THE LOUDERMILKS - CD Release Party!

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

THE LOUDERMILKS - CD Release Party!

6 String Drag, Amigo

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte, NC

$10.00

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

THE LOUDERMILKS
THE LOUDERMILKS
After more than a decade fronting Charlotte, NC's critically acclaimed alt. country pioneers, Lou Ford, brothers Alan & Chad Edwards return with a new take on their signature "rural pop" sound. Ever-present are the sibling harmonies, guitar chops, and hook-laden songwriting that No Depression said “...sounds like the product of a childhood spent listening to a cool aunt or uncle’s well-worn copies of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and The Gilded Palace Of Sin, with Exile On Main Street..." and led Creative Loafing to declare "...some of the catchiest, most heart-rending country rock around." The Loudermilks carry on that tradition, but suggest a maturity and refinement in both songwriting and performance that can only come from years spent honing one's craft.

With the Loudermilks, too, comes a crack rhythm section composed of former Lou Ford drummer Shawn Lynch on bass, fellow Lou Ford veteran Jason Atkins on piano & organ, and former Jolene time-keeper Mike Kenerley on drums and percussion. Individually, these five musicians represent Charlotte, NC’s finest, with an impressive musical pedigree. Together these gentlemen represent the Edwards’ most cohesive unit to date, and a powerhouse combo capable of both subtlety and bombast with equal precision and ethos.

Named for iconic gospel & country duo Ira & Charlie Loudermilk, better known as the Louvin Brothers, the Loudermilks find a comfortable place in the unlikely juxtaposition of the Louvin’s southern gothic and sibling harmonies and the emotive & powerful Memphis-Soul-meets-‘60’s-Pop of underground rock legends Big Star. It’s a musical combination which feels intrinsic and honest, as if they could do nothing else. “Brothers Alan and Chad Edwards have always shared vocal and songwriting duties, and that familial, familiar element no doubt shades their music in an organic way, a sort of composting of shared experience and bloodline that is rather impossible to fake,” wrote Creative Loafing, “…songs feel lived in, rather than put on, the sadness and anger genuinely cathartic. [The brothers’] strength has always been avoiding country rock’s clichés while remaining true to its tenets and slipping in a punk-inspired defiance.”

The Loudermilks carry on a musical legacy that started nearly twenty years ago, when, as Shuffle Magazine described it, “two brothers… and their tragic songs of life… form a “rural rock” band.” Yet the Edwards brothers’ music sounds as if it has always been. Once described as “recorded more in sepia, than in stereo,” the Edwards brothers, and their "...top-shelf sibling harmonies, and rural rock songs so poignant your grandkids will be downloading them for deep catalog cachet [Creative Loafing]," deliver, once again, with the Loudermilks.
6 String Drag
6 String Drag
After 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back to remind us a few things about real rock ‘n’ roll. In the late ‘90s, the Carolina quartet stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve Earle-produced LP, High Hat remains an undisputed classic of its era. (the band was also on Earle's E-Squared Records)

Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today’s 6 String Drag is the sound of four kindred souls reunited, letting their own histories as human beings mingle freely around their shared love of classic, bygone sounds. Their exhilarating new recording, Roots Rock 'N' Roll, welds Kenny Roby and Rob Keller’s trademark harmonies to surging rhythms. Cut mostly live to tape, the effort is equal parts slap-back swagger and openhearted honesty – a triumphant return that celebrates rock’s first golden age by virtue of the grace, wit and insight found in Roby’s songwriting.

“I was banging out these rock ‘n’ roll songs about being teenagers, about hanging out and passing time in small towns,” says Roby. “When it was time to record, we showed up on Thursday and left on Monday. I didn’t know if we’d be able to cut four songs in four days, let alone capture the 11 tracks that became the album.”

That knife’s edge intensity is matched by a wooly, woody sound: Instruments bleed into vocal mics, bonding the sonority. Imperfection is celebrated, rather than painstakingly avoided. Ray Duffey’s swinging drums and Keller’s upright bass are the foundation, embroidered by Roby’s rhythm guitar and guitarist Scott Miller’s pointed leads—then thickened by an old-school horn section. The immediacy translates beautifully to record, elevating everything from the plaintive desperation of “Hard Times, High Times” to the self-effacing word play rave-up “Kingdom of Gettin’ It Wrong” to the rousing slide guitar snarl of “Sylvia.”

“I’ve played with so many different people over the last 16 years,” Roby says. “But being back with these guys sure felt like being home again. Back in the day, Rob, Scott, Ray, and I were never at a loss for ideas, and it was deeply satisfying to find that’s still the same. When we undertook this record, we all hoped there would be chemistry. It turned out that there was way more than any of us expected.”

“So thrilled to get to see 6 String Drag again. They’re as great as ever. Like reconnecting with a long lost friend.” - Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)


"The world's a better place with 6 String Drag in it." - Steve Earle

“Led by frontman Kenny Roby, 6 String Drag merges the band’s early punk roots with no-frills southern honky tonk in a show that is sure to see your southern pride surge. Roby’s story telling excels, too, making the band’s songs resonate long after the amplifiers have gone quiet.” - Charlotte Viewpoint
Amigo
Amigo
Hardly anyone has it easy these days. If you're lucky enough to have a job, you work too much for much too little, and you wind up holding on to even less. Lovers and family should make things better, but they can take as much as they give. After all you have to deal with, you sure could use a friend. Then again, friends have their own pressures and expectations. What you need is someone understanding but not demanding, who knows the burdens you bear and only wants to lift your spirit because of that bond. That's not a friend. That's Amigo.

Amigo is here for you because they've been where you are. Singer Slade Baird, drummer Adam Phillips, and bassist Thomas Alverson have gone through their share of difficulties. They want to help you feel good about things, though, even when things aren't good. Especially then. To prove it, they'll dress up heart aching poetry about the failure of a relationship in 50's style doo wop. They'll celebrate the shortcomings of God and man with defiant guitar solos. They'll rockabilly their way around masculine emotions and boogie to disappointment with enthusiasm.

Amigo won't kid you that your troubles will all go away, but they can sure get you to dance in spite of them. At least for the night, Amigo can put a joyous twist on the madness and sadness life brings you.

Comfort and assurance, that's what you get from this band. Even if they deliver those in rowdy fashion. You trust them because their lyrics echo your own feelings and experiences. The music, familiar in a way that takes you back to easier times, provides a certain comfort too. Which is not the same as saying it's soothing. The Amigo boys know their way around a honky tonk jukebox, that's for sure, but they're also proud of their old punk record collections. Raw emotion manifests in the music they play as clear as in the words they sing. This is not a band that holds back. Not on honesty or energy.

Amigo has maintained a rugged schedule of live performances in the Carolinas since 2012. On stage, the trio perform with remarkable confidence and fun. Adam, who played in Kimosabe with Slade, drums with delightful efficiency. Thomas's bass lines complete the jubilant rhythm section and provide harmonic texture to the songs. The guitar playing is well-edited but expressive, and Slade is a terrific showman, charming and engaging audiences with apparent ease. The band will embark on a national tour in 2014 in support of their debut LP, Might Could, recorded with Scott Solter (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats).

Amigo knows life can be hard. They also know how to laugh, rock and roll, and have a good time. Be encouraged. You have a friend in Amigo.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/