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Dustin Bragg at the Sycamore; Campbell Harrison and Bucket Shot Revival at the Listening Room @ IBP
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Howdy, folks. Thanks for the comments and feedback on the last edition. We saw a big week of music around these parts and this upcoming week looks to be equally impressive. So grab a plate, and let's dig in.

Featured Shows

The Southern Rock and Roll Revival. The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub. Featuring The Higher Choir, Sanctified Revival, and Bucket Shot Revival. Friday August 5th. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The key word with this gig is obviously "Revival," right? But seriously, this looks to be a killer show on the east side of the Covington Square. A triple-bill of three very impressive bands that all lean towards Southern Rock.

We've covered The Higher Choir in this space before when they headlined the first show ever at the Pub. They are well known all throughout our great state, and frontman Chance Walls is as good as any you'll ever see. Great sound and vibe, these guys rock.

The opening band for this one, Bucket Shot Revival, is headed up by a C-town native - Campbell Harrison. You may remember us covering Harrison for one of his solo acoustic shows a few weeks back. Whereas his solo stuff is more on the Indie-Americana side, the Revival, according to Campbell, is more straight-up Southern Rock with elements of Psychedelia. You've got this writer's attention! He goes on to say, "We are bringing a new modern sound with classic influences." Sounds good. This should be a memorable show. BSR is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.

Brooke Serrano at Amici Covington. Friday August 5th. 8 p.m.

Brooke once again brings her talents to College Avenue and I know the Amici crowd is excited to have her back. As we've mentioned before, Brooke has a strong and impressive voice and can cover Adele or Radiohead with equal proficiency and ease. She's a songwriter as well and has been impressing folks with her originals. Great music, great food, and great people. Now that's a winning combination!

Adrian "Showtime" Barksdale. The Social House. Porterdale. Saturday August 6th. 9 p.m.

Rich Archer turned me on this fella and I'm so glad he did. He sent me a YouTube video of this guy tearing up some Stevie Ray Vaughn. In terms of vocals and guitar, Barksdale can lay it down, y'all! A product of Griffin, GA, he's mainly been gigging around there and Locust Grove. This is one of his first forays into the east metro Atlanta market and if you love Blues like I do, then you might want to consider rolling down Hwy 81 and checking this guy out.

Featured Performance

Dustin Bragg live at Sycamore St. Pizzeria. Social Circle. Saturday August 6th. 8 p.m.

Dustin, who we've covered before, is a superb Country singer and guitar player. I know I've said it many times in this space, but isn't it remarkable how many great Country guys (and gals) we've got in our neck of the woods? It's something else. I'm a big fan of many of them and Dustin is right up there at the top of the list. He's probably more Outlaw Country than anything else, and that makes sense considering the fact that Steve Earle is one of his biggest influences. Dustin uses the term Southern Country, and that sounds just about right. He also lists Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, and Eric Church as other faves, but he says his biggest musical influence is his Dad, Tiger Bragg.

Dustin's been getting after it - he's already released a couple of albums and has several songs on iTunes. Earlier this year him and Tiger barnstormed all across the country on a radio station tour that took him to Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and few other states. He has an endorsement deal with Boulder Creek guitars and is an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter. He's a real talent and I think this is going to be a big show over in Social Circle.

Another thing that Dustin mentions regarding his music is how important his family is. And that leads us to the next show...

The Dillon Bragg Concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sycamore St. Pizzeria. Sunday August 7th. 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

On June 21st of this year, Dillon Bragg, brother of Dustin, passed away from complications of Diabetes. It's been very tough for the Bragg family, but they are excited about this event that will raise funds to help the cause in Dillon's memory. And Tiger, Kathy, Dustin and the rest of the family wanted to mention to the community and their friends how grateful they are for all of the love and support that has been shown to them since Dillon's passing.

This will be an All-Star lineup that will include: Johnny Roquemore; Robby Parker, Chris, Jon and Scott; Leighlynn Shine, Whisper Whitlock, Micah McKibben, Matt Rogers,Shane Clark, Ann & Marshall McCart, and others.

This will be an unbelievable day of music that will support a great cause. Hope to see you there.

Odds and Ends:

Live music at the Mystic, Thursday and Saturday; and at Porterdale Bar & Grill on the weekend. Comedy at The Social House on Friday night; Comedy night at The Listening Room @IBP on Sunday night. Picker's Circle at Cowboys BBQ on Saturday night. Live music at Milazzo's on Thursday night.

Thanks for reading. Til next time.