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Big week of music in the Mill Village

There’s another epic week of music on the horizon, so grab a plate and dig into to the smorgasbord that is the Music Minute.

The Speakeasy will feature a great a 1-2-3 punch this weekend, with three big shows at what it is easily one of the coolest music venues in this part of Georgia.

The first will be Cosmic Americana, Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. at the Speakeasy, 20001 Main Street, Porterdale. Cosmic Americana has developed quite a buzz. Comprised of Stephen Bogle and company, the band plays a mix of Southern Rock, Country and Folk with a 60s and 70s feel. By all accounts, Bogle looks and sings the part and apparently he does a rendition of Tennessee Whiskey that will give you chills. Sounds like this will be a fun one.

The next night at the Speakeasy will be Amy Rae, Joe Duke and Jonah, Friday, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m.

We covered these guys a few weeks ago when they played at Amici and The Mystic Grill in Covington on back-to-back nights, and I know that Tim and the Speakeasy crowd are very excited about having them play at their cool, esoteric spot.

Rae has a really great voice and is starting to put out some very strong original material. A true Country-meets-Rock sound, she is inspired by and listens to a diverse set of artists that range from Joan Jett to Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson.

Joining her, as usual, will be her musical collaborator and ace guitar picker, Joe Duke, who I keep hearing great things about, and multi-percussionist Jonah Meredith.

Completing the Speakeasy trifecta will be Chris, Jon and Scott, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m.

This terrific and tremendous trio has finally found its way to this gem of a place behind The Company Store in the loveliest of lovely mill villages. The other night I got a chance to watch some of their set at Amici, and, as per usual, was just totally impressed and enjoyed every second of it. These guys are just so dang good. I posted some pictures and a video on my Facebook page of it, and folks really seemed to like it. These guys have a lot of fans throughout Covington and the home county, and I believe this is going to be an amazing and memorable show.

Just remember, the door to the Speakeasy is towards the rear on the Yellow River side of the building where The Company Store is located on the main drag there in the Dale. I don't think they're requiring a password to get in anymore, but just in case — remember the words "Omaha," and possibly "Jot 'em Down Store"

Aside from the Speakeasy, there will also be a big show at The Social House, 2101 Main Street, Porterdale.

Red Dirt Mountain performs at The Social House at 9 p.m.

Founded in 2011 and comprised of members Scott White, Ray Parks, Monroe Slim and Nick Capatino, Red Dirt Mountain brings "Southern Sludge" and "open slide tunings with a little heavy thrown in" in the style of Mastodon and Blackberry Smoke and in the tradition of Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers Band and The Black Crowes.

These guys will have young buck Buddy Krause, a frequent collaborator of Shane Clark's, sitting in and throwing in some of his tasty licks on a few of their numbers as well. This should be a capital evening at another of the home county's premier musical venues.

And as most of you know, The Speakeasy and The Social House are basically next door to each other. It reminds me of the old story about how one lawyer in a small town is struggling, but then once another one moved in, they both start to get rich beyond their wildest imaginations. The story speaks to how sometimes the more cogs in the wheel you have, the better it is for all involved; or, if you will, how a rising tide lifts all ships. It's a good thing for both of these fine establishments that the other one is there. Just like all of the venues in Covington. That's what makes a scene, in my estimation, and that's a moment from us...

Odds & Ends:

- Live music is now being played at Your Pie, 1115 Washington Street, SW, on the south side of the Covington Square every Thursday night at 7 p.m.

- Matt Moncrief performs at Amici Covington, 1116 College Avenue on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. The man. The myth. The legend. The one and only. The other M&M brings his killer guitar chops and eclectic songbook and style back to that special and groovy pizza joint on College Avenue.

- Bouncing Betties performs at Porterdale Bar and Grill, 52 South Broad Street on Saturday, Sept 10.

- Live music at The Mystic Grill, 1116 Clark Street SW, Covington on Thursdays and Saturdays; live music most weekends at 5 O'Clock Somewhere, 7189 Turner Lake Road, NW, Covington. Live shows most weekends at The Depot, 4122 Emory Street NW, Covington (and don't forget about those Sunday afternoon shows with the free food buffet).
Thanks for reading, folks, and we'll see you right here next week.