A great night of music on December 14th as we welcome in ‘The Cold Stares from Nashville with 68-75 out of Atlanta” www.thecoldstares.com
Doors are at 8:00 pm est
Call Summit City for Tickets and info at 606-633-2715
Authenticity. A word that is frequently used in describing The Cold Stares, and frequently missing from modern music discussions. “We’re not just a blues band, or just a rock band, or anything other than who we are”, front man Chris Tapp says. There is a power and a realness that is arrived at by just doing what you do best. The Cold Stares do that.
Formed in 2008 after the duo had spent a number of years in other bands, Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins got together for the sole reason to just jam. No preconceived notions on what the project should be. Just do what comes naturally. The result is a hard rocking, story based brand of rock and roll that is sung from the soul.
Chris’ unique guitar rig, along with Mullin’s giant bass drum provides a visual and sonic landscape for the two to travel on different paths than other acts. In fact, you may find yourself looking for another member behind the curtains but it’s just these two men.
“The first time I saw them,” says Nashville radio personality Dan Buckley, “I thought they had at least two other musicians secretly behind the curtain. There’s just no way that sound comes from the two of them.”
As Huffington Post writer Radley Balko wrote in describing the first time he saw the group at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville-
“This will go on for an hour. Between songs, people will whisper. They’re asking one another if anyone knows who the hell this is. And it’s here that you and everyone in the room will have the same realization just about everyone else has the first time they see they hear the Cold Stares live: These guys are better than the band you came to see.”
The Cold Stares success has come from hard work and perseverance. Their climb is based on keeping everything in house. From booking, to promotion, recording and merchandise design, Chris and Brian have handled it at all themselves with great success.
*Singer Chris Tapp has come back from a year battle with cancer, returning to the road and currently in the studio with producer Mark Needham, publishing deal with Peer Music. Major label first release TBA.
Former members of ‘The Drive By Truckers perform this Saturday December 7th at 8:00 pm est.www.shonnatucker.net
A great month of music kicks off on Dec-7th at Summit City with former members of The Drive By Truckers new project ‘Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy with special guests Giant Rooster Sideshow,Pictures from Noise,Cory Harris,and T-Bone. Doors are 7pm and music starts at 7:30 pm est” Tickets on sale today at Summit City by calling 606-633-2715.www.summitcitylounge.com
Shonna Tucker grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, listening to the same salty-sweet mix of soul and country that made up the Arthur Alexander and James Carr singles recorded there decades before. She played bass in the Shoals scene from her high-school years until starting an eight-year stint as bassist and singer for the Drive-By Truckers. During Tucker and bandmate John Neff’s time with the band, they released critically acclaimed albums like “Go Go Boots”, which rose to #35 on the Billboard charts and garnered significant praise. They both played on Betty Lavette’s “The Scene of the Crime” which was nominated for a Grammy, followed by “Potato Hole” with Booker T. Jones, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental album at the 52nd awards show. The band made appearances on both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon’s late night shows, and toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
A great night of music in store for Summit City and Whitesburg this Saturday 11/16/13 with ‘An Evening with Steepwater” www.steepwater.com. Special guests include ‘Josh Penningtion and Peyton Kendrick”.Doors are at 8:00 pm and music starts at 8:30 pm! Call Summit City today for more info. 606-633-2715.
“With their latest offering, Clava, the group has stepped out from under their influences’ shadow to claim their own sound.” ~ Chicagoist.com
“…The Steepwater Band excel at slow burns throughout this set, prowling ‘round your back door and howling in a low, sexy way, swinging with the angels dancin’ around their heads and leaving blood on the floorboards. Folks enamored of Mick Taylor-era Stones, early Hendrix and The Black Keys will eat up this up with impolite gusto. It’s a great pleasure to see a band fully realize their potential as they ride into their second decade together, and Clava presents these Chicago survivors at their earthy, appealing finest.” ~ Dennis Cook | Dirty Impound
“Clava is The Steepwater Band at its best. It is more focused and more mature than any effort (album) before. ” ~ Whatsthatdueplay.com
“With blaring rock n roll bravado (on Live at the Double Door), the trio fired a bullet directly into the heart…with ramble ready dynamic shifts, full-toned vocals and the makings of a band on the run.” ~ Martin Halo | The Waster.com
“Even though it just has four tunes, “The Stars Look Good Tonight” singles features odd & sods of various recording projects. The disc has their finest sounding work I’ve had the pleasure of hearing.” ~ Richard Milne | WXRT Radio, Chicago
Every record is better than the former, and they always maintain an evolution within the American roots rock. For the moment we can only wonder when they will reach the top of their abilities. Marah and Drive-By Truckers have been dethroned. Everybody stand up to salute their new majesties: THE STEEPWATER BAND. ~ Santino | Solo-Rock.com
Everything about GRACE AND MELODY has the feel of natural born rockers determined to get everyone’s rocks off. Producer Marc Ford does clean, endlessly effective work here, bringing his years of experience with The Black Crowes and others, allowing individual elements to shine – a groin throbbing bass run, the blue water purr of electric slide. This is the abounding whomp of a band that’s always been very good, teetering on the edge of greatness. And by album’s end I’d be surprised if you weren’t rooting for them to topple all the way into full blown glory. ~ Dennis Cook | Jambase.com
Classic influences but no nostalgia…these guys are fresher than most of what gets passed off as ‘new’ these days. I’ve always been able to hear the goodness at the heart of The Steepwater Band. All the nuance of the recording, performance and songwriting can be found on Grace and Melody. They’re in their finest form yet. ~ Richard Milne | WXRT Radio, Chicago
“ONE OF THE BEST ROCK ALBUMS TO HIT IN 2011… Nothing’s too gussied up so the honest grit and sweat of rock ‘n’ roll comes through loud and clear, and behind everything a crossroads right blues soul howls. Clava continues the group’s evolution by simply refining every promising aspect this taut trio has exhibited in the past. If you’re charged up by what The Black Keys or Black Crowes are putting down lately, there’s little doubt Clava will flip your wig big time.” ~ Jambase.com
November Kicks off with one of the most promising new True Country acts in “Sturgill Simpson” www.sturgillsimspn.com. Simpson has been on tour with Dwight Yokum and just appeared at ‘The Grand Ole Opry” in recent weeks.
Nov-9th brings in Birmingham upstarts “Lee Bains III and The Glory Fries.” This band has a ton of promise and As much Wilson Pickett as Fugazi, as much the Stooges as the Allman Brothers, Birmingham, Alabama’s Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires have brought radical rock’n’roll to bear on their own experience and their own place. On ‘THERE IS A BOMB IN GILEAD,’ they deconstruct the music of the Deep South, strip it down and reassemble it, to make a righteous ruckus that sits at the vanguard of the vernacular. This is a can’t miss show to see one of the next great bands in the South.www.thegloryfries.com
Nov-16th we will welcome back from the great City of Chicago “STEEPWATER”. www.steepwater.com. This is truly one of the great blues based Rock Bands in North America. They will take time out from their tour with “Blues Traveler” to make a stop in Whitesburg.
Jeff Massey’s dirty sounding, masterful slide work reminded me of Exile On Main Street era Stones. The band’s sound is firmly entrenched in the roots of the blues; however they also up the ante by throwing tinges of psychedelia and country into the mix and the sound is absolutely massive and in your face at all times. ~ Ryan Sparks | Classic Rock Revisited
The Steepwater Band…whose album Grace & Melody sounds like the bastard love children of Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and The Bluetones. Everything on Grace & Melody sounds perfect, the instruments just scream (tastefully, naturally)… ~ Dave Saunders | The Dreaded Press
If Janis Joplin and Ronnie Van Zant were booking a band to play on a serene summer night and the Allman Brothers were unavailable, it would without question be The Steepwater Band. ~ Mack Rawden | Cinema Blend Music
Not only do these longhairs know their Johnny Winter and their Johnnie Walker, they sure as shootin’ dish it out in a nuclear hoedown of dirty fuzztone lead and slide guitar riffs. ~ Creem Magazine
In a time when old-fashioned rock and roll is coming back in style, The Steepwater Band is a cut above the rest of the field. ~ Pop Culture Press
Nov-30th welcomes in St.Louis R&B singer “Brian Owens” to Summit City. Maybe one of the most talented singers you will see today in music. Owens has been tabbed as “The new voice of American Soul.” Tickets go on sale Oct-25th and this show will sell out.If John Singleton, F. Gary Gray, and Spike Lee were looking for music scoring or soundtrack to their epic films, evolutionist soul man Brian Owens would make the definitive WINNING ballot. His album Moods and Messages is an old-fangled game changer that will open the many doors of opportunity for this artist of calibre.
Owens crafts pure soul- a dynamic deficient in today’s R&B to a genre congested with emotionless appeal incapable of capturing an ambiance of sorts; void of impact, significance, and substance. The band funk sound of “Soul Anthem (Bring It Back)” demonstrates this artist power move, providing the mood of thrill and overall message of resurrection and new beginnings. “Keep Movin’ On” validates Owen’s of having a fierce and assorted vocal range that is compared to the greats Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, and Sam Cooke. This uptempo creates uplifting spirits presenting positive messages of conquest and appreciation to a battered woman and a depressed and injured soldier.
Owens sings about salvaging self before self-destructing on the soulful “I Just Want To Feel Alright.” Gospel/R&B flavored songs like “Open,” “Troubled Man,” and “The Answer” are life testimonials of a decompose economy and what today’s society considers the norm- severed relationships lacking love, communication, and depreciation of the concept of marriage in supplanting misogynistic crux.
While all songs are attention grabbers, it is Mr. Owen’s ballads that are alluring as a subtle invitation to a woman’s heart impregnating her with his musical rhythm and lyrical poesy. The guitar strokes of “Beautiful Love” compliment the crooning of this prolific singer, which captivates the spirit of Al Green’s discography in pace and tone. “Till The Morning Breaks” make couples produce offspring to a bottle of Remy Martin and an outside backyard Jacuzzi on a scorching summer night. “Oh I” is the archetypal song that should have made the scoring and soundtrack to the 2012 version of Sparkle. It’s capable of reaching deeply down into a woman’s tear that continuously drips from her eyes, to find beauty and purity of her cry over a foolish and nonexistent love.
Moods and Messages defines Brian Owens as the author of authentic black love and African American pride. It is a soulful concierto that carnivals an antique 1950s and 1960s Motown sound antithetical of a callous catalogue and diametric of a crowd catcall. What lacked in R&B is finally made up.
Updates coming for Dec at Summit City that will see “Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy” featuring former members of The Drive By Truckers on Dec-7th to “The Cold Stares on Dec-14th” and then the debut of one the most talented guitarist on the Planet in “Simo” on Dec-21st. Good Things to come for all the great music friends.
I hope this message finds you well during this holiday season.
We are making some exciting changes here at Summit City and we just wanted to feel everyone in on the changes as we move toward this transition. A brief overview…
As many of you know, our new kitchen is almost complete and we are excited about the increased food options this will allow us to prepare. Along with the new kitchen we will be adding a full time cook. This will allow us more options on the type of food we can prepare and also allow food to be served more quickly and efficiently.
An Anna Bogle enhanced menu! Anna has been working on updating the menu and it should be out by the first of the year. Included in this upgrade will be a Saturday brunch menu with exciting food and drink options. Mmmm…. bloody mary…!
In addition to enhancing the menu at Summit City Anna will also be taking over the leadership role as manager of operations. Our wonderful friend Heather Bates is taking on a new role at another company in downtown (yay!) and we are excited for her to move on to greener pastures. We are also so excited about the prospects of Anna’s leadership and the vision she will have for Summit City.
We will begin table service in the New Year. Along with the full time cook we will also have a full time server at all times. Table service will apply to all seating areas (inside and on the deck). Less time chasing food and drinks, more time relaxing!
Tap beer! Now doesn’t that just sound (taste) great! That’s right, it’s in, and we have eight options of fresh beer. One for each day of the week (just trust me on that). Come early and often to see the rotating options!
As of today (December 11, 2012), we will begin opening at 4pm, Tuesday through Friday and 11am on Saturdays (for Brunch). The reason for this is two-fold. One, we want to concentrate our efforts on our evening and brunch dining experience and to perfect these to the nth degree. Summit City has always been and will always be a place for gathering together and celebrating our community. We will still have great times. We will still have great food, amazing drinks and outstanding music and art. We want everything to be perfect and we feel by becoming more specialized we can better achieve this. The second reason is that we are welcoming a new business into downtown Whitesburg! A bakery, Here Comes the Bun, is set to open in the coming weeks and we are very, very excited to have them as partners here in Whitesburg. Here Comes the Bun has created a beautiful space and is set to serve both breakfast and lunch. So along with allowing us to become more specialized, our move will also help ensure the vitality of another business in our downtown. We feel it’s a win-win!
So yes, new and exciting things! We are very excited about the future of not only Summit City, but Whitesburg. We feel that town is moving in a very positive direction and we’re very excited to be a part of it. We hope you are also!