“There are only two kinds of songs,” Townes Van Zandt said, well before he died. “There’s the blues, and there’s zip-a-dee-doo-dah.” The new Son Volt album is titled Notes of Blue.
Simple as that, maybe.
Just now pushing fifty, Jay Farrar, the creative force behind Son Volt, is still not as old as his voice. Not nearly. His singing voice, an ageless gift which sounds something like old timber looks, like the unpainted walls framing Walker Evans’ best portraits from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: simple, durable, weathered and grooved and unplanned.
Notes of Blue will be the twentieth album — including a couple live releases and two movie soundtracks — to which Farrar has lent his voice and songwriting.
He is not quite a famous man, which is probably a comfort except when bills need paying. Plenty praised, though, from the moment his first band, the influential Uncle Tupelo, recorded a punked-up version of the topical Carter Family song “No Depression,” and named their debut album after it. Photographed for magazine covers, including the inaugural edition of No Depression magazine, which argued for the arrival of something called alt-country back in 1995, when Son Volt’s first album, Trace, came out.
To be clear, Notes of Blue is not the blues of appropriation, nor of beer commercials, nor especially of the W.C. Handy awards. It is the broader blues of the folk process, where they have always lived, irrespective of culture and caste. The blues as one of many languages available to shape and recast as the song needs. The blues as a jumping off point.
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The Mullins Sisters is truly a family affair, spanning decades of entertainment to Virginia from Hampton Roads with deep musical roots in the Southwest heart of the Appalachian Mountains of the state. From Country classics, todays hits and their original music, these sisters deliver a pure harmony only siblings can.
Creative and original Michele Ponseti, aka DJ PonFetti, has been building a name for herself across Hampton Roads. Originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, PonFetti mixes an array of genres to excite any crowd with completely innovative sounds. A crowd favorite, DJ PonFetti has a striking reputation as an entertainer.
The longtime partners agree that their potent musical chemistry is a reflection of their personal rapport. “The thing about us,” Eric asserts,” is that we really are best friends, and that’s helped to get us through the tougher times. At the same time, though, we’re different enough personality-wise that the combination works. Stephen’s naturally a more social person than I am, and I’m a little more introverted. He tends to see the best in every person and every situation, and I’m kind of the opposite. My songwriting’s different from his, and when we’re in the studio, his approach is different from mine. The way we play guitar is different. The way we arrange songs is different. But our differences come together to make something that each of us couldn’t do on his own.”
The pair’s second-nature chemistry led them both to agree that the occasion of their third album called for the bold musical statement that Whiskey On My Breath would ultimately become.
“In some ways, we’ve played it safe in the past, and I think we’re over that now,” Stephen observes. “It’s easy to fall into that when you’re working in the Nashville system and trying to please everybody. But eventually you come around and realize that you need to be true to yourself. I don’t mind that songs like ‘Whiskey On My Breath’ and ‘Everybody Drives Drunk’ may be a little controversial, because they’re honest, and I think that they’ll make people think about how they feel about life.”
A local band out of Chesapeake, The River Boyz put on a high energy show! The band’s abilities are versatile, playing everything from Alternative, Country, Classic Rock, Beach Music, Oldies, Pop to Funk. The variety that they offer is entertaining to a wide cross section of patrons. The showmanship and entertainment qualities really need to be seen in person to experience the whole show.
Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist
who has released seven Solo CDs, placed songs in many TV and Cable
shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums. His playing
has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash
hit “Into The Night”. The celebrated guitarist has played on records
by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and
STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”. Live he
has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou
Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.
Bobby has played or headlined BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival,
Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed Street, Blues Brews &
BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood
Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial
Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival. The
guitarist’s last five CD’s (“Holdin’ Ground”,” Bobby Messano Live In
Madison”, “that’s why i don’t sing the blues “, “Welcome To
Deltaville” and “Love & Money”) have garnered 32 Grammy 1st Round
ballots in 8 categories and airplay on over 275 Blues shows. “that’s
why i don’t sing the blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues
Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM
(USA) by Blues Underground Network. Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby
played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people. On
December 22nd 2012, the artist was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF
FAME”. His CD’s are heard daily on “Sirius/XM’s B.B. King’s
Bluesville and “LOVE & MONEY” which was released in April 2015 was
nominated for a prestigious Blues Blast Award for “Best Rock-Blues
Album” in August 2015. It debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at # 7,
peaked at #1 and spent a total of nine weeks in the Top 10. It was
also #7 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and Top 40 on both the
Billboard Rock and Indie Charts. “Love & Money” also ended 2015 at #44
on the Roots Music Report Chart.
Bobby’s newest CD “BAD MOVIE” was released on April 15, 2017. It is a
collection of fifteen incredible songs written with major co-writers
Jon Tiven, Larry Weiss and Steve Kalinich and features the amazing
“Come To Your Senses” written by Queen founder Brian May and Jon Tiven
and the haunting duet “Water Under The Bridge” with Bobby and Alecia
Elliott (2001 AMA Nominee) “BAD MOVIE” offers a unique perspective of
personal traumas and a country in a state of flux and the early
reviews have been outstanding.
The true blue, time tested, road-rashed, mother of all Guns N’ Roses tributes, NotQuiteGNR (or Appetite For Destruction), is the only fulltime touring GNR tribute. Starting originally in 2001, they never cease to amaze fellow Guns N Roses enthusiasts with spot on authenticity. Having always been made up of truly incredible musicians, even “tribute band naysayers” leave completely entertained. Catch this traveling circus freak side show, before they catch you…
Fishnet Inc will be performing a live show alongside the Rocky Horror movie. Get your outfit and put on that lipstick!
The performers will be reenacting the show live while the original movie plays behind them on our 17’ by 7’ HD LED Video Wall. This show will have the cast alongside the audience to give them an all out real Rocky experience! Find your outfit and put on that lipstick! “Let’s do the timewarp again”!!!!
With six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, multiple Grammy nominations, platinum albums, hit songs around the world including the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, it is safe to say that Tonic is a musical powerhouse. Merging the raw honesty of rock with their unabashed melodies Tonic have helped usher rock n roll into the new millennium.
Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Tonic breaks the mold.
“When we play music together it feels like going home,” explains singer and guitarist Emerson Hart. “Getting together, playing some rock-n-roll: it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – adding bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album Lemon Parade and its monster hit “If You Could Only See,” the band released two additional studio albums (Sugar, the twice Grammy-nominated Head On Straight and the self-titled Tonic). With multiple soundtrack features, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”), Tonic garnered this momentum with the release of their Greatest Hits CD/DVD package in July of 2009.
Tonic, the self-titled fourth studio album, debuted on the Billboard 200 charts, while also appearing in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts and top 25 on the Billboard Independent Album Charts. Their single, “Release Me” climbed the charts reaching top 30 at Hot AC.
Tonic’s well-earned reputation as a massive live act came at a price. After finding themselves on the road for the better part of a decade, the band was ready to take a breather. “We toured relentlessly,” Lavery admits, “It was a whirlwind.”
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group.
Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.”
The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.
Read Delbert McClinton’s full bio at www.delbert.com.
Wine Festival on Saturday July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00. With over 60 wines to sample, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by Fixity Trio.
Save The Date! Boathouse Live will be hosting its first annual Wine Festival on Saturday July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00. With over 60 wines to sample, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by Fixity Trio, this is not an event you will want to miss. Our full menu and bar will be available for purchase and of course many bottles of wine. To sweeten the experience there will be concert ticket raffles, local artisans as well as your favorite charities. July is hot in the 757 so this indoor wine festival is the place be on a Saturday afternoon!
Emerging from the South Bronx in the early 1970s, Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of Hip Hop’s original innovators. In the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfected beat looping, and discovered many of the most iconic beats still commonly sampled today. It’s no surprise that The New York Times calls him Hip Hop’s first virtuoso.
Today, he’s the voice of an entire generation of 1970s hip hop pioneers. From his electric live shows, to his production role on Netflix’s The Get Down, Grandmaster Flash is at once a historian, a storyteller, and a cultural force.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.
Tickets on-sale FRIDAY, MAY 4 @10AM!
THE BEACH TOUR IS COMING!
The FIXX have announced initial dates for their summer-long “Beach Tour” which will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the release their multi-platinum “Reach The Beach” album. For the jaunt which commences on July 7th in Jackson, CA, The FIXX will play the entire “Reach The Beach” album live from front to back in addition to other hits and fan favorites from their long, storied career. The tour will continue across America through the beginning of September.
Released in 1983, “Reach The Beach” spawned three Top 40 singles; “One Thing Leads To Another”, “Saved By Zero” and “The Sign Of Fire” and reached the top ten on Billboard’s Album Chart, Top 100 Singles Chart, Mainstream Rock Chart and received heavy airplay on both MTV and radio throughout the world. Even today, songs from “Reach The Beach” continue to receive substantial radio airplay as well as streams and video views numbering in the millions.
Long anticipated by fans, the tour will mark the first time The FIXX has endeavored to perform any of their albums in its entirety in a live setting. The FIXX lineup remains identical to that which toured after the original album release. Lead singer Cy Curnin reflects “So, here we are heading back to the beach that brought us to this brave new world way back when. I wonder how many grains of sand have turned into pearls of wisdom since then. We’re excited to find out.” Drummer Adam Woods thinks the time may be right to revisit the album, “It’ll be good to get to play these songs while the beaches are still where you’d expect them to be…”.
You and I both know that America has been through a lot these past few years. Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and Brian “Rooster” King know it better than most. But as The Lacs, they’ve had a unique view of where we’ve been, where we’re going — and what parts of our identity haven’t changed at all.
On American Rebelution, their aptly titled sixth album, The Lacs take all that they’ve witnessed, roll it up in a unique sound they call “dirt rock” and lay down the truth as they see it. Yes, these 12 tracks stand on the hip-hop/country/Southern rock bedrock Clay and Brian pioneered along with a handful of other innovators. But that’s just the beginning of this story.
Nearly 20 years ago, these proud sons of Baxley, Georgia, unleashed their first beats and ripped through their first rhymes. Since then they’ve headed down highways far from the hometown dirt roads, watching landscapes roll past on the way to their next shows. Over time their venues got bigger, their audiences more diverse. They still play the mud parks for their longtime fans, but lately they’ve noticed differences in the crowds they’re drawing.
“We’ve really noticed how our crowds are growing. That’s awesome,” Brian rumbles over the phone from their bus, en route to wherever joint he and Clay will be rockin’ in a few hours. “It feels great when people come up and say that because of our music they went to a mud park for the first time. I’m like, ‘Don’t you wish you’d done it years ago?’”
He laughs, a gully-deep chuckle as Clay jumps in. “It’s definitely no disrespect for anybody that don’t live our lifestyle, but this is us and everybody who comes to our shows is just like family. We’ve learned a lot from our fans over the past few years.”
Midgets with Attitude bring a highly energetic and electrifying experience showcaseing a unique brand of sports entertainment. Our group of midget wrestlers are world-class athletes that are able to perform at the highest (and lowest) levels.
Be prepared for a full scale WWE type of event with an all-midget cast! Single matches, tag team matches and a finale sure to surprise you!
“You can kill the lights and the amplifiers/But dreams don’t care if you’re tired,” “No Rest”
With his sixth studio album, the aptly named Love Hope Faith, his follow-up to 2014’s Thanks for Listening, Colt Ford continues to live out his boyhood dream – the one where you “wake up on a mission/to buy that beat-up Gibson,” as he sings on “No Rest.” Love Hope Faith is exactly that, a message to to his loyal fan base, and a strike against the divisiveness plaguing our country, celebrating the things that bring us together – friends, family, our faith in a better future.
Featuring such guests as Music City stalwarts Brad Paisley (“Lookin’ for a Hand Out”), Toby Keith (“Time Flies”), Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and brother Josh (“Young Americans”) and veteran rockers Lit (“I’m Mud”); promising newcomers like Waterloo Revival’s Cody Cooper and George Birge (“Dynamite”), Tyler Farr (“My Truck”), Taylor Ray Holbrook (“Reload”), Javier Colon (“No Rest”) and Granger Smith (“Keepin’ It Real”), Love Hope Faith is the ultimate populist country record, featuring a little something for everyone.
“I’m just trying to bring people together,” says the Georgia native, a one-time golf pro who still frequents the links and the co-founder/owner of his own Average Joes Entertainment. “There’s so much conflict out there, it’s hard to decide who’s right and who’s wrong.”
Boathouse Live Email List Presale: Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 10am
General Public On Sale: Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 10am
The music business is an ever-changing model, and Sammy Kershaw has seen it all. From consolidations with radio and record companies to the digital era that we are now in, he admits that he wondered if there was still a place for his Pure Country sound. “I don’t know if the fire ever left,” he says, “but I had some doubts for a while if people still wanted to hear my music, or if radio would still play my music anymore. I just would like people to know that I haven’t gone anywhere, and I’m still making new music, and I’m still singing the truth.”