The Breedings, G.B. Parker, Haley Dreis, Caleb Caudle
201 F St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
The Breedings are a brother and sister duo based out of Nashville, TN - home of their debut album, Laughing at Luck.
Originally hailing from Lexington, KY, the duo sings original material penned by singer/songwriter Willie Breeding, who released two solo albums while living in Brooklyn, NY and touring nationally. Big sister Erin, who was living as an accountant in Boston and singing occasional back-up for her brother, stepped up to become the lead singer in 2008. Brought together by their love of '70s country music, the pair emerged in 2011 with a surprisingly rock'n'roll album.
The Breedings are currently touring behind their debut album, as well as singing classic hits from Willie's solo albums.
G.B. Parker was born in Leslie County, Kentucky, and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.
From 2002 through 2009 he was based in Nashville, where he performed under the name Greg Parker. His debut 2004 EP, On The Break, called to mind the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield in the 1950s and 1960s. It won rave reviews in The Big Takeover, the Nashville City Paper, Roctober, and other media outlets.
He toured the region and played regularly in Nashville during this period, headlining shows at the 5 Spot (Nashville), the Down Home (Johnson City, Tenn.), Preservation Pub (Knoxville, Tenn.), and The Garage (Winston-Salem, N.C.), and sharing bills with the likes of Of Montreal, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), Elizabeth Cook, Nikki Sudden, the Farewell Drifters, the everybodyfields, and many others.
Parker relocated to Washington, D.C., in 2009. His new material is informed by the challenges his country and his Appalachian homeland face in the post-recession era. The sound draws roughly equally from traditional country, Appalachian folk, and blues.
Parker recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville in January 2013 with Dave Roe on upright bass; Chris Scruggs on steel guitar; Micah Hulscher on piano and organ; and Matt Combs on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. Andrija Tokic, who engineered the Alabama Shakes' debut album at this studio, recorded these live sessions to tape. Ten of these songs now compose the More album, to be released later in 2013.
23 year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Haley Dreis currently resides in Nashville, TN, where she teaches violin, tours, records, and writes music for herself and others. In her hometown of Columbia, SC critics favor her as "one of the scene's brightest voices" (Otis Taylor, The State newspaper) - and her debut full-length album as "a perfectly realized and surprisingly mature and polished pop gem from the still-young Dreis, who is as promising a pop talent as Columbia's ever seen" (Patrick Wall, Columbia Free-Times).
She has recorded and toured throughout the southeast with Jay Clifford (of Jump Little Children) and Josh Kaler (of Slow Runner); and has performed alongside national acts such as We The Kings, Tonic, Edwin McCain, Toby Lightman, & Chris Barron (of Spin Doctors). She has performed at legendary venues such as the Bitter End (NYC), Eddie's Attic (Decatur, GA), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), and most recently graced the stage at the Grande Ole Opry where she played violin in the orchestra for Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin at the Stellar Music Awards.
Dreis is a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and a recent cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College.
Her most recent 3rd full-length album, "Lady With A Rocket" (September 2012) was honored "New and Noteworthy" on iTunes. Her full-length debut album "Beautiful to Me" (July, 2009) and her sophomore release "Taking Time" (March, 2011) are also available on iTunes and other digital retailers. She has collectively fan-funded over $18,000 via Kickstarter to independently release her albums.
"A record rich with immaculately constructed roots rock"
-Josh Neas, Aquariumdrunkard.com
"It sounds like he stepped straight outta Lone Star territory, with jaw-droppingly fine songs steeped in classic Earle, Ely, Clark, McMurtry and Van Zandt."
- Fred Mills, BLURT
"…when Caudle sings his sweet ode to his late grandmother, you'll be excused if your eyes well up. Catch him before he becomes NC's next Americana dream."
-Mark Kemp, Shuffle Magazine
"There is not a bad song, not a misstep, anywhere to be found."
- Ed Bumgardner, Relish Magazine
"The sweet spot between alt.country and roots pop."
-Spencer Griffith, Independent Weekly
"However, as always, the true standout instrument is Caleb's voice. It's as singularly Americana as Jay Farrar, but his range is that of a soul singer."
-Eli Petersen, Twangville.com
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