Trinity Street Gym
Saturday October 20th, 2012
$20.00 tickets in advance or $25.00 at the door
tickets available at the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce
Online Tickets available from Outhouse Tickets
Slammin Dixie is a unique Outlaw Country Band based in Eastern North Carolina. Their catchy original songs have the crowd singing at every show. Along with their original music, Slammin Dixie plays a mix of new and classic country hits. With nearly six years experience of local festivals, charity benefits, weddings, bike rallies, and club performances, Slammin Dixie is a band that will be long remembered around Eastern North Carolina.
Slammin Dixie is
Ben Rush - Vocals - Ben is a singer/songwriter with extreme diversity and professionalism. He is well known in the area for his singing abilities as well as his memorable on-stage performances.
Johnny Howard - Guitar - Johnny has proven to be one of the most impressive lead guitar players in the area. He has over 20 years experience and has deep roots with country music.
Tony Bello - Bass - Tony has been performing in regional bands for the past 25 years. He is experienced with many forms of music and is a team leader.
Danny Taylor - Guitar - Danny is well versed in traditional country music and is the key behind the true sound of Slammin Dixie.
Larry Arnold - Drums - With over 20 years experience in country music, Larry provides the solid foundation that gives Slammin Dixie their trademark sound.
With seven top ten singles, three tours in Iraq and Kuwait to play for the American Soldiers, and three shows at the White House (including two performances for the President himself), Granger Smith is well on his way to leaving a large footprint on American music.
“Music is what I do,” says Granger. “If I can help someone get lost in the moment of a song long enough to forget the worries of the world, or long enough to remember what’s most important, then I’ve done my job.”
In appreciation for his alma mater, Granger wrote "We Bleed Maroon," in 2007 which has been adopted as a modern day anthem for Aggie fans. Proceeds from the song go towards a scholarship fund for incoming students that show exceptional spirit. The song can be heard at all Texas A&M home football games, while the video plays on the jumbotron. “We Bleed Maroon” reached a new high, literally, when it was played on the Space Shuttle Discovery at the request of Astronaut Michael Fossum, a fellow Aggie, and the STS-124 Crew in 2008.
The reputation continued to grow with the 2009 launch of the highly anticipated "Don't Listen to the Radio"--ironically titled, considering it received more airplay than any other previously released album by Granger Smith. The title single held tight to its spot at #5 on the Texas Music Chart and remained in the top ten for 14 weeks. The follow up single, "Gypsy Rain" soon became the band's 3rd top 10 radio single in a row.
2011 is proving once again to be the biggest year yet. With his newest self produced album entitled "Poets & Prisoners," we once again take a journey with Granger with a dynamic new record from one of Texas' favorite artists. Heart touching melodies, fresh and honest lyrics to fall in love with- all brought to you through warm lead vocals, soaring guitars, funky mandolin & thematic piano highlights. Once again, this project comes straight from Smith's home studio featuring all of his road players and is led by the lyrical honesty of the radio single, "Sleeping On The Interstate."
For fifteen years Reckless Kelly has been doing things their way, bucking the mainstream system and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they built it themselves. Throughout the years their old school approach to recording has always adhered to one main objective: make each record better than the last. Their latest effort, “Good Luck & True Love” is no exception to this rule.
Recorded in an old farmhouse-turned studio in Austin Texas, and released on the bands new independent label “No Big Deal Records,” “Good Luck & True Love” is pure, driving, uncut Reckless Kelly. The songs are all written or co-written by front man Willy Braun and range in subject matter from road songs, (“Weatherbeaten Soul,” “Hit The Ground Running”) to songs about music, (“New Moon Over Nashville,” “I Stayed Up All Night Again”) and songs about good old-fashioned heartbreak (“Guarded Heart,” “She Likes Money, He Likes Love,” and “I Never Liked St. Valentine”). The album is the 9th in RK’s ever-growing catalogue and is the 3rd they have produced by themselves.
The Reckless boys also made it a point to track almost all of it live. Just 5 guys sitting in a room playing music, with minimal overdubs and aside from a harmony vocal from Dani Flowers, the band plays each and every instrument and part. “We wanted to make a record that sounded like we sound live, without any extra parts thrown in. We wanted it to sound like a band,” said fiddle/mandolin player Cody Braun. “Keeping it all in the same space and making sure it was an album rather than just a collection of songs was the main goal, and I think we came pretty close to what we set out to do…there’s a lot of continuity within this project.” The result is an album that encompasses the last 15 years of Reckless Kelly. Ten new songs that capture the essence of a road worn and battle scarred band of brothers that aren’t afraid to take risks and tell it like it is. That’s country rock. That’s old school. That’s Reckless Kelly.