Amplify Vs. Series: Jason Isbell vs. Drive By Truckers

Amplify My Community's Vs. series is back with a tribute night celebrating two acts that have helped define contemporary Americana and Rock music for so many in the South and throughout the country. It's Jason Isbell Vs. Drive By Truckers, featuring the songs of Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell.


Jared and Amber
The Flint Hill Specials
The Bitteroots
Nathan Beaver
Boxcar Radio
Mike Killeen

Jared & Amber are in love with each other and with music. So naturally, they started making music together. Both went to school for music and quickly decided music was great and school was not. In 2006, they got married. They moved to the lovely city of Decatur in 2011 to pursue music together full-time. Since then they have had the pleasure of playing TedXAtlanta, writing for other artists, winning Eddie's Attic 2012 Songwriter Shootout, and being named one of the top 7 bands in Atlanta by AXS. They play their own brand of theatrical folk rock, and stand out from other rootsy duos with their soaring harmonies and intricate arrangements. Along for the ride are Audrey & Autumn (the twins!), their dog Ramona, a lot of coffee, and some fantastic family and friends.

The Bitteroots

The Bitteroots return to Eddie’s Attic – with friends

DECATUR (Dec. 18, 2018) – Eddie’s Attic is pulling out all the stops – and quite literally pulling out the tables – for The Bitteroots.

When The Bitteroots return to the stage at the venerable downtown Decatur music venue to celebrate their 11thanniversary, they’ll be bringing a few of their friends to the party. And in a first-of-its-kind show, Eddie’s Attic will be removing the majority of its tables from the listening room to host a pair of standing-room rock ‘n’ roll shows May 18, 2019.

Founded in Decatur in 2008, The Bittteroots have over the years found a home stage at Eddie’s Attic, which has been ever supportive of local music while at the same time hosting some of the biggest talent in the music industry nationwide.

The venue announced today that it will host a double show, May 18, featuring The Bitteroots and Friends, to help the band celebrate 11 years of making local music.

With a limited number of VIP tables available, tickets are on sale today for the first show, which starts at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and the second show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for a single show, or at a discount for both shows. Single-show and double-show VIP tables are also available.

“The Bitteroots are a local band from right here in Decatur and we’ve enjoyed watching them grow over the years,” said Andrew Hingley, talent buyer for Live Nation/Eddie’s Attic.

“We’re excited to be able to help them celebrate 11 years with something we’ve never done before here at Eddie’s Attic – host a standing-room show.”

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Amplify My Community, a Decatur-based organization working to raise money through music to fight homelessness in the community. The Bitteroots have previously partnered with Amplify, and its founder Mike Killeen, on a number of occasions for fundraising concerts, including shows at Eddie’s Attic.

“We’re so glad that we’re able to make the music that we make in our town and just thought, what better way to give something back to say thanks, than by partnering with Amplify and contributing to such a worthy cause,” said Bitteroots bassist Bill Taylor. “We are putting everything we’ve got behind this show to make it the most memorable event thus far in Bitteroots history, and we can’t wait to share it with our friends and fans.”

Starting the evening off will be Kristen Englenz, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter also with roots in Decatur. From there, the stage will be taken over by Flock of Eagles, also a Decatur-based band.

All the way from Columbia, S.C., will be the Traye Horne Band, a project featuring former Bitteroots guitarist Kyle Bryant.

The Bitteroots will close out the first show with a full set that just might be punctuated with a few surprise guests.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m., The Bantam Breaks will open the second show before giving way to Moody Hollow, which is making a return to the stage following a hiatus.

Next up will be thE Core, which mines the classic songs of Eric Clapton and features The Bitteroots’ Bill Taylor on bass.

The Bitteroots will play a second, wholly different full set to end the evening before an all-star midnight jam with all their friends.


About The Bitteroots

For a decade and counting, The Bitteroots have been bringing their original rock formula to stages large and small around Atlanta and beyond.

Since its founding in 2008, the band’s groove-oriented approach to rock ‘n’ roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin and has landed The Bitteroots onstage at some of the Southeast’s most prestigious festivals, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Summer Shade Festival, the Inman Park Festival and Stone Mountain Park’s Yellow Daisy Festival.

Driven by Laura Dees’ powerful, soulful lead vocals, The Bitteroots also include founding members Bill Taylor on bass and Mike Davis on drums. Saxophonist Derron Nuhfer joined the group in 2014, helping round out what has become the band’s unique sonic signature. In early 2018, The Bitteroots added the tasteful yet hard-driving PJ Poellnitz on guitar.

The Bitteroots have released four albums of original music with a fifth, an as-yet-untitled EP, set for release in 2019. Original albums include “French Fries” (2010), “Central of Georgia” (2012), “After The Rain” (2013) and “Under The Big Sky” (2014). The band also released a live album (“Live at The 120 Music Hall”) recorded in 2014.

The Bitteroots have shared the stage with: Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band), Everclear, Kevn Kinney, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Freddy Jones Band, Allgood Music Company, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Mavis Staples, Arrested Development, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), Elephant Revival, The Milk Carton Kids, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anders Osborne, Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), The Ries Brothers, Dead Confederate, Michelle Malone, Cigar Store Indians, Adron, The Shadowboxers, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Delta Moon, Eliot Bronson, Sydney Rhame, Tedo Stone, honeyhoney, Mother’s Finest and many other great bands and artists.

Mike Killeen

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. 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.

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