Carla Le Fever and The Rays, Stoni Taylor
215 N. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA, 30601
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 12:30 AM)
This event is 21 and over
With a well-bred attitude brimming with substance, both musically and lyrically,Kerchief is a welcome departure from what a listener might commonly find from a "twenty-something" female artist on today’s Top 40. Kerchief (born Brittany Hill) hails from Ohio, but currently lives in Tennessee, brings a middle America sentimentality and work ethic to her most recent meticulous recording work with producer Matty Amendola.
After calling it quits with her band of seven years, Vanity Theft (Vigilante Music/Adamant Records) Hill's main focus was writing; Towing inspiration from the journey that has led her to where she is today. With five releases, two acclaimed web shows, and worldwide touring history with Hunter Valentine,Taking Back Sunday, and Sick Of Sarah, going solo was a cathartic experience that traced illustrations of what she was going through at that time.
“This debut solo album is a chance to connect with all those working so hard to make ends meet and make sense of life, and to remind them to cherish the moment,” said Hill. “One day you'll look back and remember what it was like to want to work so hard for something you believed in, and you'll wish you were back there - facing the unknown, but doing your best.”
Throughout the debut record, Hill is commanding attention, asserting herself with the confidence that she needs to be heard. Listeners will not take long the answer the call.
“Machines & Animals” offers tracks that expertly weave Hill’s smooth voice with the edge of her songwriting and lyrics. Guitar riffs bite into bass lines that ebb and flow with emotional vocals, taking inspiration from a personal journey. Heavy drum beats and layered guitars articulate the feelings behind stories of the pursuit of finding purpose in life’s daily struggles, reflecting an evident influence from ‘90s alternative rock.
“From the writing process to pre-production, to the recording process with producer Matty Amendola, to the finished product, I feel that the songs became fully realized,” said Hill. “I never had to bite my tongue. The songs were written from a raw emotional place, experimented with in the studio and brought to their full potential with Matty in Brooklyn, NY. This is the best thing I’ve done to date.”
Amendola knew working with Kerchief would be a perfect fit as soon as he heard her demos. Working closely with engineer and Grammy Award winner Butch Jones, he created a sound that would bring Kerchief’s debut album to life.
“What separates this record from the other indie rock out there, is that the songs themselves come first,” said Amendola. “It’s a rare quality to find an artist who’s a real straight shooter and puts so much of her soul into her lyrics, while keeping everything simple and relatable. You feel like Kerchief is singing about your life or your own deep thoughts. She’s a master of that side of the craft.”
After recording with producer Matty Amendola, he brought the full team on board from his music incubator 825 Records and signed Kerchief to an artist development and distribution deal. The first single "Milk & Honey" was released on March 24th 2015 and was followed by indie reviews world-wide, CMJ radio playlists, regional TV airplay, and a succesful 12+ city Summer tour.
Carla Le Fever and The Rays
Carla Le Fever has always gathered a band of various rogues and/or polished players around her since she was a teenager. A lot of time has been spent writing songs in warehouses, on mountains, playing in dive bars, for private parties and in nice clubs; on beaches and beside rivers, and finally, the studio; experimenting with various mixtures of sound and learning how to find the right players for her songs. Carla Le Fever, like many others, is set on unlocking the secrets held by the 12 tones. She has studied music theory, guitar, voice and piano through private instruction. She has learned the art honing songs in the studio through trial and error. Writing songs comes naturally to the bandleader, and the more she learns about music, the more places she has to draw from to help manifest the creative urge inside. The Songwriter has an innate ability to invoke words, rythyms and melodies off the cuff during jam sessions. She writes by herself or in a group, never knowing when the musical synergy of the band will yield a hook or a magical groove. Carla Le Fever and The Rays have been together in various forms since 2004. There is always a record button ready to be armed for tracking when The Rays get together. Carla Le Fever and The Rays are presently hard at work honing the funk-rock-pop for your listening pleasure, but mostly because the Sound of Love wants to be Heard, and she is just one of many who feel the urge to help Love express through Sound.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Stoni Taylor has an extensive repertoire of live performances and special appearances and has been dubbed as being one of the most uniquely extraordinary vocalists/songwriters/performers to navigate the business with multiple acknowledgments and reviews.
After years of hitting stages and opening for various major acts, including but not limited to the likes of The Commodores, the Son of Muddy Waters "Big Bill Morganfield", ORIGINAL PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC and backing vocals for OutKast's backing band "Whild Peach", it was only a matter of time before the dawn of the rooster returned.
Offering his own brand of soul-inspired rock with a progressive blues influence, Stoni Taylor is a unique performer who has mastered his craft. Having had his share of label run-ins, Stoni Taylor now brings to you his authentic, uncompromised talent in its rawest form. Join us!
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