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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

OLD SOUTHERN MOONSHINE REVIVAL EP RELEASE

Saturday, Jan. 24, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

In 2007, Old Southern Moonshine Revival began working toward something, but they didn’t really know what that was other than playing music and having fun. The four-piece country band, which dabbles in rock ‘n’ roll and maybe sprinkles in a little pop ditty every once in a while, has been hard at work in Nashville, Tennessee, putting the final touches on what is slated to be the biggest release yet from the band. “This is the first album where we were able to feel like we could use a lot of new resources that we didn’t have previously,” Marcus Kiser, vocalist and guitarist for the band, said. For the first time since the band’s inception, Kiser and fellow members Brent Lain, Jamie Shaver and Brian Smith tapped into a community of writers and producers that were once well beyond their scope of attainability. “Everything sounds more refined, which is great because you want to always make an improvement, and I feel like we had done as much as we could do on our own.”

Having split time between the mecca of country music, Nashville, and their home address in High Point, Old Southern Moonshine Revival managed to crank out an album all while touring incessantly.

Kiser said that it was great being able to sort of “let go of the reigns” when it came to producing “Can You Feel It Now” using other specialists. Kiser said OSMR was able to utilize the skills of Danny Myrick, who is credited with producing some of country music’s biggest hits in the past couple years, including “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean, and “International Harvester” for Craig Morgan.

“He’s a super great guy. Personally, he’s a real good friend of ours, but the guy is just a genius. We really enjoyed working with him and it was really easy.”

One of the things that Kiser noticed for this album was that the biggest details were actually the smallest ones. “We didn’t have our hands on every single second. We had an engineer and an assistant who tracked us while we were recording, which we’ve always done. To have engineers recording every second and having a producer who is concerned with all the turns, you are kind of freed up to be more creative and focus driven on getting good performances,” Kiser said.

Old Southern Moonshine Revival’s show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $13 day of the show.

OF MONTREAL

Thursday, Jan. 22, Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

Psychedelic music will always have an appeal, and of Montreal is very appealing. They aren’t the type of psych-rock you might associate with some other acts (Shpongle, Ravi Shankar) but closer to the likes of a modern day Jefferson Airplane. Some songs might have you skipping along to a horn section laid over a simple drum beat, and other songs might send you down the rabbit hole with eerie synthesizers and catchy hooks that whether or not you know the song, you’ll be singing along by the end of the show. They’ve got a killer live show “” one that you should definitely not miss when it hits The Blind Tiger. The show starts at 10 p.m. and Nedelle Torrisi is scheduled to open for the act. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. !

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