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Half Moon Hoedown: Dusty Roads w/ Josh Erwin & Troy Harris (of Packway Handle Band)

Fall is just around the corner so come celebrate the changing of the seasons with an evening of aural solstice at the Red Light Cafe. Featuring the acoustic kinship of Atlanta's own Dusty Roads, who seek to blur the stylistic lines between Bluegrass, Americana, Western, and Gypsy Swing and emerge with a fresh take on traditional idioms. The night will swell to a crest when Josh Erwin & Troy Harris (of The Packway Handle Band) take the stage to solace and swoon with thoughtful songs that range from dark to playful, entailing both sad and funny themes that are performed with a professional and skilled musical sensibility. Come early and pick with some of the musicians for the open Bluegrass Jam (6pm).

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$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

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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

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About Josh Erwin and Troy Harris from the Packway Handle Band

Acoustic guitar, upright bass, and an occasional cajon to loop live a beat will be the features for the evening. Josh and Troy will be playing some songs from the Sans Abri repertoire, a few from the Packway repertoire, some newly arranged acoustic songs, and other originals.