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Cedar Hill — Atlanta's MOST ENTERTAINING Bluegrass Band — returns to Red Light Café for yet another night of tight-harmony, high-energy bluegrass music! Blackbird Revival kicks things off at 8pm.
Cedar Hill is an Atlanta band. Why Atlanta? Why not New York, L.A., or Nashville? Here's why: They are without question the SEVENTH BEST bluegrass band in the country. However, it is a little known fact that a heinous conspiracy dictates that there can only be SIX full-time, national-touring bluegrass bands in America. Undaunted by this repression, Cedar Hill has squandered (devoted) their talents building a dedicated following (OK, so the following consists of one guy named Bob Perl) and has rightfully earned a reputation as Atlanta's MOST ENTERTAINING bluegrass band.
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called Cedar Hill "the fun bunch of the genre" while not mentioning the specific amount of any bribes they may have received. Luckily for the shameless reviewer, none of Cedar Hill's members knew what a "genre" was and bloodshed was averted.
Performing since 1976, Cedar Hill has the remarkable track record of NEVER being rained on at a outdoor, paying gig. They did endure a heavy snowfall once, but to the promoter's delight, they completed the show, obviously driven by the profit motive and partial paralysis due to the cold. For this reason, Cedar Hill is often booked strictly as a good luck weather charm, especially during the summer thunderstorm season. (At no extra charge!)
Cedar Hill has performed their brand of bluegrass entertainment at many venues, clubs, conventions, concerts, festivals, private parties, and special events around the southeast. Cedar Hill was not nominated for a Grammy in 1995. They were voted "Favorite Entertainers" for five consecutive years at the McIntosh Amphitheater in Peachtree City, Georgia. They have the plastic trophies to prove it. Rumors of vote-buying and coercion were never proven and were most likely planted by jealous rivals.
The group has been called upon to perform at many of Atlanta's premier events including the Coca-Cola Centennial, the 1996 Olympics (Underground Atlanta), and Peach Bowl Presidential Balls. Cedar Hill has opened for many national acts (such as Doc Watson, Leon Russell, Phish) at local concert venues such as Lakewood Amphitheater and the Variety Playhouse.
Blackbird Revival started as a duo with Johnny Briggs on drums, harmonica, guitar and vocals, and Ryan Scoggins on ganjo, guitar and vocals in November of 2012. After a previous band didn't work out, the two continued playing in the garage working on new material. Richard Hall, a long time friend, knew the two were working on a new sound, so he offered to play bass — something he hadn't done in quiet some time — to help out. The trio practiced non-stop and played live for the first time at an open mic where they would meet guitarist Craig Pratt. After a few months of playing as a trio, an opportunity came and they asked Craig to sit in with them at some practices. Giving the sound that "something" it was missing, Craig became the lead guitarist of the group. The four members have a great chemistry and bring an unique alternative folk sound to the stage.