Proud to present...
Mic Harrison, Kevin Abernathy
3227 N. Davidson St.
Doors 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Mic Harrison has been a part of Knoxville's since the early 1990s, fronting his band, The High Score, a working class cadre whose day jobs keep the band's music so earthy and honest. It's music for people who work 40-hours a week and need to be guaranteed a good time and feel a connection to something real and sincere. Every show is like a party where nobody seems to care when they accidentally get baptized by a spilled beer or fallen on by an unsteady fellow reveler.
A native of Bradford, Tenn., just beside the Kingdom of Skullbonia (reward yourself with an Internet search for it), Harrison was asked to join the Knoxville, Tenn.,-based V-Roys just as the band was being signed by Steve Earle to record the first release on Earle's E-Squared Records. Harrison was 29 ("the same age as Chuck Berry started is the way I think about," says Harrison). He was a sawmill worker and a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with. With the V-Roys, he recorded three albums, toured all across the United States and Europe and established a reputation as one of the most easy-going guys in Americana music.
Fans of Kevin Abernathy know there are two distinct sides to the Knoxville, Tennessee, singer-songwriter. With his power trio, the Kevin Abernathy Band, he mixes up a heady brew of fire-breathing guitar rock and Americana-influenced songwriting tendencies. He’s been known to call it “Arena-cana.” On KAB records, smart, humor-tinged barnburners such as “Brawl on Scottish Pike” and “Three Girls” sit comfortably alongside quieter, more contemplative fare like “The Ring Line” and “Noticed the Moon.”
It’s never anything short of intriguing.
KevinAbernathy1thumbWith Some Stories, his 2012 solo debut, Kevin puts the Les Paul in its case long enough to offer up a laid-back blend of country-influenced folkier numbers such as “Locked Up in the Keys” and “Highway Crosses,” populated with the kind of hard-luck characters that have inhabited his songs all along. Featuring able backing from various members of the Knoxville music community, Some Stories’ more bucolic musical setting allows the songs to stand on their own a bit more, to breathe a bit, while losing none of the intensity Kevin brings to his more rocking material.
Yep, there are two sides to Kevin Abernathy; he can rock you like a hurricane and tell you a hell of a good story, oftentimes both at the same time. Either way, you get the gritty sense of realism that weaves its way through the songs.
Hard rocking or acoustic … it’s a coin toss with no losing side.