Stone Jack Jones / Idle Bloom / Caitlin Harnett / The High Divers
Skyflight Productions presents Stone Jack Stones / Idle Bloom / Caitlin Harnett / The High Divers on Saturday October 24, 2015 at The Albert S George Youth Center in Barnesville, OH. Two of Nashville's finest artists will be co-billing the evening.
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner's company house on the banks of Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack decided to start wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, where he met Roger Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a late night performance art club in Atlanta.
Stone Jack Jones' 3rd full-length Ancestor was produced with Roger Moutenot (known for his work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, They Might Be Giants, and many other incredible artists) and features collaborations with Patty Griffin and notable Nashvillians including Lambchop's Ryan Norris, Scott Martin and Kurt Wagner as well as Lylas' Kyle Hamlett. The tales on Ancestor distill Jack's lifetime of experience into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us. Intensely meditative, the album patiently explores the hardness of the coal mines, the mystery of suicide, the comfort of a dog's acceptance, the idea that forgetting all you know can be the first step towards hearing and reconnecting with your muse, and one man's gratitude for the love he's been given and the life he's had the chance to live.
As Lambchop's Kurt Wagner describes it, Ancestor is "long and languid, moving none too fast, there's alcohol and rope in the air. There ought to be a place, a bar, or barn, where this music plays from p.a. suspended in the middle of the room like those ones they used in the civil defense strapped to polls in the neighborhoods of the 60s, 50s...Fan shaped horns arranged in a center clusterthere's nostalgic allusion and ghostly nods to a world only Jack knows, and perhaps his god knows."
Idle Bloom is a heavy psyched out pop band specializing in catchy guitarmonies and lyric based melodies in Nashville, TN.
"...A bevy of familiar scenesters crowded the stage for the band's set. But pulling off a look and having hip friends doesn't matter nearly as much as rocking the fuck out, which they do with energy to spare. While wood-shedding for their forthcoming full-length, the blooming band's gelled into a powerful rock unit that makes gnarly, pop-tinged nuggets that would give PJ Harvey and J Mascis approving grunts and grins, as exemplified by their soon-to-drop split with Churchyard." - Nashville Scene
"...Idle Bloom served up a dose of insatiably catchy, '90s-hearkening alterna-rock to what was a now a near-shoulder-to-shoulder-packed lawn of folks sipping brew, holding on to record purchases and digging on the band's grunge-twee take on power-pop. Seriously, this was one of the best sets of the day." - Nashville Scene
Caitlin Harnett hails from Sydney, Australia but her songs evoke Laurel Canyon of the early 1970s. They share the personal and poetic nature of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne's early songs, combined with the fragility of Judee Sill, youthful in their outlook but with age-old concerns at their core. Combined with her guitar, banjo and harmonica, her songs have the lilt of folk, a touch of pop and the honesty of Americana.Caitlin is one of the youngest signings to Mushroom Music Publishing, Australias largest independent music publisher. She has been recognised both internationally and locally for her songwriting.
September 2013 saw Caitlin head to Ottawa, Canada to record her debut full length record 'The River Runs North' with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb), Jim Bryson and a group of Ottawa based musicians. The record is scheduled for release in May 2014.
What started as a 2 week recording project has led to a 3 month adventure, which saw her touring from the East coast of Canada to the West. In between she found time for shows in Boston and the Rockwood Music Hall in New York.
With her new record in tow Caitlin has been invited to Showcase at the 2014 NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, Canada. She will be playing a selection of shows whilst in Canada to support the release of the new record.In September 2012 Caitlin was invited to Showcase at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. In Australia she has performed in many venues around the country and is a regular on the Festival circuit.
Tracks from Caitlin's previous releases have featured on Australian Primetime television and the compilations from Brite Revolution 'Americana Song Sampler 2012' and ABC Australia's 'Best of Blues and Roots 2012'.
"A folk singer's voice, a country singers heartache's and a songwriter's talent." Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
"Sounds like a wonderful lush mix of folk and country with soulful touches." Chris Familton, Post To Wire
"She doesn't seem to worry about modern trends; it's all about classic songwriting - and a voice filled with heartache, sorrow and joy. "Jeff Jenkins, The Music, ABC radio
"Her sound is earnest and wonderfully simple, like a straight answer in a sea of bullshit." Emma Dallas, PAN Magazine
There is no hiding that each member of The High Divers hails from South Carolina. A subtle twang dots the roots rock n' roll
landscape from which the band pulls its sound and feel. "Riverlust", the group's debut album, is full of southern tinged
imagery that places you in the deep woods of South Carolina. It becomes clear after just a few verses that The High Divers,
though mining a vein uniquely their own, have a hard time getting the sounds from Laurel Canyon, Muscle Shoals, and The
Basement Tapes out of their head.
Setting out to make a record that no one could ever label as "slick," their music has edges that make it human, and infinitely
more honest. That is evident from the opening track, "Rising Water," as Luke Mitchell's powerful voice emits, "Can't Stand to die here, Working from morning till the day is dead, What good is money if you've got no friends?" With these lines, a theme emerges that weaves throughout the record: restlessness rooted in the need for change. Before The High Divers, frontman Luke Mitchell was playing for tourists 8 hours a day singing other people's songs for folks who really could care lessall while watching his friends live their musical dreams, and sprint down their creative path with no fear. Tired of being a spectator to this, The High Divers were formed and an escape plan was hatched. All four members moved to Charleston on the same day and began recording, "Riverlust" shortly after. "Riverlust" is an album about pursuing the things you love with reckless abandon. It's a celebration of not giving up on your "kid dreams," as mentioned in the song "Troubles."
The history between the members existed long before the group became The High Divers. Luke (lead vocals and guitar) and Kevin Early (bass and backing vocals) played together in a 60's and 70's cover band at the ages of 14. Drummer Julius DeAngelis was recruited fresh out of high school by a Southern Rock band, and hit the road for a year of touring before joining up with Luke and Kevin. Mary Alice Connor joined the group just as the band arrived in Charleston, and filled the need for piano and additional vocals. With a wide range of influences, and thousands of hours logged, The High Divers create music that nods to the southern rebelliousness of Tom Petty, the raw beauty of Neil Young, and the genre clashing of Wilco, yet is leaning forward all the time.
Albert S George Youth Center (View)
130 Fair St
Barnesville, OH 43713
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