Mon, Dec 04 • 7:00PM
The Atlanta Room
BRIAN REVELS / LADY OF THE LAKE / JORDAN KIRK / IAN CALK
$8 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF
Brian Revels is probably most recognized as the brazen voice behind Atlanta, Georgia's, City Mouse, a bourbon-barreled version of an Avett Brother's rip-off (in the best possible way). If you know him, you might also tend to picture him holding a banjo. But, long before the birth of this rowdy string trio, he has been scribbling lyrics on scrap paper - restaurant order pads, receipts, check stubs - and picking a well-loved 6-string confidante.
At 16, freshly expelled from high school, the now 26 year-old, dusted off the Silvertone stratocaster that was begged off of his single mother two years prior. One summer of work after that earned him the Takamine that now has a hole in the front that would make Willie Nelson do a double-take.
Gravitating to the energetic and angsty indie-pop-rock - Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Bright Eyes - at his youngest musical stages, Revels found his way to more timeless heroes in young adulthood - The Band, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie - coaxed by his friends' southern-born fathers. As live music became an increasingly prevalent part of life, he was introduced to local favorites like Drive-By Truckers or Ponderosa. His music now boasts a compelling mix of such influences, taking mournful but witty stabs at reality in a tone reminiscent of Conor Oberst's work or journeying through an outlaw's murder ballad in a way the Patterson Hood might appreciate.
As a performer, he tends to reimagine his songs constantly. Not like the Dead, completely reforming or endlessly improvising, but delivering the words with an earnestness that is completely true in the moment and therefore never a re-enactment of something tirelessly rehearsed - whether or not it is.
"I swear it comes from somewhere else. I definitely catch myself forcing parts of it, but some of the inspiration I just can't claim. As far as the show goes, it's like trying to keep a bird in a cage that won't latch. I try to stick to melodies, try to be still but it never seems come out as tame as I'd like it to. But, I don't hate that." Says Brian.
LADY OF THE LAKE
Soulful vocals, bluesy guitar, and some beautiful strings make Lady of the Lake an enchanting listen. Front woman Emily Stilwell's gentle jazz chords and crooning, yet powerful voice are fortified with an impressive lead guitar and string instruments that are truly transcendent. It's a sound you can enjoy anywhere from a romantic dinner to a sun setting on the beach.
An experimental singer-songwriter from Ohio, Jordan Kirk has been touring in the U.S. since the release of his debut album "Abundant Sunshine" in 2014.
"Abundant Sunshine" is an experimental blend of blues, folk, soul and psychedelia within the singer-songwriter genre. Although self-produced by the artist in a series of bedrooms, and farmhouses, "Abundant Sunshine" is exceptionally accurate at mirroring the feelings elicited by the lyrics with the movements of the music.
Jordan Kirk's next album "Ragamuffin Parade" will be released June 1, 2017.
A single, "Crazy", was released from the upcoming album along with a music video which was nominated by the LA Cinema Fest for "Best Music Video".
Upon releasing "Ragamuffin Parade" on June 1, 2017, Jordan will be touring for a full year in the U.S. and Canada.
Ian Calk is a singer/songwriter originally from North Augusta, SC. He has played music his entire life but began writing songs when he got his first guitar in high school.. In 2015 he moved from South Carolina to Atlanta to attend chiropractic school at Life University. He is the lead singer for a duo pop group with his brother called Brighter Light. As an up-and-coming group working on their debut album, their emotionally driven alternative sound and versatility makes them one to watch out for. Their debut EP set to be released next year.