Fri, Apr 10 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
Nolen Reeves Music Presents: THE LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE
LIZ BRASHER AND THE GEORGIA FLOOD
$12 in advance / $18 day of show / $80 VIP tables
THE LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE
The Last Waltz Ensemble is a musical group that progressively plays the music of Bob Dylan and The Band. The group bolsters a play list of over seventy Bob Dylan, The Band, and related tunes, covering music from all eras of the artists’ careers. From The Hawks to the Basement Tapes to The Last Waltz and beyond.
From the time she could talk Liz was placing words to melodies. Originating from Charlotte NC, the storytelling, sounds, and rawness of the South flow through her songs. She began playing live in high school, but it wasn't until moving to Chicago for college that she realized the talent she possessed in songwriting. While forming a band in Chicago (Giants in La Mancha) for a short time, she met her drummer, Phillip Potter, who would encourage her to pursue a music career and contact Producers to record her songs. Through a beautiful series of events she was connected to Mark Neill (Grammy award winning Producer/Engineer for The Black Keys "Brothers") and began recording with him August 2013 at his Soil of the South Studios in Valdosta, GA. This led to her desire to move back to the South in pursuit of every sound she was raised to love. She is currently in Atlanta, GA performing, writing, and recording her first solo album. Whether it's playing the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, or the piano, the most empowering trait to her music is her large voice. By echoing soul singers of the past (Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Etta James, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield) incorporating americana, folk, and country songwriting styles (Bob Dylan, Bobbie Gentry, Son House, Lead Belly, Loretta Lynn) and adding a rock infused edge (Jack White, Norman Greenbaum, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles) she creates songs that reflect the great attributes of music history while constantly moving towards the future.
THE GEORGIA FLOOD
“Growing up in Georgia, you’re gonna be influenced by roots music,” says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist of The Georgia Flood. “It’s just in your blood… and we’re thankful for that.” Though they cut their teeth playing rock and blues, talented brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly can handle any genre that comes their way. “We just feed off the crowd,” says bassist Kelly. “If they’re grooving on something, we feel it and give ‘em more. The music’s for them so why should we just play just what we like?”
The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. “Brooks would play guitar and I’d play drums back when we were just 7 and 10,” says Lane. “We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party.” But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the past seven years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists. Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences.
Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now. They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street’s Coyote Ugly to Atlanta’s famous Blind Willie’s. “We’re hitting our stride as a band now and it’s a lot of fun. We’re getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists,” Brooks says.
In 2014, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they’re currently working on to give fans of 2012’s self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013’s EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.
And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they’re definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… “We just love music,” says Lane. “Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond.” One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like no other.