515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Following the release of his second album The Blackberry Train in 2016, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney is set to tour the US in 2017.
James has built a robust international profile through tirelessly touring the UK, Europe and the US, including a sold out three show residency at The Islington in London. Having gained critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Daily News, James toured the US in 2016 playing 44 shows in 25 states in just over 6 weeks.
James released his first full-length album Me in 2013, describing it as an, “Intimate, deeply personal, and honest” album that would say, “This is who I am… both musically and personally”. Since then, James has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritually centeredness of psychedelic music.
The Blackberry Train, engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey), is both a diverse and cohesive album with an eclectic mix of delicately crafted songs. It opens with the jangling rocker, 'Too Hard' which features Dhani Harrison on guitar and vocals and closes with the aptly named folk song 'Peace and Stillness'. The album blends indie-rock, alt-rock, feel-good music, great melodies and catchy hooks. Highlights include the rough-edged and urgently melodic ‘Unicorn', the anthemic 'Peyote Coyote', and the soulful ballad ‘Prayer'. One very personal song is the winsome and reflective ‘Waterfall' which was inspired by memories of his mother.
“I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain,” James reveals. “But in the end, it's about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It’s all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true.”
Thinking ahead, James says: “I just want to keep on going, keep working, and improving as a songwriter. I’d love to feel that I realised my full potential both as a person, and as a songwriter. That feels like a great, fulfilling goal to shoot for. Making a lot of music, and striving for more depth artistically – those are my goals.”
James shows no signs of slowing down and continues to hone his craft as a songwriter, musician and performer.
James McCartney’s forthcoming ‘Marshmallow Maiden’ tour kicks off at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia on March 21st. The tour will then work its way across the United States. Please see JamesMcCartney.com for the full tour itinerary
Born in the outskirts of New York City and raised along the coast of Florida, Corey Kilgannon is an emerging indie-folk artist now living and working in Nashville TN.
His gift for evocative melody and emotionally intuitive songwriting has led him to share stages with artists like John Foreman, JOSEPH, Penny and Sparrow, David Ramirez, and the late Dr. Ralph Stanley. With an unusually large discography for his age, the therapeutic process behind each song is clear as his rich, yet conversational voice soars over lyrics ranging from simple love songs to unsettling reflections on the loss of love that seems so prevalent in human nature. Set against a backdrop of acoustic and atmospheric textures, each track reflects his indie and traditional singer-songwriter influences like John Prine, Bob Dylan, and John Denver.
Corey Kilgannon has had a hell of year, in both the good and bad sense of that phrase. While he’s gotten to open for and tour with some of his musical heroes he also spent the fall trapped in his house with a broken back, and grieving the loss of a close friend. He’s built up a considerable fanbase in cities across the country becoming known for radically stripped down sets under bridges to room-quieting performances in packed out venues. Throughout these triumphs and tragedies Kilgannon wrote the material for his highly-anticipated EP, I’ll Be Here When the Moon is Tired.
While much of his past songwriting has dealt at least marginally with doubt, this time around he’s making no effort to conceal his impatience, or even anger at easy answers. It’s his darkest record yet, as well as one of his most atmospheric-sounding, with chamber-orchestra flourishes combining with swells of ghostly vocals. Though he remains true to his singer-songwriter roots, Kilgannon sounds more fearless, and more tired than he has in the past, as he sings “I only wanted to dream, and someday to die in peace.”