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Bo Bice with Mama’s Blue Dress

Known for his diverse vocal abilities, the songs Bo Bice is writing these days have put him in a new spot musically.Mama’s Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul.

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Mill Town Music Hall
February 8th
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Known for his diverse vocal abilities, the songs Bo Bice is writing these days have put him in a new spot musically.

“My next record will continue to reflect my love of my country, my family, my faith and the emotional journey I’m on,” he said during a recent interview from a recording studio behind his home that he shares with his wife and three young children. “I moved my family to Nashville six years ago and that change is now reflected in my music.”

“I’ve always been a family man,” Bice continued,referencing his feelings for his mother, a gospel singer who infused him with a love of music at an early age. “My mom remarried and moved our family to England when I was just a kid. But before I finished school, I knew I wanted to be in a band and I returned to Alabama to continue that process.”

It was a hard decision to leave his mom in England, and he addressed it in “You Take Yourself With You,” (a song that charted in the Top 20 on GAC’s Video Countdown) from his 2010 release, 3. “D. Scott Miller and I wrote that song when we were just sitting and talking about the first time you leave home,” he said. “He’s older than me, but everyone has that same feeling when they take off.”

The album 3 was Bice’s first brush with the Nashville community, and all its songs were written or co-written by Bice, with production credits by Bice and D. Scott Miller (who’s worked on hits by Trace Adkins, Patty Loveless and Asleep at the Wheel, among others).

“I’m really digging the Nashville scene and where it’s taking me musically,” he said. “It’s a little different than what I was doing on previous albums, but Nashville represents many of the things that are important to me these days.” After a few health scares stemming from life on the road, Bice has changed his lifestyle and enjoyed a clean bill of health for three years. “I’m more into being a good husband and father, and giving back to others, rather than just doing what feels good at the time,” he said.

Now, instead of chasing wild times, Bice spends time helping fellow motorcycle enthusiasts raise money for medical research or supporting the military and their families. “I have a lot of respect for the troops and want to do all I can to create awareness of their needs, and support their families.”
Bice’s career began to take shape when he worked the Southern club circuit in a number of bands, including Blue Suede Nickel, Purge and Sugar Money. Although the groups made some in-roads, his initial claim to fame came in 2005, when he finished 2nd to Carrie Underwood on FOX television’s American Idol.

Mama’s Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul.

The next Dixie Chicks?
Harmonies as strong as the Zac Brown Band?

See them live and you’ll ask yourself the same questions. Mama’s Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul. As one fan said, “I haven’t heard a group of women play and sing together this well since the Bush administration.”

Since Mama’s Blue Dress’s first show in January 2012, the band has played to numerous sold-out rooms across the Southeast, often receiving standing ovations for their dynamic performances, stellar songwriting, gorgeous harmonies – and, perhaps most importantly , healthcarewell online pharmacy , the homemade baked goods and cakewalks that accompany each show. In their first six months, Mama’s Blue Dress performed at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance, the CMA Music Festival, and the Nashville date of the Country Throwdown tour, where they took the mainstage. The group was recently featured on WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody”.

Each member is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in their own right:

NICOLE WITT (vocals, fiddle, guitar, glockenspiel) has written songs for numerous country stars including George Strait, Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins and Terri Clark, and Christian artists such as Mandisa and Natalie Grant. She won 2011 Song of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.

VANESSA OLIVAREZ (vocals, percussion) is a Dora Award-nominated vocalist who wrote and recorded a Top 10 pop single in Canada. She wrote several songs recorded by Sugarland (including “Sugarland” on their multi-platinum hit album “Enjoy the Ride”), and was recently featured on PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions with Granville Automatic. She was also a Top 12 finalist on the second season of American Idol.

ELIZABETH ELKINS (vocals, guitar, mandolin) is a Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest whose songs have been placed on numerous television shows. She has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and is also a member of Granville Automatic.

BETHANY DICK-OLDS (vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin) is a Dove Award-winning fiddle champion who has toured with Pam Tillis and Sara Evans. Her songwriting landed her a cut with Evans, and she was a finalist in the Merlefest Songwriting Contest.

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!

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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5

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Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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