”You know that old saying, you have big shoes to fill? As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor probably knows more about that than most. His dad was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His mom has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. Each is one of the most beloved artists of their generation, so a little pressure, maybe?
Thankfully, critics found, in his 2003 debut album, “Famous Among the Barns,” a unique twist on American folk music.” – NPR (to read full interview click here!)
Though he considers himself to be a “late-bloomer” in the music industry (not getting into his musical career until his early 20s), Ben Taylor has worked hard to make a name for himself and differentiate his music from that of his parents’. He has a way with melody and a mastery of the understated lyric. Although he was hesitant to follow in their footsteps, his music shows the influence of both his parents. Taylor’s folk-rock-pop melodies accentuate his smooth and effortless vocal quality and his immaculate guitar skills.
Check out Ben Taylor’s new music video for his song, “Not Alone”:
His album, “Listening”, is the first album he has produced in four years, and his first album to be produced through a label instead of by himself. Listening, out on Sun Pedal Recordings/ILG in August, flawlessly fuses the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country, and is, as Ben says, “an evolution. Some songs were actually recorded four years ago, some were recorded a few months ago, and a few recorded a few weeks ago just in time to make it. This album runs the gamut from both the production style and the period of my life in which they were recorded. These songs are little windows into the last four years of my life.”
This is a can’t-miss show full of soul-bearing songs and intimate storytelling, so go ahead and grab your tix now!!
Ben Taylor (with special guest Julie Holmes)
Friday, April 11th, 2014
$15 adv / $20 day of show
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $10 at the door with your student ID
Doors @ 6pm, Music @ 8pm!
Get your tickets and more details HERE!!
If you missed Carolina Chocolate Drops and Grace & Tony on February 27, 2014 we’ve got some photos to share that you can live vicariously through. What a great night of folk music for us here in the Classic City!
Our night of music with Tinsley Ellis is one that will stick with us for a long time. If you missed out, check out some of our favorite snapshots of the night!
NRBQ and The Dixieland Five are stopping by to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the classic city!
The Dixieland Five are New Orleans natives with a unique instrumentation- trumpet, clarinet, trombone, tenor banjo, and piano! They’ll be kicking off the evening on our patio stage at 6:30pm.
The Dixieland Five performs “Margie”
At 8:30 legendary NRBQ takes the main stage! NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) formed in 1967. Their sound is a mix of rock, pop, jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley styles.
NRBQ performs “Riding in my Car”
Come dance the night away with us!
Fat Tuesday Food Special: Shrimp Boil
Shrimp in a crab boil with potato, corn, sweet onions and Andouille Sausage. Grilled Baguette. $15.00
We’ve got all the info and details you need right HERE!
Come out every Tuesday night for our Terrapin Tuesday Americana Series!
Be sure to bring your UGA ID for FREE ENTRY!
($5 without ID)
All Terrapin pints are only $2!!
3/11 – Appalachian Rhythm
3/18 – The Stray Birds
“Atlanta’s modern master of blues guitar…a tour-de-force of soulful style and searing licks.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” – Rolling Stone
Are you intrigued yet?
Tinsley Ellis is an American blues and rock musician and, better yet, an Atlanta native! He began playing guitar at the age of 8 and discovered his love of music through listening to British Invasion bands. One of his defining musical moments was at a B.B. King concert when King handed him one of his broken guitar strings; Ellis instantly knew what we wanted to do with his life. After a few years growing up in Florida, Ellis moved back to Atlanta and joined his first band, Alley Cats, a gritty blues band that included Preston Hubbard.
Live at Variety Playhouse in 1994, Ellis performs “I Cant Quit You, Baby”
His breakthrough albums “Cool On It” and “Georgia Blue” launched him into the limelight and led to a fast-growing fan base. Since then he has released more than 10 albums, the most recent being “Midnight Blue” in 2014. His music is rock-based blues with powerful tones but bluesy melodies. The perfect example is this song ”Kiss of Death”:
He has shared the stage with Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Thackery, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy.
Tinsley Ellis’s “The Other Side”
“Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America.” With that being said, you won’t want to miss this seasoned musician live at The Melting Point!!
doors @ 6pm
Little G Weevil @8pm
Tinsley Ellis @ 9pm
$10 advance/$15 day of
For complete show info click here!
Thanks to John DeStefano for these awesome pictures!
Thanks to the tremendously talented John DeStefano for another round of great photos!
“I don’t think you can have a full appreciation of Joe Pug until you’ve been to his live show. This was my third show and each one was amazing. The venues have always been small and intimate which adds to the charm of the whole experience. He is one of the best kept secrets in music. Joe draws everyone in as if we were all long-time friends and never disappoints his audience. His charisma and talent is mesmerizing and overall the performance leaves you feeling so good and lucky to have participated, it actually warms your heart!” – Ticketmaster Fan Review
This is just one of the many testaments to the raw talent of Joe Pug. If you’re interested in acoustic folk music then give this rising singer-songwriter a listen. Here is one of his most popular songs, Hymn #76.
Born and raised in Maryland, Pug was pursuing a degree in playwriting before he decided to chase his passion for playing music. On the day before his last semester of classes in college he packed up and left The University of North Carolina to begin his journey as a singer-songwriter.
An incredibly risky move quickly began to pay off. Said Pug in an intimate interview, “I’ve always been a person to second-guess a lot of things. I’m not a person that takes moves like that lightly or has done a lot of them in my life. With that particular move, I was so sure of it at the time. I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t sure of it. It’s one of the few things that I have been sure about in my life”. (Read more from this interview here.)
[Check out this theatrical music video for Hymn 101]
From UNC, to Chicago, to Austin, Texas where Pug currently resides, he has slowly accumulated fans one by one from playing intimate shows all over the country. Pug was fortunate enough to tour along side Steve Earle. “I was, like, I think, 23 at the time. So, luckily, I was too young and stupid at the time to know how daunting it was. (Laughs) If I had to do that now, I probably couldn’t get through it. [...] I took so much away from it, stuff that I still use on a daily basis.”
[Listen to this live session "Nation of Heat"]
Come and experience one of Pug’s intimate and unforgettable concerts for yourself this Thursday at The Melting Point!
-$10 at the door
-Doors @ 5:30pm
-David Ramirez @ 7:30pm
-Joe Pug @ 8:30pm
For more information click here!
“[Robyn Hitchcock] is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan.” -Spotify
While many may not recognize this man’s name, Robyn Hitchcock has been incredibly influential during his musical career. His live concerts usually include story-telling in the form of imaginative and surreal ad-libbed monologues in his lyrical style. Among his solo work, here are some of the major accomplishments and events he has been involved in over the years.
1974- Formed band The Soft Boys
1984- Formed band The Egyptians with former members Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor of The Soft Boys
1988- The Egyptians’ single “Balloon Man” becomes radio and MTV hit
2002- Double Album “Robyn Sings” covers multitude of Bob Dylan songs
2006- Formed band The Venus 3, a group which consisted of R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Young Fresh Fellows’ frontman Scott McCaughey, and Ministry and R.E.M.’s Bill Rieflin.
2008- Joined Cape Farewell, a UK-based arts organization that brings artists, scientists and communicators together to instigate a cultural response to climate change. Other voyagers on the trip included musicians Jarvis Cocker, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.
Check out Robyn’s solo single “Glass Hotel”
You won’t want to miss this legend on THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH!
-$20 at the door
-doors @ 6p
-music @ 7:30p
For more show details click here!