Ross Christopher, BRIAR RABBIT
6691 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO, 63130
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 17 and over
Watch & Listen
Matthew Mayfield’s musical journey started in 1992 when he fell in love with Guns N’ Roses as soon as Slash got up on the piano for the finale of “November Rain.” When he was 9, he decided he was either going to be a bank robber/surfer or play in a rock n roll band.
By the time he was 11, he got a bright red Gibson Les Paul, which he took all over his hometown of Birmingham, AL. By 19, he had quit school, started a new band, played every dive in the Southeast for 50 bucks and beer, and eventually signed a giant record deal with Epic Records in 2005. In 2008, he decided to go solo and take the DIY route. With several EP’s and albums under his belt, a couple of songs on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack, and several number 1 tracks on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.
Mayfield believes that every note, every lyric, every imperfection – they’re all part of a bigger story. A story he needed to tell.
Not since the emergence of John Popper and Blues Traveler in the early 1990's has an artist successfully brought a non-traditional instrument to the forefront. Following in the same trail-blazing footsteps is ROSS CHRISTOPHER, an artist that plucks the electric violin from complete obscurity and places it front and center, holding down main melodic duties in a forward-thinking alternative rock sound.
ROSS CHRISTOPHER is "intensely original," creating gritty acoustic textures and delivering them with confidence and zeal. Clearly influenced by groups such as Dave Mathews Band, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, and U2, ROSS CHRISTOPHER weaves intricate sonic textures while telling stories accumulated along life's long, winding road. Resonating with questions, intimacy, faith, love, and tales of growth and transition, the lyrics are ubiquitous and speak to the human experience. With songs arranged to pop-perfection, it's only a matter of time before ROSS CHRISTOPHER rises to the top of the charts.
Response to ROSS CHRISTOPHER has been immediate, and the most recent album entitled "Act Alive" has been received with rave reviews from both critics and fans. It has landed RC on bills with nationally touring groups such as Guster, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Chesney, The Wallflowers, The Black Crowes, and Carlos Santana, which has also helped him perfect the live show for which he has become notorious. Live ROSS CHRISTOPHER concerts are known for gripping electric-violin solos, seamless guitar work, tight percussive grooves, and intense melodies, all of which are performed with passion and sincerity.
If you haven't already, grab a copy of ACT ALIVE and be sure to catch a ROSS CHRISTOPHER show before tickets sell out, and for the most current information on music, gigs, merchandise, and other news, go to www.rosschristopher.com, www.myspace.com/rosschristopher, and www.sonicbids.com/rosschristopher
written by Brandon Marcowik (freelance writer for Rolling Stone Magazine)
This is the Musical Project of Phillip-Michael Scales.
Grounded in a firm belief that pop music and intellectual lyrics are not mutually exclusive, Briar Rabbit coined the phrase "Thought-Pop" to describe his sound. "A lot of times [pop music] feels like an idea that someone didn't believe you were capable of chewing and mushed it to baby food. For me, the chewing is essential."
Commanding the stage, Briar Rabbit achieves musical complexity without pretension, combines multi-layered lyrics with infectious melody, and presents self-awareness with a strong sense of honesty. It's smart, catchy, and something we didn't even know we needed.
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