Parker Smith, J Kutchma

Parker Smith

J Kutchma

Bob Funck, Russ Thompson (CD Release Party!)

Sun, December 16, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$8 online / $10 at the door

Parker Smith
Parker Smith
Parker Smith and the Bandwith landed their first gig in September 2010 and fans immediately took a liking to their unique sound. Musical influences range from Taj Mahal to Talking Heads, but the band members attempt to steer clear of staying put in one genre. They stress their passion about playing ‘real music’ (no computers allowed on stage), and fans appreciate the originality and roots-oriented sound. As one fan put it, “The groovy songs get your feet thumping and the slower songs reel you in giving you a chance to feel something, more than what can be said of many local acts these days.” Storytelling lyrics and wise tales accompany timeless melodies and unique arrangements with their 4-piece instrumentation of guitar, sax, bass and drums.
The band released their first album “Garden Hills” in June 2011, and continues to play around the Southeast. They look forward to their upcoming shows as well as continuing to expand their fan base throughout the East Coast.“‎Parker Smith & the Bandwith do woodsy, earnest singer-songwriter fare cautiously infused with soul, bluegrass, gospel and Southern rock elements.”
- Stomp And Stammer
“Parker Smith and the Bandwith are a great young band out of Atlanta. They’re a southern rock band in an essential way, though their songs run the gamut from sprawling, fast-paced jams to tight, quiet ballads. Smith’s lyrics, backed by tight guitar and mandolin playing, are poignant and full of yearning: for a cleaner life, a distant woman, fresh ground. It’s honest, heartfelt music that—without taking itself too seriously—contemplates the space between who we are and what we want to be. “
- Charles Bethea, Contributing Editor at Atlanta Magazine
J Kutchma
J Kutchma
Red Collar frontman J. Kutchma’s always possessed an impassioned vocal style, and the character of that voice and nature of his songs make the sound similar no matter the backing. Red Collar’s approach is noisy and slashing, recalling the prickly post-punk of Wire and SST-era eddies of distortion. It dovetails well with Kutchma’s dramatic, declamatory delivery. When the members’ individual circumstances slowed the band’s momentum, Kutchma took his solo act out of the garage for a new look.

His desperate tone recalls Nebraska-era Springsteen, delivered with the folk-punk swagger of Tim Barry. Absent a loud backing band, the anthemic nature of the songs actually shines clearer. Reprising three Red Collar tunes on 2010’s five-song Fest 9 EP, Kutchma strips away the crush of guitar to reveal earnest ache and a constant desire for something better. By last spring, when he released another live EP, it was clear Kutchma was settling in to his new role. An electric had replaced the acoustic, and the songs were new even if the feel was the same—anxious, hungry and clinging to that innocence, as on “Teenage DMZ,” where he finds succor in a guitar. “It was like the first time I could stand up tall,” he sings. “Now I’m walking tall and I’m going to sing out loud.”

In January, Kutchma released a country track backed by a crack band featuring members of Aminal, Rat Jackson, and Maple Stave, as well as pedal steel player Nathan Golub. The gospel-tinged Americana arrives ahead of Pastoral, his new album with this new band. Splitting the folk from the punk makes more sense knowing that Red Collar is also returning with a new full-length, expected later this fall. Given that it’s Kutchma, you can feel confident of its yearning, nomadic mien. —Chris Parker
Bob Funck
Bob Funck
Bob Funck delivers a rhythmic, percussive, americana-influenced acoustic rock like a hard luck angel casting into the swamp of the wayward, penetrating the soul with irresistible hooks, and reeling in with deft lyricism and the brute force of an unabashedly visceral release of emotion. Bob currently lives in Durham, NC, performs regularly as a solo artist, and is steadily establishing himself as a significant presence in the North Carolina music scene.
Russ Thompson (CD Release Party!)
Russ Thompson (CD Release Party!)
Russ Thompson is a solo artist from Raleigh,NC. Russ' sound is comparable to folk/rock. His raspy, soul driven, voice carries with it a strong blues feel; and the passion with which he plays provides all who listen with a vividly painted picture of the emotion that goes along with the lyrics. A true songwriter at heart, he depicts the stories of his life through his music. Always changing, always growing, always enjoyable. Keep up to date with new music using Reverbnation, Facebook, and Myspace.
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/