Kara Clark brings her old-country-rockin' sound down from Nashville, with Atlanta's own Kahle Davis, Merlin B and The Last Tycoon opening.
Kara Clark has been called everything from gothic country to outlaw country. Fact is, she kind of defies classification. She is a little bit country and little bit rock n' roll, all wrapped up in shades of black & gray and covered in tattoos and lipstick. Hers is a unique voice — a wake up call in the city of musical sheep.
Unconventional and unconstrained, Nashvilleʼs Kara Clark hits hard with her badass old-country-rockinʼ sound. When asked to describe her genre of music, Clark takes a deep breath and admits she doesn't have one. This curvy, twangy, black-haired raven with Native American heritage and West Virginia story-telling style just never wanted to be part of anything mainstream. “Iʼm not puttinʼ on the outfit, losinʼ the weight or coloring my hair. People love me for who I am and I love me for who I am and it's taken a long time.”
Kara has always worn her heart on her sleeve despite a somewhat "rough" exterior and attitude. Her old country lyrics and genre-bending country-rock sound are a woven tapestry of troubled times, hidden passion, haunting ghosts, hope, hypocrisy, empowerment and the gritty, gut-checking truth. Her music resonates with both country and rock fans because her lyrics and music communicate the trials and triumphs of ordinary people.
Her first album, Sinninʼ, was released in 2010 and set the ball rolling. Her second album, Southern Hospitality, followed in January 2012. Kara's latest album, Kara Clark, hit in July of 2013.
Merlin B (Mary Lynn Buchanan) is a 20-something year old Georgia Tech student and native Atlantan who copes with the stresses of existing by penning and performing songs about the pitfalls of life and the expectations of society. She loves exploring Atlanta's art and music culture, and considers her biggest musical influences to be Radiohead, Pinback, Sheryl Crow and The Neighbourhood.
The Last Tycoon is the musical project of Georgia-based songwriter, John Gladwin. Hailing from the hills of rural Arkansas, Gladwin learned to play in the churches and juke joints of the Deep South. But it didn’t take long for him to be bit by the bug of wanderlust; at eighteen, he headed east to Nashville, where he worked as a guitarist and songwriter. After the gold rush ended and the Great Recession struck in 2009, he moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where the band recorded and toured for the last three years. Singing songs of love and execution, judges and Cherokees, Jesus Christ and Johnny Cash, The Last Tycoon stood out in the Swedish indie pop scene with cowboy boots, string ties, and songs steeped in Southern lore.
European tours inspired Gladwin to dig deeper into this American roots and to tell stories that can only come from the New World. In 2012, Gladwin returned to America; he now calls Georgia home. In October 2012, he released the first single, “The Ballad of the Bloodstained Bible”, a haunting tune that recalls the tragic tales of Southern Gothic literature. The single is currently available as a digital download, and the full album will be released later this year.