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New Years Eve

Jack The Radio & 6 String Drag, Katie Basden

Genre : Americana / Miscellaneous

December 31

8pm Doors //

9pm Show

Advance Tickets $10-$17 / Day of Tickets $20

Day of: $20 / Advance ticket price goes up $1 every week until NYE

Jack the Radio is an indie rock band from North Carolina with a hard edged,
bluesy-rock, Southern pop sound. The soulful blues stomp created by these
garage twang rockers is a brilliant blend of styles smashed into one band,
with sliding, tangling guitar lines and soaring harmonies cramming a few
extra spark plugs into rootsy rock ‘n’ roll. – Shakori Hills

After 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back to remind us a few
things about real rock ‘n’ roll. In the late ’90s, the Carolina quartet
stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve
Earle-produced LP, *High Hat *remains an undisputed classic of its era.
(the band was also on Earle’s E-Squared Records)

Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today’s 6 String Drag is the sound of
kindred souls reunited, letting their own histories as human beings mingle
freely around their shared love of classic, bygone sounds. Their
exhilarating new recording, *Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll*, welds Kenny Roby and Rob
Keller’s trademark harmonies to surging rhythms. Cut mostly live to tape,
the effort is equal parts slap-back swagger and openhearted honesty – a
triumphant return that celebrates rock’s first golden age by virtue of the
grace, wit and insight found in Roby’s songwriting.

“I was banging out these rock ‘n’ roll songs about being teenagers, about
hanging out and passing time in small towns,” says Roby. “They were pretty
uncomplicated musically but we still had no idea how the recording would
go. We showed up on Thursday and left on Monday. I didn’t know if we’d be
able to cut four songs in four days, let alone capture most of the 11
tracks that became the album.”

That knife’s edge intensity is matched by a wooly, woody sound: Instruments
bleed into vocal mics, bonding the sonority. Imperfection is celebrated,
rather than painstakingly avoided. Ray Duffey’s swinging drums and Keller’s
upright bass are the foundation, embroidered by Roby’s rhythm guitar and
guitarist Scott Miller’s pointed leads—then thickened by an old-school horn
section. The immediacy translates beautifully to record, elevating
everything from the plaintive desperation of “Hard Times, High Times” to
the self-effacing word play rave-up “Kingdom of Gettin’ It Wrong” to the
rousing slide guitar snarl of “Sylvia.”

“I’ve played with so many different people over the last 16 years,” Roby
says. “But being back with these guys sure felt like home again. Back in
the day, we were rarely at a loss for ideas. It was great to realize that’s
still the same. When we undertook this record, we all hoped there would be
chemistry. It turned out that there was way more than any of us expected.”

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