Gypsy Sally's Presents A Night of Americana and Country Music!!!
Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 and South Rail
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Scott Kurt & Memphis 59
Scott Kurt wears many hats. Singer, songwriter, guitar player, and frontman for his hard charging Country band. "I love playing different roles in my music," says Kurt. "Some nights it's great to walk onstage with nothing but my acoustic guitar and voice to entertain an audience. But there are also nights when I plug in my Telecaster to a cranked up Vox amp - and when the band is playing at full throttle, there is no bigger rush."
Currently in the studio, Scott is hard at work writing and recording songs for the follow-up to 2010's "Ragged But Right," produced and engineered by Grammy winners John Jennings and Bob Dawson. "As I evolve as a songwriter, I am digging deeper into the lyrics and melodies. The first record was a great experience, but I didn't have as much of a lyrical focus on some songs. This time around it's about striking a chord with listeners that resonates and evokes emotion."
Resonating with audiences is something that Scott and his band members, Nate Taylor and Mike "Toby" Toburen, have come to do well. "The first time we opened for The Randy Rogers Band, not only was it a sold out show, but their latest album had just become the most downloaded country album on iTunes. I was nervous about meeting the expectations of their fans, but within the first few notes of our opening song, they rushed to the front of the stage and cheered throughout our whole set. I knew then that we were on to something special."
While Scott and his band were pleasing crowds along the Mid-Atlantic, they also caught the attention of local industry insiders by earning three award nominations from the Washington Area Music Association.
Scott Kurt's new album is scheduled for release in late 2012. "We've grown a lot and lived a lot over the past two years. I'm excited for our fans to take the journey with us."
Some voices were just meant for each other. Jay Byrd and Lara Supan blend to make South Rail’s sound undoubtedly their own. Robust harmonies backed by solid songwriting and musicianship define the band’s original music, steeped in a fusion of authentic Americana and Rock and Roll.
South Rail’s melding of genres and styles is attributed to the diverse backgrounds and influences of its members. Lara, originally from the DC area, studied vocal Jazz at Ithaca College in upstate NY. Before joining South Rail she had been singing and performing since the age of three in various settings ranging from a short stint in musical theatre to solo gigs supporting her own album recorded in Ithaca.
Jay was raised in North Carolina, where he began his professional music career in his late teens. He co-founded a blues-rock trio The Groov, then joined a Grateful Dead cover band named Wavy Train. After moving to the DC area in 2001, Jay began his journey into the Americana style. Since then, Jay has won multiple awards from NewSong, and also won the Gold BMI Songwriter Award in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for his original works.
Keeping South Rail in time is drummer Ben Potok. Ben was born and raised in the tri-state area, studied drum set at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and played in multiple regionally touring bands.
South Rail’s recent EP consists of songs written independently by Jay and Lara. While Lara’s material tends to lean autobiographical in nature, she cites “how poignant the art of storytelling can be” when referring to Jay’s lyrics. The combination of Jay’s roots style, influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Levon Helm, with Lara’s Jazz and Soul influences, more akin to Norah Jones and Adele, comprise South Rail’s distinctive music. Ben produced the EP, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered in the DC area.
South Rail’s collection of original songs, whether heard live or on their EP, is sure to captivate audiences everywhere.
“South Rail is the total package. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing them and hearing them sound fantastic in person and on recordings. The music and performance are a true reflection of their likeable, down-to-earth personalities, poised with their stunning talent, and brilliant songs.” – A. Jones (Ageowns, DC Decibel contributer)
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