Thursday, May 15, 2014

@AllTheLocalsATL, from Atlanta, GA. May 16, 2014.@Zydecobham

When singer-songwriter-keyboardist John Schmarkey and blues guitarist wunderkind Ty Barksdale lost their respective childhood bands, they teamed up to write songs as a catharsis. While sharing in loss and creativity, they discovered a profound connection that re-awoke their dedication to music. Now, their band, All The Locals, is becoming one of the most distinct modern roots rock bands gigging today due to its organically innovative, multi-genre reach and its transcendent live shows.

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 ATL combines the taut, pocket groove of hip-hop and neo-soul and the redemptive qualities of gospel and classic soul with brawny blues and roots rock. Live the band hits somewhere between a soul revue and a Bruce Springsteen show–sweat-soaked and celebratory. The band’s latest EP, All The Locals II, is a watershed in its creative continuum—it showcases a band with an assured artistic identity stretching out stylistically with lush instrumentation.

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All The Locals is John Schmarkey (keys and vocals), Ty Barksdale (guitars), Christian Camp (bass), and Denorris “Deno” Pennyman (drums). Schmarkey writes lyrics with earthy emotionality and brings an unassuming flavor with his keyboard prowess. Barksdale is steeped in blues and adds a lightning rod of dynamics with his fluid style. The rhythm section of Pennyman and Camp is telepathically funky, adroitly shifting feels while keeping the beat consistently bumping. These two came up in Atlanta’s musically rigorous gospel scene.

It’s a powerful union of musical and cultural backgrounds that’s been fortified by ATL living together and cultivating deep connections as a musical family. The four-piece’s moniker evokes this sense of coming together in a pure and natural way. “The name has a real communal feel,” Schmarkey says. “It reflects the diversity of the music because when you travel, you always know the place best places to visit are where the locals are. So, on one level, it reflects our traveling musicality, always going to that down home place in the music.” Throughout the EP Schmarkey’s vocals have a honeyed grit and his writing is cleverly literate. On “Sweet Summertime” he references van Gogh’s Starry Night through imagery and metaphor. At the top of the song he sings: We were rolling like the water in the sweet old summertime summertime/ We were passing out gold, you’re going to wanna come, wanna find us/ And it comes and goes, another color in the moonlight/ We were rolling like the water in the sweet old summertime. “I wrote that song about youth and naiveté, and how at night you feel really alive because there are so many colors surrounding you,” Schmarkey reveals.

The album was produced by John Briglevich (Shawn Mullins, James Brown, Outkast,) at Sonica Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. During the sessions, Briglevich functioned somewhere between a guru and a bandmate. “He brought so much out of us. He’s the kind of guy that can pull out more talent than you thought you had,” Schmarkey explains. Reflecting on the band’s humble origins a year and a half ago Schmarkey says: “When we first got together we had a piece of paper and we wrote down two goals for our first year: To record a record and sell out clubs. We did both of those in the first eight months. But, really, the most meaningful thing has been having people spend their time and money to see you on a Friday night. That is what makes all the hard work pay off. That feels amazing.”
-Lorne Behrman, Rock Ridge Music, NYC

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Saturday's Live Music and Events 5/17/14

@TinRoofBHam : Sat- 6:30pm- @Brad_Shirley_ Album Release Party 10pm- @BrandonStiles

The Common House: Sat 7pm- @HannahMiller @MattHectorne and Wilder Adkins - @WilderMusic

@SeedsCoffee : Sat 7pm- The Glass Jars: End of An Era with Special Guest, @JessePayne - @GlassJarsmusic

Encore PubandGrill in Huntsville: Sat 7pm- VANESSA HILL

@BottletreeCafe: Sat 9pm- Bowery Presents: Eagulls / Twin Peaks - @EAGULLSUK

@ChestnutStation in Gadsden: Sat 9:45pm- THE TURN - @TheTurnRocks

@thenickrocks: Sat 10pm- Amigo @AmigoTheBand w/ @theoldpaints @yhammerheart and @ReverseOrder

@BhamMoonlight MOTM: Sat 7:30pm- MARK STUART w/ opener Raquel Lily - @iamraquellily

@eclipsecoffee : Sat 10pm- Dust from 1000 yrs / Holy Rollers

@Zydecobham : Sat 9:30pm- @Beitthemeans CD Release Party w/ Leaderdog - @Leaderdog_Band

@IronHorseCafeAL: Sat 10pm- @FlyByRadio

@greybar280 : Sat 10pm- James Miller - @jamesmillerCRB

@WorkPlayBham : Sat 8pm- Peter Bradley Adams w/ @CaitlinCanty - @peterbadams

@IronCityBham : Sat 6pm- Live Music in the Grill: Marc Harris

@onasmusicroom: Sat 9:30pm- Ona Watson and Champagne

@Stillwaterpub : Sat 10:30pm- Tyler Diuguid & Jonathan Breland

@Pub261: Sat- Slang

Alys Stephens @ascbham, Jemison Hall: Fri & Sat 8pm- @ALSymphony - Mozart's Requiem

@blackwellspub : Sat 8pm- Matt Smith - @mattsmithlive

Redzone Bar & Grill, Calera: Sat 8pm- Rebel

@MoesBBQBham Lakeview: Sat 9pm- True Blue - @CHTrueBlues

TP Miller's, Kimberly: Sat 9pm- Another Hero - @AnotherHeroBand

Shooters Bar, Bessemer: Sat 9pm- Megan McMillan - @mmcmillanmusic

Gip's Place @HenryGipGipson: Sat 7pm- John Bull Band

@GPBrewing : Sat 11am- YWCA Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Block Party at Good People - (Walk at 10am) - @YWCentralAL

Today's Treat: 

Friday's Live Music and Events 5/16/14

Foreign Exchange Experience: Fri 9pm- Sound Clash ( OPEN MIC ) - @TheForeign1 @ShaunJudahYo

V.Richards Market: Fri 5pm - @TheOldPaints play for Under the Red Umbrella series
- @vrichards00

Forest Park South Avondale: Fri 5pm- Third Friday in Forest Park and South Avondale

Furniture Factory Bar and Grill in Huntsville: Fri 8pm- The Dozens - @FFactory_Hsv @TheDozensAL

@BottletreeCafe: Fri 9pm- Fire Mountain Album Release Show w/ Joel Madison Blount - @jmadisonblount

@AboveBirmingham: Fri 9pm- G-Side, Shaheed + Dj Supreme, & @SouthernPhoenyx

@thenickrocks: Fri 10pm- An Evening With: @JasperCoal

AlleyBAR in Montgomery: Fri 10pm- @HoneyTreeBand FAM JAM

@BhamMoonlight MOTM: Fri 7:30pm- WILLIE SUGARCAPPS w/opener - @BrigitteDeMeyer @wsugarcapps

@eclipsecoffee : Fri 10pm- King Carnivore / Seymour Blue - @seymourblueband

@Zydecobham : Fri 10pm- All the Locals w/ JB Strauss

@IronCityBham : Fri 8pm- Year In Celebration w/ The Joy Formidable, Preston Lovinggood and Velouria -...

@IronHorseCafeAL: Fri 10pm- Rebel

@greybar280 : Fri 10pm- Mayo and Alan

@BillysSportGril Northport: Fri 7pm- GROOVE DADDY

@BillysSportGril Liberty Park: Fri 6:30pm- SIDEDISH (Sidecar Unplugged)

Superior Grill: Fri- Pharm Hand

@WorkPlayBham : Fri 8pm- Randall Bramblett Band w/ @SevenHandle Circus

@IronCityBham: Fri 11am- Live Lunch - @GlenAndLibba

@onasmusicroom: Fri 9:30pm- Grand Marquis

@Stillwaterpub : Fri 10:30pm- American Animal - @philiprallman

@Pub261: Fri- @HunterLawley

Alys Stephens @ascbham, Jemison Hall: Fri & Sat 8pm- @ALSymphony - Mozart's Requiem

@TinRoofBHam: Fri 10pm- @WesLoper - @wesloperband

Beef O'Brady's, Hoover: Fri 6:30pm- The Britt Hendrix Experience w/ Chase Arrington - @HooverBeefs

Krewe on First: Fri 8pm- Mandi Rae - @mandiraemusic

@MoesBBQBham Lakeview: Fri 8pm- The River Dan Band

@SoundAndPage: Fri 8pm- @JamesApollo

@roguetavern: Fri 9:30pm- TOMMY CROWDER BAND - @COUNTRYFIRE

Innisfree Birmingham: Fri 10pm- Almost Brothers - @almostbrother @DerekSellers @innisfreepub

It'll Do Tavern, Montgomery: Fri 9pm- CONFEDERATE HIPSTER

Today's Treat: 

Thursday's Live Music and Events 5/15/14

@AvondaleBrewing: Thur 5:30pm- @BenWalkerMusic @amaciofavor @KrymsonWyte205 @benzenmusic- @WildSouth AL...

Foreign Exchange Experience: Thur 7pm- EXPERIMENT: An Open Mic The Send Off!- @Theforeign1 @Afreevoice

@thenickrocks: Thur 9pm- Falseta / @OwenBeverly - @Falsetaband

Humphrey's Bar & Grill in Huntsville: Thur 9pm- Tres Locos

@BottletreeCafe: Thur 9pm- Them Natives album release show w/ Ladonna Smith & Davey Williams, Hawaii, and special...

@WorkPlayBham : Thur - 6pm- Eric Watters 9pm- ZOSO

@BhamMoonlight MOTM: Thur 7pm- SMOKEFREE SOUNDS- with VERDURE, and KENDRA & SARAH

@Zydecobham : Thur 10pm- An Evening with Charlie Muncaster - @CMuncasterMusic

@IronHorseCafeAL: Thur 9pm- Danny & Randy

@BillysSportGril English Village: Thur 7:30pm- STEVE MCCULLOUGH TRIO

Superior Grill: Thur- The Wringers

@onasmusicroom: Thur 8:30pm- Steve Roberts Quartet with Ashley Roberts

@Stillwaterpub : Thur 10:30pm- Rickie Castrillo & friends

@Pub261: Thur- John Mac & Gio

@TinRoofBHam : Thur 10pm- @MattBennettBand

Merrimack Performing Arts, Huntsville: Thur 7pm- @TheSweeplings / @thePaulMcDonald

@MoesBBQBham Lakeview: Thur 8pm- Pete Stein - @PeteStein_TSC

Today's Treat: 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Wednesday's Live Music and Events 5/14/14

@thenickrocks: Wed 9pm- @LambsLikeLions

@RojoBirmingham: Wed 7:15pm- Pub quiz (trivia night) with host Leah Shea Hogan

@IronHorseCafeAL: Wed 8pm- @MillerLite Singer/Songwriter Night hosted by Rick Carter

@BillysSportGril Liberty Park: 6pm- Join Goodfellas every Wednesday night

Superior Grill: Wed- Rex & Rockett

@BottletreeCafe: Wed 9pm- Curse / In Snow / Deism

@WorkPlayBham : Wed 6pm- Beverly Owen and Friends

@onasmusicroom: Wed 8:30pm- Chansonnier Jazz Trio

@Stillwaterpub : Wed 10:30pm- The Big Tasties

@ParksideBham: Wed 7pm- Adron - @adronmusic

@seedscoffee: Wed 7pm- @Sam_Hadfield

@Pub261: Wed- @HunterLawley Acoustic

@roguetavern: Wed 7pm- @LoveAndTheft - via: @1047WZZK

Cajun Steamer in Trussville: Wed 2pm- - MissUsed

@PaleEddies : Wed 9pm- Open Mic w/ @FinneyJames

Little D's Bar & Grill, Bessemer: Wed - Creative arts open mic w/ Jason Henley - @BigHillDilligaf

Today's Treat: