BARRY WALDREP FEATURING SCOTT LITTLE & PARIS LUNA
Saturday, December 8th
9:30pm / doors at 9:00pm
Advance general admission: $15
At the door: $18
Table of 4 reserved seats: $75
Performing music has been a way of life for BARRY WALDREP from the time he was a young boy growing up in the small town of Wedowee, Ala. The multi-talented instrumentalist began playing guitar and mandolin when he was only six years old. He was heavily influenced by his dad, James, an accomplished Bluegrass guitarist, who handed Barry his first guitar. By the time he was eight, he had also learned to play the banjo and joined his dad onstage playing at festivals throughout the South. While touring on the Bluegrass circuit, he met and performed with Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass.
During his teenage years, Waldrep was drawn to the sounds of Southern Rock and his musical taste began to be influenced by Lynyrd Skynard, The Allman Brothers and the Charlie Daniel’s Band. This led Barry to combine his Bluegrass roots with the high performance sounds of Southern Rock fusing the two together creating a unique musical style all his own. A sound that fans began to take note of when he started performing with Telluride, a Birmingham Alabama based band. After that Barry Co-founded the band Rollin’ in the Hay, which was together for 16 years, and very popular on the jam band circuit. It was during that time that Waldrep struck up a friendship with Zac Brown while the two were performing many times in the same town. Like so many others who watched Waldrep perform for the first time, Brown was “blown away” by Barry’s talent and the intensity that he plays guitar. Brown calls Waldrep one of the finest pickers he knows.
At the invitation of Brown, Waldrep joined The Zac Brown Band for a summer tour in 2008 and the Breaking Southern Ground Tour in 2009-2010, and followed with touring with ACM’s 2010 Best New Duo Joey & Rory. Waldrep is currently working on a CD featuring a blend of bluegrass, country, jazzgrass, southern rock, and americana. Since going out on his own as a solo artist, Waldrep has displayed his wide variety of musical talent performing and recording with various artists at venues large and small, including the Grand Ole’ Opry, Music City Root’s and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Waldrep has recorded seven albums with Rollin’ in the Hay, three solo albums, and has worked with CMH records in Los Angeles to produce over 21 Bluegrass tribute albums including Tim McGraw, Widespread Panic, Phish, and The Black Crowes. He also co-wrote and recorded with Lynam guitarist Jacob Burton to produce the CD Six Ways ‘Til Sunday. Recent projects include performing on The Zac Brown Band CD/DVD, Pass The Jar, released 2010, Joey & Rory’s “Album #2″ released 2010 and recording with Randy Travis on the new “25th Anniversary Celebration, released June 2011. His newest project The Band of Brothers & Sisters “LIVE IN ATLANTA” was released November 2011.
Waldrep tours and records with many as a side man, in addition to performing with his own band, and also heads up his most recent project The Band of Brothers & Sisters.
Specific sounds and images come to mind when people think of the south. The state of Georgia in particular. It’s quite easy to conjure thoughts of peaches, red dirt roads, sweet tea, and even Georgia rain. All made easier to imagine due to the undeniable impact Georgia natives have had on music. Setting their own course to magnify that musical landscape is THE SCOTT LITTLE BAND. It only takes one listen to the new record “Barbed Wire and Engine Blocks” to not only hear, but feel like you’re part of the journey. The Scott Little band takes you on a ride through small town American life, leaving you feeling like you were wrapped in a musical blanket. Crafting songs into stories that take you through all life’s traps and freedoms. This storytelling four piece band has more than succeeded in their goal of making real music. Pulling from influences such as Haggard and Parsons, they make music the old-fashioned way, they live it….then they play it……
PARIS LUNA has had the pleasure to share the stage with top name acts Zac Brown, Rusted Root, Chris Gibbs from Modern English and Devon Allman.
From the inception of her music career, Paris Luna has crafted classy, subtle songs with shimmering melodies, heartwarming lyrics and timeless sounds. Over the course of 7 years, guitarist Michael Harris, drummer Kane Russell (formerly with Zac Brown Band for 5 years), Toby Marriott (The Strays) and Heather Russell (vocalist, pianist, acoustic guitarist and songwriter) known as Paris Luna, have found an exceptional formula to creatively fuse country and rock, producing a unique sound all of their own.
The band’s signature sound is delighting both critics and fans alike. Paris Luna’s first album “City Lights” was released early 2007. The album reached rapid success and has, to date, been signed to Discovery Channel for use in 187 countries 5 networks and also aired on over 30 television shows from networks like: E!, Lifetime, MTV, VH1 and Showtime. The band has been ‘Road Warriors’ for many years playing over 285 shows a year in venues such as The Bitter End in New York, Ciceros in St. Louis, The Centerstage in Atlanta, South By Southwest Music Festival 2007 and again in 2011. At the Atlantis Music Festival in 2007, they were picked to be 1 of 20 bands from over 250 bands to be on its compilation and at the ESPN Pro Elite Bass Masters Tournament in 2011, they were picked to be featured as 1 of 16 bands to play over the course of the three day event.
Most recently, Paris Luna was nominated for the 2011 GA Music Awards Best Rock Female category and the band and hit song “Tell Me Why” has been featured on 94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s Backyard Country multiple times and is quickly becoming a favorite of Backyard Country! They were also had the honor to play at the Atlanta Braves game on September 3, 2011. Paris Luna is currently in publishing negotiations in Nashville regarding a large slate of television show placements as well as in preparation for production of their new album to drop Spring of 2012. They are also in works of an apparel line and product line! Paris Luna is also an advocate for children and has played at Children’s Hospitals through “500 Songs for Kids” and multiple camps associated with the hospitals. They are working on a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta as well as other charity organizations to help make a difference in a better tomorrow.