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August 15, 2019 | doors at 7:30pm
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Triple Ds presents:
THE VANDOLIERS
Jeremy Ray & the Carolina Highway | Nikki & the Phantom Callers | Soda Jerk
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The Vandoliers
Vandoliers are the next wave of Texas music. The six-piece Dallas-Fort Worth group channels all that makes this vast state unique: tradition, modernity, audacity, grit, and—of course—size. Forever puts it all together for an enthralling ride down a fresh Lone Star highway.

Produced and recorded by Adam Hill (Low Cut Connie, The Bo-Keys, Deer Tick, Don Bryant, Zeshan B) at American Recording Studios in Memphis, TN, the band’s third album (and first with Bloodshot) Forever is a mix of youthful and defiant punk, rugged Red Dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. The full-length’s 10 songs blend emblematic rock ‘n’ roll with bold horns, violin, and a slather of twang reflecting where the band is from, where they’ve been and, eventually, where they’ll be headed. It’s regional and universal all the same.

“I wrote a series of songs about my life and gave it to the best musicians I know to flesh out,” says lead singer and guitarist Joshua Fleming. “I spent over a year writing by myself, with friends and mentors, and we spent just as long filling out arrangements and writing scores. We wrote horn and fiddle parts on a trio tour through the mountains of New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.”

One of those mentors is fellow Dallas-Fort Worth musician Rhett Miller of Old 97’s. The influence and tutelage of Miller and his bandmates helped sharpen Vandoliers’ Texas-bred, roots-based punk rock.

“Before the band started diving into the new material, I sent Rhett a bunch of acoustic phone demos,” says Fleming. “Being the amazing person he is, he sent me back a 3,000-word email of advice that read like a master class in the art of songwriting. Beyond their influence musically, they’ve really taken us under their wing, letting us play shows with them and giving us all kinds of advice along the way.”

While tracking alongside the muddy path that country-punk bands like Old 97’s, Jason and the Scorchers, and the True Believers blazed in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Vandoliers define their own style; no one else is upending the genre quite like them. There are familiar ingredients—Fleming’s raspy vocals, rousing sing-along choruses, and an infectious energy (like on the rippin’ “Sixteen Years”)—that lay down the foundation on Forever. But it’s the ancillary instrumentation that separates them from others. When they seamlessly inject punk rock with ‘60 and ‘70s country grime (“Tumbleweed”), old-timey fiddlin’ (“Miles and Miles”), Tex-Mex horn and violin (“Fallen Again”), and heartfelt balladry (“Cigarettes in the Rain”), a rich new sound emerges. References to the Texas Tornados, Social Distortion, Deer Tick, and Calexico can be made, but none fully capture the soul of the self-proclaimed “Converse cowboys.”

For a band that spends more than half the year on the road, “forever” is their credo of hope and determination—“VFFV” (Vandoliers Forever, Forever Vandoliers) is tattooed on the six members’ arms as an emblem of their solidarity and commitment to the collective, through good times and, more significantly, the tough ones. The album’s lyrics center on themes of dedication (“Sixteen Years”), being known as middle finger-throwing rabble rousers (“Troublemaker”), seizing adventure while traveling (“Nowhere Fast”), and addressing anxiety and depression (“Fallen Again”). When they return home from tour, broke and empty, they humbly look to their families for support (“Bottom Dollar Boy”), and unconditional love—despite their unconventional career paths—(“Tumbleweed”). Thus recharged, they can hit the road again, to spread the Vandoliers’ message with renewed fervor.

Formed in 2015, Vandoliers are Fleming, bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves. Their first two albums Ameri-Kinda (2016) and The Native (2017) were released on State Fair Records.
Jeremy Ray & the Carolina Highway
Those familiar with Atlanta artist and musician Jeremy Ray know that he is a livewire – an upbeat dude, quite literally bursting with energy at the seams. His solo acoustic live shows are typically indicative of that energy, frenetic and barn-burning. It may be a bit of a surprise then to find Jeremy’s latest EP The Last Take in a much more restrained, nuanced, and layered territory; this is a side of Jeremy’s music that is most comfortable in the studio, or at home alone, and as such these songs are moody, textured, and absorbing. More than anything, these songs are really just uniquely Jeremy, and The Last Take is a gorgeous and welcome release to get lost in until Jeremy’s full-length arrives.
Nikki & the Phantom Callers
Welcome, and thank you for stopping by to visit. We are "Nikki & the Phantom Callers," a Southern Gothic Rock-n-Roll outfit from Atlanta, Georgia.

Nikki Speake is a vocalist and songwriter from Dadeville, Alabama who started writing dark country numbers at 16. Her first band was an all-girl punk band, Whistle Bait, from Auburn, Alabama which frequently opened for such acts as the Legendary Shack Shakers and the Immortal Lee County Killers. She then fronted the Auburn band, Virgil Otis, which was featured in Southeastern Performer and played the inaugural kickoff for the now famous Old 280 Boogie in Waverly, AL. Since moving to Atlanta, she has played in many local bands, such as Sioux City Sue, 30 Year Old Women From Mars, Shantih Shantih and Midnight Larks. Over this time period, she has opened for Shannon and the Clams, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, King Kahn and the Shrines, and Southern Culture on the Skids just to name a few.

She has been honored with a super group of Atlanta musicians, dubbed "The Phantom Callers," which include:

Anna Kramer//Bass and Backing Vocals: Atlanta's Sweetheart of Rock-n-Roll! Everyone loves Anna, and her music. She has been a fixture in the Atlanta community for over 15 years, she currently tours internationally as a solo artist, with her band, Anna Kramer and The Lost Cause, and as lead guitarist in Shantih Shantih. Her many noted performances include a duet with the band Weezer, as well as sharing the bill with a range of acts from icons, Ronnie Spector, Wanda Jackson and Country Legend Charlie Louvin, to Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Mudhoney and Tommy Ramone of The Ramones.
Check her out at http://annakramermusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shantih.shantih.atl/

Aaron Mason//Lead Guitar: Aaron Mason first moved to Atlanta in 1996. He was a founding member of the instrumental group Ocelot, a main stay of the Atlanta Rock scene from 1998 through 2002. After that he worked as a guitar teacher and co-conspirator with many of ATL’s finest until 2007. He disappeared to the land of Austin, TX until 2014. While there, he crafted his chops in all of the roots of Rock Music while hustling away in the freedom of lance world. After a few years back in Atlanta, Ga, he has re-established himself as a Georgia musician with Blake Rainy and His Demons, Timmy James & the Blue Flames, and now, Nikki and the Phantom Callers. Check out https://www.facebook.com/blakeraineyandhisdemons/?pnref=lhc

Russell Owens//Drums: Russell hails from North Carolina, and is an all around great musician and songwriter - he can play it all. A few of his former projects include Batata Doce, Coma Girls, Mermaids, Dog Bite, Missile Command, Starfighter and Hawkeye Pierce. He currently plays guitar and shares songwriting duties in Roadkill Debutante, another incredible Atlanta band to check out. https://www.facebook.com/roadkilldebutante/
Soda Jerk
Sodajerk is a band formed on one guiding principle: despite what may be coming out of the current Nashville scene, country music doesnt have to suck!
Sodajerk began in Pittsburgh with longtime friends Bucky Goldstein and Poppa John Tucker as an outlet for their shared love of 50's rockabilly, 60's country, 70's classic rock, 80's metal and early 90's college rock. They found that when they mashed the booze filled swagger of The Replacements with the tear-in-my-beer twang of Johnny Cash, something special happened....the Sodajerk sound was born.

The first record (1999's Can't Put You Down) was almost entirely recorded by just the duo, and was greeted with warm reviews and high critical praise in their hometown, ultimately winning a spot on the Top Five Releases of 1999 by local press.

They followed with 2001's Unhappy Hour which continued the tradition, ending up on yet another Top 10 Releases of the Year list in Pittsburgh's press and leading to the bands involvement with festivals such as the Nashville New Music Conference and North By Northeast in Toronto. The end of 2001 brought them the honor of being chosen by Jim Beam as one of their 5 finalists in the Jim Beam National Backroom Band Search held in Nashville, of which Sodajerk ultimately placed second (not bad for some yanks!)

The winning streak continued in early 2002, as Sodajerk took top honors in the Grafitti Rock Challenge in Pittsburgh, a long running, yearly band competition, that in the past has seen the participation of such bands as Pittsburghs own Rusted Root and The Clarks. This led to the recording of the bands third record (2003's Brand New Low) which landed the band in regular rotation on such AAA stations as 91.3 WYEP. It even found its way onto celebrated singer songwriter Jesse Malins website under the heading Fine Art: Top 25 Albums, alongside legends such as Wilco and Neil Young (were blushing now!)

The constant gigging in Pittsburgh and other cities on the east coast (Nashville, Toronto, Raleigh, Ocean City, Harrisburg) plus the opportunities they've had to share the stage with bands as diverse as The Jayhawks, Charlie Daniels, The Drive By Truckers, Reverend Horton Heat, Scott Miller, John Mellencamp, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Bobby Bare Jr., Robbie Fulks, The Red Elvises, The Tarbox Ramblers, Montgomery Gentry, and even heavy hitters such as Nashville Pussy and Static X led to Bucky and Poppa Johns desire to capture more of their live sound on the next record, which ended up being simply titled Sodajerk, released in 2005. It's a raw rock n roll blast that immediately has found its way into regular rotation again on 91.3 WYEP (garnering 15 spins a week) and to the top of critics lists.

In 2005, the duo relocated to Atlanta with the intention of heavier gigging and touring. After rounding out the band with Ben Drankin on guitar and Blake Parris on bass, Sodajerk finished up work on their next record, "Sodajerk 2" for early 2007 release. With renewed vigor, the band intends to let everyone in the south and elsewhere know who Sodajerk is.

Whether its the country rock blast of "I Know You Will", the rootsy hook laden "Another Town" or the trip hop country masterpiece "Cow Hop", Sodajerk is a band that lives to challenge the stereotypes of all music. one Pittsburgh writer put it best, Its all you need for a night on the town.....or the end of the world! ..
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