If you didn’t get a chance to pick-up an advanced copy of local boys Bohannons new album ‘Unaka Rising’ when they kicked things off at JJ’s Bohemia June 22nd during their 7-city album release tour, then swing on over and pick up yourself up a copy HERE. Their new LP drops today via This Is American Music and is available to stream below… but if that wasn’t enough, they’re also also including a free 6-track b-side EP, ‘Buzz Me In,’ for a limited time available for download HERE.
The boys will be back in Chattanooga July 26th at Rhythm and Brews and August 15th at JJ’s Bohemia, so come on out and say hello… But have you noticed? The last week of July is packed with great music in Chattanooga. With Bohannons on the 26th, The South Rail Presents w/ Fly Golden Eagle (and more) at Track 29 on the 27th and Diarrhea Planet at JJ’s on the 28th, we’re in for a great time!
Stream ‘Unaka Rising’ below and if you dig what you hear, pick up the new LP HEREand get ‘yer free b-side EP HERE:
If you’re in the Chattanooga area, come on out and hear some local tunes… and if you’re not familiar with some of these bands, check out the showcase sampler below… Tickets are only $10 and are available ahead-of-time HERE and check out this week’s Pulse write-up on each band HERE… See you this weekend:
This Saturday, October 15, Alabama Shakes return to Chattanooga! This just after dropping by Track 29 with Drive-By Truckers last month… and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader for the show featuring headliners Alabama Shakes along with 2 local-Chattanooga bands, Bohannons and Cadillac Saints!
TO ENTER: Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘ALABAMA SHAKES’ along with your full name in the message… and that’s it, you’re entered! We will select one lucky reader at noon Saturday October 15th (the day of the show). So if you do enter, please make sure to check out your email before-hand around that time. See below for official rules and GOOD LUCK!
Contest Rules: Contest ends Saturday, 10/15/11 at 12:00pm. One winner will be selected randomly and notified via email on Saturday afternoon (the day of the show). The winner’s name (+ guest) will be at the the door the night of the show. There are no actual tickets, just admission.
The Nashville duo Birdcloud will be stopping by Lindsey Street Hall this Friday, September 23rd along side Chattanooga’s own The Bohannons and Fastboys. Known for their racey yet catchy, guilty pleasure country diddies, the band featuring Makenzie Green and Jasmin Kaset are promoting their recent self-titled 7-song EP and since August, have been slowly releasing YouTube performances of each song featured on that release (4 down, 3 to go)… Check out those videos below (Warning: Explicit content) and see you Friday night!… Can’t make it? Then pick up a limited-edition, signed copy of the album HEREor download the EP via iTunes or Amazon.
Last weekend we had the honor of catching 2 shows that kicked off the openings for 2 outstanding venues; Chattanooga’s brand new Track 29 and Athens, GA’s re-built Georgia Theatre!
Our tour kicked off at home Friday night via Track 29, who hosted a private friends & family night, pre-grand opening celebration featuring Futurebirds, The Bohannons and Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires. The venue, which is located right behind the Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel, was above and beyond our expectations, especially for an opening night. The sound was on-point, the atmosphere was incredible, and their lighting was that cherry-on-top that made for an amazing evening. Chattanooga’s music scene has finally and officially taken things to the next level… T29’s official grand opening is September 1st and have plenty of great shows lined up! M.Ward w/ Dawes, Drive-by Truckers w/ Alabama Shakes, and Dr. Dog just to name a few. You can check out their full schedule HERE.
Also, check out the highlights from the event below (at the bottom of this article)... more photos are available HERE:
Saturday night marked one of several opening shows kicking off the newly re-built Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA where we caught South Rail favorites Those Darlins and Jonny Corndawg opening up for Athen’s own The Whigs. If you’re not familiar with the venue previously, the Theatre burned down June 19th 2009. But after much hard work and many donated dollars, the Georgia Theatre is back and better than ever… and that’s not an exaggeration. Brand new construction, rooftop bar where you can still listen to the show, an amazing balcony area, great sound & lights…. This venue is easily one of the best places to catch a show down south!
You can all check out out best of highlights of the event below with additional photos available HERE:
BONUS!!!: We also got a taste of a new Those Darlins song which we were lucky enough to document. Check out the new ultra-catchy single ‘Burn Me Up’… Enjoy!:
Chattanooga: On August 19th, Track 29 will be opening their doors for a private, friends & family only show featuring Futurebirds, The Bohannons, and Lee Bains III & Glory Fires! Tickets for this show WILL NOT be on sale to the public… But there is a way to get into this invitation only show FOR FREE!
There are 100 TICKETS to this show to be given away! — All you need to do is be one of the FIRST 100 PEOPLE to come see John Paul Keith (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records) w/ local openers The Bohannons August 18th at Chattanooga’s The Honest Pint! You’ll receive a FREE PASS to the August 19th Futurebirds show with your admission purchase to Thursday’s show! It’s that easy… 2 great nights of music for the price of one!
Good luck and see you at both shows! Details to the John Paul Keith show below:
Giant Tiger was a local Chattanooga band who still sit near and dear to our hearts. The band ended over 2 years ago, somewhere around their last show in June 2009. During their short career as Giant Tiger, the band had recorded some great music and performed one of the best live shows at the time. Their only release, the 7-song EP ‘Me. We,’ printed on pink 10″ vinyl, still rocks our stereo on a monthly basis…
But right before their break up, Giant Tiger were in the process of releasing a 4-song EP titled ‘Feelin Weird,’ that was mixed, mastered and ready to go. Other than a song uploaded to their myspace page, this EP has never seen the light of day… UNTIL NOW!
For a limited time and exclusively from The South Rail, stream/download the 4-song EP, ‘Feelin’ Weird’ below, courtesy of Young Monster/Giant Tiger:
We know, it’s such a tease to hear killer tunes you can’t see preformed live anymore, but since the break-up, Giant Tiger can now be seen in different forms: Posters/Clothing/Record Label Young Monster and bands: Fastboys, Tony Wayne and the Chain, Black Painter, Mocknbird, Night of the Wolf, The Bohannons…
Long live the music of Giant Tiger, one of our favorite bands:
Jonny Corndawg is dropping by Chattanooga for this Friday’s Hell Yeah Fest (July 15th) at JJ’s Bohemia along side Shovels and Rope (featuring Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent), Roger Alan Wade, Joel Hamilton (of The Working Title), Matt and Marty Bohannon (of The Bohannons)… and we had the honor of interviewing Mr. Corndawg himself!!! Get to know one of The South Rail’s favorite artists and get ready for his new LP coming out this August:
The first time The South Rail got a taste of the Corndawg was in Atlanta at The Drunken Unicorn a few years back, with DeerTick as your backing band. What’s your connection with John McCalley and the DT crew?
“That show was a nightmare for me. I remember it, but barely. It took place during the climax of my 14 day swine-flu. I remember praying for death that night but I don’t remember it ever answering my prayer.
I’ve know John for about 8 years or so. I met him through this guy he was touring with named Viking Moses. He and I fell out of touch for about 3 years and then I looked him up around the time that Myspace was worth looking at. I was thinking “I wonder what quiet little John McCauley is up to…” — so I got back in touch and finagled my way onto a tour with them and just stayed there. He’s one of my best friends. We have buddy tattoos in memoriam of a person who doesn’t exist.”
Photo by The South Rail: Jonny Corndawg w/ Deertick at Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta)
Do you have anything special up your sleeve for this week’s Hell Yeah Fest at JJ’s Bohemia?
“When up next to Cary Ann Hearst and Roger Alan Wade, how on earth will my double name ever match their triples?”
We love how you’ve documented your career on Flickr, showing your journey and influences throughout the past few years. Especially your air brush and leather work. What got you into these 2 mediums and how much extra cash do we need to bring to purchase these Corndawg originals?
“Some people are “say-ers” and other people are “do-ers”. I’ve always loved those two mediums but never knew anything about them. One day I just got tired of not knowing and I taught myself. Same goes for guitar but for all three, I really do wish I had someone show me a few things because I really don’t know what I’m doing up there.”
Back in Febuary, you had the short documentary, ‘Stray Dawg,’ made about you as you prepared to run the Surf City USA marathon at Huntington Beach, California. You also have a song titled ‘Keep Your Body Happy Through Exercise’ from your last LP “I’m Not Ready to Be a Daddy.” Have you always been an avid runner? And what were your main influences to run in that marathon?
“My dad is my main influence. This applies to the previous question as well. He’s a nurse by trade but he also is a blacksmith, a tailor, bike mechanic, marathon runner, bike road racer, he’s been a farmer, and he’s an amazing cook. Oh, did I mention that he builds banjos and has made 5 guitars and just got into making ukeleles as well? He’s the coolest dude ever and he taught me everything I know about figuring stuff out on my own. I just put it in a song recently. The song is about some people who were endlessly discouraging me, in NYC (about how I’d never get a record released because my music was too weird – it’s called Wrong Crowd) – the line goes ‘My daddy taught me to choose to be/ whoever I wanted to and he/ always encouraged me/ to be whoever the hell that it is that I am!'”
Your upcoming album ‘Down On The Bikini Line’ drops August 30th and in celebration, you are giving away the song ‘Chevy Beretta’ which features Caitlin Rose (see below). Are there any other guest appearances on the album? And is there anything specific you’d like your fans to know about the new record?
“Hell yeah! This is a star studded record. Chock full of incredible pickers and singers. John McCauley plays a pretty farty solo, Taylor Goldsmith harmonizes on Night Rider, Caitlin’s on almost every song, Tristen’s on a track, and the band was compiled of my favorite players in Nashville – it took me two years to get the band together for the record. Joshua Hedeley plays fiddle and sings backup (like a damn angel), Jordan Caress on bass, Ben Martin on drums and Rich Gilbert on lead guitar and pedal steel. I couldn’t be much more excited about this release.
Going back to what I was saying before about the wrong crowd – I can’t tell you how good it feels to have started my own label and gotten so many incredible people behind me on this. It’s a great big middle finger up to all the folks who told me it wouldn’t happen and it just feels so good.”