Justin Townes Earle Benefit Concert Dec. 5

Poverty Is Real Presents
Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys,
and Eliot Bronson
in concert at The Melting Point to benefit
Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens, whatever it takes

Thursday, December 5, 2013, doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7:15!
 $17 advance (plus on-line purchase fee), $20 at the door (if tickets remain)

Justin Townes Earle

The son of maverick Texas songwriter Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle’s style has been described as, “a hybrid mixing folk and blues with strong early country leanings.” His most recent album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, was voted a top 50 album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Earle’s live performances are the stuff of Athens legend, and those who appreciate songwriting at its purest levels should not miss this show. He joins us following a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys

Among “50 Most Significant Songwriters of the Past 50 Years,” Chicago Tribune

“What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, and yet growing in his own beautiful way.” -Tom Paxton

“…able to say more in two words than most other people can say in a novel. Another one of those cats that qualifies as ‘one of the heaviest cats you probably never heard of’… a dyed in the wool North Carolinian John Koerner… ” — Midwest Record

“Jonathan Byrd doesn’t sing songs; he sings truth.” — Mare Wakefield, Performing Songwriter

“I thought I was listening to a young Doc Watson.” Jay Moulin, Southeast Performer magazine

“Byrd is right up there with the best of them with a twist and turn of phrase, a facile use of language and the ability to tell a story straight into your heart. “ – Rich Warren, WFMT

“…a folk singer with the heart of a rock ‘n’ roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times

Eliot Bronson

 “Eliot Bronson is the type of songwriter who could squeeze out something meaningful about taking out the trash. He writes heartfelt songs with dark humor and backs them with his resonant voice and swampy instruments. Back in his hometown of Baltimore, he was dubbed a ‘folk-singing wunderkind.’ He then moved to Atlanta and started the Brilliant Inventions with Josh Lamkin. The duo quickly won the Best New Local Music Act in the 2008 Creative Loafing Reader’s Poll. [As well as The Eddie’s Attic Shoot Out, and Most Wanted Emerging Artists at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival] The band broke up in 2010. Bronson released his first solo record, Blackbirds, to wide critical acclaim. Bronson just released his second CD, Milwaukee, with a backing band, Yonder Orphans. The band includes Sugarland’s original guitarist, Bret Hartley, and BoDeans drummer Kevin Leahy. The album pays tribute to Rodney Lanier, who, until his death in 2011, was one of the most beloved musicians in Charlotte, NC, fronting bands such as Jolene and Sea of Cortez.”  – Al Kauffman – Atlanta Music Guide

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