Dead Fingers, Will Stewart, Taylor Hunnicutt

Dead Fingers

Will Stewart

Taylor Hunnicutt

Sat · May 12, 2018

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

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Dead Fingers
Dead Fingers
Since 2012′s eponymous debut on Big Legal Mess Records, Dead Fingers have had some time to take a step back and take stock of all of the dynamic changes their lives have undergone over the past few years. Having taken a much needed moment to adjust to the new realities of being first time parents, Kate and Taylor have added a whole new perspective to their road weary travelogues and broke beat folk/country/blues hybrid, that speaks as much to their growing maturity as artists as it does to their innate ability to put their lives squarely in the fabric of their songs. Having fostered their songwriting skills through years of hard won apprenticeships in late night bars and dingy rock clubs, sweating out 12-bar guitar runs and sweet harmonies over air thick with second-hand smoke and tired hangers-on waiting for the sun to rise, there's little that has missed these two as they made their way through the ranks of indie-rock reality checks both with each other and on their own.

From Taylor's earliest days as a lo-fi axe slinger shredding J. Mascis-by way of-Johnny Thunders riffage on You Know That Summer's Comin', to his time spent touring with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band wrangling cosmic American music out of Mexican moorings, and Kate's lifelong tutelage in one of the most gifted musical families the Magic City has ever produced alongside her siblings Maria and Macey Taylor, it's easy to see why they needed some time away from the stage to think about a life removed from rock and roll.

And yet the clarion call couldn't have been more clear for a new album. Having soaked up the insights attained by gracefully growing older away from the grind and gruel of headlining tours and hotel parking lots, it seems Dead Fingers have finally settled into a life that fits into their future as a family and a sound that speaks to their place in the world at large. Having added drummer Alan Rosser as a permanent fixture to the band, the trio's tight-knit arrangements and shuffling twang have only deepened their communal vibe and helped set the stage for their resurgence as both a popular live act and endearing love song to the romantically afflicted rocker in all of us.

From penning acoustic remedies for heartbroken scribes like the elegant "Pomp & Circumstance," to the playful pretzel wordplay of "Twisted," and the metaphysical longing of "Still Haven't Been Satisfied," there's enough existential wisdom for people twice their age to revel in- along with the standard Dead Fingers six string whiplash- to make this one of the most exciting albums in either of their respective catalogs. Documenting their peculiar form of domestic bliss in tracks like "Shoom Doom Babba Labba" and "Free Tonight," Big Black Dog stands as a new chapter in the careers of two of Birmingham's most talented musicians and their struggle to find a balance between their art and home life and all of the mixed up semiotics that lies between the two. And although the road will always call them back, their search for peace of mind and time with their family has become a new source of inspiration and music to once again light their creative fires.
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.
Taylor Hunnicutt
Taylor Hunnicutt
Singer/Songwriter, Americana from Birmingham AL

Taylor Hunnicutt is a singer/songwriter based in Birmingham, Alabama. With roots in Blues, Soul, Country and Americana, Taylor's performances cross genre lines and give audiences a unique and authentic storytelling experience.

“With a voice that sounds like Stevie Nicks if she had been raised in the Black Belt, Hunnicutt bends genres between country, soul, blues and rock but settles sweetly in the Americana style of Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams or Amanda Shires.” - Michael Tomberlin Alabama News Center
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205