Carri Smithey Band album release party at Gibb’s Hundred
Carri Smithey Band with The Ends
Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Co. (117 W. Lewis St. Greensboro)
Saturday Dec. 10 8 p.m.
“We’re happy to announce that the Carri Smithey Band will be releasing their debut album Midnight Ride at the taproom Dec. 10! The Ends will also play!
North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad is a far cry from the staple music scenes of Nashville, Austin or LA, but the foothills hold a certain charm, as well as a sense of melancholy and reckless abandon that has inspired countless songwriters. Burlington, NC’s Carri Smithey is the embodiment of this charm and abandonment; one part southern belle, one part cherry bomb firecracker, one hundred percent sincere songwriter.
Much like Dolly and Emmylou, Carri sings songs about love and heartbreak, family, friends and loss. Country music is certainly at the root and Midnight Ride stirs up feelings of nostalgia for a time when musical ambiguity was less evident. Wurlitzer, Steel guitar and Carri’s unmistakable, silky voice marry perfectly with her band, The Ends; a quartet whose love for all things rock, funk and soul gives Midnight Ride it’s righteous spark of energy.
Link to some tunes from the album: midnightride.bandcamp.com.” – via Facebook
The Stray Birds with Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Muddy Creek Music Hall (5455 Bethania Rd. Winston-Salem)
Sunday Dec. 11 2 p.m.
The Stray Birds released their new album titled Magic Fire in August, which was produced by Larry Campbell.
Magic Fire builds on the success of The Stray Birds’ 2014 Yep Roc debut, Best Medicine, which was hailed by NPR’s World Café for its “strong harmonies and sharp songwriting” and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Wide Open Country called Magic Fire “captivating,” while Elmore praised their sound “that is so well-crafted; so tightly knit and synergistic, that to imagine them missing a member is to imagine a jigsaw puzzle with a missing piece.”
No Depression deems the trio “a delight,” while Pop Matters commended their ability to “make beautiful bluegrass, a lush sound characterized by tight harmonies and all-encompassing instrumentation.” It was that unique formula that first brought them national attention and fueled their breakout in 2012, when their self-titled/self-released debut landed amongst NPR’s Top Ten Folk/Americana Albums of the Year and earned them major festival performances everywhere from MerleFest to Scotland’s Celtic Connections.
They won best song @ Folk Alliance this year for the title track “Best Medicine”