Melissa Swingle Duo, Johnny Dowd

Melissa Swingle Duo

Johnny Dowd

Ben De La Cour

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

Melissa Swingle Duo
Melissa Swingle Duo
Melissa Swingle earned her outsider status early. She comes originally from Mississippi by way of the Ivory Coast, where, as she puts it, “I gained the knowledge that I would never really fit in wherever I go.” This is good news for us, as Melissa’s search for meaning has led her to write and sing marvelous songs of American life, tour the country, and record and perform with three bands. The first of these, Trailer Bride, made five records. Three more albums were issued by Swingle’s subsequent band, The Moaners. Through it all Melissa has toured the country, performing with Neko Case, The Mountain Goats, The Drive-By Truckers and Jesco White, The Dancing Outlaw. Such is her commitment to Southern expression that Swingle drove fourteen hours straight from a gig at Tipitina’s in New Orleans to be the last act to ever play Sleazefest in Chapel Hill. Meantime, her songs have appeared in movies and radio.
Johnny Dowd
Johnny Dowd
American alternative country musician. Born 29 March 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Previous band Neon Baptist disbanded in 1995, and Dowd was recording songs alone in the office of his Zolar Moving Co, songs that first appeared in 1995 on the cassette album Wrong Side Of Memphis, crediting Dowd as a solo artist, featuring Kim Sherwood-Caso on two instances of background vocals. Most of tracks were re-mixed or re-recorded for the CD version of the album, which was initially pressed as a self-released CD and then officially released on the European label Munich Records and the Chicago-based Checkered Past label.
Ben De La Cour
Ben De La Cour
Ben de la Cour has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, janitor, bartender and agricultural worker living in Havana, Paris, Los Angeles, London and New Orleans before settling in Nashville.
His travels have taken him to some strange and sometimes dark and desperate places, places he documents so eloquently in his second release,Midnight in Havana. The record contains eleven songs of perfectly crafted Americanoir. Songs filled with tales of substance abuse, murder and mental illness sit in perfect juxtaposition with playful lightheartedness and an ever-present glimmer of hope. However, upon closer inspection, darkness almost always wins…an unlikely hero, but one that suits de la Cour.
Influenced by songwriting giants such as Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon as much as by bands like Slayer, The Gun Club and Thin Lizzy, Ben de la Cour has somehow managed to fuse all of these influences naturally into his Americanoir canon, delivering a uniquely modern, haunting and darkly humorous sound that is all his own.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/