Thursday, February 21st

8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm

Advance general admission: $7

At the door: $10

Table of 4 reserved seats: $35




Not necessarily adhered to strict expectations associated with bluegrass, but still connected to Americana roots and infused with a bit of alternative rock. This is what forms a shelter for Sans Abri. Josh Erwin and Michael Paynter are able to give their sound and songs a home by creatively involving acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, live and looped percussion, as well as vocal arrangements.

The inception of this band came around November 2011 when The Packway Handle Band was asked to perform as part of a tribute to John Prine. Josh and Michael were the only two members who were available to jump on the roster. Arranging those songs [and later, some Tom Waits songs for another tribute night show] turned out to be great exercises to hear just what these two forces could come up with. Not much longer after that evening, they played their first show together as Sans Abri at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. They combined a setlist from handful of songs they had individually written and arranged them for the concert. These songs have continued to evolve with the addition of percussion, new ideas, harmonies, and accompaniment. The band is in pursuit of filling up as much space with sound that two individuals are capable of generating.

The literal translation of “Sans Abri” is “without shelter”. The French use it as a term for “homeless”. Josh and Michael have given a home to these songs and are providing shelter for many more creations to come. They are in the midst of recording the first album of songs. Release date will be later in 2012.


“…the distinct duo of Paynter and his mustachioed partner Josh Erwin flaunted a rich sound and interlacing vocal harmonies at Flicker last night. Though the band stuck with upbeat tempos, it played with rhythm and genre throughout. The duo distances itself from the bluegrass style of Packway Handle Band, from which it originated…it’s infused with a bit of alternative rock, the pair can’t hide their Americana roots.”– Red & Black 2/12/12 by Kerry Boyles

“What audiences will hear from Sans Abri will maintain a spiritual connection to Packway Handle’s rousing bluegrass-inspired folk, but with a distinct identity…As Sans Abri…they have also been able to distance themselves from the stylistic expectations associated with bluegrass. That alone has been worth the added challenge of keeping people engaged with fewer men onstage” — Times Free Press Chattanooga 3/30/12 by Casey Phillips