The Frank Hamilton School is excited to begin the second year of its ongoing concert series featuring two fantastic up and coming Americana bands from the ATL. Dusty Roads and C.J. Jones & The Spirit Bones represent two different sounds but come together at an amazing crossroads, and you’ll see this connection in their performances back to back as well as a jam at the end. The musicians believe in music both as a connection catalyst and an educational tool.
This event has been rescheduled from Saturday, January 7th. If you purchased tickets for the January show, they will be honored at this April 14th show.
$10 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 8 PM
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band, formed by Atlanta based musician, J.L. Mickelson. When you're at a Dusty Roads show, expect to hear influences of the legends of country and bluegrass music, such as the late great Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect sprinklings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the globe and halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin. "Come take a trip, down that long, dusty road".
Comprised of some of the Southeast regions finest pickers and singers, the band is ever evolving and growing. They're constantly searching for that sound, that lick, that twangy hook that sinks deep into the listener's soul and pulls them into the unfolding story of each song. Dusty Roads cherishes the purity of silvery steel strings ringing together harmoniously. The band champions comradery, respect for the craft of their instruments, and finely constructed songs that feel as if they soar down from the mountaintop to resonate the listener's heart-strings.
"We came here with one purpose, to have a blast playing and performing live acoustic music"- J.L. Mickelson, singer/songwriter for Dusty Roads. Growing up in Atlanta, Mickelson was surrounded by a diverse world of cultures and music his whole life. "My great-grandfather was a mandolin player from Germany, so I guess it just runs in the blood", says Mickelson of his musical lineage. Like a rear-view mirror in a pick-up truck, Dusty Roads looks back through the history of written and recorded music, studying fervently to decipher just what made each of these classic songs so special and unique. Just like 'looking backwards to go forwards', Mickelson applies this approach to writing original material for the band.
During the Winter of 2015, Dusty Roads went into the studio to begin recording its debut self-titled album. Due out in the Spring 2016, the album will feature all original music inspired by life, love, heartache. "Life is heavy, but music can make your bags a little lighter" — J.L. Mickelson
Cledus Jeremiah Jones was born into the Appalachian foothills. Some folks might a’ called him a hillbilly, but in fact his name was not Billy, it was Cledus Jeremiah Jones. Musical historians and religious scholars disagree as to whether Cledus was more sinner or saint. Some Sundays he’d burn with the holy spirit; others, he was ablaze with holy spirits, white lightning, Appalachian moonshine. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the children who gathered near the fountains and pools where Cledus sang as he bathed, Cledus Jeremiah Jones was a prophet, a divine messenger channeling the spirits of the Appalachian foothills.
Scholars do agree on one thing - the parables and songs of Cledus Jeremiah Jones were not written of his own hand; rather, they were passed down by those who received the Gospel of Cledus. These children, after decades of roaming the hills and singing his songs became known as the CJ Jones Spirit Bones. We are grateful to these children who have preserved the legend.