Winter Jam in the Ham
December 21, 2018 8:00 pm CST
Winston Ramble

Based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Winston Ramble is a homegrown, folk-rock band. With members originally hailing from the free state of Winston County, AL, the band aims to interject the raw expression of rock-n-roll into the feel-good vibes of folk and bluegrass music.

The Pearl

The Pearl is a product of collaboration... a natural progression of musicians playing next to one another in different settings with different people, starting in 2016. All three members are quite good at keeping themselves musically busy, so as the gigs began to overlap, side projects and pop-up shows, typically featuring a mixture of this trio with other local talent, starting becoming more frequent..
As musicians, they also share a common thread in that all three work exceptionally hard between shows to practice and grow as musicians and people. Each member, even before they had met, had developed borderline excessive practice routines so, in hindsight, forming a trio was the move to make. 
Finally, in the Spring of 2018, when Taylor moved back home from Nashville to finish his masters in music education from Belmont, all it took was one trio gig for The Pearl to start writing, booking, and practicing together many hours a week. 
Here we are, just a little ways down the road, with full sets of original material + pages of cover songs, pulling crowds to some of the areas most popular venues & festivals.

The Talismen

The Talismen were formed in 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama.  These talented musicians have been learning and growing as they entertain audiences from Dothan to Birmingham and all points inbetween.  With a combination of energy and sophistication beyond their years, The Talismen put on a show containing soulful and funk-filled originals along with some music of their favorite artists like Widespread Panic, Phish The Dirty Guv'nahs and moe. The band continues to expand their catalog of fan favorites and entertain audiences throughout the area. Come see a show by The Talismen and enjoy the ever-evolving talent of the local Montgomery music scene.

 

Jack Anderson - Guitars/Bass/Vocals
Jack Bennett - Guitars/Vocals
George Norrell - Drums/Vocals
Camp Spain - Guitars/Vocals
Jack Wagstaff - Keyboards/Horns/Vocals

The Yellow Dandies

American folk music is a diverse eco-system. Artists working within the style have electrified it, orchestrated it, jazzed it up, smoothed it down, re-mixed it, and preserved its original forms. Hill, Hood, and the Yellow Dandies are out to showcase the music’s wild roots and introduce it to new audiences in a provocative, but legitimate way. Blending the traditional and contemporary, the Yellow Dandies approach 60 year old bluegrass standards and 200 year old fiddle tunes with the same manic energy as their own new originals. The band blasts through its live sets with ferocious energy, intricate musicianship, and hilarious songs; keeping the audience on their feet, often dancing, occasionally screaming.

Bailey “Keystone” Hill and Ben Hood formed the band in early 2016 after getting together to record some of their favorite fiddle tunes and original songs; this project soon turned into the band’s first album, “The Fun of Reckless and Indiscriminate Merry Making.” Ryan Brown’s thunderous bass, and Aerin de Russy's blazing, contest fiddling were thrown into the mix, and the band kick-started their invasion of Alabama. From day one, the Dandies have been guided by a single principle: “Every tune must be interesting and original enough to justify its public performance.” Whether this manifests its self in their textured arrangements, eclectic, style mashes, or gleefully, chaotic lyrics, the band has never failed to find innovative elements for each number.

Hill, Hood, and The Yellow Dandies approach old-time and bluegrass standards with a combination of their usual raucous energy and precise structuring. Taking influence from groups like The Bothy Band, who revolutionized celtic music with their fiery, yet surgical arrangements of traditional Irish music, The Dandies work hard to give each tune depth and drama. Harmonies, drop-outs, countermelodies, dynamics, tonal color, and countless other musical elements are tweaked to keep often repetitive tunes entertaining and powerful. A classic traditional tune like “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” which has been played thousands of times over the past 200 years, is given a “round” style intro by Keystone, Ben, and Aerin, a funky bass line by Ryan, and a healthy mix of melody and improvisation. “Sittin’ on Top of the World” plays Keystone’s Monroe-inspired bluegrass mandolin against Ben’s Django-esque, swing guitar. Every song and tune is branded with the mark of the dandies.

Hill and Hood brew their songs with alternating doses of wit, allusion, irony, and modern, absurdist muppetry. The influence of bluegrass icon, John Hartford’s quirky lyrics can’t be denied in songs like “Food in the Winter,” which proclaims Keystone’s love of genetically modified, asexual, frozen fish. But non-traditional musicians like Frank Zappa have also left a defined thumbprint on pieces like the bold march, “Ranch on the Chicken,” and the extended “Fun of Reckless and Indiscriminate Merry Making Medley.” Tunes like “Flip the World” and “Honey, I’m Here” conjure up an insane mix of Shel Silverstein, Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and Jimmy Martin. However, despite having small elements of everything from Arvo Pärt to “Nathan for You,” The Yellow Dandies’ writing is distinctly original in its humor and style.

Hill, Hood, and the Yellow Dandies are guaranteed to wake any crowd up, pump them full of the holy, dandy spirit, and get them hootin, hollerin, dancing, and demanding more. Holy Hell, Hot Damn, it’s the boys from Birmingham.

Ice Station Zebra

Music is an art with many approaches, but for Ice Station Zebra it’s about staying in the moment. Our live performances combine thoughtful lyrics and dynamic musical improvisation. This stems from the idea that when we explore possibilities, unafraid of the outcome, we are sharing with the audience the birth of something new. After all, life is simply a series of moments, each leading up to the next, and it’s up to us to take advantage of it.

Lauren Hughes and the Blackbelt Brigade
The Busty Petites