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Rising Creek Music Series: Featured artists are announced


September 05, 2018

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If it seems like I’m spending a bit more time on this topic recently, I hope you understand why. I am incredibly passionate about making sure that great songwriters have every opportunity to thrive in our area. The 27th of this month will see just such an opportunity on the Averitt Center Stage. The inaugural concert in the Rising Creek Music Series will feature two local favorites and one regional act, and I am so excited to share these folks and their art with you. It was a tough competition, and we're hoping to have even more submissions for the next show (which will be in the spring). Here's a breakdown of the performers you'll see this month.

John (J Alan) Brown — Born in Aiken, South Carolina, John Alan Brown spent his formative years in Statesboro taught to play guitar by his father as soon as he could hold one. At 5 years old, John’s dad showed him a song he had written, and it changed John’s life.

“Until that moment, I never really knew people actually wrote songs,” Brown confesses. “I guess I thought they just happened. I love a good story, and love creating them and sharing them via my music.” 

 Throughout his career in music, he, with his band Outrider, had the opportunity to open for Aaron Tippen and David Allan Coe, and they were the band for Percy Sledge.

In 2008, after years of writing his own material, John finally recorded an album of all original works. The album, “Who’s Laughing Now,” afforded him the chance to work with some of country music’s greatest instrumentalists in Nashville. With his down home honesty and southern sensibility combined with a unique way with words, you will understand why he’s one of Statesboro’s favorite songwriters.  

Thunder Gypsy — Southern soul, blues, rock and roll. Thunder Gypsy has recently started venturing into original music, and we’re so glad they did. If you’ve been around me for long, you know I am a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a good blues band, and that is EXACTLY what Thunder Gypsy is. Based in Atlanta, they recently won the Atlanta 2017 Blues Challenge. Not a bad way to introduce themselves! Their debut album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, BandCamp, and their online website at www.thundergypsy.com This four-piece packs a punch in their shows, and puts on a full five course meal of musical deliciousness. Check them out, and then come see them live at the Rising Creek show.

Micahlan Boney — Well, she almost needs no introduction. As a matter of fact, if you really want to know more about her, you could just go back a few issues and read the full article I wrote on her. The fact is, she is a young lady with an old soul, and her music conveys every part of it from the style to her showmanship...all the way down to her costumes. She’s not just one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet, she’s also a bang-up, slam down, out of this world songwriter. Closing out our show, she and her band are sure to leave you with your toes tapping and your lips smiling. And she’s going places, too. I’ve been talking about those “I saw them when” moments, and this is one of them. She’s headed to Nashville to work full-time with some of the big named artists that she’s hit the stage with. Here’s your chance to see one of our area’s own before she move on to the big time!

Frankly, I can’t wait for this show. In my time here in Statesboro, I’ve seen some great performances, and I know I’m going to get to see so many more, but I just can’t wait for what promises to be an amazing kick-off to a fantastic series at the Averitt Center. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to bring some extra spending money. Our artists will also have merch tables set up where you can purchase CDs and meet them face to face. Tickets are already on sale at the Averitt Center. You can call them at (912)212-2787 or visit their website, www.averittcenterfortheart.org.


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