Month: January 2014

Weekend Show Lineup: 1/31-2/2

Well boys and girls, this weekend looks like a helluva a good one for some live music. A lot of us down here in the South (pole, apparently) haven’t had the bestest of week so hopefully these bands/shows can help cheer you up…. At the least they can provide you a soundtrack to drink along with which will offer temporary memory loss causing you to forget Snowpocalyspe 2014 enough to have a good time! Glass is always half full, y’all! I’m sure I’ll be seeing a lot of you in Nashville this weekend; let’s party! – Justin


FRIDAY (1/31)



·           Bottletree – Through the Sparks/Sea Fix

·           The Nick – Great American Breakdown/Miles Nielsen/Looksy

·           Zydeco – Flowtribe

·           Iron City – Carlos Pino/Brandon Peebles

·           Egan’s (Ttown) – Kill Baby Kill / Capsized



·           Eddie’s Attic – Randall Bramblett

·           The Earl – Maria Taylor

·           Unknown Venue*(?) – Charlie Patton’s War



·           The Basement – Rayland Baxter / Jasmin Kaset / Ponychase

·           Grand Ole Opry House – Black Lillies / Craig Morgan / Kree Harrison

·           Soulshine Pizza – The Higher Choir

·           Marathon Music Works – Moe / Roots of a Rebellion

·           Foobar – Caleb Caudle / Matt Woods / Chris Porter / Helen Gassenheimer  (THIS is where you should be; I’m gonna be…)


Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock:

·           Cosmic Charlie’s – Sol Cat

·           Headliner’s Music Hall (Louisville) – The Hold Steady

·           Rev Room (arky) – Reckless Kelly


Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):

·           The Orange Peel (Asheville) – Drive-By Truckers / T. Hardy Morris

·           Asheville Music Hall – Willie Sugarcapps

·           Tivoli Theatre (nooga) – Black Jacket Symphony

·           Minglewood Hall – Star & Micey / Jake Bugg


Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/parts of FL & MS:

·           1904 Music Hall(Jacksonville)  – The Mantras

·           Vinyl Music Hall (Pensacola) – Zach Deputy / Post Pluto



·           Zydeco – Sam Hunt / Sean Rivers Band

·           Iron City – Bo Bo Bo Bone Bone Bone Bone…Bone: Bone Thugs and Harmony (sorry not sorry)

·           The Nick – Willie & the Giant / Full Moon Ride / Gabe Tajeu

·           Green Bar – Looksy & Through the Sparks

·           Rhythm & Brews – Farmer’s Daughter



·           Taberbacle – Moes

·           Eddie’s Attic – Willie Sugarcapps / Blue Dogs

·           Green Room at Mule Train (Athens) – Death on Two Wheels / Concord America / Coathangers

·           The Melting Point – The Soul Rebels / Dirty Bourbon River Show

·           Vinyl – The Howling Tongues / Modoc

·           Apache Café – Acid Jazz Revival



·           Ryman – Jake Bugg

·           Grand Ole Opry House – Ronnie Milsap / Mel Tillis

·           Back Alley Bistro (Decatur) – Redmouth

·           Exit/In – The Whigs / R. Stevie Moore / No Regrets Coyote (*I’ll be at this one too)

·           High Watt – Have Gun, Will Travel (HGWT) / Todd Farrell Jr  & The Dirty Birds

·           3rd & Lindsley – The Black Lillies


Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):

·           Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (Asheville) – Pixies

·           Tennessee Theatre (Knoxville) – Queens of the Stone Age / Chelsea Wolfe

·           The Orange Peel (Asheville) – Drive-By Truckers

·           Bijou Theatre (Knoxville) – Art Garfunkel

·           Jack of the Wood (Asheville) – Charlie Patton’s War

·           Barley’s Taproom (Knoxville) – The Kernal / Christian Lee Hutson / Amigo

·           Capones (Johnson City, TN) – The Twang Bangers


Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/parts of FL & MS:

·           Bourbon Street (AU) – CBDB

·           Florida Theatre (Jacksonville) – Merle Haggard

·           Jack Rabbits (Jacksonville) – The Bunny The Bear / Jose Garza / Strange

·           Bennie’s Boom Boom Room (Hattiesburg) – Light Beam Rider / Mississippi Shakedown


SUNDAY (2/2)


·           Eddie’s Attic – Paul Thorn


·           Ryman – Pixies

·           Grimey’s – Cults

Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock:

·           Stickyz – Shawn James & the Shapeshifters




In case you missed it, this week Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, and the short-lived but awesome The Good, The Bad, and The Queen) released a new single and announced his album Everyday Robots coming out on April 28. You can check out the new track “Everyday Robots” here but today we are giving you a classic video from is original band, Blur. The song is “Coffee and TV” from Blur’s 1999 release 13. I remember waiting patiently for MTV2 to debut it way back when I was in high school. A quintessential Britpop track with a semi-animated video treatment about a milk carton having a weird day. Although Damon didn’t actually sing on this track, Graham Coxon did, it’s still a really cool video. Don’t you feel sorry for that poor little milk carton?

Have a good weekend.

Review: Michael Rank and Stag “Mermaids”

MR-StagI admit that I hadn’t heard much, if any, of Michael Rank’s songs until his album “Mermaids” showed up on my doorstep; literally. Michael Rank is a singer/songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina who has “matured” (I mean this only in a descriptive sense) from the early days of rock n roll (Snatches of Pink) to a more calmer, relaxed, raw, stripped-down, acoustic, folksy, sound (Michael Rank and Stag) and has made that transition seamlessly. “Mermaids” was released on the label LOUDS HYMN and has gathered much praise from many different outlet. Rank isn’t the only one who deserves credit for this album though, many different musicians are to thank for the sounds you hear behind Rank’s raspy, southern drawl; Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange (vocals), Nathan Golub (Pedal Steel), John Howie Jr. of Rosewood Bluff (drums), John Teer of Chatham County Line (fiddle/mandolin), Alex Iglehart of Calico Haunts (Electric Guitar), and some other guest appearances by mandolin, bass, accordion, piano, and lap steel players make “Mermaids” an instant folk rock classic.

If Keith Richards would’ve quit the Stones after he penned “Dead Flowers” and ran with that sound, this (Mermaids) is exactly what the album would sound like. If that isn’t enough of a visual then picture the Rolling Stones or Tom Petty, all stripped down (not naked, pervs), all acoustic and replace the guitars, keys, pedals, etc WITH violins, banjos, and fiddles. Doom country. Outlaw folk. Alternative Appalachian music. Y’all following me now? Good. Bottom-line: If you like slower, somewhat depressing, southern-tinged music flanked with an arsenal of string instruments that have been perfectly blended together to produce a sound that would make Gram Parsons proud, then this album needs to be added to your collection immediately. I spoke with Rank last night and he was in the studio working on another album so be prepared world; the mountains of Carolina are making some noise and Michael Rank and Stag are leading the charge. – JT

Michael Rank & Stag – Mermaids:

1. Stray
2. Shot of Gold
3. Bring Up You
4. Totems
5. Coming Hard
6. West
7. Words of the Pilot (part two)
8. Devil I Know
9. Skin
10. Mermaids

Get the album here:

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• Website:



My obsession with Mac Demarco started way back in 2012 when I first heard the track “She’s Really All I Need” from his debut album Rock and Roll Night Club. The only words I could come up with to describe it are sleezy, jazzy, and smooth. Immediately I did a YouTube search and found bizarre videos and live performances by Mac Demarco and his old group Makeout Videotape. In 2012, Mac gave us a second release entitled “2”, which garnered him major attention from many music websites and other internet outlets, and from there the legend of Mac Demarco and his band exploded all over the scene. Insane medley covers of the likes of Metallica, Dave Brubeck, and Limp Bizkit during shows, whirlwind tours across the world, clever songwriting and instrumentation, cigarettes, and heartfelt songs written for Mac’s girlfriend KiKi; all define the man and his reputation.

This week, Mac dropped the brand new single “Passing Out Pieces” from his new

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record Salad Days which comes out on 4/1 on Captured Tracks. The new track displays Mac’s knack for groovy 1970s pop aesthetics. This one features some low end synthesizer, shuffling drums, and has Mac’s signature guitar licks sprinkled throughout.

Check it:

As mentioned above, the new record comes out on 4/1 so you will definitely want to grab that. Plus, the band will be on an extensive tour this Spring including stops in Atlanta, Nashville, and Oxford, Mississippi. Unfortunately no stops in the Magic City but those other places are not terribly far away. If you need to get up to speed I suggest checking out Mac’s first to albums “Rock and Roll Night Club” and “2”. Captured Tracks also released a nice “Live and Acoustic” set on cassette tape late last year and it’s also on Spotify in case you can’t find your Walkman.

As my good friend and fellow contributor @Culture_Czar tweeted recently, “Not enough of y’all listen to Mac Demarco and that’s becoming a real concern for me.”

Weekend Show Lineup 1/24-1/26

Weekend Show Schedule: 1/24 – 1/26 (AL,TN,GA,NC,AR,KY,FL,MS)

8 States, 16 cities, 24+ Venues…You GOTTA be able to find someone/something to go see this weekend!! Although there are plenty of shows to choose from this weekend I highly anticipate that when February begins so will TONS of tour schedules so be prepared, THEY COMIN! – JT

**** BANDS/MUSICIANS – Looking to book dates in North Alabama and surrounding areas? GET.IN.TOUCH.WITH.ME. (twitter: jtid82 / fb: Justin Tidwell / email: ****

FRIDAY (1/24)
• Bottletree – Diarrhea Planet/The Urns

• The Nick – Will Hastings, Chris Porter, Caleb Caudle, CeCe, Bandits

• Urban Standard – Austin Miller

• WorkPlay – Lucius/You Won’t

• Jupiter (Ttown) – Archnemesis/White Noise
• Eddie’s Attic – Halcyon/Matthew Mayfield

• Georgia Theatre (Athens) – Jimmy Herring/Wayne Krantz/Michael Landau/Keith Carlock/Etienne M’bappe/Gary Novak

• Smith’s Olde Bar – Boss the Tweed/Zack Leffew

• The Earl – Blair Crimmins & the Hookers/Darnell Boys

• 40 Watt Club (Athens) – Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven/Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy

• Cox Capital Theatre (Macon) – Randall Bramblett/Zach Deputy

• Red Light Café – Daniel Bachman / Trey Wright
• Coppertop (hsv) – Jack of Heart/Nightmare Boyzzz

• Flying Monkey Arts Center – Belle Adair

• Marathon Music Works – Yonder Mountain String Band/The Travelin’ McCourys

• The Basement – Magnolia Sons/Allen Thompson Band/Little Bandit

• Exit/In – Coin/Sol Cat/Phin

• Mercy Lounge – Kingston Springs/Clear Plastic Masks/Majestico

• Ryman – A bunch of country shit. You can look this one up if you wanna go.
Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock/Oxford/Bowling Green:
• Rudyard Kipling (Louisville) – Ned Van Go/Stephen Simmons

• Rooster’s Blue House (Oxford) – Charlie Patton’s War

• Blind Pig (Oxford) – Jimbo Mathus (& Matt Patton)
Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):
• Orange Peel(ash) – Big Head Todd & The Monsters

• Bijou Theatre – Robert Earl Keen/Andrea Davidson

• 1884 Lounge: Minglewood Hall (Memphis): Chris Knight
Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/Jacksonville/parts of MS:

• WorkPlay – Jimmy Herring/Wayne Krantz/Michael Landau/Keith Carlock/Etienne M’bappe/Gary Novak

• Iron City – Rodney Atkins/Frankie Ballard/Rose Falcon

• The Nick – Cyanide Sunrise/Xenomatic

• Bottletree – Maria Taylor/PJ Bond/Feather Canyon

• Zydeco – Archnemesis/Bad Robotz
• Tabernacle – Yonder Mountain String Band/The Travelin’ McCourys

• Buckhead Theatre – Big Head Todd & the Monsters

• Center Stage – Phosphorescent/Caveman

• Cox Capital Theatre (Macon) – Lucero / Jonny Fritz

• Smith’s Olde Bar – The Deadfields/Moontower/Brian Wiltsey/Daniels Brother Band

• Wonderroot – Looksy/New Terminus

• 40 Watt Club – Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven/ The Hounds Below


• Red Light Café – Col Bruce Hampton

• Atlanta Civic Center – Lyfe Jennings
• Marathon Music Works – AFI/Youth Code/Coming

• The Basement – Grace & Tony

• Mercy Lounge – Milktooth/Alanna Royale/Buffalo Clover/Future

• Ryman – A bunch of country shit. You can look this one up if you wanna go.
Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock/Oxford/Bowling Green:
• Tidballs(Bowling Green) – Sol Cat

• Cosmic Charlie’s (Lexington) – Tunesmiths/Taildragger
Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):
• Orange Peel (ash) – Corey Smith/Mallary Hope
Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/Jacksonville/Pensacola/parts of MS:
• Brewsters Roc Bar(Jacksonville) – Afroman


SUNDAY (1/26)
• The Nick – Settly & the Disappointments

• Melting Point – Lefty Williams Band (Alzheimer’s Music Fest)



Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock/Oxford/Bowling Green:

Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/Jacksonville/Pensacola/parts of MS:

***If you see someone(s) I missed, let me know. My Twitter is @jtid82. See you at the rock show! *** – JT

I’m the man.

First off, sorry that I haven’t been active in a while. I got an actual job with actual working hours, and while that doesn’t destroy my writing time, it does make it the last thing on my mind after a day’s work. I was also a bit embarrassed that I didn’t dig into 2013 music as nicely as my peers. This bummed me out for a little bit, as when I don’t write on a regular basis, I tend to feel like I’m sort of wasting away all the stuff I did when I was younger. It’s silly, but I attach so much to writing and to chronicling my thoughts on music. It’s the old fashioned paradox of burnout, namely that you feel too numb to care about what you love until something suddenly forces it back to you in a big way.

With that said, I don’t know if I’ve felt so pumped by a single in a long time. I mean, I guess 2013 had its fair share of fascinating singles, but none of them really took to feeling like a true motivational anthem or really even something filled with joy. I guess we could argue Pharrell’s single “Happy,” which was damn good and quite fun. Yet I’m almost convinced that song is trying very hard to seem happy and not really getting what it means to actually be happy. More importantly, there was a void of awesome songs about bragging. “Blurred Lines” is a terrible example of bragging, by the way, and since it was the most successful song of the year, I’m using it as this terrible example. Because while all these traits seem so disparate from one another, there’s an earnest kitsch to a song that does bragging right.

And for that, I guess I never should’ve doubted Aloe Blacc.

Above is the link to a commercial from the suddenly absurdly popular Beats by Dre. It frames NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a mostly generic situation, namely if he can handle the pressure of playoffs. Don’t worry about any of that. What I enjoy about this ad comes about a minute in the video, when Aloe Blacc’s song “The Man” plays in the background while Kaepernick slowly walks through a sort of absurdist football fan hellscape. There’s people that seconds ago caused property damage and the like (and somehow aren’t creating a savage mob around the rival QB they’re throwing stuff at) and all of them are silent, only the proclamations that Aloe Blacc is, in fact, the man.

This all has a way of sneaking into your head. And I didn’t even know I was susceptible to this anymore. I credit it all to Aloe Blacc himself as to why the following sounds like the greatest thing I’ve ever heard right now:


“Girl you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I’m the man I’m the man I’m the man

I believe every lie that I ever told
Paid for every heart that I ever stole
I played my cards and I didn’t fold
Well it ain’t that hard when you got soul
(This is my world)
Somewhere I heard that life is a test
I been though the worst but still I give my best
God made my mold different from the rest
Then he broke that mold so I know I’m blessed
(This is my world)”

This is all pure bragging taken to absurd Kanye levels. And it completely works. Aloe Blacc is best known for singing the hook on Avicii’s worldwide hit “Wake Me Up,” which is also known as a song exclusively loved by 16 year old younger sisters across America. And yet he’s almost hidden in a sense. This is so silly to imagine Aloe Blacc really being “the man.” But holy shit does he sell it. He’s not being abrasive. He’s not so vain to mention rich people things. He’s just earnest. I guess that makes you “the man.” And for that, I thank Aloe Blacc for the earworm that brings me back in like a coke dealer with a fresh line or something less illicit.

Weekend Show Lineup 1/17-19

This week can kiss my ass. I need something fun this weekend in a bad kinda way; LUCKILY there is a lot of shows to choose from! PLEASE go out & support these musicians and other local musicians; they’re actually putting out REAL music and it’s about damn time they get their props. We gotta “take back the mainstream”!

Crunk Witch (and Doug Funnie) at the Nick TONIGHT
Crunk Witch (and Doug Funnie) at the Nick TONIGHT



FRIDAY (1/17)




·           Bottletree – Dan Sartain/KinZie/Hawaii/Secret Midnight Band/Future Primitives/Linear Downfall

·           The Nick – Crunk Witch and Doug Funnie/Vintage Cowboys/Final Weapon/Latin for Latin

·           Zydeco – Ballyhoo!/Passafire/Pacific Dub

·           WorkPlay – Against Me!/The Sidekicks/The Shondes

·           Iron City – Carey Murdock

·           Jupiter (Ttown) – Lucero/Johnny Fritz      **I’ll be in attendance**




·           Eddie’s Attic – Sea Wolf/Lucy Kaplansky

·           Opera Nightclub – Paul Oakenfold

·           Smith’s Olde Bar – Magnets & Ghosts/Nobody’s Darlings

·           The Earl – Those Darlins

·           120 Tavern & Music Hall – Shooter Jennings/Have Gun Will Travel

·           Cox Capital Theatre (Macon) – Black Lips




·           Pegasus Records (Florence) – Light Beam Rider/ Follow Apollo & Static Revival

·           Coppertop (hsv) – Paul Collins Beat

·           Schermerhorn Symphony – Roberta Flack

·           Exit/In – Ghost Owl

·           Mercy Lounge – Jessie Baylin/Watson Twins


Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock:


·           Zanzabar – Man Man


Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):


·           The Well – Indie Lagone, 5th Street Saints

·           Track 29 (nooga) – Blackberry Smoke/Delta Saints


Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/parts of FL & MS:


·           Performing Arts Center (Montgomery) – Rick Springfield

·           Beau Rivage Theatre (Biloxi)  – Huey Lewis & The News

·           Vinyl Music Hall (Pensacola) – The Machine





·           WorkPlay – Bonerama

·           Iron City – Rodney Atkins/Frankie Ballard/Rose Falcon

·           The Nick – Cody Purvis/Natalie Stovall & The Drive

·           Bottletree – Collosus at Best/Sons of Tonatiuh/Capsized/Stoned Cobra

·           Zydeco – Beitthemeans/Crippling Horse Accident



·           Georgia Theatre (athens) – Black Lips

·           Center Stage – AFI

·           Cox Capital Theatre(Macon) – of Montreal/Wild Moccasins

·           Atlanta Symphony Hall – Chuck Leavell/Gregg Allman

·           Variety Playhouse – Lefty Williams Band




·           Schermerhorn Symphony Hall – Roberta Flack

·           High Watt – Sea Wolf

·           Cannery – Emancipator/Blockhead

·           FooBAR – The Cunning

·           Mercy Lounge – Hillbilly Casino


Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock:


·           Zanzabar – Kentucky Knife Fight/Discount Guns


Knoxville/Chattanooga/Memphis/Asheville (NC):


·           Orange Peel (ash) – Donna The Buffalo

·           Music Hall(ash) – Ghost Owl

·           New Daisy Theatre (Memphis) – Against Me!


Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/parts of FL & MS:


·           Hard Rock (Biloxi) – Jamey Johnson

·           Saenger Theatre (Mobile) – The Machine

·           Civic Center (Mobile) – R Kelly


SUNDAY (1/19)




·           WorkPlay – The Machine

·           The Nick – Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery




·           Eddie’s Attic – Grant-Lee Phillips




·           Mercy Lounge – Against Me!

·           3rd & Lindsley – Los Colognes




Louisville/Lexington/Little Rock:


·           Zanzabar – The Whigs/Black Cadillacs

·           Headliner’s – Emancipator

·           Cosmic Charlie’s (Lexington) – Kentucky Knife Fight/Wooden Wand/Rooster’s Crow


Auburn/Montgomery/Mobile/parts of FL & MS:


·           Vinyl Music Hall(Pensacola) – Lucero/Jonny Fritz

·           Horseshoe Casino (Tunica) – Gregg Allman



***If you see someone(s) I missed, let me know.  My Twitter is @jtid82. See you at the rock show! *** – JT