Thu, Feb 08 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
TRAE PIERCE & THE T-STONE BAND
THE GEORGIA FLOOD / GLEN PRIDGEN BAND
$10 IN ADVANCE / $14 DAY OF/ $75 VIP
TRAE PIERCE & THE T-STONE BAND
Trae Pierce can funk you up. His musical career has spanned three decades, and his resume reads like a who’s who of the music industry. Starting at age 13, Trae has toured with, recorded with, and produced dozens of major artists, including the Ohio Players, the Blind Boys of Alabama, James Brown, Dr Hook, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Flo-Rida, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, K-ci & Jo Jo, Toots & the Maytals, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph, Randy Travis, Timothy Schmit of the Eagles and many more. With 4 Grammys, 2 Doves, and an Image Award under his belt it’s hard to imagine, but this virtuoso bassist has managed to fly largely under the radar. And now, after years of helping other talented musicians find their spotlight, Trae has finally come into his own. Sporting his signature top hat, Trae, along with his band, the T-Stone Crew, delight audiences with their special blend of blues infused with funk, highlighted by blistering bass riffs, talk box, and slide bass.
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.
GLEN PRIDGEN BAND
Glen Pridgen has been involved in the Atlanta music scene for over 20 years as a performer, songwriter, producer and band manager. Pridgen grew up in a house filled with music. His father was the drummer for Jr. Walker and the AllStars and Randall Bramblett and his mother was featured on the Dolly Parton Show. His sound is a mix of Southern Rock and Motown and his live shows are a high energy jam fest. Pridgen has teamed with producer and musician Greg Lee (Yacht Rock) to release the first new studio material in 10 years. The 7 song EP also introduces his daughter Sommer Pridgen on vocals. “Greg Lee has taken these songs, shaken off the cobwebs and captured a live high energy feel that is rarely found in studio recordings. Working with my daughter as both a co-writer and performer brings it all full circle.” – Glen Pridgen Glen Pridgen Band has been playing together since high school and includes Reece Harris, Shannon Pengelly (Yacht Rock Schooner), Gregg Shapiro (Sonia Leigh, The Beggars’ Guild) and introduces his daughter Sommer Pridgen.