Thanks for all the feedback on last week's edition. There’s a lot to cover, so let's get down to it.
Campbell Harrison at the Mystic Grill, Covington, Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.
The other day, somebody left me a copy of Harrison's EP, Behind Glass, and I'm sure glad they did. My first thought was this guy has an ambidextrous name -- his first name could be a last name and vice versa. But once I played the album, my second thought was this -- man, this kid's good! Like real good. Strong songwriting and vocal work combined with a high caliber recording quality made this a very nice listen. He had some help. Devin Harris laid down some killer guitar leads and Kofi Burbidge threw in some wonderful organ and flute work. And yes, you read that right -- flute. It was a very nice touch. The title track is a keeper. "Words on a Page," and especially "What They Say," were my other favorites. He lists John Mayer, REM and Pink Floyd as influences and you can assuredly hear that in his music. Personally, I felt a bit of a Jeff Buckley vibe as well, and there's nothing wrong with that. Again, just a really nice recording.
Campbell, who's been playing shows around Atlanta and Athens and will be playing a few down in Florida later this year, will be bringing his talents to the roof top at the Mystic this Thursday. Presumably he'll be plugging in some covers that most likely reflect his musical heritage and influences. Should be a heck of a show, and the Mystic, with their food and bar selections, is always a nice venue for a show. Learn more at www.campbellharrisonmusic.com
U-PANG live at Amici, Covington, Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.
The near-legendary U-PANG will once again be at Amici. Self-described as "country fried pop," these guys seem to always entertain and bring a good crowd. According to their Facebook page, their influences are "anything catchy ... we just like to drink and play music." Sounds like my type of crew. I've been told before that these guys kind of defy genre. They're pretty unique. But I'm told it's always a good show.
Whiskey Bent at Sycamore St. Pizzeria, Social Circle, Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m.
I've discussed this duo comprised of Fluff Whatley and Marc Airington a few times. Fluff's soulful voice is complemented nicely by Marc's guitar work. They have an impressive song list that covers multiple genres and it's always a good show. The Sycamore has quickly become one of the area's best music venues.
Savannah Webb live at The Mystic Grill, Covington, Saturday, May 21. 8 p.m.
Webb is young up and coming singer songwriter from Greensboro, Georgia. She's been playing out a good bit in and around the Madison and Lake Oconee area. She is now starting to make inroads in our neck of the woods. For this show, she'll have her guitar player, Josh Conner, in tow, and will be playing a wide variety of sounds and styles. Based on some of the stuff I've heard of hers, it's equal parts rock and country. It's a cool sound.
Well, that'll about wrap this one up. As usual, there's a lot of other shows and events going on as well. Hope you enjoy it and we'll see you here next time.