Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers
Saturday, July 26, 2014
A local favorite back in the 1980's and early nineties, Thackery appeared many times at Ten Years After, the venue where Acoustic Stage is now located.
This will be the second trip back to Hickory since we reopened the room as Acoustic Stage. We are pleased to bring Jimmy and his band back to Hickory. Jimmy has been rocking the blues for the past 27 years since he left the Nighthawks, the Washington, DC group that he cofounded and performed with.
Thackery is backed by the Drivers, a talented and high energy rhythm section that consists of Hickory area native Mark Bumgarner on bass, who is no stranger to the room and George Shepherd on drums.
Malcolm Holcombe with Jelly Roll Johnson
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Malcolm Holcombe, a Weaverville native, recognized as a performer of national stature has mesmerized audiences around the world with his one of a kind style. He delivers the songs that he has crafted from his own life's struggles with a gravely voice, lightning fast finger-picking and guitar slapping. An extremely physical performer, he may stomp, growl and twist his body to coax his songs out.
Since 2004 he has been a prolific writer; those who are familiar with his back story now see a man who has been redeemed by faith and love and is willing to share the story of his recovery through his songs on stage.
Joining Holcombe for the Acoustic Stage concert will be Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson on Harmonica. Johnson's distinctive, soulful style of harmonica has earned him critical acclaim, numerous awards, and a place among Nashville's top session musicians. Jell Roll accompanied Malcolm last time he performed here and his haunting harmonica tones on top of Malcolm's music sent the performance over the top.
Randall Bramblett Band
Friday, September 19, 2014
Randall Bramblett and his band make their Acoustic Stage debut in September!
Although sometimes associated with the Southern rock scene built around the ’70s-’80s Capricorn label’s core, Randall has never identified with that sound. “Black music is what I grew up loving and the folk scene really hit me too,” he says. “So it’s a combination of Dylan and Ray Charles.”
Elements of pop, soul, blues, and the sounds of the church combine with Randall’s often wistful, beautifully conceived lyrics. Backed by his excellent band, his performances are delivered with Bramblett switching between keyboards, saxophone and guitar.
Bramblett's songs come from experiences accumulated during his extensive career, starting in the ’70s as a member of the jazzy Southern band Sea Level. Add to that a far-reaching resume of work with artists such as Steve Winwood (for 16 years), Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic, and Gov’t Mule, and the touchstones of Randall’s music emerge.
Downplaying his previous sideman status, Bramblett is still grateful for valuable lessons gained from his work with Gregg Allman (“I learned about organ, vocals and drama through the bluesiness and dynamics of his playing”), watching The Band’s Levon Helm (“his joy of playing freed me up”) and Steve Winwood (“he taught me a lot about organ and melody, working out details and how to create the background beds he was so good at”).
“You can’t do better than Randall Bramblett.” Bonnie Raitt
“One of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters.” Rolling Stone
“Randall is in my opinion the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musicians of the past several decades.” Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)
“Randall Bramblett is the William Faulkner of Southern music” Hittin’ the Note
“Randall is one of Georgia’s musical treasures” Dave Schools – Widespread Panic
Coming soon: From Calcutta, India Sandip Burman on Sitar and Tabla