515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 8:45 PM / Show 9:00 PM
EMI recording artist Angie Aparo is the songwriting talent behind such big hits as Faith Hill's recording of 'Cry.' A highly respected and accomplished singer and performer himself, Angie has appeared on stage and recordings with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Edwin McCain, Matchbox20, and the Zac Brown Band to name but a few. Emotional Traffic, Tim McGraw's much anticipated studio album debuted January 31, 2012 on Billboard's Country Album chart at #1, featuring the songs 'The One' and 'Only Human,' co-written by Angie.
Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter released his first major label record, The American, produced by Grammy-winning producer Matt Serletic, in 1999. The album included 'Cry' a song that was later recorded as title track of a hit album by singer Faith Hill. Hill went on to win a Grammy for her performance of 'Cry.' Hill's husband Tim McGraw then recorded Aparo's 'Free Man' from The American for the soundtrack album for HBO's documentary about the election of Barack Obama.
Aparo first began playing the Southeast with his acoustic guitar in hand. He released his first solo album Out of the Everywhere in 1996, recorded at David Briggs Studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Jim Stabile as engineer and David Briggs at the piano. This was followed by The American, his label debut for Arista Records.
Citing the familiar phrase "creative differences," Angie parted ways with his label and released Weapon of Mass Construction in 2001 (later re-released under the title One With the Sun). A collection of cover songs taken from varying artists from Beastie Boys to Neil Young and Elton John, as well as two previously unreleased originals, Angie is quoted as saying "I had been playing these cover songs "unplugged" in clubs and thought it would interesting to record those arrangements."
Following in 2003 was For Stars and Moon, an album heavily influenced by the Beatles. Angie then released the live album 9Live in 2004, a recording from a performance for Atlanta radio station 99X featuring many songs from The American.
Angie's music started moving in a new direction first apparent on El Primero Del Tres (Spanish for "The First of the Three") recorded with producer Dann Huff. He continued moving forward stylistically with his most recent release Praise Be.
For 2014, Angie has a new solo album in the works, a duet project with Charleston songstress McKenzie Eddy, a cartoon and TV show in development, and is currently writing material for Tim McGraw's next release.
Led by a modern-day Linda Ronstadt, Granville Automatic writes songs the Associated Press calls “haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.” With influences as diverse as Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, The Smiths and Dawes, Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound that revolves around their passion for storytelling. The duo, comprised of BMG Nashville songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins, is named after a 19th-century typewriter.
The girls’ devotion to the project has proved a chaotic road of back-breaking touring, interpersonal tension, former-day-job balancing, other-band leaving, and a love-hate dynamic that brought them from Atlanta to Nashville. Theirs is a creative partnership reminiscent of Lennon-McCartney, a dreamer-doer, accessible-obtuse, country-rock collision of two polar opposites. What the two share, however, is a love for nostalgia: old records and antiques, tarot cards and dusty books, ghosts on battlefields and lost stories from the past. That common ground has produced three albums widely praised from The New York Times to an Editor’s Pick in No Depression.
Currently, Granville Automatic is hard at work on their forthcoming studio album, RADIO HYMNS. The project, similar in approach to the lauded 2015 record AN ARMY WITHOUT MUSIC: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground, will focus on the city of Nashville and the historic buildings and spaces that are being threatened by the area’s unprecedented growth. By focusing on the little-known stories that make those vanishing landmarks sacred to Nashville, the girls hope to unearth a new perspective on an area that was forging a unique identity long before it became known as Music City. Conversations are currently underway with prominent Nashville songwriters and producers who have expressed interest in leaving their thumbprints on what will be a heartfelt love letter to the history of the city they call home. In a town where the songwriting bar is set high by their heroes John Prine, Jason Isbell and Jim Lauderdale, Granville Automatic believes they can leave a unique mark on Americana music.
Olivarez and Elkins have written songs recorded by country stars Billy Currington (the single “Drinkin’ Town With A Football Problem”), Sugarland, Wanda Jackson, Angaleena Presley and numerous others. Their songwriting led them to a coveted Composers in Residence spot at Seaside, Fla.’s Escape to Create program. They’ve appeared on PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. You may have heard their songs on ABC’s American Crime and The Lying Game, as well as Netflix’s The Ranch. Their tour schedule has been as frenzied as 200 shows a year, including stops at SXSW, the Key West, Island Hopper and 30A Songwriters festivals and Tin Pan South. They’ve played at venues from the legendary Joshua Tree roadhouse Pappy & Harriet’s to Texas’ haunted Gruene Hall to listening rooms such as The Tin Angel (Philadelphia), Club Passim (Boston), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta), The Station Inn and Music City Roots (Nashville) and Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).