Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Todd Albright on Monday December 17, 2018 at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. Todd Albright is a country blues, twelve string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit, Michigan. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Todd is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His lifes work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it.
Todd's vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Todd is the only contemporary twelve string player in his genre.
Todd began playing the blues while still a teenager, some twenty-five years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Todd has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia, and Dakota Dave Hull.
Todd's first full-length LP, Fourth Floor Visitor, was released by Jett Plastic Recordings out of Detroit, Michigan (2017). His latest album, Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags, is out now on Third Man Records (2017).
Adrian Niles will open the show for Todd Albright on Monday December 17, 2018! A singer, songwriter, and guitar slinger who fuses the raw passion of the blues with the force and swagger of rock & roll, Adrian Niles grew up in the Upper Ohio Valley and was raised in a musical household. Niles' father Loren Porter played in a bluegrass group that also featured his cousin Harold Dailey and uncle Larry Porter, and Adrian grew up watching the family band rehearse in the kitchen. Seeing the band play on-stage had a strong influence on Niles, and when he was nine, he saved money, bought a guitar and started learning to play.
Before long he was picking along with vintage country-rock albums, and he formed his first band, Legacy, when he was a freshman in high school. Legacy specialized in hard rock covers and did steady business playing at local clubs, but at age 19 Niles was eager to try something more ambitious. In 1993, Niles debuted Reverend Smitty and the Backsliders, a jam band in which he and his bandmates stretched out on material by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Niles also began writing his own songs, and by 1996 he had relocated to Memphis, Tennessee and was striking out on his own as a blues artist.
After winning a few talent contests but finding few gigs, Niles headed back to Ohio, and formed the first lineup of the Adrian Niles Band. The band gigged heavily, finding loyal fans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Wheeling, West Virginia, and in 1998 the Adrian Niles Band released their first album, Manumit, produced in part by Pittsburgh rock hero Norman Nardini. While the album was well received locally, the Adrian Niles Band soon broke up, and while they would reunite periodically, Niles would primarily gig as a solo act until 2006, when he formed the roots rock band the Trainjumpers with Matt Heusel. The group's debut album, 2007's Deadtown, was well received by fans and critics, but before long Niles opted out of the group and recommitted himself to a solo career.
In 2008, Niles released his first proper solo effort, Things Gonna Break, and two more albums followed in 2010, a studio set titled Ghost Road and a live disc, Bootlegged Down on Main Street. By this time, Niles was establishing himself as a powerful live act, and he was sharing stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Los Lonely Boys, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, as well as earning high marks in blues competitions around the country. Niles also licensed his songs for use on the popular TV shows Justified and The Young and the Restless. In 2011, Niles released Roll and Move, and three years later he dropped Rough Rider. In 2015, Niles delivered one of his most accomplished sets to date, Supermoon, which Niles described as "a record with a strong lyrical narrative, vintage-tone heavy guitars, big drums, and loud bass, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond organ."
Albert S George Youth Center (View)
130 Fair St
Barnesville, OH 43713
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