Jim White

Jim White

Sylvie Simmons, John Howie Jr.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

Jim White
Jim White
Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction. His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorizable albums plus another six even stranger side projects.Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing in Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.
Sylvie Simmons
Sylvie Simmons
Sylvie is a singer-songwriter, performer and ukulele player. In 2014 she signed a two-album deal with Light In The Attic Records and released her debut album, Sylvie, to worldwide acclaim. "Poetic, guileless, reminiscent of a female Leonard Cohen", said the (British) Times newspaper; Rolling Stone said, "She's not only good, she's good"; the Guardian newspaper hailed it as "one of the most beautiful albums of the year”.
Sylvie is also an award-winning writer, the author of fiction and non-fiction books and a leading music journalist since the late '70s. She is one of very few women included among the predominantly male rock writing elite. The BBC made a documentary about her, titled The Rock Chick.
Her books include biographies of Neil Young (Reflections In Broken Glass), Serge Gainsbourg (A Fistful of Gitanes, which novelist JG Ballard named as a favourite book) and NY Times and international best-seller I'm Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen, which has been translated into 20 languages
John Howie Jr.
John Howie Jr.
When the time came to record his first "solo" album, country/honky-tonk singer/songwriter John Howie Jr. (Two Dollar Pistols, Rosewood Bluff) decided that the set of songs he had at hand, a set that documented the dissolution of a relationship, was just too personal to release under any banner other than his own name. That set of songs became Not Tonight.

Recorded over a series of sessions in starting in Spring of 2015 with esteemed Southern Culture On The Skids frontman Rick Miller behind the boards at his Kudzu Ranch studio, John Howie Jr.’s eponymous debut is a somber, haunting and emotionally-fraught affair that is the most deeply personal album he’s yet made. It documents a grappling with loss and loss of control that has Howie searching for any light at the end of the tunnel.
“This album is a step forward from a disconcerting period of time in my life,” Howie says.
“In this case, the long, slow dissolution of a relationship. Everything that goes with that is in these songs: loss, loneliness, booze, suspicion, all of it. Not Tonight confronts a specific, painful period in my life, and the music is largely sparser, the lyrics more confessional than before. It ends on a relatively high note, but it's a mighty rough road gettin' there.”

Enlisting a who's-who of Chapel Hill-area players to help commit his vision to tape, Howie tapped into the deep well of compatriots from the stable of relationships he’s cultivated in his two-plus decade career in music.
Featuring appearances by members of his own backing band The Rosewood Bluff, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, the Shirlette Ammons Band, and Tonk, the subject matter of Not Tonight felt a little too personal to commit to anything but his own name.
“I ended up with a group of songs about a certain cycle in my personal life that did not fall within the scope of the band records I've made in the past, with the Two Dollar Pistols or the Rosewood Bluff in terms of arrangement or lyrical style,” says Howie.
“And these songs necessitated a different approach as far as instrumentation went. For starters, I wanted to play drums on the record, for a different kind of feel. Of the nine songs on the album with drums, I play drums on eight of them. Dave Hartman (Southern Culture On The Skids, Rosewood Bluff) plays on the ninth. Also, the Merle Haggard and George Jones influences remain, as always, as does the heavy presence of pedal steel guitar. But there are Nikki Sudden-style acoustic guitars, too, and strings inspired by Scott Walker records.”
And while this is Howie’s debut under his given name, the North Carolina-born and bred singer/songwriter feels that it doesn’t stray too far from the foundation he’s spent so many years building.
“The album still operates from a base of traditional country/honky tonk, but as always I use that as a starting point and add my own thing,” Howie says.
“I've branched out a little more on Not Tonight, which was the idea, hence using different groupings of musicians,” he continues. “But it’s still me. And I think it will make sense to anyone who has followed what I’ve done over the years.”
Those who have followed him have remained steadfast and devout in their support for over twenty years.
In 1995, Howie’s band the Two Dollar Pistols emerged out of the alt-country explosion that gave the world Whiskeytown and the Backsliders, among others. The Pistols spent twelve years traveling around the United States and Europe, making records for the esteemed Yep Roc label with an updated, soulful take on old-school country and honky-tonk sounds. Over the course of seven albums – including a series of duets with Grammy nominee Tift Merritt – Howie and the band developed a sizeable following, packing clubs on the East Coast and being flown to festivals in Europe, while the band's albums regularly appeared on the Gavin Americana chart. In that time, the Pistols shared the stage with a veritable who's-who of country music legends, including Merle Haggard, Dale Watson, BR-549, the Derailers, and many more, and were invited to play at Opryland in 2003.
When the Two Dollar Pistols went on an extended hiatus in 2008, Howie set about forming a new group, an expansion on the Pistols' sound that broadened its musical scope to incorporate other influences that had crept into John's songwriting, like Southern soul, rhythm and blues and country-rock.
That group, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, has released two full-length albums, and, like the Pistols, the Rosewood Bluff has shared the stage with big names like the legendary George Jones, Wayne Hancock, Shovels and Rope, and many more. Both of the Rosewood Bluff's albums, 2011's Leavin' Yesterday and 2014's Everything Except Goodbye, were met with critical acclaim and received steady airplay on key programs like Sirius/XM's Outlaw Country. The band's five piece line up - that includes pedal steel guitar - allows for movement between honky-tonk shuffles, driving country-rock numbers, and deep soul ballads, all delivered via Howie's rich baritone.
Howie spent the majority of 2016/2017 on the road playing drums for Bloodshot Records artists Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, but left the group in late 2017 to continue to work on his own music, both on Not Tonight, and with his beloved Rosewood Bluff.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516