"Icons of Folk: A tribute to the music of Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, & Carly Simon
Sydney Rhame, James Richards, Wyatt Espalin, Mike Killeen, Mark Miller, Morgan Rowe, Sy Burnett & Beth Kelhoffer, Tiffani Ryan
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
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Icons of Folk: A tribute to the music of Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, & Carly Simon
- Wyatt Espalin
- Sy Burnett & Beth Kelhoffer
- Mike Killeen
- Mark Miller
- Sydney Rhame
- James Richards
- Morgan Rowe
- Tiffani Ryan
A seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter from Decatur, Ga. who began writing music and lyrics at the tender age of six, Sydney Rhame is an accomplished guitarist and pianist who has performed for more than 250 audiences throughout the country since the age of eight. Audiences are consistently surprised by her young age because of her insightful, mature lyrics and soulful voice, which have garnered her much media attention and label interest. Sydney received two record deal offers when she was just 11 years old.
A prolific songwriter in the acoustic pop-rock genre, Sydney’s body of work includes more than 200 original songs thus far. All ages – young and old – can relate to her songwriting. From her hilarious song “Grow” about a short guy friend, to her piano ballad, “Don’t’ Give It Away,” that deals with the pain of losing a family member, Sydney can have audiences laughing and crying during a typical performance. She has headlined sold out shows as well as opened for local and national touring artists such as Jamie Lynn Spears, Aaron Carter and Max Schneider.
She’s been compared to some of the strongest ladies in the music business: Adele for her deep, rich voice and guttural lyrics; Taylor Swift for her savant-like songwriting abilities and wholesomeness; and Kelly Clarkson for her vocal range and likeability. But the truth is, Sydney has a unique sound and style all her own.
Famed Vocal Coach Jan Smith of Jan Smith Studios, whose notable client list includes Justin Bieber, Usher and Sugarland, took Sydney on as a client in 2009 to further develop her as a performing artist. The Atlanta Journal Constitution featured a story on Sydney when she was 11 years old in which Smith remarks, “She’s already an artist. She’s already writing her own music, her own lyrics, playing guitar, expressing her own heart and not just parroting what she’s heard on the radio like a lot of people walking in here. That’s an artist, not an American Idol contestant. And I want to spend my time honing those people who are real artists.”
Sydney has won numerous regional and national singing contests and awards including Kudzu.com’s Most Amazing Kids in America contest, Decatur, Ga.’s First Idol Contest and the 2014 GA Music Award for Best Youth Video for her “One Day” video. In the fall of 2015, she appeared on Season 9 of the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” and was selected by Pharrell Williams to become a member of his team. She sang Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” for her Blind Audition song, which reached #44 on the Top 100 iTunes charts and #22 on the iTunes Pop charts, with the YouTube video of her audition reaching over 7 million hits.
Sydney has been playing guitar since she was seven, and she began taking piano lessons and studying music theory at age 13. To further advance her musical prowess, at 14 she began learning how to produce and sound engineer songs using industry software like ProTools and Logic Pro, with the ultimate goal of garnering more control over her music and helping others produce their own music. When she was 15 she began giving kids weekly guitar lessons.
With a penchant for always wanting to give back to the community, Sydney released her first EP when she was 11 and gave her net proceeds to a local education foundation. All proceeds of her song, "There's Hope," go to a non-profit helping to fight breast cancer. She frequently performs at benefit concerts in support of various causes.
Sydney released her eponymous debut CD on iTunes in 2013. Sydney wrote all the songs on the CD, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Producer Russ-T Cobb as well as Streamline/Interscope Recording Artist/Producer Nick Hagelin and Producer Phil Rogers.
Her second CD, titled Keep Dancing, was released in 2014 and was produced by Nick Hagelin. She’s currently in the studio working on her third CD.
Sydney recently graduated from high school, where she was a gifted honor student, an International Baccalaurette (IB) Diploma Candidate, member of the National Honor Society and a varsity cheerleader. In addition to her music, Sydney is also a passionate writer and loves producing and editing videos, which have garnered her national and international awards. Sydney shot and edited most of her music videos on her YouTube Channel.
When, Wyatt Espalin returned to his roots to live at the rustic campground where he was raised in the North Georgia Mountains, he found a setting that would inspire “The Last Leaf”. This collection of mysterious songs gives his audience a glimpse of an artist rediscovering himself. Like a ghost-writer on his own autobiography, the former frontman of Americana group Trees Leave approaches these songs as an outsider to his own stories. Going back to the beginning has left the fiddler/singer evaluating where he came from and trying to recognize who he has become. During his performances, the haunting, intimate songs juxtaposed with the hilarious stories that he shares in the banter between them create a beautiful tension. It may not always be clear who Wyatt is addressing in his songs, but maybe this line from the last verse from the last song on the new record “The Last Leaf” can give some insight: “It won’t phase me if you never hear these words. See, I wrote them down for me, a way to measure up my worth.” The listener will be glad that he chose not only to write them down, but to share them with us all.
Originally from Athens, Georgia and now calling nearby Decatur home, Mike Killeen has released five full-length albums and an EP—and shared the stage with alt-country luminary Jay Farrar, Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama, and southern rock legends the Marshall Tucker Band. He counts Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Vic Chesnutt, and Uncle Tupelo among his formative influences.
Killeen’s most recent effort, “Ghost,” was produced by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) at his Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville and released in 2019 on Saturn 5 Records to worldwide distribution. “Ghost” features Killeen’s strongest set of songs to-date, and his collaboration with Coomer builds on his Americana roots, with a collection of tracks that straddles the lines between genres, including folk rock, pop rock, indie rock, and alternative rock. Killeen penned and contributed lead vocals for all nine songs, and played electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and piano. Coomer said of Killeen: “Mike Killeen can take you to that place, the place of a lost love, that yearning we all have for someone, or he can paint the picture of human loss, that deep line that runs between life and death.”
On “Ghost,” expert accompaniment from Joe Garcia on lead guitar, Ted Pecchio on bass, and Coomer on drums—as well the textural presence of keyboards, mellotron, mandocello, loops, and well-placed harmonies by Kristen Englenz and Nathan Beaver—give the album its hard-to-label, but easy-to-embrace vibe. The lead single, “She Called Me Last Night,” kicks off the album and points to Killeen’s active return to writing, performing, and recording new music after a long gestation, with the closing lyric, “If you believe in this thing, and all that it means, it will follow you wherever you will go.” Other highlights include “Siren Call,” “You Ain’t Settling Anymore,” and “Decatur Cemetery (Section 14).”.
Killeen’s immediately previous work, “Poverty is Real,” was also released on Saturn 5 Records. Produced by Will Robertson, the record is a more muscular presentation of Killeen’s songwriting than found previously, with crunchy electric guitars and raucous crash cymbals appearing throughout. BeAtlanta.com called Poverty is Real, a collection of “beautiful arrangements and meaningful lyrics.” The title track was included in Salvatore Alaimo’s documentary, “What is Philanthropy,” alongside songs by Patti Smith and Ziggy Marley.
These past few years, Mark Miller has been performing his brand of Americana/Country Music to sold out listening rooms from Georgia to Maine. His music brings together powerful and soulful vocals, fingerstyle guitar playing , degrees in Classical music and his deep Southern roots. Strongly influenced by the 1970's Texas school of songwriters, Mark writes stories of his own journey through loss, recovery and redemption. His self-entitled EP, recorded at County Q Studios in Nashville, and co-produced with Paul Scholten, will be released at Eddies Attic on August 24th.