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.
North Carolina-born and bred singer/songwriter John Howie Jr. has been spreading the gospel of
modernized, traditional country music for over two decades. In 1995, his 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 12 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. 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. Over
the years, Howie's songs from the Pistols days have been featured in films like Jeepers Creepers and
Swimming, and programs like Weeds, the United States of Tara, and Orange is the New Black.
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/R&B 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 “Little Steven'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 in 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 with
his beloved Rosewood Bluff and in solo album form. That solo album, Not Tonight, which features
appearances by members of the Rosewood Bluff, the Disarmers, the Shirlette Ammons band, Tonk, and others, will be released in Summer of 2018 on the Suah Sounds label.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516