2017 SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival

2017 SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival

FOUNDED IN 2011, SOUTHSOUNDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL IS THE FIRST FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING THE BEST NEW SOUTHERN MUSIC AND ART.

SOUTHSOUNDS IS HELD ANNUALLY ON THE SECOND WEEKEND IN APRIL IN VARIOUS MUSIC VENUES AND ON OUTDOOR PUBLIC STAGES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN MOBILE, ALABAMA.

SOUTHSOUNDS 2016 BROUGHT AN ESTIMATED 4,000+ PEOPLE INTO DOWNTOWN MOBILE TO WATCH OVER 65 SHOWS IN 10 DIFFERENT VENUES OVER A 3-DAY PERIOD. MUSICAL ARTISTS SPANNED AN ARRAY OF MUSICAL GENRES (INCLUDING AMERICANA, INDIE, COUNTRY, BLUEGRASS, ROCK, ALTERNATIVE, METAL, SOUL, FUNK, BLUES, R&B AND HIP-HOP) AND CAME FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST, WITH AT LEAST 9 DIFFERENT STATES BEING REPRESENTED. SOUTHSOUNDS 2016 WON THE LAGNIAPPE WEEKLY “NAPPIE AWARD” FOR “BEST LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVAL,” AND WAS NAMED BY CHARLESTON CITY PAPER AS “A SOUTHERN MUSIC FESTIVAL WORTH THE ROAD TRIP.”

SOUTHSOUNDS OPERATES AS A NON-PROFIT ENTERPRISE THROUGH SOUTHSOUNDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, INC., WITH SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS CORPORATE SPONSORS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL DONORS.

SOUTHSOUNDS MISSION STATEMENT:
• TO BE THE FIRST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING NEW SOUTHERN MUSIC AND ART
• TO HELP SOUTHERN MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS FORM PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS
• TO CREATE AN OUTSTANDING CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY-BUILDING EVENT FOR SOUTHERN ALABAMA AND THE GULF COAST

Big Freedia

Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of
Bounce music worldwide. A vibrant twist on hip-hop, Bounce is characterized by call-andresponse
lyrics over rapid-fire beats and accelerated—sometimes scandalous—booty-shaking.
After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, Big Freedia is now bringing the
Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, "Big Freedia: Queen of
Bounce" on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series, now in its fifth season, follows the life of a young
gay choirboy-turned international recognized Bounce performer, TV star, and author. In addition
to being the highest rated original series on the network, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce"
received the GLAAD Media Award in 2013 and was nominated for the award again in 2014.
In 2016, Big Freedia made a splash when she roared 'I Came To Slay' on Beyonce's 'Formation.'
In 2015, Big Freedia released her debut LP, Just Be Free. Named one of the 'best electronic
releases of 2014' by Rolling Stone, the album was critically acclaimed in outlets such as
Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound.
More, Big Freedia penned her first memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! on Gallery
Books/Simon & Schuster. The book was hailed in the press by outlets from Rolling Stone and
Pitchfork to OUT and BUST.
Big Freedia maintains a rigorous tour schedule which features her legendary shake team and
Bounce dance moves like "the twerk" (popularized by Miley Cyrus in 2013), "the shake" "the
wiggle," "the bend ova," and the "hands on the ground." She and her team are festival favorites,
known for stealing shows at Outside Lands, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bumbershoot.
In 2012, Big Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She has
appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, Watch What Happens Live, NPR's 'All Things
Considered,' NPR's 'Marketplace,' CNN, MSNBC, "VH1's Out in Hip-Hop" and daytime TV's
The Real.
A collaboration with pop-vocalist Sia for "Eye of the Needle" was released in 2015 as part of the
Adult Swim Series along with her new single "Crazy."
Big Freedia's latest single "I Heard" was released last month and is off her forthcoming Fall
2016 album.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name:The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes.

JoJo's Slim Wednesday

Hermann began playing with the local band Beanland after a friend of the band heard him playing on an old upright piano at the Hoka Club also in Oxford. After extensive touring of the Southeast with Beanland, he then went on to join Athens, Georgia based Widespread Panic in 1992 with whom he still plays keyboard and organ. JoJo is known for his lead vocals on many New Orleans style jazz and blues covers and originals along with gospel-style organ playing. He has been heavily influenced by artists such as Professor Longhair, Otis Spann, Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner among others. In recent years JoJo has participated in several side projects, most notably JoJo and His Mojo Mardi Gras Band along with another side group consisting of Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

THE MARCUS KING BAND

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader. At only 20 years of age, Marcus King's dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Band, the young phenom's 2nd full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records. Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," the album highlights King's gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country's most sought after live acts.

Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own. Going beyond the sonic textures of his acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soul Insight; The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Ever the multi-tasker, King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice.

Having spent the past year tirelessly playing ever-larger venues and festivals to a burgeoning fan base, The Marcus King Band was written on the road and recorded during a series of live takes at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. The album captures the energy of the band's blazing live show, as well as the talent of a rising young songwriter reaching well beyond his years.

"The majority of our songs are specific to situations I've lived," King explains. "I write as a form of therapy, to release my emotions into a musical expression. I want people to know they're not the only ones going through that pain. Music is the true healer. And when we perform, we want the audience to leave feeling as tired and as emotionally freed as we do. It's all about getting the stress of the day off your chest. It's like therapy."

The Marcus King Band features Jack Ryan on drums and percussion, Stephen Campbell on bass, Matt Jennings on keys and organ, Dean Mitchell on saxophone, and Justin Johnson on trumpet, trombone and backing vocals. Joining the band on the new album are a number of mentors and collaborators, including Derek Trucks (who plays guitar on "Self-Hatred").







No guest plays a bigger role than Warren Haynes, though. A longtime champion of King's songwriting and guitar prowess, Haynes produced every track on The Marcus King Band (and contributed his trademark slide guitar on "Virginia"), expertly capturing the group's live sound for a cohesive collection reflecting the band's expansive explorations.

"Marcus is the first player I've heard since Derek Trucks to play with the maturity of a musician well beyond his age," Haynes says. "He's very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music, and any timeless genres of music. You can hear the influences, but it all comes through him in his own unique way. He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa."

A childhood introvert who leaned heavily on music as a way of expressing himself, King fills The Marcus King Band with a mix of biographical tunes and fictional story songs. "At the time I wrote 'Self-Hatred,' says King, "the girl I was seeing really hurt me. Broke my heart, took all of my insecurities and used them against me…she told me she hated herself for what she had said and done to me. I told her I knew exactly how it feels to hate yourself. 'Self-Hatred' is within you and me."

"Devil's Land" is loosely based on his grandfather, who worked on a farm during his younger years, while the story behind the track "Rita Is Gone" was inspired by the television show Dexter. Meanwhile, songs like "Guitar In My Hands" peek into King's personal life — a life filled with highway mile markers, truck stops, and a nightly rotation of stages, all waiting to be filled with the sound of a genre-bending band on the rise.

"This album is a big melting pot of different kinds of music," says King. "It's the sound of everyone taking their own influences and collectively coming together as a group. We're all really hungry to play, and we're so passionate about this music. I want people to feel the same thing we feel — to leave the show feeling some sense of release. It's almost like the show ends, and everyone can take a deep breath together."

$1 of each ticket sold will go to benefit the Big House Museum.

All Them Witches

SLEEPING THROUGH THE WAR (NEW WEST RECORDS)

"Sleeping through the war — this is what we're doing. There are so many terrible things going on in the world and we're just staring at our phones, and we don't see it so we don't care." Having just come in from practicing in the desert, Charles Michael Parks, singer/bassist for All Them Witches, elaborates on the very heavy times in which we all live. Parks and his bandmates — Ben McLeod, Allan Van Cleave and Robby Staebler — are enjoying a brief respite from the endless tour that saw them visit Europe three times in 2016. We've been talking for nearly ten minutes about Einstein's Theory of Relativity, among other things, before we cut through the cosmic fog that surrounds their new album Sleeping Through The War.

"It's tough to get past all the cat videos."

From their earliest days, there has a been a current in All Them Witches' music that has come from outside the continuum of our collective perceptions. On 2013's Lightning at the Door they drew a bigger chalk circle in the center of the crossroads and conjured a haunting occult- blues. On 2015's New West Records debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker they dove the depths of oceanic canyons and surfaced with a shining psychedelia. Sleeping Through The War is the next step in that progression.

"We write in every way possible," says Parks. "There's no limitations on it, no I'm going to come to it with this song and this is how it's going to go. It's more like stretching your arms out and seeing who can grab what and seeing what fits together from there.

"This is the most I've ever sang on a record, so my writing process was a little bit different than on the other ones. We weren't relying on long, drawn out jam sections we were putting more of a storyline into the songs.

"The songs are catchier, they're faster and there's more singing. Or talking. Or whatever I'm doing."
The result is evidence of the adventure, beauty, and excitement that lies on the other side of the galaxy. The fundamental laws that govern Sleeping Through The War are the same fundamentals that have made ATW a cult favorite — big fuzz, deep grooves, cosmic vision — but the journey through the wormhole has brought something else.

"It's more brain than body," says Parks. "Everybody kind of knows where they are going even if nobody knows where the song is going. We're good at juggling the torch around, making sure everyone gets to play…

"Allan has this really unique approach to playing Rhodes. Robby's drums sound weird in soundcheck he has all of these weird tones but he knows where he's putting them in the mix himself. I have a weird bass tone, but somehow it clicks. We didn't come into it trying to blend our sounds together. That comes from relying on something you already have, relying on something that has its own unique personality."

Years of jamming their way across the country have elevated their performance. Years of interacting with audiences has made their songcraft more responsive. Years of psychic interactions between band members has lead them into a sonic-space headier, more dynamic than any equation could have predicted. In the five years since their formation, over hundreds of performances and thousands of miles travelled, All Them Witches have expanded their corporeality, absorbing ideas both audible and philosophical that push at the thin veil of existence. With three albums that each gained more heft than the one before, All Them Witches has accrued such an immense heaviness that when producer Dave Cobb entered their orbit the very nature of their reality was warped beyond recognition.

"We wrote it in about six days," says guitarist Ben McLeod. "Wherein the past we would have just gone ahead and recorded and written in the studio, we were like nah we're going to do it with Dave, let's be prepared."

"And Eddie Spear, the engineer, he loves doing 8 track records. We obviously didn't make an 8 track record [laughs] but in the back of our minds we were like this guy is gonna think we're a joke if we're doing all of this overdubbing shit. We wanted a record that you could crank. And we wanted girl backup singers."

It might seem like an odd detail — Erin Rae, Caitlin Rose and Tristen add a classic rock flourish, at odds with their earlier catalogs — but it makes sense within the context of the songs and within the context of their career. All Them Witches are at their Ummagumma moment, their Tres Hombres, their Bare Trees. They brought in a mellotron. Their sense of sonic experimentation is so finely honed that even the oddest, toughest moments are warm and relatable.

"We're trying to get to something better — not necessarily just as musicians — but as people," Parks explains. "I've always said that as we change as people, our music changes, that's why we can never make the same records. I can't be in one of those bands. I hope you'll never hear about 'another predictable album from All Them Witches.' There's no art in that."

Their sound has become so expansive you can her echoes of Dr. John's Gris-Gris and the glacial expanses of Sigur Ros, the fire and brimstone of Appalachian snake charmers and the meditative om of the East. It's the same balance of preparation and improvisation that helped drummer Robby Staebler conjure Sleeping Through The War's vibrant and foreboding cover.

"I'm really into weird, film cameras and that was the original direction of the cover," says Staebler. "Then Ben told me — after working on this for weeks straight, doing all of these layouts, scanning things, looking for old negatives digging things up — he told me 'Eh, this is kinda boring, dude'. And for 30 seconds I was really fucking pissed.

"But I knew he was right. I knew it wasn't what the record needed and so I just channeled some crazy Chi and the record cover came out. I just stopped thinking about stuff and got out film-negative dyes — for retouching films, it works really great on watercolor paper too — and the rest of it just came together. I found the channel."

Their musicianship is so dialed in, so fluid and adaptable that the most technically complex and sonically detailed passages are fun and fulfilling. All Them Witches are progressing but they have no intention of leaving anyone behind. In a world where so many are distracted and disengaged All Them Witches are seeking to connect on a more visceral, more human level.

"The hardest part was the song "Bruce Lee" — originally the song had this long introduction and not a lot of singing, just a long instrumental," McLeod explains. "And Dave stopped us, had us come into the control room and said, 'Guys, this is the kind of song that when people hear this they are going to want to listen to the rest of the record. You want people to hear the record and this song is your opportunity.'

"It was weird at first, we were like, but but this is how the song goes with the long intro and stuff. We played with some splices and it ended up being what it is now and I think it is groo-oovy."

Lead single "Bruce Lee" is a perfect distillation of the All Them Witches aesthetic — whirlwind guitars, way out vocals and propulsive rhythms that recall Springsteen's late-night power drives as much as they do Kyuss riding into the blood-red sunset. "Don't Bring Me Coffee" is an aggro blast of anthemic, 120 Minutes-grade powerfuzz, that toys with the power dynamic between the beautiful and the ugly.

"Alabaster" feels like William S. Burroughs intoning to South Bronx breakdancers while the album closer "Internet" sees the band slip so far behind the beat it feels like they've slipped from the grasp of space-time itself. These tracks make the case that the gravity of All Them Witches is warping the space-time in which we all exist and that Sleeping Through The War is the sort of heaviness these weird times demand.

"If everybody would look out for everybody we wouldn't have any problems," says Parks. "If everybody had enough space to breath we wouldn't have any problems…the hardest part is that everybody wants to be happy but nobody knows how to get there."

Royal Teeth

Royal Teeth's new EP is called Amateurs, despite the fact that, after five years, three cities, two albums, various personnel changes, and hundreds of days on the road, the Louisiana pop quartet is definitely an ensemble of well-seasoned pros. The title is a literal etymological reading of the word: the French amateur from the Latin verb "to love", applied in this case as a mission statement and a reminder of why they do what they do.

In 2011, the effervescent electronic pop of the band's debut EP, Act Naturally, attracted the attention of Dangerbird Records, which re-released both that project and its full-length follow-up, 2013's Glow. The spirited anthem "Wild," driven by the sparkling vocal chemistry between singers Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, propelled the band to multiple TV, film, and video game placements, guest appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly and American Idol (at the personal invitation of fellow Louisiana native Harry Connick, Jr.) and slots at festivals, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Firefly, SXSW, CMJ, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Voodoo Experience.

On Amateurs, Nora Patterson's passionate lead vocals are showcased front and center, emerging from the more layered production of earlier releases. "Kids Conspire", the infectious lead single, buoys her up on a wave of ringing synths and propulsive, Afropop-inflected beats, as she demands, "take me all the way up, take me all the way up." It's a clear relative of "Wild", an anthem of possibility, but with more muscle and urgency.

"Children have a wild imagination," Patterson explains. "They make up a plan for what they're going to be when they grow up. They don't hold back in terms of what they feel like they can accomplish, which is something that a lot of people lose over time." In writing the song, she wanted to channel that untamed joy, the feeling of unlimited potential and steadfast conviction. "It's about going back to when you thought you could do anything," she said. "It's nice to remind yourself of that."

Promoting Act Naturally and Glow, Royal Teeth averaged more than 200 live dates per year, earning a glowing rep for exuberant, sweaty, high-energy live shows as explosive as their signature confetti cannons. The addition of guitarist Thomas Onebane, an inveterate, crafty tinkerer, has also led the band to take more risks in the studio.

"Thomas was a game-changer creatively," says drummer Josh Hefner. "He's a secret weapon. We spent a little more time in the studio – more experiments, more fine-tuning. And it was more fun, with less pressure."

Both the sounds and the overarching themes on Amateurs are tougher, more mature and more surehanded than Royal Teeth's previous outings. They play like a band that's honed itself down to its core chemistry, musicians who know what they want to do and how to do it. But they also play with pure joy, ease, and love of what they're doing – like amateurs.

Humming House

For fans of The Ballroom Thieves, Stephen Kellogg, and The Lone Bellow, Humming House is back! They received such a positive response when opening for Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors in 2015 that we had to have them return to StageOne.

Humming House embodies Nashville's modern day blend of edgy, independent artistry with its legacies of folk, soul, and bluegrass. These five musicians have worked together on a sound that balances passion and energy with thoughtful arrangements, performing at major festivals and prestige music venues across the nation.

"Infectious and grin-inducing" - American Songwriter Magazine

Sweet Crude

"Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizing vocals sung in Louisiana French and English." –PopMatters

"Whether you speak English, Cajun French, both or neither, this is genuinely enjoyable music that breaks language barriers. If you're a fan of many-membered pop ensembles like The Polyphonic Spree or The Most Serene Republic, you may very well dig these guys too." -Brooklyn Vegan

Louisiana bilingual pop project Sweet Crude is a young 6-piece composed of New Orleans musicians creating a sound that sets English and Louisiana's native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band, boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere, seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 5-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks.

"We're making the quirky, energetic compositions that we'd otherwise come up with given our indie rock influences. We've got five people playing drums, we've got everybody singing, shouting, and dancing. We're just singing a lot of the time in Louisiana French. We want to show that the language is still alive and kicking, and that it sounds great in any genre," says primary lyricist Sam Craft.

Sweet Crude debuted in Spring 2013 and have hit the ground running. Music from their EP Super Vilaine can be heard in FX's American Horror Story and the band has been receiving generous amounts of plays nationally and internationally on public, satellite and internet radio, especially in Francophone areas. Sweet Crude has tested their frenetic sound on the road, packing venues from New Orleans to New York. Additionally, the band has been making the festival circuit throughout North America. Sweet Crude's debut LP Créatures comes out in the Spring of 2017.

The Underhill Family Orchestra

The Underhill Family Orchestra is a rowdy, warpaint-wearing, arm-swingin'-foot-stompin' 6-piece Rock-and-Roll//Americana outfit from the Alabama Delta. Since their formation in 2009, these twenty-somethings have produced two albums worth of music and played all over the southeast and the midwest bringing their sound, which mixes gypsy//jazz//folk//spiritual//soul//rock-and-roll and other surprises, to the ears and hearts of thousands of people.

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

Blair Crimmins began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920's style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. While playing small rock clubs around the Southeast he developed a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the country playing large venues and has opened for acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of Trumpet, Clarinet and Trombone. His debut 2010 release "The Musical Stylings Of" became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta making him the most requested band on the air. In 2012 Crimmins showed his musical diversity by writing and recording the full score for the independent short film "Old Man Cabbage". The following year, Crimmins was the critics pick for Best Song Writer of 2013 in Creative Loafing's Best of ATL issue. His last album entitled "Sing-a-longs" went to #21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart and earned him a nomination at The Georgia Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist. Blair Crimmins has now finished his 4th studio album "You Gotta Sell Something" to be released in February 2017. Crimmins continues touring in anticipation of the album release and performs unreleased tracks from the record as well as old favorites from his past recordings.

Alfred Banks

Hip Hop from New Orleans LA

The emergent New Orleans rapper Alfred Banks has already garnered critical acclaim from some of Hip-Hop's most esteemed publications. In addition to being named one of Complex's 10 upcoming New Orleans MCs, Banks was featured prominently in DJBooth's list of best indie rappers from Louisiana. Having performed at renowned festivals like Atlanta's A3C and Austin's SXSW, Banks has also made considerable headway in the European market, starring in a Volkswagen ad campaign featuring his song "HomeComing" in addition to achieving notable performances in Germany and Spain.


In 2014, Banks joined celebrated MC and former XXL Freshman Mickey Factz's 15-city Red or Blue Pill Tour as an opening act, an accomplishment which earned him the accolade of Charles Hamilton, another XXL Freshman Class MC. Thus far, Banks has also shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Mac Miller, and A$AP Ferg, and his live show earned the attention of RevoltTV, who crowned Banks the winner of their Local Love Tour. Additionally, he and Bay Area superstar G-Eazy teamed up on the song "My Style."

Most recently, Banks released his 2016 EP, A Beautiful Prelude. Inspired by his brother's struggle with mental illness and his eventual suicide, the EP serves as a springboard for his forthcoming LP, The Beautiful. Slated for a Spring 2017 release, his third album is his most ambitious to date and features a conceptual approach dealing with schizophrenia and the complexity of identity.

Banks, who struggled with homelessness while attending Loyola University on a full-ride scholarship, opted to leave academia behind and pursue MCing full-time. Outside of music, the New Orleans native has made a name for himself through his unapologetic sense of personal style, and can often be seen sporting a fresh pair of sneakers and a scarf tied around his mic. His sense of individualism is something he applies to his life mantra, which is embodied by his Underdog Central movement. Created in 2012, Underdog Central represents a place where the overlooked are embraced and encouraged to finesse their potential.

Jamell Richardson

Mr. Jamell Richardson was born in Meridian, MS and raised in the small town of Butler, AL

Jamell's musical journey all started shortly after the day he was born. His Grandmother who was a church pastor carried him to church with her every chance she could. By the age of one Jamell, was already being influenced by all the church musicians, with his grandmother taking notice to his interest in music she decided to buy him his first guitar. By age 11 he was already an active studio and church musician as well as a vocalist. With his inspiration spawning from being raised in the church, Jamell groomed his skills playing behind numerous gospel quartet groups, from Rance Allen, Paul Beasley, to Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and a number of other well- known gospel acts. As he matured, Jamell began to expand his horizons by listening to B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Eric Johnson, and many more which lead to his growing interest in other genres especially the blues. By 2012 he was on the road touring and recording with the legendary Southern Soul Bluesman Mel Waiters. There is where he quickly began to shine being featured as Mel Waiters' "Young Gun" and "Phenomenal Guitar Player" capturing every moment he was called on for his electric solos, he became a youtube sensation and one of the most memorable parts of the show. Fall 2013 with Jamell's music career taking off he also got introduced to acting, when he was cast as guitarist Jimmy Nolen in the upcoming movie "Get On Up," (August 1, 2014 – Produced by Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer- Featuring, Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis) Not only did Jamell play James Brown's long time friend and musician Jimmy Nolen, but he also worked as the movie's guitar instructor and coach. He taught everyone from Top 10 Billboard recording artist Aloe Blacc to Keith Robinson (Dream Girls), and a number of other cast members from the film. So far in his short career as a musician he has had the opportunity to share the stage with legends such as Bobby Womack, Lenny Williams, Bobby Bland, Latimore, Al Green, Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle, Millie Jackson, and many more blues legends.

Performing on stage today, Jamell is known for his "B.B. King-like" facial expressions, Jimi Hendrix style guitar tricks, his strong soulful voice and his incredible stage presents. When asked how he would describe himself to his fans he responded, "I am a hard-working, humble, and lovable musician. I have a strong passion for perfection. I love to joke around and make people laugh, but when it comes to music there is nothing I love more than entertaining my fans and sending them home knowing they got their moneys worth."

On April 26, 2014 Jamell released his debut EP "Gulf Coast Blues Boy" which is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
With his unforgettable, diverse style, Jamell is truly a one-of-a-kind Performer.

Doc Holiday

Alabama Blues Punk from Tuscaloosa AL

Doc Holiday is an American Blues-Punk band originally formed in Pendleton, South Carolina, currently composed of Aaron Langford, Seth Burden, Spencer Burden and Daniel Parker. The group relocated to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in January of 2016.

Ranch Ghost

The noise that emanates from these ruffians is heavily reliant on the vibe. Imagine that lone, solitary man on the front porch in Mississippi, playing only for the God within and around, suddenly splitting open – wild with color – Think Blind Willie McTell giving Ray Charles an Indian rug burn and The Kinks bleeding all over them. This should give you a good sense of what it's like to hear Ranch Ghost.

Paper Lights

As an alternative/pop band from Atlanta, GA, Paper Lights have honed a large and cinematic soundscape within their music. Over the last two years they have toured nationally, opening for acts such as Allen Stone, The Fray and Miike Snow. Their music has also been featured in placements including commercials for Coca-Cola, Land Rover, Boeing, MTV, ESPN, Chick-fil-a and Outdoor Magazine.

The band released their first full-length album, Great Escapes, in March of 2016 followed by several national tours. The ability to create live experiences in unconventional venues is among the things that make the band unique. From festival stages to private backyards, Paper Lights creates a memorable and movie like atmosphere.

Baak Gwai

Baak Gwai was formed in 2004 by John Snowden (vocals/guitar), Adam Pate (bass) and Chris Zeiler (drums). We play Rock N Roll.

Marco Pave

There is a rebirth brewing on the Memphis Hip Hop scene and up and coming local artist, Marco Pave`, is poised to lead the revival.
This born and bred Memphis native is an amazing lyricist with a distinct style and charisma that appeals to the triple crown of rap enthusiasts: the purists, the radio lovers and the eclectic hipster. With a laid back demeanor that contradicts his energetic music and performance style; Marco explains: "I make music for everyone. I like to cross genres, rock with hip-hop, hip hop with dub step, etc. but what I love most is to just drop straight through on a beat, telling a deep ass story that will make people think".
A rapper since the age of 8; Marco begin seriously pursuing music in 2012. While he originally thought that being a rapper was only about making music, he slowly came to realize that it takes more than releasing music to actually build a fan base. Fast-forward to 2013 and Marco Pave` begin his performance assault on the local music scene.
Starting out on the open mic scene Pave honed his skills at local events such as The Word and HypeLife Local Artist Showcase. After a couple of months his hard work paid off and Marco Pave` found himself opening up for Skewby at the Historic Hi Tone.
Committed to his community as well as his music, Marco Pave` begins to use his music to positively impact those around him. Marco Pave` created "Books on Beale" a benefit concert that promotes literacy in the Mid-South. The concert featured over 12 local acts and over 15 sponsors who collectively pooled over 20,000 in resources. Books on Beale led to Nat Atkin, the Director of Storybooth at Crosstown Arts, to name a future library after him.
Rounding out an astounding 2013; Marco Pave` was featured in best-selling author Dr. Joyce Knudsen's book , "Successful Failures". The book featured a Grammy award winning artist, a top ten American Idol contestant and many more.
Marco was chosen by Mayor AC Wharton to create a song that focused on several key issues affecting the City of Memphis. That led to the creation of his single "Dividends" featuring DJ Quinn Raynor. "Dividends" has been featured in over 30 blogs and is scheduled to air on WYPL Channel 18 in early 2014.
Marco was also honored to work with Koopsta Knicca from 3 6 mafia on a song for MTV's "True Life" documentary. The episode "True Life: I'm in a mixed weight relationship" is scheduled to air sometime in 2014.
2013 ended with Marco Pave` appearing on several local television shows and signing a publishing deal with Simply Grand Music.
After seeing how far his talent and drive has taken him in a short period of time, Marco Pave` knows that the possibility for 2014 is endless. Marco plans to continue his momentum and success Into 2014; beginning with his performance as a featured artist during DreamFest Weekend's Memphis Hip Hop Unplugged.
In February Marco Pave` is scheduled to hit the road with YMCMB's newest artist, Kevin Gates. When asked what his fans can expect from in the year 2014? Marco Pave` answered simply "The unexpected".

Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival

Straight out of a cabin in the backwoods of South Alabama, Jimmy Lumpkin belts out sublime sounds that are altogether Country, Rock, Soul and Blues. Jimmy is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with an intoxicating voice and a stirring, soulful bend to his own brand of music. With the voice of a 100-year-old angel from the delta, the soul found in Jimmy's music is like no other. Jimmy, together with bassist Quintin Berry, guitarist Morris Barosa, and drummer Chris Ozuna form the band known as Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival. Influenced by each member's distinctive musical background, their music has a rich velvety texture that is both nostalgic and relevant all at once. Skate Mountain Records is proud to present to the world music from a point of view they have never heard before. In the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Bo Diddley, The Black Keys and Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival sets the bar higher than any other with the upcoming release of their new album - a unique blend of soulful roots rock and Americana.

Eric Erdman

WHEN the conditions are just right in South Alabama, a jubilee occurs along the banks of Mobile Bay. The waters virtually erupt with a harvest of seafood as the creatures lunge to the shore for more air.

Singer/Songwriter Eric Erdman was born and raised along those shores and it seems as if he has that water in his veins. His songs are introspective but fun, quirky but accessible, profound and palatable but they all seem to have sprung up from that salty Mobile water.

Eric has performed his songs while serving as the lead singer for the funk rock band, The Ugli Stick, since 1999. The Ugli Stick's powerful live shows and unique songs have captivated audiences worldwide. They have performed three USO tours for the US Military overseas as well as released four albums and had their song "Put It On The Wood" used as the theme song for "Drag Race High" on the SPEED network.

However it is obvious there has always been something more to Eric Erdman that had yet to rise to the surface.

In 2012 he recorded his solo album, My Brother's Keepers. This collection of brand new songs tells of love found, love lost, inspiration and desperation but more importantly it shows Eric Erdman's true essence as a songwriter and performer.

When you hear My Brother's Keepers you get the feeling that conditions are just right for another jubilee….and this one will stretch much farther than the shores of Mobile Bay.

Mr.88

Mr. 88 is an up-and-coming Hip Hop artist whose catchy hooks, vibrant beats and deep lyrics place him at the forefront of the next wave of Hip Hop Artists.

The Difference Machine

There are many planes of consciousness, but in the one that we call the here and the now, The Difference Machine are a psychedelic hip-hop group from Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2011, they've been at the vanguard of the city's underground scene, creating gritty, mind-expanding anthems that explore the unifying lines between conscious rap and abstract soundscapes, the dividing wall between the blood-stained realities of twenty-first century urban America and the sublime mysticism of an opaque universe.

The group's latest sonic attack, The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle, bumps and soars, breathing additional fire and compositional daring into their already formidable style. Your guide on this stark metaphysical journey is rapper Dustin Teague whose scathing cultural surveys and dimensional truths help give shape to producer Dr. Conspiracy's warped beats and nuclear mystical trash alchemy. Rounding out the group's songwriting core is longtime drummer Radley Fricker and DJ Obeah who handles most of the cuts on the record. Meanwhile, Cyrus Shahmir, formerly of psych rock cosmonauts the N.E.C., was recruited to conjure his hallucinogenic atmospheres and shamanistic vibes on guitar and keys. The result of this collaborative effort is a more expansive sound architecture layered in primal energy and head-swimming celestial sophistication.

Psych Army Intergalactic.

Beamin & Timmy

Beamin & Timmy Lewis - also known as "Ebony & Ivory", a fresh new Hip-Hop tandem comprised of 2 of the south's dopest solo acts/MC's. These guys are guaranteed to absolutely blow the roof off any venue they book. Delivering sets full of both Original and Remixed classics, topped with and surprisingly entertaining request for crowd participation, you never know what these guys are up to... BUT, it's guaranteed to be a fun a memorable event that you'll easily become addicted to.

Eterniti Everlasting

Eterniti is an American born Hip Hop/Spoken Word Songwriter, Performance Artist and Producer. He has been writing and recording music professionally for 12 years. His eclectic style has garnered adulation from a variety of listeners. He has sought to bring everything from political and social issues to kickback and party anthems that combine to create a sound that only can be described as his. Priding himself on infusing hip hop 808's, with crossover synths, and touches of orchestra and rock. His style has evolved over the years to create a sound that he can call his own. He is currently working on his fourth album, "Evolutionari" on his own imprint Mer$iless Myndz Productions. Despite the years of change, one thing remains the same...his slogan "We're Listening...Are You?"

Sexy Dex and the Fresh

New Orleans guys and gals that play music made for giving your insides some soul.

Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces

From New Orleans, LA by way of Ponchatoula, Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces are reaping much acclaim and attention, traveling from New York City to Los Angeles and around the South, impressing an ideal of true Southern gentlemen. Their energetic style of R&B/Funk is eclectic and electric, soulful and natural. With Tyler's voice and composing leading a tight, foundational rhythm section embellished by horns, Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces are the emerging musical unit of the US South and the future of R&B.

Their record "Acoustic Disdrometer" is a standout record of the region with a growing fanbase around the world. It is the epitome of their sound, diverse and eclectic, while maintaining their inimitable identity.

TK & The Right Pieces will be playing New Orleans' 2017 Jazz & Heritage Festival this coming spring.

Abe Partridge

I am but a lone musician wrestling with demons and wringing poetry from a desolate condition, yet with an undiminished emotional sensitivity.

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