Free Punkgrass show!
Grace & Tony
Erik Smallwood, Russ Thompson
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Grace & Tony
For fans of: Avett Brothers, Devil Makes 3, Trampled by Turtles
She played bluegrass. He played punk….
When Grace Shultz and Tony White met, they began experimenting with an unlikely blend of genres. By mixing punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing, they had created something new. What resulted was a blend of music for those searching for what’s beyond the norm.
“Punkgrass” was born.
Honing their newfound brand of music on the sidewalks of downtown Nashville, Grace & Tony had no idea where their music might lead them. Determined to be heard by a bigger audience, they began booking local shows across Tennessee and the surrounding areas.
In 2011, working with producer Lloyd Aur Norman and engineer Stephen D Jones at Villain Place in Nashville, they recorded their debut EP, “Inside a 7 Track Mind”. Their songs of murder, addiction, and lost love were wrapped in a happy twist, and showcased their ability to create emotionally connective music.
Since the EP’s release, new doors have opened for Grace & Tony. The duo has worked their way up from headlining the Historic Crockett Theater, to performing on Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special, and the legendary Daytrotter sessions. The future looks exciting for these two as their videos are now being played in 34 million households across the world on The Country Network.
2013 holds a lot in store for the young couple, their debut full length album; “November” has been recorded and is ready to be shared with the world. The anticipation has been growing, as shown by a successfully funded kickstarter campaign, and a sold out hometown release show.
What’s next? We can’t wait to find out.
Country and Soul. Two great ingredients for rock and roll music. The sound is infectious and passionate. Some blues, pop, and a little Muscle Shoals flavor.
Erik is a very talented Singer/songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He grew up playing drums and guitar in his church, and gradually began writing songs for his church, and to express the various events going on his life. Erik moved to North Carolina in 2006, and has developed a strong following of fans, because of his very unique performance style. Erik has worked with a wide variety of well known artists. Will McFarlane (guitarist for Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Jackson Browne), Gary Nichols (The Steeldrivers), John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Donna Jean (formerly of The Grateful Dead), Jason Isbell (Drive-by Truckers), and Shooter Jennings just to name a few.
Russ Thompson is a solo artist from Raleigh,NC. Russ' sound is comparable to folk/rock. His raspy, soul driven, voice carries with it a strong blues feel; and the passion with which he plays provides all who listen with a vividly painted picture of the emotion that goes along with the lyrics. A true songwriter at heart, he depicts the stories of his life through his music. Always changing, always growing, always enjoyable. Keep up to date with new music using Reverbnation, Facebook, and Myspace.
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