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Born Crooked

What you'll hear is the urgent, searing vocals and slashing slide guitar of Hunter Wolfe and the thundering drums of his sister, ARE. That's it, but that's plenty.

Their sound is rooted in Delta blues and infused with a passion that's impossible to ignore. Whether dredging from deep wells of loneliness on "Your Death (Is Killing Me)" or burning in the dark heat of love on "Hypnotize Me," the music of Born Crooked cannot be denied.

Ther individual gifts as songwriters, instrumentalists and performers complete the picture. ARE’s slamming attack and no-nonsense drive provide the perfect foundation for Hunter, whose artistry earned him honors as the 2008 National Slide Guitar Championship, two stints on the International Blues Challenge Showcase and recognition as a Blues Foundation Generation Blues scholar.


The Bell Hornets

The Bell Hornets is an electric rock and blues band playing high energy, house rockin,' stand-up-and-dance music in the great power trio tradition. If you love cool blues and hot guitars, we've got you covered on Stevie, Buddy, Muddy, Johnny, Jimi, Eric, three guys named King, and many others from Allman to ZZ, Mississippi to Chicago, and Texas to the Piedmont.

The Bell Hornets band members are Travis Graham, who loves anything with the word Fender on it, and lives by Stevie Ray's famous quote: "Play hard and floor it!", Kyle Hopkins, who keeps the tradition of the super cool blues drummer alive, and Michael Contour, who keeps the groove moving with his electric bass.

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Melissa And The Growlers

Melissa Mesko plays with numerous regional acts, including Green Earrings, Downtown Conspiracy, Funk 45, and several acoustic groups. She has recorded in numerous studios, playing her own material as well as singing on the demos and albums of other local artists. In 2011 she (along with John Huggins and Gary Radcliffe) started a weekly radio broadcast, Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour, on Star 95 in Staunton, which is still running. While living in Mississippi Melissa was a founding member of an Oxford favorite, The Sweetbush Revival, honored in 2004 to win the Smith Vinson Songwriters Award, and to have an original song featured on the Beanland: Rising from the Riverbed DVD, which documents the rise of Beanland (the band that spawned Widespread Panic).


Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, "The most-talked-about band in Memphis."

Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.




Eli Cook


The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio.  Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.

 

   

 

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Shenandoah Concerts | PO Box 982, Staunton VA 24402| 540.324.3215


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