Grayson Capps is another fine example of an Alabama native who has “done good”! Grayson was raised in South Alabama. After college he spent over a decade in New Orleans and is now back home again. He’s been described as a rare American gem, equal parts country singer, bluesman, rock star, philosopher and poet.
“Take the poetry of Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, combine with Steve Earle’s edgy attitude and stir with a little cup of the bayou-blues (think Howlin’ Wolf) and you start to get a taste of Capps’s scrumptious gothic gumbo.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“New Orleans’ marvel Grayson Capps is alive and well and slowly building one of the most phenomenal songbooks in America today. If ever there were a cat primed to pick up where Lowell George and John Prine have left off, it’s Capps.” – JAMBASE
Your chance to hear Grayson in the Birmingham area is coming up this Friday, April 13th. And what an opportunity this will be!! Not a smokey bar… this will be a real listening experience at Becka’s Place House Concerts. Showtime is 8pm. More info and RSVP at www.BeckasPlace.com and Grayson’s website is www.GraysonCapps.com
The next Alabama Folk School session is April 16-19. This session will include art classes in quilting, watercolor and glass mosaics. The session will also include music classes for bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin. Vocal Nuances will be taught by Claire Lynch! All the instructors are top notch: Mark Schatz, Stephen Mougin, Ned Luberecki, Herb Trotman, Roland White and Jason Bailey.
Learn more about this and other sessions held throughout the year at www.folkschool.dioala.org where you’ll find pricing, lodging and everything you need to know.
Alabama Folk School is held in the conference center facilities at Camp McDowell located about 15 miles North from Jasper on Highway 195.
Birmingham Mountain Radio was founded in 2010… not that long ago!! So how does a new radio station get this popular this fast? Part of how might be in their mission statement: We are committed to being a service to Birmingham and to being part of the local community.
Birmingham Mountain Radio “has a world class rock/adult album alternative format and focuses on local content through local DJ’s, specialty shows, promotions, and through highlighting local and regional bands.” BINGO! Where else can you find this kind of commitment? Where else can you find this kind of music?
But to me, the amazing thing about Birmingham’s Best Radio Station is that you can’t listen to them on the radio! Birmingham Mountain Radio, bhammountainradio.com is an Internet-based radio station!
If you haven’t discovered Birmingham Mountain Radio, give ’em a listen… and tell them you read about them on MusicSceneAL.com
Music lovers from all over the Southeast will be headed for Dothan this weekend for the Toadlick Music Festival, a 3-day music festival at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds! It’s happening Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22nd, 23rd and 24th and will feature some of the biggest names in Country Music. General admission tickets are available online at their website, www.Toadlick.com
WHAT A LINEUP:
Heads up bluegrass lovers!! Here’s an event you’ll not want to miss!!
The Alabama Bluegrass Music Association will feature some of the best bluegrass bands in the state at their Showcase of Bands. It’s happening this coming Saturday, March 17th from 11am to 7pm at the Bessemer Civic Center. You’re invited to bring your instruments and jam with other musicians! Admission is $10, or $5 if you’re an ABMA member!
Click the poster on the right for a larger view and see the list of bands!!
And / or get more info at AlabamaBluegrassMusic.org or Facebook
You won’t find any green beer here!
If you’re a musician and don’t have perfect pitch (like me, most of my friends don’t), then you might be interested in this tuner I discovered a while back. It’s from a company called Snark. Don’t ask me where that name came from!
Yes, I know. There are hundreds of tuners to choose from. If you’re like me, you already own four of five of them! But it seems that there is always some sort of issue with them. Some you can’t see in the dark, like when you’re playing in a show setting with little or no stage lighting. Others are great in the dark but when you play an outdoor festival you can’t see it in the bright light. Some have little lights or arrows that can be difficult to see in some environments. To me, the Snark covers all the bases.
The Snark SN-2 All Instrument Clip-On Chromatic Tuner has a lighted face that is easy to see and read in the dark. It displays the note being played and has a dial of digital lights that show if the note is flat, sharp or right on. And it uses a CR2032 button battery that is pretty common and easy to find. And the price is right!
Several of my friends have the Snark Tuner and like it. I think you will be as happy with it as we are.
Big plans are in store for the area at Woodstock Festival Art Center. It’s difficult to find online information about them except for their Facebook Page. Here you’ll find “Our mission is to provide a venue for local artists of all kinds to perform and exhibit their work and bring great opportunities to our community.”
Already happening musically is George’s Woodstock Jamboree on Tuesday evenings 6-9pm, hosted by popular local musician George Scherer. George’s Woodstock Jamboree is an open mic night in a family friendly environment. Performers are offered up to 20 minutes to play and sing their original tunes or cover tunes if that is their preference… or both. Bring your instrument and/or your voice and join the fun.
Woodstock Festival Art Center is located at 20714 Highway 11 North, Woodstock, AL 35188… 2 miles south on US11 from I-20/59 Exit 97.
Birmingham gets a rare treat this Sunday, February 26th when Lamar Morris is the guest at Small Stages. Lamar was leader of the “Cheatin’ Hearts” and “The Bama Band” for twenty years. These were supporting bands for Hank Williams, Jr. A person doesn’t hold that position for that long without being good.
Lamar is also a successful song writer. He penned Hank Jr’s first number 1 single, “Eleven Roses” and has written songs for some of the biggest stars in country music including Loretta Lynn, Lefty Frizell, Faron Young, Mel Tillis, Don Gibson, Billy Walker, Jim Ed Brown and Johnny Rodriquez.
“Amnesia” is Lamar’s newest music compilation and includes 10 new songs by this south Alabama songwriter and performer.
This Sunday afternoon, Lamar will perform in Birmingham at Small Stages. Get more information and RSVP at www.SmallStages.com. Lamar’s website is www.LamarMorris.com.
Festival Season is just around the corner. It’s time to start making plans and maybe putting in for vacation days as needed to attend your favorites! Bands are booked months in advance, so check the websites of festivals to see their lineup.
This year’s Hangout Music Fest is May 18 – 20 at Alabama’s Gulf Shores and features music greats Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a couple of guys I’d really like to see – Steve Winwood and Randy Newman.
I’ve not taken a poll, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t many, maybe none, that book as quickly as The Acoustic Cafe. Their schedule for the Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Festival has been posted for months. This year’s lineup includes The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Trishas, Larry Keel, and better every time you hear them, Dread Clampitt!!
Visit our Festivals page for a list of more of Alabama’s best! If your favorite is not listed, please let us know with an email to Info@MusicSceneAL.com so we can let others know about it, too!