Voices United - Benefit featuring Bitter Calm, Holiday Gunfire, Timber, Captain Kudzu

Voices United - Benefit featuring Bitter Calm, Holiday Gunfire, Timber, Captain Kudzu

Fri · April 5, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Nick is a Private Club - Membership Card ($5 Per Year) & Valid ID to Enter

 

Bitter Calm
Bitter Calm
Rock from Birmingham AL
Holiday Gunfire
Holiday Gunfire
Rock from Birmingham AL

Jason Hamric
Lester Nuby III
Craig Ceravolo
Michael Leon Williams
Timber
Timber
Singer Songwriters from Birmingham AL

Janet Simpson-Templin, Will Stewart

Timber is a collaboration between Janet Simpson and Will Stewart — two veteran musicians who came together in that most natural of ways: In a pinch.

Stewart, an Alabama native currently based in Nashville along with the rest of the band, Willie and the Giant, was working on his Coosa EP when it was suggested that Simpson — a multi-faceted, Birmingham, Alabama based musician known for her work in Wooden Wand, Delicate Cutters, and Teen Getaway — to lend her talents to the proceedings. Pressed for time, Simpson came to the studio that day, spent an hour adding keys and her sumptuous voice to a few of Stewart’s songs, and left to catch a plane for a European tour with Wooden Wand.

Last summer, out of the blue, Stewart e-mailed Simpson about writing together. Impressed by Stewart’s melodic gifts and easy demeanor, Simpson accepted the offer. Soon they began trading songs via e-mail, giving each other notes along the way. Once a small batch of similarly-themed compositions made itself apparent, the two met at 2734 Central Recording Studio in Birmingham, AL — working, once again, with producer Lester Nuby — to record their self-titled debut.

Though the two had been exchanging songs online, Simpson and Stewart did not know much about each other, much less how to go about recording their new compositions. Over coffee they talked about productions they were currently enamored with, including albums by Teenage Fanclub, Yo La Tengo, D’Angelo, and Neil Young — particularly After The Gold Rush. Caffeinated and invigorated, the two began crafting the album — splitting the instrumental duties, keeping things simple, and embracing spontaneous moments. Per Stewart’s suggestion, they drafted Nashville musician Scott Murray to add pedal steel, utilizing the instrument’s gorgeous washes of sound for atmosphere rather than staid, Americana twang.

After releasing their self-titled EP in in late 2015, Timber are set to release the single "Sunstroke" on November 19th. "Sunstroke" is a composition that is sonically lush with meditative lyrics; invoking hazy imagery that coaxes the listener to join in on the gauzy daydream. Timber issues the warning, "Got to get you outta my head / before it's too late" - leaving an open-ended sense of anxiety, which culminates in a frenetic guitar break to end the song with a cathartic release. Timber are currently working to finalize their debut full-length album, which is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2017.
Captain Kudzu
Captain Kudzu
Rock from Opelika AL

Captain Kudzu is hard to place in any specific musical category. This is due to principle songwriter Jackson Gafford’s eclectic and unique approach to songwriting - he’s as well versed making loop based compositions and beats as he is in performing, and his music takes cues from everything from ambient pop to garage rock. Taking the form of either a solo loop based set or a full band with bassist Timothy Collier and drummer Abby Anderson, Captain Kudzu’s music jumps effortlessly between sparse and hazy, energetic and introspective, carefree and existential - all without losing its distinct catchiness.

Since relocating from Opelika, AL to Birmingham in 2017, Captain Kudzu has shared the stage with regional acts like Omni and Swarming Branch. Their sophomore LP Arburetum is slated to drop in mid-to-late 2018, at which time they will also appear on the Seasick Stage at Slossfest 2018.
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
http://www.thenickrocks.com/