Catie King, Al Riggs
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
The last 12 months have been an amazing journey for Elise Testone.
She has appeared on national TV and done interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, and Anderson Cooper not to mention being a finalist on American Idol's 11th Season. She received heartfelt accolades from Stevie Nicks and Steven Tyler on her abilities and talent…..she even got to shake hands with President Bill Clinton in the whirlwind that has been her life recently.
2013 has found Elise back in her adopted home of Charleston, SC starting the year with an incredible sold-out homecoming show at the Charleston Music Hall on Valentine's Night. She has recently played opening slots with B.B. King as well as joining Hootie and Blowfish at their annual "Monday After the Masters" fundraiser at the House in Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. She has been hard at work in the studio working on her debut release due out in the fall.
But with all the hype and buzz surrounding her career right now, in many ways Elise Testone is simply staying on the path that she has been pursuing with discipline and persistence since she was a child. She continues to be focused on creating beautiful music and is surrounding herself with an excellent band that she deftly leads through soulful and intricate compositions that are resonating with bigger and bigger audiences as she enters this exciting next chapter of her life.
Heart on her sleeve. That's how the lyrics of singer-songwriter, Catie King, are worn. Deeply honest and moving, immersed in dark chord progressions and minor keys, her lyrics invite you to sink comfortably into her sound.
At age 16, after spending 3 years learning and writing, tired of computer recordings, Catie entered the studio for the first time where she met producer Dick Hodgin. Her initial efforts drew general scorn and criticism from the well-known "Dream Assassin", but it was obvious to Hodgin, a miner of numerous southern vocal jewels (Hootie and The Blowfish, Craving Melon) that Catie possessed something unique.
King's high school years had her balancing her athletic endeavors on the basketball and softball teams with an array of "assignments" from Hodgin to improve her timing, song structure, vocal delivery and lyrical arrangement.
In her time hanging around Hodgin's studio, Catie would soak in the hallway overflow of artists ranging from Clay Aiken to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Hours upon hours of hard work matured into a small EP release titled, “Between The Lines,” which brought her to the first dwarf star, "Stay", a song she proudly played for Hodgin with the cursory promise of "structure".
From there, the songs came in bunches. Each one a confession of introspective call-and-answer. Hodgin assembled crack studio musicians around her to began the grande alliance that was to become "Catch and Relase". 10 dark, angst-ridden tracks of love, youth and hope.
Catie's magnetically quirky stage presence quickly became the buzz of Chapel Hill where she attends college at The University of North Carolina. Adding the "rest of the band" to her already electric solo presentations rapidly moved her onto the playing field of local contemporary artists. Her CD release show in Chapel Hill for Catch and Release was packed. Now the hard work begins.
"An electric guitar is a terrible thing to waste, and AL Riggs has been guilty of it for far too long. His new album, "Radical Faeries", aims to remedy that. Simultaneously his longest album in actual time length and shortest in amount of tracks, "Radical Faeries" is the second chapter in the New South Trilogy
starting with "Local Honey". Mixing the most crunchy and delicate sounds to come from the Inconveniences in quite awhile, the songs range from topics such as home life, North Carolina politics, Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus,
driving too far to work from home, and probably some more songs about birds. We haven't checked. Clocking in at over 70 minutes long, ending with a song lasting almost a third of that time, "Radical Faeries" is the most well-rounded and energetic (not to mention electric) album in AaL Riggs' too-fastly growing