Rock Solid Entertainment Presents:
Southern Ground Recording Artists
LEVI LOWREY with If Birds Could Fly
Friday, March 22nd
Tickets: $10 Adv.
may be a guitar-toting troubadour today, but he began as a fiddle player. No surprise, since his great-great-grandfather, the late Gid Tanner, was also a fiddle player and today stands as a towering figure in country music history. Tanner and frequent rival “Fiddlin’ John” Carson were among the first “hillbilly” musicians to take advantage of the fledgling broadcast and recording industries of the early 20th Century. As a result, Tanner—a chicken farmer by trade—became one of the first country music stars, along with his band the Skillet Lickers.
Despite such a legacy, Lowrey felt no pressure, and he took naturally to the fiddle—it’s in his blood, after all—playing in school orchestra, at bluegrass festivals, in weekly jam sessions in his hometown of Dacula, Ga. and with various relatives who have kept new incarnations of the Skillet Lickers going since the band’s 1930s heyday.
Curiously, for someone so skilled as a lyricist, the first songs Lowrey wrote were wordless. Early recordings of his were all instrumental, a mix of traditional country and bluegrass numbers and new compositions based on the traditional tunes he’d grown up with. It was only at this point that Lowrey picked up a guitar and even then, it was only to lay a musical bed for his fiddle compositions.
Lowrey has a one-step-at-a-time attitude about his career, trusting his audience to find him organically. “I’m not trying to be a superstar right now—that’s not on my list of things to do,” he says, noting that he still lives in Dacula, his hometown, and that’s not likely to change. “What I’ve been trying to do is write the next song better than the last one. Honestly, I get to do what I love for a living, my kids eat, my wife is provided for, and we’re able to help out others who are struggling. We’re very family oriented, and I think that’s about as good as it gets.”
Earlier interview with Levi here
“If Birds Could Fly is A haunting mix of Appalachian folk, Americana, and retro country”
Where many enthusiasts of string-band music play with the period-correct discipline of Civil War re-creationists, this humble quartet offers a refreshing take on Appalachian folk and classic Americana. If Birds Could Fly is uniquely a bird of a different feather. This Southwest VA quartet blends many genres to achieve their simplistic yet unmistakable sound. From Folk to Indie, there is something in their music that everyone can enjoy. From the soothing guitar melodies to the vocal chills, this act promises to deliver a sound truly from their heart to those willing to listen.
3179 Peachtree Road NE