Bevel Summers CD Release Show

Bevel Summers

Bevel Summers first came together in the Fall of 2010 after several late night impromptu jam sessions between David Hutcheson and Jeb Brinkley. The two were Seniors at UNC-Chapel Hill at the time, David an English/Creative Writing student and Jeb a Dramatic Art major. Both had gone through break-ups with long term girlfriends, both could carry a tune and wrote songs occasionally, and neither were the slightest interested in school anymore. The two began working on songs together at a break neck pace, staying up some nights until the sun rose writing and playing their tunes in Jeb's living room (much to the chagrin of Jeb's roommates). They'd skip class to sleep, or better yet, attend class and write lyrics rather than paying attention. Adopting the moniker "Reverend Bevel Summers" after a character from a Flannery O'Connor short story, the two worked on their technique, practicing obsessively, and began playing gigs at open mics and at local friends' parties within weeks. By the start of 2011, they had recruited friends Alex Van Gils (upright bass) and Andrew Magill (fiddle) and were playing their first paying gig outside of Carrboro, NC at The Kraken Bar to a crowd of friends (one who biked 8 miles in the cold), and some local Rednecks. Their live performances caught on quick for their rollicking energy, charismatic onstage antics, and upbeat tunes.Within the next few months Bevel Summers began a regular monthly gig at The Southern Rail and recorded their debut studio album with Jeff Crawford (Light Pines, Roman Candle) and James Wallace (Mount Moriah, Mandolin Orange) at Arbor Ridge Studios East in Chapel Hill, NC. Mastered by Nick Petersen at Track and Field Recording in Chapel Hill, Bevel Summers debut self-titled album is slated to release in the Spring of 2012.

Curtis Eller

CURTIS ELLER is New York City's angriest yodelling banjo player. He sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus, all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that's where the money is. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln.

Mr. Eller and his band, The American Circus stubbornly perform and record in New York City. They have appeared at funerals, horse races, burlesque revues and punk rock dumps. Haunted by the ghosts of silent film and wearing a dead man's clothes, Mr. Eller and the band have staggered their way into the hearts of audiences from London and Amsterdam to Los Angeles and Montreal. 2008 promises to see them touring extensively on both sides of the Atlantic ocean.

Along the way, they have shared the stage with strippers, contortionists, glass eaters and folksingers. They play more waltzes than any other band I know of, but nobody ever seems to feel like dancing.

On the lastest American Circus CD "Wirewakers & Assassins" Mr. Eller presents songs about John Wilkes Booth, Joe Louis, Fidel Castro, Jack Ruby and Richard Nixon (as well as the usual tales of Civil War generals and Elvis Presley). As always, sporadic yodeling and some strong language should be expected.

Mr Eller's tune "Alaska" was voted "2003's most Popular" on NPR's All Songs Considered. The music has the unmistakable sound of a pistol being fired in an abandoned salt mine: lonesome and violent.

The bands three previous CD's, "Taking Up Serpents Again" (2004), "Banjo Music for Funerals" (2002), and "1890" (2000), prove The American Circus capable of being recorded magnetically. On them you will here true stories about snake handlers and Coney Island, lies about P.T. Barnum and Amelia Earhart, and all the banjo playing and yodeling anyone can reasonably expect in these dark times.

All of the group's recorded output is available at live performances and online at The American Circus Souvenir Shop. Digital facsimiles of these artifacts can be downloaded from I-Tunes and CD Baby. Confederate currency will no longer be accepted.

Onstage and in the recording studio, The American Circus has attempted to capture the spirit of the Harford Circus Fire of 1944. Although there are sure to be many acts of heroism by performers and crew alike, ultimately it will prove to be the greatest disaster in circus history.

Liisa Yonker, Marilee Eitner, Joseph "Joebss" DeJarnette, Chris Moore, Gary Langol, Rima Fand, Gerald Menke, Amy Kohn, Michael Plunkett, Tim Kiah, Elizabeth Walsh, Adam Budofsky

Wylie Hunter



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