Madisons / The Whiskey Charmers / Brother Hallow
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Madisons: “They call themselves garage-folk, but that’s the Madisons underestimating themselves. After two releases featuring a rotating cast of characters, they’ve settled into a septet of fiddles, trumpets, guitars, and percussion that’s ramshackle in all the right places. No One’s Ever Gonna Know Your Name purports the tale of a young Mexican named Sal, whose childhood can best be described as poor, and who then enlists in the Army, battles alcoholism, and endures a pair of divorces before finding love and happiness. All in the span of 10 songs. The breadth of sound conveying this evokes Alejandro Escovedo, the songs filled with Southwestern imagery rooted in a wide swath of Texas rock, country, and none of the above. The swaggering alt.country of “Bar Stool” and the heartrending acoustic ramble “Melissa” are among the high points of a collection best appreciated whole.” – Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle
“Seemingly picking up right where the last record left off with the opening track “So Long West Texas” (which bears a passing resemblance to Robert Earl Keen’s “The Road Goes on Forever”), the Madisons paint a portrait of a hard-luck rambler’s struggles with an unforgiving world that seems bent on making his life an afterthought. Musically, the seven-member band — plus two songwriters who aren’t part of the performing lineup — describes its music as garage folk; alt-country might also apply, though they’re as likely to mix in electric guitars and horns as they are banjo and fiddle. Much depends on the vocals of frontman Dominic Solis, who strikes a balance between rough and tender that conveys the emotion of his character’s story well.” – Peter Blackstock, Austin360
The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to the feeling of riding in the middle of the desert with the top down. They are currently recording their second album to be released this spring. Their debut self-titled album has received airplay and excellent reviews in the U.S. and abroad and was nominated for a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Americana Recording. Vickye Fisher of For the Country Record says “If you were wondering where the roots and grit of country music had gone, you’ll find it in this album. There is a fulfilling darkness and aching quality about this record that falls in line with the genre at its best”.
They have been included as one of the 15 best new bands in Detroit by the Detroit Metro Times who also listed Shepard as Best Singer/Songwriter of 2016.
Mike McGonigal of the Detroit Metro Times says “There might be a plethora of Americana/ roots-infused acts in the greater Detroit area, but the Whiskey Charmers are a real cut above. This bunch are not poseurs. They do not strum ukuleles. They do not write songs about cowpoke bullshit. Their music is charming, original, and always a delight.” – Mike McGonigal, Detroit Metro Times 8/30/16
Brother Hallow is a mix of Roots Rock & Soul. Their music is inclusive and aims to connect with the listener.