For Immediate Release
The Arts Council
Contact: Kevin Ledgewood
JUNE ACOUSTIC NIGHT WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS AND THE PARKERS
(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) The Mulligan Brothers and The Parkers will be the featured performers during Acoustic Night on June 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, the project features both solo and ensemble performances of a wide range of acoustic music 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.
The Mulligan Brothers, an emerging band from Mobile, Ala., proves that good stories and lyrics still matter in music and well-written songs do not need a catchy chorus or happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over. The band’s debut album, “The Mulligan Brothers,” was voted the Alabama Album of 2013 by the readers of Mod Mobilian. It is filled with straightforward narratives, concise, original lines, and lead singer Ross Newell’s honest, sincere voice cutting to the heart in songs that seem as much to himself as to the listener. The rhythm of Greg DeLuca, the string melodies of Gram Rea and Ben Leininger’s suitcase bass grab attention as The Mulligan Brothers’ music crosses borders between folk rock, Americana and country. “There was a temptation to add more instruments during production of the album but we wanted to reproduce the songs on stage every night,” says Rea. “If we can’t play it live, we didn’t play it on the album, and that shaped our sound.”
The Parkersconsist of mutual friends David Allgood, vocals, guitar and bass; Mike Orlin, vocals, guitar and bass; and Joey Dukes, drums. The three have been friends and musical partners for over 30 years, having teamed up in Atlanta in the mid-1970s playing in the local club scene that spawned REM, Indigo Girls, Tinsley Ellis and The Georgia Satellites. During this time period, David and Mike also began writing songs together and formed a band around their original material: The Legendary Atlanta Crackers. In various musical formations, the three friends opened for many national acts on Atlanta stages well into the mid-1980s including John Prine, Roseanne Cash, Leon Russell, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Asleep at The Wheel – to name but a few. They will be performing a variety of both obscure cover and original songs incorporating a wide variety of styles.
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