Exile on Amsterdam Avenue is an evening of songwriters & their stories about the road, and experiences from which they pull the inspiration for their music featuring the legendary Caroline Aiken, Drew de Man (of Pretend Sweethearts), Jon Waits, and Noel Sumrall in a 'Writers In The Round' style performance.
Doors @ 7 PM
Years of performing, beginning in 1969 in NY, California, South America, NW and Europe, Caroline Aiken was named “The Best Acoustic Act” (Atlanta Mag) in her birth town of Atlanta, GA. Her rich history includes recording and performing with Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls, opening for Arlo Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, 38 Special, Beach Boys, Janis Ian, Richie Havens. Caroline appears in regional and national festivals, radio shows, workshops and concert series, supporting 8 nationally acclaimed recordings. Her 2006 release “ARE WE THERE YET, MAMA?” was nominated for a GRAMMY. Caroline’s “Sensual voice, masterful songwriting, expert guitar” (Victory Music-Seattle) anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene, influencing up and coming artists whom she took under her wing, including Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins. — Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Atlanta native Drew de Man picked up the guitar at ten and began to do something constructive with the mysterious noises in his head. He has released several albums of his own music and played sideman to many other artists on a variety of instruments. He is one half of Pretend Sweethearts, the globetrotting americana duo he formed with his wife.
Jon Waits is an award winning singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia who found his literal, and musical home in Savannah four years ago. After twenty years of being on the run from himself and traveling many miles in search of 'something more' he discovered a welcoming, creative community in the low country. Having been a professional musician for over twenty-five years he now fronts the alt-country trio Waits & Co., performs solo from time to time, and enjoys creating music with a wide variety of the region's notable players. While performing live is something he enjoys, the crafting of songs is his lifeblood & therapy of sorts. More projects & 'happenings' are currently in the works and 2016 looks to be another busy year for him.'
Noel Sumrall is a seasoned performer & songwriter originally from Atlanta, Georgia but now calling Asheville, N.C. home. Songwriting and playing onstage for the last thirty years have honed his wide variety of musical skills. Noel has fronted a variety of rock & roll and old-school country bands on the east coast over the years, and grew up listening to the classic British rockers. Often now he's swayed & influenced by the Latin/Hispanic culture of the American southwest, Mexico where he lived for a period of time, and from his more recent journeys to Brazil.