The final weekend of January Jams ends with some of the hottest voices in Americana music. The North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange perform January 20th, while rhythm and blues wunderkind Parker Millsap closes out the series January 21st.
Touring their new album “Blindfaller,” Mandolin Orange continues to wow audiences with spine-tingling harmonies and the unvarnished beauty of their lyrics. Holed up at the Rubber Room studio in Chapel Hill, N.C., with a full band this time around, the North Carolina duo laid down the tracks on Blindfaller in a week between touring. They’ve always been keen on the notion that drawn-out recording sessions don’t necessarily yield better results. A good song, and just one good take, will always shine through any studio sorcery.
Opening for Mandolin Orange on the 20th is special guest The Dead Tongues. For the last 6 years, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Ryan Gustafson has been making music as The Dead Tongues; building his own corner of the new American musical landscape with twangy garage jams, bohemian country shuffles, opened-tuned meditations, and melancholy love notes.
The January Jams series wraps up January 21st with one of the hottest new names in Americana. Parker Millsap sings with a depth of experience that belies his young age. At just 23 years old, this self-described “skinny white kid from Oklahoma” howls like a Delta bluesman heralding the arrival of rock n’ roll. In the midst of a world so fond of condemnation as entertainment, Millsap’s rootsy rock-and-roll poetry offers open-armed love of people and their stories.
Opener Riley Anglen was raised up on the knees of Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Soul, and Rock and Roll in the Tri-Cities of upper East Tennessee. Riley spent his younger years running the banks of the Tennessee River from Bristol, Tennessee all the way down to Guntersville and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Having been raised on the Bedrock and Cradle of Country Music in Bristol, Tennessee, has a heavy weighted influence on Riley’s songwriting and performance.
Now in its 5th year, January Jams brings nationally known musicians to perform in Abingdon for intimate concerts in the 500-seat Barter Theatre. Tickets range from $18 and up, and are available through Barter Theatre’s box office. Presented by Blue Ridge Beverage and sponsored in part by Eastman Credit Union, First Community Bank and Universal Fibers, with support from media sponsors 99.3 The X, 101.5 The Mountain Roanoke, and 88.7 WNCW.
Discount ticket packages are available for individual weekends, or for the entire series. Packages only available through Barter Theatre’s box office at (276) 628-3991.
All concerts are at 8:00pm, and doors open at 7:15pm.
Cover Photo: Mandolin Orange