Bashing out garage rock years before it was fashionable and rockabilly-influenced sounds as if the Stray Cats had never happened, the A-Bones were a Brooklyn-based five-piece that approached the sloppy greatness of rock & roll’s past with a beer-addled enthusiasm that had nothing to do with “oldies” or “nostalgia” and everything to do with the primal impulse to play music that’s fast, loud, and wild.
Athens, Georgia-based singer-songwriter Lera Lynn made a name for herself as the front woman in the local folk band Bird & Wire and now, as a soloist, she’s been likened to Dusty Springfield and Joni Mitchell. She’s brought her brooding, autobiographical songs and languid pacing to Atlanta on several occasions, most recently The Earl and Eddie’s Attic, and racked up the people’s choice award in the alt-country song category for “Bobby, Baby” at this year’s Independent Music Awards. Lynn also won the 2011 “Best Americana Artist of the Year” from Athens’ own Flagpole Magazine Awards and the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) for “Bobby, Baby.” (Previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tiff Merrit.)
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