re not an early riser who can explore the island before shows begin as there is plenty to see and do. From Ernest Hemingway, Shel Silverstein, Maritime Museums, Truman Little White House, Southernmost Point to Jimmy Buffett – Key West offers so much to keep you entertained and Mile 0 Fest added a four-plus day event to spotlight Red Dirt and Americana music on top of it – a match literally made in paradise.

It’s a vacation, trip, festival, etc. unlike any other but it’s also important to remember that it’s the people of Key West and those in attendance, working and responsible for putting on the event, who make it special. A boutique festival with another incredibly talented lineup ensures all of the music heard throughout the week will be spectacular, so have fun, meet new people, take care of your bar tenders and enjoy one of the best times you’ll have all year – guaranteed.

Live Review: Charley Crockett in Asheville – 07/08/2018

The musical vagabond, Charley Crockett, took to the stage on Sunday evening in Asheville…

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a vagabond is someone “who wanders from place to place without a fixed home” and while Texas native Charley Crockett has done his share of traveling across both the United States and world, he may not fit into an exact definition. However, his soulful sound – a collaboration of blues and Texas country sang from a heartfelt location found deep inside of Crockett himself and flawlessly executed on stage while drawing from years of street performing, all combines to produce one of the most entertaining shows you will ever witness.

Many people today attempt to package music into neat little boxes for specification purposes and an ease of finding something one may find interesting. However, there is no containing an artist who decides to push the boundaries of his or her craft and with the availability of music expanding by the day – people are slowly finding that the only category which matters is simply, good music. Crockett, backed by his band, The Blue Drifters, doesn’t fit nicely into country, rock, roots or blues – Americana has recently become the catch-all for anything closely resembling these but where you will find both Crockett and The Blue Drifters firmly planted is within the category of good, quality music.

Taking the stage at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, shortly after 9:00pm and following North Carolina native Valorie Miller, Crockett and his band immediately hooked the crowd with ‘Ain’t Got No Time to Lose’ – the first of a marathon 28 song set that unfortunately passed by all too quickly.

Surrounded by an incredibly talented group of musicians making up The Blue Drifters, Crockett shines in the spotlight with a range of songs capable of taking any listener on an emotional roller coaster throughout any given performance. As concert goers it is often easy to forget that the artists who entertain us have often been on the road for many days, weeks or even months – they have good days and bad like any of us but still must go out in front of crowds and put on a show to make their living.

Having seen Charley Crockett multiple times, he is arguably having more fun on that stage than any other musician currently on tour. Seemingly always in a good mood, his stage presence and live show is something that should be witnessed by any music lover. The recently released album, “Lonesome As A Shadow”, recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillip’s Recording Service is an awesome collection of just a few songs once found bouncing around inside Crockett’s creative mind and set to record – but the live show is something else entirely providing an added level of appeal to Crockett and his music.

There is only one other North Carolina date currently on his tour calendar – Friday, November 9 – with The Turnpike Troubadours at The Fillmore in Charlotte. Make plans now, get tickets here and be in attendance, you’ll be glad you did.

FULL SETLIST 07/08/2018

Ain’t Got No Time to Lose
Look What You Done
Downtrodden Man
Lil’ Girl’s Name
Cold Hearted Woman
How Long Will I Last
I Ain’t Never
If Not the Fool
That’s How I Got To Memphis (Tom T. Hall)
What the Preacher Say
A Dime At A Time (Del Reeves)
The Sky’d Become Teardrops
I Am Not Afraid
Lonesome as a Shadow
I Wanna Cry
Help Me Georgia
7 Come 11 (Benny Goodman)
T-Bone Shuffle
Jamestown Ferry (Tanya Tucker)
Sad and Blue
The Race Is On (Don Rollins)
Ain’t Gotta Worry Child
Out of Bad Luck
Oh so Shaky
In the Night
Silver Dagger
Goin’ Back to Texas
Trinity River

Live Review: Bart Crow in Charlotte – 06/23/2018

Bart Crow landed in Charlotte over the past weekend for a fun Saturday night show…

Austin based singer and songwriter Bart Crow brought his band along for their very first trip to North Carolina last weekend. A brief run down the east coast from New York City, to Washington D.C. and eventually Charlotte, saw Crow and his crew invade Puckett’s Farm Equipment for another entertaining show.

Rising country artist Mickey Lamantia, who was named one of Rolling Stone top newcomers to know back in January, got the evening started with his songs mixed between a few crowd favorite covers.

Bart Crow entered next from the side door and jumped into his set which spanned his entire collection of albums from Finally… to The Parade and everything in between. A receptive crowd saw some take to a makeshift dance floor in front of the stage and many were singing right along.

A few songs into his set, Crow wished a couple in attendance a happy anniversary before dedicating Dandelion, the title track to his 2012 release, to the pair. A nice moment and connection between Crow and his fans from the stage.

The roughly 90 minute set allowed those in attendance to get a good feel for Crow the performer, backed by a solid band featuring lead and bass guitar, drums and a pedal steel. All combining for a sound fitting to his own style, not imitating but forging its own way into and through the music scene.

Crow himself was once a Rolling Stone artist to know over two years ago and it was nice to see the gratitude and appreciation both he and Lamantia showed for one another. Sharing the stage along each of the previous stops for this brief tour, both were complimentary of the other and appeared to have a good working relationship.

Previously playing Charlotte solo in March of 2014, the return of Bart Crow with his full band was a welcome site and one we hope doesn’t take another four years to see again.

Live Review: Outlaw Music Festival in Charlotte 2.0

The Outlaw Music Festival returned to Charlotte with a revamped lineup for a midweek show…

When Willie Nelson walked off the stage in Charlotte just a few weeks ago it left fans feeling a variety of mixed emotions. Some were angry, others disappointed and everyone confused about what exactly was taking place behind the scenes. Nelson had sauntered into view not once, but twice, picking up his guitar and then lowering it again without playing a single note. After a second departure, the show was officially cancelled.

Days later he announced a future return and about a week following the June 20 date became official. Initially it appeared Nelson would again be joined by Sturgill Simpson, who performed originally, but the concert was removed from his tour website just days after being published.

It was obvious Nelson would bring back one or two acts and eventually the pieces fell into place for what transpired to be an amazing lineup. Essentially, those with an original ticket got to see Mitchell Lee, The Wild Feathers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sturgill Simpson and each of the following, including Willie Nelson all under one bill – well worth making a return trip to Charlotte from about anywhere.

SArah shook and the disarmers

The Chapel Hill based Sarah Shook and the Disarmers returned from a tour of Denmark and Sweden just in time for the Outlaw Music Festival and it was a perfect match. Shook captivated an early arriving audience with a few songs off her latest album, Years, which was named one of the best from the first half of 2018 by Rolling Stone and Wide Open Country.

Sometimes the jump from local bars and other familiar venues to a nearly 20,000 seat stadium or amphitheater can be intimidating but Shook’s confidence and sound translated well to the festival crowd on hand. Many in attendance were even chanting for an encore performance following her set, the first of what would be an incredible evening of live music in the Queen City.

jamey johnson

Alabama native Jamey Johnson was next to take the stage and his stripped down set was especially entertaining. Johnson proved he needs only a guitar and his sonorous southern drawl in order to receive standing ovations from any crowd. Electing to never play from a set list, Johnson is free to perform whatever he pleases which included some covers and a few original hits.

The first to make reference of Willie missing his original show, Johnson jokingly commented that he had never known the great one to not perform when scheduled but that it was “still hot” – in reference to the heat and humidity blanketing Charlotte.

Many on hand would have also elected to have Johnson continue singing his songs, but the tight schedule didn’t allow for much wiggle room and his nearly hour long set passed quickly.

the avett brothers

The night’s next performers were a crowd favorite. Hailing from Concord, just a few miles northeast of PNC Music Pavilion, The Avett Brothers joked they could have walked. A draw for many in attendance, the group didn’t disappoint with many up tempo originals and a one special cover.

In tribute to Merle Haggard, the band was joined on stage by Mickey Raphael, playing harmonica, for a stirring rendition of ‘Mama Tried’ much to the crowd’s delight. Both Seth and Scott Avett took turns leading everyone along a musical journey during their 12-song set which featured hits from throughout the groups career.

From ‘Satan Pulls the Strings‘ (2016) to ‘At the Beach‘ (2004) it was evident the band knew their home audience well, making the most of their time to perform and showing a true appreciation for those in attendance.

Willie Nelson

Such a diverse and impressive lineup could only be followed by a few artists in history and Willie Nelson provided that opportunity. His brief entry and exit back in May was entertaining, even without striking a chord and on Wednesday, Nelson appeared both healthy and excited to make his return a memorable one.

As a living legend, Nelson commands attention and was greeted with a thunderous ovation. He waved to the crowd, picked up Trigger (his guitar) and almost immediately struck the first notes of ‘Whiskey River‘ as he has done countless times before.

Always the first song of his set, Nelson continued putting out hit after hit with, ‘On the Road Again‘, ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys‘, ‘Crazy‘, ‘Still Not Dead‘ and ‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.’ Nelson even highlighted new music with, ‘Something You Get Through’ off his latest album – Last Man Standing.

Engaging the crowd from his entry and never looking back, Willie made only one brief quip about feeling as though “he had been here before”, attempting to make light of his previous departure.

He more than made up for an early exit previously and Blackbird Presents did an astounding job of piecing together an excellent lineup. A midweek date wasn’t ideal but any time spent seeing someone of Nelson’s status live is well worth the opportunity.

Bart Crow Lands In NC This Week

Armed with new music, Bart Crow visits Charlotte this Saturday night…

Bart Crow is coming to North Carolina on Saturday, June 23 at Puckett’s Farm Equipment in Charlotte and he’s bringing new music with him. The Texas native got his start writing songs while serving in the United States Army and began performing once he returned to the Lone Star state. Moving to Austin, he set out on a career in music that has led to some significant milestones and recognition around the world.

Crow has topped the Texas Music Chart six different times and participated in musical tours taking him overseas on numerous occasions. A recent performer in the Red Dirt Pub Crawl through Ireland, Crow is also hopping aboard the Texas Country Music Cruise in late September to sing his songs.

Six albums in, his songs continue having an impact while reaching fans everywhere. In order to better prepare for the show this weekend, RedDirtNC caught up with Crow for a few questions about just that in addition to some others.

RDNC: Touring through NC before, do you have any good stories to tell or memories from the state?
BC: This will actually be my first trip through North Carolina and I’m really looking forward to it!

RDNC: Have you been in the studio recently or are there plans for any new music soon?
BC: Shooting to get in the studio next month. I’ve got what I think is a good batch of songs that I’m excited to see take shape and see how they pan out.

RDNC: I’m sure there are hesitations anytime you tour outside of Texas but is it also gratifying to see your music reaching fans across the country and world?
BC: I’ve grown to get excited about traveling outside of Texas to take our music to other regions. Anytime there’s a chance for growth and expansion that’s a beautiful thing! And since music can last a lifetime, it’s very exciting to spread that with as many new and old fans/friends as possible. Whenever we’re out of our comfort zone, but folks show up and sing along, it’s very rewarding.

RDNC: Do you have a personal favorite song of your own? Favorite to play in concert?
BC: I’d say ‘All I Need’, ‘Forever’ or ‘Doghouse Roses’ would be the songs I’m most proud of. They’re the ones where, in hindsight, everything that can click for me personally as a songwriter, did click. As far as playing live, I’m excited about the new songs, but that’s because I’m a fan of change. We just added two brand new tunes, ‘Bad Case’ and ‘A Pocket Full of Kisses.’

RDNC: Can you briefly describe your evolution as an artist from starting out to having now released six albums?
BC: That’s a pretty simple one – in the beginning I had no clue what I was doing, just playing guitar and scribbling songs that were forever long. Now, 15 years later, I’ve been taught to say what I need to say and pay attention to melodies that can help carry the message.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and be a part of what is expected to be one of the best shows to hit Puckett’s this year!

LIVE REVIEW: Reckless Kelly across North Carolina

Back-to-back Reckless Kelly shows made for an amazing weekend here in North Carolina…

The Austin based Reckless Kelly has been turning out hits and entertaining crowds for over twenty years. They’ve traveled to North Carolina before and over time built a following across not only the United States but overseas as well.

With two stops this time around on their east coast tour, those who had been witness to their live performances were excited and ready but the newcomers were also fun to watch.

Beginning the Music In the Mill series of shows for 2018, Reckless Kelly kicked off an exciting lineup, jam packed with talent. Following the Trongone Band, who played in support on Friday night, Reckless Kelly took the stage and immediately began to dole out hit after hit.

An intimate atmosphere allowed for the audience to connect with the band from the start. At one point, in a memorable moment for drummer Jay Nazz, his father joined the band on stage taking lead away from Willy Braun and bringing the crowd along for a ride to ‘Kansas City,’ a cover with more than 300 versions and Friday night’s was special.

In good fun, Willy Braun followed with crowd favorite, ‘Seven Nights in Eire‘ to win back the fans who had supported Nazz’s father momentairily taking over. An encore of ‘Moment in the Sun‘ and ‘Passin’ Through‘ ended the first show in Hickory.

Saturday, a packed Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh greeted Reckless Kelly and North Carolina’s own Corey Hunt Band. Lined up down the street prior to doors opening, the show drew a crowd from across the state and both bands were ready.

‘Wild Heart Gypsy’ LIVE from @coreyhuntmusic at @lincoln919 #RedDirtNC

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Hunt opened with about an hour-long set featuring some popular songs like ‘Song About Saturday Night‘, ‘Uwharrie River‘ and ‘Wild Heart Gypsy‘. Backed by a full band, Hart even added in some audience participation reminiscent of American Aquarium‘s, ‘I Hope He Breaks Your Heart‘ by B.J. Barham, who regularly rocks his hometown Lincoln Theatre stage.

When Reckless Kelly took over, everyone filled the pit but a full balcony and only limited standing room remained. The audience fed off the band and vice versa as Cody Braun led the audience in one before throwing it back to their roots. Celebrating a 20th anniversary of “Millican”, their first album, an amazing live version of ‘Hey Say May – Guacamole‘ filled the middle of the set.

After an 18-song set, the band exited but was almost immediately brought back by a crowd chant of, “Reck-less Kelly” bomp bomp bomp, numerous times over. The guys obliged and a three-song finale concluded their performance with ‘Ragged as the Road‘ and another ‘Moment in the Sun‘.

An amazing weekend of shows with one of the best bands in this particular genre of music who have been putting out quality songs and spreading their sound with relentless touring for over two decades.

As mentioned, Reckless Kelly is no stranger to North Carolina but we’re already looking forward to a return!

LIVE REVIEW: Tyler Childers in Asheville

The Orange Peel was sold out for Tyler Childers, as it should have been…

Tyler Childers proved why is one of the fastest rising stars in the music industry with an exceptional set on Thursday night in Asheville. Weeks prior to arriving, the Kentucky native had sold out shows across the state of North Carolina in Carrboro, Charlotte and the western town finale on a Thursday night.

Be reminded, this wasn’t a Thursday, Friday and Saturday weekend run but a mini-tour through the Tarheel state that began on Sunday, before concluding with Wednesday and Thursday dates. Nonetheless, capacity crowds greeted Childers and his band at every stop.

For good reason too. While the backing of producer Sturgill Simpson on Childers latest album, Purgatory, helped the singer/songwriter gain national attention, his own unique storytelling capabilities coupled with being an amazing musician earned him due credit.

Childers is every bit as impressive in person. Connecting with his audience through songs which range from over indulgence, to past mistakes and triumphant returns – in essence, life. Childers even took his association one step further with a fan from his Charlotte date, justifying both his stories and songs on Twitter as attempts to “convey the human experience.”

Mission accomplished and the crowd on hand was grateful. The evening got going with local group, Town Mountain, who made the most of their set with a blue grass feel and amazing rendition of the classic Bruce Springsteen song, I’m on Fire.

Following, Childers took to the stage and from start to finish was extremely entertaining. Although he referenced maybe enjoying his set in Charlotte the night before a bit too much, the sound and voice were solid and Childers never missed a beat.

However, when it came time for the night to end, it did so rather abruptly. Childers band left him alone on stage with just a mic and guitar. There was no encore and he left following a final solo performance of Lady May which only left the crowd begging for more.

A North Carolina return for Childers in November is already sold out at Music In the Mill in Hickory. It’s a safe bet that anyone who got to experience any one of these three shows quickly gobbled up any available tickets for his return.

Reckless Kelly: Ready to Roll Through NC

Reckless Kelly is set for two NC dates this weekend on Friday and Saturday night…

Reckless Kelly is an Austin, Texas based band with a history developed from musical inheritance while forging their own independent path. Brothers, Cody and Willy Braun originally hail from the mountains of Idaho and via Oregon found themselves in the heart of Texas – Austin, capital city of the Lone Star State.

This week, those brothers along with fellow bandmates Jay Nazz, David Abeyta and Joe Miller bring their sound to the capital city of the Tarheel State after a stop in Hickory of western North Carolina.

The inaugural show of the Music In the Mill series for 2018, The Crossing at Hollar Mill has developed an extensive lineup of red dirt, Texas country and Americana bands this season. Reckless Kelly kicks off a lineup that features other prominent artists in the scene like John Moreland, Shovels and Rope and Tyler Childers among others.

Named for the Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly, Reckless Kelly has been paving their own way since 1997. Growing from their original residency at Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar on Sixth Street, the band performed both originals and covers on many a Monday night before releasing their first studio album, Millican.

Since, the band has released numerous albums behind worldwide acclaim and toured relentlessly building a rabid fan base across the country. Their latest, Sunset Motel, was released in conjunction with Thirty Tigers and their own record label, No Big Deal.

Their ninth studio album, Reckless Kelly has mastered the art of both ballads and southern rock with a personal blend and touch of additional flavor added to each. Their live show performances come with a reputation for energetic, crowd engaging performances and having rocked the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh before, expect another legendary show this time around.

With scheduled stops in both Hickory and Raleigh, fans across the state will have at least one opportunity for a local show and the option to see both. Get your tickets for each below and don’t miss the opportunity to see Reckless Kelly rock North Carolina this weekend.

Hickory – Music In the Mill – Tickets Here

Raleigh – Lincoln Theatre – Tickets Here

Live Review: Whiskey Myers in Asheville

Whiskey Myers transformed the I-40 corridor into east Texas over the weekend…

A sold out crowd awaited Whiskey Myers for their first of three stops across North Carolina last Thursday night in Asheville. At capacity, fans were in position even before Yellow Feather, playing in support and hailing from just down the road in Old Fort, took to the stage.

The Grey Eagle, which hosts both seated and standing room only performances, chose the latter for Whiskey Myers and it made for an up close and personal feel to the show. Yellow Feather, led by Hunter Begley with Casey Kristofferson and Charlie Willis got things off to a great start before the main event.

Taking the stage to the title track off their latest album, Mud, lead singer Cody Cannon and his band set a tone for the remainder of the evening. Even some of the slower, less rock-style songs of Whiskey Myers enveloped more of a southern rock feel in the North Carolina mountains.

Much of the crowd was fully prepared, singing along with Cannon word for word as he gave way to the audience on more than one occasion. The small room and close quarters created loud renditions of many songs but especially, ‘Bar, Guitar and a Honky-Tonk Crowd’ as The Grey Eagle, which hosts a variety of different music from all genres transformed into just that on Thursday night.

The tight performance from a band well traveled kept their energy all evening and seemingly offered similar live performances across the state. Whiskey Myers even expressed their own gratitude for the Carolina crowds that greeted them each night of the tour.

An authentic, high energy performance highlighted by signature songs which blur the lines across many genres but create their own unique sound – Whiskey Myers left the Asheville crowd and all of North Carolina entertained and anxiously awaiting their next run toward the east coast.

FULL SETLIST 05/31/2018

Mud
Early Morning Shakes
Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd
Broken Window Serenade
Lightening Bugs and Rain
Deep Down in the South
Headstone
Virginia
On the River
Frogman
Bill
How Far
Ballad of a Southern Man
Home
Stone
Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)