Tonight is yet another mind-blowing evening of amazing music at The Kraken roadhouse that could... We start the evening with the most amazing Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra at 8pm, with a special guest appearance by Jeff Wall who has agreed to take the role of Arther Dent with his amazing towel in advance of another local favorite band, Jeff Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State. Please join us for an evening of longing and an evening of celebration. You will be amazed. Also, the Taco El Nino Food Truck will be on hand all through the evening to provide fine fare for all of us.
Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State
"Jeff Hart has been on the Triangle scene since the late '80s, consistently plying tuneful, often folk-inflected rock with a bit of bluster. His early band, the Hanks, backed Arrogance's Robert Kirkland. Later, Hart played with Chris Stamey in the '90s, and those two connections are reflective of his own musical tastes. His lithe, laid-back baritone recalls Rhett Miller, while sharing a similar appreciation of Big Star's power-pop and bar-band swagger." -Chris Parker, Independent Weekly
In 2013, after 23 years as Jeff Hart and the Ruins, the band renamed themselves Jefferson Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State (after the album of the same name). Jeff has also been playing solo under the name Jefferson Hart since early in 2013. Jeff plays guitar with Symen Blumenfeld on bass, Brian Yamamoto on guitar and John Flowers on drums.
In 2014, Jeff Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State released, Corolla Ponies In The Snow, which was the culmination of a 12 week song writing project in which Jeff wrote a song a week for 12 weeks and posted them to SoundCloud. The title track was inspired by a YouTube video of ponies running on the North Carolina Outer Banks during a snow storm.
“His prize possession is a guitar signed by over a dozen of his heroes including Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Robert Earl Keen, and Matthew Sweet - with a combination of that foursome providing a decent description of Hart's sound ... and from a Byrds-eye view, the pre-Clarence White Byrds.” - Rick Cornell - No Depression
“I challenge anyone to find a better in-the-wee-hours song than the exceptional 'From Now On' with such lines as "Colder than the backside of your pillowcase". Lesser artists have made careers of such songs. ” - Record Exchange Monitor
Check out a video from one of their prior performances at The Kraken: http://vimeo.com/111212408
Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra
The Greensboro scene is pretty awesome these days, in part due to the amazing Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra.
The vocal stylings of Whisky Christy have been highly influenced by her background in classical music, but her heart has led her to the blues ~ and she certainly sings from the heart! As proud as she is to be the bandleader, she knows she is only one piece of this enchanting ensemble. Pajama Don plays one beautiful looking Upright Bass, sings, and writes remarkable songs that can make you long for love or snow days or both. Jim also sings, has a fantastic ear for harmonies, and shares original songs he has written with the group. He plays folk and blues guitar in a way that adds to the old timey feel that creates the signature Half Pint Orchestra sound. In fact, Don and Jim have been playing music together for more years than The Half Pint Orchestra has existed and they charm the high heaven out of Whisky Christy when they call her boss. She happily works hard to honor The Half Pint Orchestra and the work they do as an ensemble. It is a pleasure to be in the presence of these craftsmen when they work their magic on the stage.
Whisky Christy - Bandleader, Lead Vocals, Songwriter
Pajama Don - Upright Bass, Vocals, Songwriter
Jim Suiter - Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Songs also writen by Mystkdog and Half Pint himself!
Jeff describes himself as a big dumb hick and he tries to extend that legacy, but he's a sharp fella who can sing a story and draw you right in. He looks big at 6’7” and 300lb, and he proudly claims to look dumb with a stupid vacant look on his face. He wants us to believe he doesn't know what he's doing and that he never rose beyond everything his parents tried to suppress, but don't you believe it for a minute.
Jeff curses like a sailor, because he was a sailor. He has traveled the world with a guitar in his hands. His great grandfather was a fiddler and banjo player and an official town drunk. The apple didn’t fall too far from that tree. Perhaps he’s a bear with a sore tooth and a bad attitude, or perhaps he’s a big teddy bear just looking for a hug. Good luck figuring out which is which. Jeff Wall is a study in contradictions and if nothing else you expect to be entertained.
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