ROOTS ROCK REVUE
Featuring The Grandsons, Karl Straub and Arty Hill + The Long Gone Daddys
SAT JAN 19 / 8PM
Step into those cowboy boots and make your way to Artisphere for a night of and boot scootin’ boogie with kings of roots rock The Grandsons, DC-area rock/country songwriter Karl Straub and masters of honky tonk Arty Hill & The Long Gone Daddys. A fan aptly described The Grandsons’ exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” This bunch finds inspiration in New Orleans street parades, high-haired rockabillies, low down blues shouters, uptown swing, downtown jazz and outskirts-of-town honky tonk country. Recently, the group won a WAMMIE award for Artist of the Year, and their 6th CD, Live at the Barns The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings Volume Two, won a WAMMIE for Best Roots Rock Recording.
"One of the area's strongest songwriters," (Buzz McClain, The Washington Post) Karl Straub is a songwriter in the DC region whose songs cut across many genres, throwing rock and roll together with country and jazz. His eclectic approach owes a debt to mavericks like Merle Haggard, Bob Wills and Willie Nelson. Straub's material has been covered by numerous artists, including Last Train Home, Mary Battiata and Little Pink, Mark Noone, Virginia Coalition, Lisa Moscatiello, the Kennedys, Cowlick Lucy and Lee Wilhoit.
From Baltimore, MD to Central Texas, Arty Hill is packing the bars and dance floors with his unique brand of Modern Honky Tonk. He sings with an "'everyman' quality…reminiscent of Johnny Cash." (Vintage Guitar Magazine). His songs—marrying the soul of classic country with the wry storytelling of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt—have been recorded by Rockabilly Queen Bee Marti Brom, the Grammy-nominated Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, Austin’s Texas Sapphires, New York's L'il Mo and the Monicats, and award-winning Alt-Country pioneers Jason & the Scorchers.