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Dubbed as Hell Raisin' Country, Early Ray is certainly catching fire and heating up stages all around the Carolinas and the Southeast!
This young magnetic, good-looking country singer-songwriter delivers his powerful songs with a rock edge, but with the core of a country purist.
I love the intro to his bio, which reads: I've never liked bios much as they are typically filled with cream puff quotes about how artsy, powerful or amazing an artist's music is. Instead, I'm going tell you a little about myself...
Country music lovers, and country music artists, down here in the South... we don't separate the artist from his music. We liken it back to Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones, Loretta and Dolly. Music and Life Experience co-exist, co-mingle, and are so inextricably intertwined that they are one in the same.
Good goin' Ray! You ARE it!
Classically trained musicians, PJ Brunson on piano and Laurie Neal on violin, masterfully perform classical masterpieces, traditional Celtic treasured and their own inspired original pieces with a new age feel.
Their latest CD, Still Waters, is a mixture of the duos own new age compositions and traditional classics, seasoned with a slightly modern flavor. Rife with originality and laden with the talent of these two performers, this album is one that you will want to hear again and again. I passionately recommend it!
If you are a musician, (like me) you got 'em! It's the promises we make to no one but ourselves this time of year... usually involving being a little more dedicated to our instrument(s), honing our talents, and so many of us, (me included,) promising ourselves that we will Practice! Practice! Practice! Hey! How else are we gonna get to Carnegie Hall, right?
Of course, ALL OF THE ABOVE is on my list of musical resolutions this year! (Just like last year and the year before, and... well. You know as well as I do!)
I DO resolve to be a better musician this year! And I DO resolve to practice more! But... in 2012, I have added another layer to my musical resolutions.
Music is by far my first love. From my earliest memories, I have always dreamt of living my life filled with music, making it my career and my life's ambition. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to fulfill that dream, at least in part, most days of my life.
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Patrick Davis' pals kept telling him he should do this - that he makes music people want to hear, that his songs and his voice are radio-ready. And, so what? Thousands of people are told such things all the time by millions of well-intentioned friends.
Here's what's different: Patrick Davis' pals are some of the most influential artists coming out of Nashville and climbing the country charts. And they're eager for Patrick Davis to join their club."
(Excerpt from patrickdavismusic.com)
"Talent, youth, good looks and a natural gift for songwriting with the perfect hook, Patrick Davis has everything it takes to become the next mega-star, so we are keeping our eyes and ears open!
Emerging from Nashville with a string of hit songwriting credits already under his belt, Patrick began his solo-performing career with a jump-start. He co-wrote Jason Michael Carroll's Top 10 hit, "Where I'm From" as well as the closing track, "Be Wary of a Woman," on fellow South Carolinian Darius Rucker's (Hootie and the Blowfish) platinum-level Learn To Live album. These days, we can hear his songs, as well as his influence, on new albums from Lady Antebellum, Jewel (Patrick and Jewel co- wrote 11 of the 12 original songs on the album, and he sang harmony on the track, "Count On Me"), Josh Kelley and Carroll (as producer.)"
Since coming to Nashville in 2002, Davis has written with a wide range of country and pop music heavyweights, from Jewel and Dallas Davidson to Radney Foster, Hal Ketchum and Nashville Songwriters Hall-of-Fame Member Guy Clark (co-writing two songs on Clark's latest album. Davis says he considers the collaboration with Clark a highlight in his career).
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The Evening Muse in Charlotte North Carolina is a great venue for musicians as well as patrons. Located in the NoDa district of Charlotte which is noted for it's arts and crafts vibe, The Evening Muse fits right in. A place where you can see top notch performances from touring acts and also come to participate yourself on open mic nights.
They book bands that are touring regionally and nationally or have the chops to do so. This is a listening room. People come especially to hear the music. You'll see all kinds of original music here. Acoustic, electric, singer/songwriter, Americana, blues, folk, jazz, it's all here.
A few of the artists that have performed there:
The Evening Muse also has Open Mic Nights for upcoming artists. Open mic is on Monday of every week. Once a month on the first Wednesday of the month they host the Tosco House Party Open Mic.
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