VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS
Marques Toliver, BROOKS
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
This event is all ages
Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles - he's all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar.
A decade earlier, Cody explored the Atlanta's early '90s R&B scene as a singer, and then toiled in his LA-based band, The Crosswalk. His time spent alone exploring raw new sounds in his bedroom finally paid off in 2002 with the release of The Headphone Masterpiece. Industry tastemakers like music writer dream hampton (and The Roots drummer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandleader) Questlove took to the record immediately, hearing in Cody's music the kind of emotional intensity and savvy, irreverent wordplay that was sorely missing in Black music in the early 2000s as the neo-soul movement sputtered to a near halt, losing several of its key players to their own hiatuses. A song from The Headphone Masterpiece was re-tooled as "The Seed 2.0" for the Roots' seminal album Phrenology, exposing Cody's music to a wider mainstream audience.
Landing On A Hundred, Cody's second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, "Keeping It One Hundred," or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have - he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. "The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape," Cody explains. "My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place."
Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man's road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody's songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody's vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his, strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.
While Toliver seemed to burst onto the scene via the UK with an arresting performance on "Later With Jools Holland", and a declaration from Adele as her "new favourite artist," his story begins many years ago in Florida. It was there he began his training in classical violinist at the age of 10, and would later enroll in music school. Frustrated with academia however, and keen to throw him-self into the real world of music making. Toliver took a leap of faith and traveled to New York City. Through busking in subways and working as a freelance musician, he was noticed by and quickly made friends with fellow artists. Soon enough he found himself playing live and on records for the likes of Holly Miranda, Grizzly Bear, and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.
Not content to sit still, he would again throw caution to the wind and move to London, where after winning over that city's musical landscape in similar fashion, he signed to Bella Union and released his well-received debut EP Butterflies Are Not Free. Following world wide tours in support of the EP, he would begin work on the mixtape Studying For My Ph. D, a cornucopia of music, speech, loops, and news reports from the London Riots. Toliver described the project as "my way to apply my skills as arranger and beat maker." Through the mixtape he would also delve in to some of the themes and ideas that would eventually influence his full-length debut Land of CanAan, a work brimming with his own unique R&B and Classical music influences. "I take my own route," he says of his adventurous life to date. All in all, Land of CanAan is where R&B meets Classical Music.
Land of CanAan will be released May 14th (USA) en May 13th (ROW) via Bella Union.
Brooks Hubbert III is a musician, singer, and songwriter from Gulfport, Mississippi. At a time when so many acts insist their sound cannot be categorized, Hubbert manages to effortlessly span genres including psychedelic rock, blues, country, and bluegrass in the creation of music that is both technically impressive and easily accessible. This blend is presented in several different outlets, including highly evolved solo acoustic shows, jazz and rock ensembles, and bluegrass string band performances.
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