Jon Poor Band, Will Stewart, Vulture Whale

Jon Poor Band

Will Stewart

Vulture Whale

Fri · December 29, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Jon Poor Band
Jon Poor Band
Rock Music from Birmingham AL

Jon Poor is a musician and songwriter based in Birmingham, AL. He is an alumnus of the jam-rock outfit Feijoada and the Southern/British rock group Willie and the Giant. His debut solo full length album Blank Domino is available now at all major online stores and streaming services.
Will Stewart
Will Stewart
Rock from Birmingham AL

In March 2016, Will Stewart headed back home to Alabama.

He'd been away for years, living in Nashville while earning his stripes as a songwriter, frontman, and lead guitarist. His fans reached as far away as London, where The Guardian — one of the U.K.'s most widely-reached papers — hailed his work.

Still, something kept drawing him down South. He'd grown up there, surrounded by the twang of classic country music and the stomp of rootsy rock & roll. Alabama was a complicated place, its history filled with dark characters and cultural clashes, but it was oddly compelling, too. It was home. Unable to resist the pull, Stewart returned to Birmingham. There, after a decade away, he rediscovered his muse: the Modern South, whose characters, complexities, open spaces, and strange beauty are all channeled into Stewart's full-length solo debut, County Seat.

Released in 2017, County Seat is a guitar-fueled Americana record, caught somewhere between the worlds of country and electrified rock. The songs are roomy and lush, the result of an inspired — led by Stewart, who handles singing and guitar-playing duties — whose members recorded all nine tracks in two short days. There are swirls of swooning pedal steel, layers of vocal harmony, and the pastoral punch of a songwriter looking to turn the landscape of his home state into music. Close your eyes while playing songs like "Brush Arbor," whose title references Dennis Covington's Salvation on Sand Mountain, and you'll hear Stewart's Alabama home.

County Seat is also a record about time. On the album's title track, Stewart sings about a lonely man in his twilight years, hoping to find some sort of transcendence from an otherwise mundane, day-to-day life. During the nostalgic "Sipsey," Stewart longs for the wonder and innocence of young adulthood. And with "Heaven Knows Why," he takes a look at his own vices, realizing the hour has come to leave some of those habits behind. Like Stewart's own move back to Birmingham, County Seat finds its narrator in constant motion, hoping to weather the mysteries and murkiness of the 21st century South by holding on to a shred of hope.

Co-produced with Les Nuby (who also engineered and mixed the album) and recorded in a series of live takes, County Seat nods to a number of songwriters who sing about the beauty of their homeland without glossing over its imperfections. There are electrified moments influenced by Neil Young, guitar arpeggios suited for R.E.M., turns-of-phrase worthy of Bob Dylan, and the modern-day folksy charm of Hiss Golden Messenger. On an album that evokes some heavy starpower, though, Will Stewart shines the brightest. This is his first full-length release as a solo artist: a rallying cry from a Son of the South who, having returned home after a long trip, looks at his birthplace with renewed eyes.
Vulture Whale
Vulture Whale
Rock from Birmingham AL

Rock band in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 2005

Wes McDonald - Vocals and guitar
Lester Nuby III - Guitar and vocals
Keelan Parrish - Bass
Jake Waitzman - Drums

Out of the indie punk bomb shelters of Birmingham, AL beheld the inevitable union of local heroes The Ohms and Verbena. Purveyors of hero status records that just about every Southeastern kid worth his snot in rocknroll would give a nod to as an influence in one way or another. Originally coined as Wes McDonald and The Fizz, the quartet featured Verbena’s drummer and later guitarist, Lester Nuby III, the formidable backline of Keelan Parrish on the low end with Jake Waitzman keeping time behind the drum kit, with front man Wes McDonald aka Terry Ohms of The Ohms holding court lyrically and playing rhythm and lead guitar. They were simply too well-versed to not be tagged as a cohesive unit, a dream of a vulture eating a whale by Nuby birthed a new creative vehicle and a band was formed.
Vulture Whale’s 2007 freshmen self-titled effort, released on Nuby’s Ol’ Elegante stamp, was a nearly perfect southern indie rock record -- tapping the same vein as remarkable debut records by McDonald’s
Ohms and Nuby’s Verbena in 2000 and 1997, respectively. McDonald’s vocal stylings straddle the gap between The Jam’s Paul Weller and Philadelphia’s G.Love, a slight nod to Mick Jagger, and a shit ton of Wes McDonald. Nuby and McDonald trade guitar work and form an impervious front with Parrish and Waitzman, each upholding their end like a jack stud supporting a header in a stick framed house.

Each member bringing their own paint to the proverbial canvas, the ship calmly steered by McDonald and his musical genius come bar stool comedian take on songwriting --equally drenched in Parliament Funkadelic , Marc Bolan and T.Rex, as the Ramones. That’s been the "plam" from day one, take it everywhere and nowhere at the same time. They’re better than steroids were for baseball and OJ was for Ford Broncos, beautifully exotic yet weaving the basket between perfect indie pop and obtuse punk funk. Ever entertaining and genre bending, Vulture Whale is a cornucopia of styles and permutations, draped in the critically acclaimed shroud of indie rock and its rags.

2016 sees the band’s 5th release, Aluminium, and first on the newly revamped Cornelius Chapel Records imprint headed up by Dexateens frontman Elliott McPherson. Aluminium is locked and loaded with brain clinging heady rock numbers, dramatic buildups and genuine American rocknroll of the southern persuasion with ample crunch and face melting riffs piled up with false euro bravado. Crafty rock n roll proving yet again why Birmingham is forever a spot on the indie rock map, as deep in talent as it is cultural history. Aluminium’s release finds it just in time for that early Alabama spring and yet another to add to their near sixpack of critically definitive indie rock offerings. Maybe we can get another one out of them before the year is through. –Scott Zuppardo
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205