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Decatur. GA - Kavarna - The Soogs, The Good Graces, Sun Studies, Joshua Carpenter

  • Kavarna 707 East Lake Drive Decatur, GA, 30030 United States (map)

I’ll be playing with The Good Graces tonight.

The Soogs
The Soogs have played in and around Atlanta on and off since 1991. We recorded and album, “Bully” due to an engineer who saw some cover videos by The Soogs, thought, “I’d like to record those guys,” and offered up his services. The Soogs’ music has been described as “The Pixies meet The Partridge Family,” but it was only described that way once and it’s hard to remember who said it.

The Good Graces
the Good Graces is an indie-folk/Americana collective fronted by singer-songwriter Kim Ware and based in Atlanta, GA. Since its inception in 2006, after Kim picked up an acoustic guitar at the late Lakewood Antiques Market that summer, tGG has toured up and down the east coast, down to Texas, over to California, and performed at such festivals as 30A, NXNE, and the Athens Pop Festival. In 2015, Kim's song "Cold in California" caught the attention of the Indigo Girls, and the band was invited by the renowned duo to support some midwest and southeast shows during their summer tour. This proved to be career and life-changing for Kim, helping her gain more confidence in her songwriting and singing. Shortly thereafter, Kim began work on tGG's 4th full-length album, "Set Your Sights." Released independently in conjunction with the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC-based boutique label PotLuck Foundation, "Set Your Sights" places Kim's heart-on-her-sleeve songwriting and earnest, honest lyrical delivery at the forefront of an atmospheric sonic expedition, led by producer / guitarist Jonny Daly and supported by a long list of players from Atlanta and the southeast. Kim is currently working on songs for a follow-up LP, to be released in 2019.

Sun Studies (Durham, NC)
Sun Studies is a songwriting moniker featuring the wide-ranging baritone of Reid Johnson. Characters conveying false truths, existential anxiety, and mental illness come to the forefront, carried by Johnson’s swooning voice and arresting melodies.
"As the longtime leader of Triangle (NC) indie rock favorites Schooner, singer Reid Johnson developed a distinctive melodic style, with his voice dipping low and then shooting high with a hint of cracking falsetto. There was always a bit of R&B romance to his songs, of the singer dancing with his hooks. That trademark happily lingers in Sun Studies, Johnson’s new solo project where his singsong melodies radiate Roy Orbison warmth through layers of tumult and noise."
-Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

Joshua Carpenter (Asheville, NC)
Joshua Carpenter has done stints with Floating Action, The Nein, and even a handful of gigs here and there with cult-hero-turned-phenomenon Rodriguez. The Asheville, NC resident currently plays with Schooner, Better Twin, & Emily Easterly in addition to writing and performing under his own name. Carpenter has released two under-the-radar-but-stellar solo albums, Full Flight, in 2011, and Prey Tells, in 2017.
Carpenter’s aesthetic lends itself to Big Star’s memorable hooks with the wry, eviscerating wit of Andy Partridge. Catchy, cerebral, and a bit pugnacious.
"…traces back through songsmiths Tobin Sprout and Matthew Sweet to Robyn Hitchcock and Ray Davies - nostalgia obsessives unafraid to dress their melancholy in pop trappings."
-John Schacht, Independent Weekly (NC)