BIG DADDY LOVE & YARN at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Grand Opening Bash
The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room was born out of pure passion for live music. Many have fueled that passion but none more than these two groups. Over the past five years, in an effort to see and hear them play, we have driven many miles, seen many shows and made the most wonderful friends. They are the core of the passion and now we get to bring them to our very own stage. Big Daddy Love and Yarn together at the Willow Tree. Dreams do come true.
BIG DADDY LOVE: Big Daddy Love's 'Appalachian Rock'a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grasshas landed this Western NC quintet on the radars of music lovers all over North America and beyond. Their new CD and DVD Live at Ziggy's captures them with the lights on and the volume up at a hometown show at the venerable North Carolina music hall. Big Daddy Love (BDL) stretches the music out with top notch pickin' and grinnin' and delivers a stompin' good time rich with authentic Carolina soul. Twang, rock hooks, psychedelia and lyrical complexity work together seamlessly to create a refreshing, original sound. Like a typical Southern rock line-up, the interplay between the lead instrumentsStratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and electric and acoustic 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo picking on the otherleads the charge. Supported by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock, the band creates a striking dynamic that ranges from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves. Above the mix, the fiery vocals of Scott Moss, BDL's new lead singer, calls attention to the good-natured yet thoughtful and sincere lyrics.
One of the most important new bands to watch in the Americana and roots rock community, BDL's busy touring schedule has put them in front of audiences from the Rockies to The Atlantic, North to South, and provided them the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Jim Lauderdale, Keller Williams and more smaller national and regional touring artists than can be counted. Away from the road, the band's two previous releases Let It Grow (2011) and To The Mountain (2010)both on North Carolina label Little King Recordsreceived glowing praise from the arts weekly and blog worlds and landed the band at #36 in the national Americana charts and #5 in the Homegrown Music radio charts. Essentially organic in composition and disposition, Big Daddy Love continues to grow as a band and inspire music lovers with an passionate and joyous live show.
"a tightly-coiled energy always threatening to explode within each song, a choice group of collaborators, flawless musicianship and compelling vocals."
~ Mountain Xpress
"reminds strongly of the '60's and '70's when psychedelia and experimentation were entering the roots music genre quite handily, much thanks to the Dead, Barefoot Jerry and Kaleidoscope."
YARN: Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn's sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
Their self-titled debut record reached No. 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked No. 79 on the AMA's Top 100 Albums of 2007
Yarn's 2008 follow-up, EmptyPockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart & 8 First Round 2009 Grammy Nominations
Yarn's third release, Come on In, held its own as the #25 record on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.
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216 East Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37601
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