March 23, 2020 | doors at 7:30pm
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Nikki & the Phantom Callers
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Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers
'The real disturber of the peace is the characterless and synthetic Americanism, which has threatened tooppress them, and its prestige will lessen until it is absorbed and acclimated. In their somewhat different yet related traditions the sections have a common interest to maintain what is organically American against what is synthetically imposed. Their national unity consists in the avowal which any section should rejoice for the others to make: that we are Rebels, Yankees, Westerners, New Englanders or what you will, bound by ties more generous than abstract institutions can express, rather than citizens of an Americanized nowhere, without family, kin or home.'
-Donald Davidson, 'I'll Take My Stand' (1930)

Picture it: the rustic grind of rural America. The cacophonous crunch and wheeze of motor-driven rock songs accompany the sound of corroded farm implements awakened to service once again. The soundtrack of a time when strip malls will choke with ivy and the vestiges of overdevelopment will be razed and plowed up for acreage. The Legendary Shack Shakers confront an America that is in decay on their seventh full-length album, AGRIDUSTRIAL.

AGRIDUSTRIAL is the statement of an American band fighting back against a society gone mad with greed and the usurpation of basic human dignities. The southern ethos is set on high, as the band explores the stories and values of those that have trod the path from our agrarian past, as testimony to those that will have to live it again. There are songs that praise Jesus ('Sin Eater') and southern-fried provocateurs ('Dixie Iron Fist'). 'Hoboes Are My Heroes' is borne from singer J.D. Wilkes' recent experience of riding the rails to meet the men that are living on the fringes of America, as well as to absorb the rustic rhythm of that life. 'Night Ride' recounts the history of Kentucky's infamous vigilante farmer's union, the Night Riders, who wreaked havoc on non-union tobacco farms in the early 1900's. Time and again, the band looks at their recession-ravaged homeland with a mix of love, anger and prescience.

Even the sound of AGRIDUSTRIAL is a direct response to the present day recession in foreshadowing the looming collapse that awaits to return us back to self-sufficiency. The band went to a blacksmith forge and recorded the sounds of hammers, anvils, tongs, cranks and chains for much of the percussion on the album. Bassist Mark Robertson produced the album, doing a tasteful job of marrying the band's hard driving rock sound with these organic flourishes. Also key to the band's sound is the ferocious guitar work of new member Duane Denison, who is fresh off the triumphant Jesus Lizard 2009 world tour. In addition to being a member of the Legendary Shack Shakers, Duane is a member of the Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk. The Legendary Shack Shakers had already earned high praise as one of the best live acts around, with both Jello Biafra and Hank Williams III calling, J.D. Wilkes 'the best front man in the world.' Robertson combines with drummer Brett Whitacre to form the Shack Shakers thundering rhythm section. It's been said many times, but probably never so sincerely; this is a band that you must not miss live.

'The Hills Of Hell' from this album tells of two separate tales of crucifixion from Wilkes' home state of Kentucky among other horrors. As this country, and especially those that have built it with their sweat and toil contemplate whether they are indeed being crucified on a different type of cross of gold than William Jennings Bryan contemplated, AGRIDUSTRIAL will serve as a punch in the face, a savage rejoinder during tough times, but ultimately as a welcome home to a way of life that sustained a region and a nation before it all got away from us.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Engaging, riveting, sad and humorous; demanding the audience to participate both live and while listening to their albums; Slim Cessna's Auto Club has been branded with every musical description possible. This seems fitting, as SCAC describes their music as American (Is that not what America is and has been, a mixture of every one and thing resulting in something new?); and after two decades of working and living as SCAC, they have created their own genre.

The instruments are drums, upright bass, pedal steel, banjos, piano, guitar, vocals and stories. They have recorded critically acclaimed albums (Village Voice, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle) on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Spin Magazine and No Depression have described them as the best live band in America. The songs are each thoughtfully crafted with unique arrangements, executed by superb musicianship, then fully realized through original, insightful
and intelligent lyrics. With two of the most charismatic frontmen around (Westword) and four accomplished musicians, SCAC is the past, present and future of American music.
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.
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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

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.