Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls w/ Danny Ray of The New York Dolls

Hurricane Sandy Red Cross Benefit Concert featuring:

Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls w/ Danny Ray of The New York Dolls

The Bleeding Hearts, Hank Sinatra, Maldora, Greg Humphreys, Michael Rank & Stag, John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff, Chip Robinson, Robert Kirkland

Fri, November 23, 2012

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

The Pour House Music Hall

Raleigh, NC

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door

Tickets Available at the Door

Join us the day after Thanksgiving, November 23 for a benefit concert to help raise money for The Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy victims.

Richard Bacchus
Richard Bacchus
RICHARD BACCHUS & THE LUCKIEST GIRLS Former D Generation guitarist Richard Bacchus has a healthy respect for the Bowery-bred bite of old-school punk. His ringing Thunders-style guitar has a patina of grime, and the songs have a chunky power that recalls hooky, hard-rock mavens Cheap Trick.
—Chris Parker, Independent Weekly
The Bleeding Hearts
The Bleeding Hearts
Cheap Trick meet The Dead Boys! All the fire and venom of late '70s punk rock with pop and hard rock sensibilities. Let's call it 1978 without the Disco!

REVIEWS:
Bleeding Hearts proudly fly the Raleigh blue-collar rock flag, in that they have “The Sneer” down pat – that snarling edge to their guitars, vocals and words. All three are in full effect on their righteous new album, Divorcing New York. - David Menconi, News and Observer

"On Divorcing New York, the third LP from The Bleeding Hearts, the band offers everything you want from basic rock 'n' roll bluster: riffs, hooks and humor, all simmering in the unmistakable air of Saturday night...a trove of newly minted treasure. Summoning a wit and classic rock bravado that don't exist so much anymore, The Bleeding Hearts have at last delivered on their cocksure promise."
- Chris Parker, IndyWeek

If rock and roll has to be one thing, and one thing only, it has to be LOUD. Sexy. Abrasive. Dangerous. Rapturous. Feverish. Bluesy. Foot-tapping. Body-moving. Deadly. Did I say one thing or ten? The definition differs for every listener, but whatever that most central characteristic is for you one thing is certain: The Bleeding Hearts have it. IT. Raw power. -Earfarm.com
Hank Sinatra
Hank Sinatra
Don’t let the name fool you, Hank may have been born the bastard love child of hardcore honky-tonk and early 70s garage rock, but the beast has evolved into a true Southern, rock band drawing on influences from 38 Special to early Tom Petty and REM, all wrapped up in a punk rock sneer. Frontman Jeff Holshouser (lead singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar) is a Raleigh music veteran whose previous bands include Buddy Valentine and His Evening in Heaven, Snapperhead, and Big Dixie. Sharing lead guitar duties and backing vocals are the ultra-talented Sam Madison (Bloodmobile, Man Will Destroy Himself, The Bleeding Hearts) and local guitar hero Tommy Cooper, former lead guitarist for seminal NC rockers, The Stegmonds. Bassist Danny Kurtz (Whiskeytown and Phil Lee and the Sly Dogs) reunites with drummer Jeff “JD” Dennis to help refine Hank Sinatra’s current sound. Dennis and Kurtz comprised the original rhythm section of NC alt-country pioneers, The Backsliders.

The roller-coaster lives of these rock thoroughbreds shows through in their driving rhythms and walk-the-edge vocals. Holshouser says their latest release “A Year From Now” is by far the band’s most ambitious record. “While the majority of the record is a response to some very difficult times for all the band members, we definitely kept plenty of our trademark ‘tongue-in-cheekiness’ on hand,” he says. “Sometimes you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.”

Joining Hank Sinatra for the album in studio were long-time drummer and friend, Freddy Jones (Big Dixie, Booty Call, Naugahyde Chihuahuas), bassist Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five, International Orange, Toxic Popsicle) and keyboard/piano master Greg Rice (The Cartridge Family, Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass Kicking Team).

”Hank Sinatra is a rowdy, rock-n-roll bar band and that will never change," says Holshouser. “This record taught us ways to take that same energy and figure out how to use it to deal with all the crap life can throw at you when the party’s over. Ultimately, that’s what allowed us to evolve in very personal ways but never lose sight of what we are at our most basic, five good friends in a rock band.”
Maldora
Maldora
We met at a lawn care convention back in '99 Everything back then was nitrogen, nitrogen, nitrogen.

We were having a few drinks in the Tiki bar, when Lutie - of course we didn't know her name then - walked up and said, "phosphorous. Mark my words. Next year it will be phosphorous."
That's when we knew we had our girl. The rest is really history.
Greg Humphreys
Greg Humphreys
People You May Know is a series of character sketches inspired by experience, observation, imagination, and affairs of the heart. You may know these people. You may even be one of these people. Every song is a story.

Of course, the album title is also a wink and a nod at social networks' current ubiquity and how these networks have changed our interactions with the world. They connect and reveal us to each other, but their presence can also serve to isolate us or complicate relationships.

People You May Know is my third solo album, following 2009's Trunk Songs and 2010's Realign Your Mind. While I'm still hewing roughly to the troubador's path, my genre adventures in songwriting continue. Jazz Standards, Soul Classics, Folk Songs, Beach Music, Murder Ballads, and Classic Pop Hits (among other things) flavor the gumbo this time around.

Many of these recordings were realized with the able collaboration of some very talented musicians and songwriters: Pianist Eric Hirsh, Bassist Peter Kimosh, Drummer Stephen Coffman, Guitarist Gibb Droll, multi-instrumentalist / engineer Eric Fritsch, Bassist Aaron Oliva, and songwriters Nancy Armstrong and Brian Ashley Jones. Thanks to these folks for their help. As always, Thank *YOU* for listening.

Cheers,
Greg
Michael Rank & Stag
Michael Rank & Stag
MICHAEL RANK + STAG COMES OFF AS THE ILLEGITIMATE SON OF ROCK AND ROLL CASUALTIES, SNATCHES OF PINK. THE ACOUSTIC ARM OF THE SCARECROW. WITH A RUSSIAN ROULETTE LINEUP THAT READS LIKE A PRISONER EXCHANGE PROGRAM AND A DEBUT ALBUM FEATURING MEMBERS OF SNATCHES OF PINK, TWO DOLLAR PISTOLS, DEX ROMWEBER DUO, TRAILER BRIDE, PATTY HURST SHIFTER, CHATHAM COUNTY LINE, CALICO HAUNTS, & JOHN HOWIE JR AND THE ROSEWOOD BLUFF. WITH ACOUSTIC GUITARS, UPRIGHT BASS, LAP STEEL & DUAL DRUMMERS AS POINT OF IGNITION. FLYING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF 70'S STONES, OUTLAW COUNTRY & ROYAL TRUX. WITH OVER TWO DECADES OF ALBUMS, MOVIE & TELEVISION SONG PLACEMENT, MTV APPEARANCES, AND OPENING FOR THE LIKES OF IGGY POP, JOHNNY THUNDERS, THE RAMONES & THE CRAMPS, GUITARIST / SINGER / SONGWRITER MICHAEL RANK NOW SETS SIGHTS ON A MORE DUST FED LANDSCAPE. AND HE'S BROUGHT KIN. STAG.
John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff
John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff
When North Carolina's honky-tonk heroes the Two Dollar Pistols broke up in 2008- leaving behind a legacy that included five full-length CD's, an EP of duets with Grammy nominee Tift Merritt, and several US and European tours- lead singer/songwriter John Howie Jr. already had the seeds planted for a new group, one that would continue the Pistols tradition of making soulful honky-tonk based music for contemporary times. Bringing drummer Matt Brown over from the Pistols, John recruited pedal steel guitar ace Nathan Golub, christened the new band John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff, and set about writing a new batch of songs.

After a solid year of playing live, opening for everyone from Junior Brown to Lucero, plans were made for the band to enter the studio. Brian Paulson (Wilco, The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo) was called on to take the producer's chair, having done a stellar job in that capacity on the Two Dollar Pistols 2004 Yep Roc release, Hands Up! Studio time was blocked off at Kudzu Ranch, owned and operated by Rick Miller (Southern Culture on the Skids). Several months later, the band emerged with Leavin' Yesterday, an album that expands upon the Pistols trademark sound, adding prominent pedal steel guitar, piano (by DB's/REM member Peter Holsapple), and strings to the mix for a landmark country music collection that should please Pistols fans, while breaking new ground at the same time.

Album opener "Watch Me Fall," a defiant, ringing kiss-off in the grand tradition of country music, sets the tone for Leavin' Yesterday. Straight-ahead country-rockers, "Trying Not to Think," and, "Last Great Guitar Slinger," sit comfortably next to ballads like, "Downhill," and classic honky-tonk shuffles like, "Handful of Heartaches,"and, "Back to Basics." The Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell influenced "Dead Man's Suit" comes off "like it could have been Gene Clark...if he'd packed a string section," according to Shuffle Magazine, while "I've Found Someone New," also featuring a string quartet, bears the influence of Billy Sherill's 1970's "Countrypolitan" productions as found on the George Jones and Charlie Rich records of the day. The album-closing title track rings out with 12-string Rickenbacker, pedal steel, and gorgeous harmonies.

With Leavin Yesterday finished, Howie put together a crack band capable of capturing all of the moods in the country music idiom and doing full justice to his songs. Along with Golub on steel and Brown on drums, electric/upright bassist Billie Feather (The Bo-Stevens, Darnell Woodies) signed up, as did telecaster hero Tim Shearer (Hearts and Daggers), with Howie front and center on lead vocals and acoustic guitar.

Response to the album - as evidenced by great reviews, airplay on Little Steven's Outlaw Country, and choice slots at the Ameriserv Flood City Music Fest and an opening spot for country music legend George Jones - has been overwhelmingly positive. The fan base Howie built with Two Dollar Pistols and prime song placement in hit films like Jeepers Creepers and hot TV shows like Weeds and United States of Tara continues to grow.

Two Dollar Pistols fans mourning the loss of North Carolina's finest traditional country/honky-tonk band need not have worried. While the Pistols may be gone, one listen to Leavin' Yesterday by John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff should prove that, as the Charleston City Paper says, "Howie's best years may still be ahead of him."
Chip Robinson
Chip Robinson
Venue Information:
The Pour House Music Hall
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
http://www.the-pour-house.com/