For Immediate Release
The Arts Council
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
ACOUSTIC NIGHT WILL FEATURE BELLE ADAIR AND AMY MCCARLEY
(Tuscaloosa) Belle Adair and Amy McCarley will be featured on Acoustic Night on June 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Acoustic Night features both established and upcoming musicians from around the country throughout the calendar year in the intimate setting of the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room. Cover charge is $5 with a full service bar available.
Belle Adair began as a weekend recording project between four friends living in different Alabama cities. After a year of recording in random bursts, Matt Green joined keyboardist/engineer, Ben Tanner, in Muscle Shoals, and the band recently added pedal steel guitarist, Daniel Stoddard. In January 2011 Belle Adair self-released an eponymous, six song EP, and they recently released their first seven-inch single through Speak/Sing Records. On the EP, you’ll find slow-building songs composed of a diverse set of instruments and sounds. Over twenty minutes, the band moves from the airy acoustic folk of “No Reply” to the swirling, suite-like “Happy to Pretend,” creating a listen that rewards patience and a nice pair of headphones.
Growing up in rural Alabama, Amy McCarley’s interest in music and emotive storytelling blossomed in grade school when she formed her first rock band with some classmates and spent hours rehearsing in the attic of her grandparent’s barn. In fits and starts from that point forward, she has developed a unique voice centering on the types of observations that perhaps only a southern girl given ample time to explore the world and make her own mistakes could. McCarley says “Music is just something that’s always been on my mind. Ever since I can remember I’ve admired the ability to conduct emotion; to convey meaning in that way.” After four short years in Houston, Texas –some time spent studying classical guitar at Rice University and performing as an accompanist in and around the trendy Montrose district–
She returned to Alabama with a degree in Economics for a full-time employment with a NASA contractor. While building a fan base across the southeast with this crisp engaging offering, her 2011 alternative folk country debut continues to receive airplay in several European markets –and prompted a US west coast tour in late 2012. Working towards the completion of her second record, McCarely has teamed with Grammy award-winning guitarist-producer Kenny Vaughan and some of Nashville’s most revered talent. A mid-2013 release date is anticipated.
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