Atlanta's own Migrant Worker will bring their unique blend of Americana, Country and Rock to Red Light Cafe on March 18th. Joining them will be psychedelic roots rockers from Nashville, TN, Allen Thompson Band. Opening the night will be a special set from local songwriter Lindsay Rakers.
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 8 PM
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Migrant Worker is the brainchild of Atlanta producer/engineer Josh Thane and a host of other top notch players from the Atlanta music scene. Since forming in early 2012, Migrant Worker has sought to combine their influences of Americana, Country, and Rock into an amalgamation that falls somewhere between an experimental rock sound while still having a catalogue that focuses on the songs and the message being made.
Migrant Worker’s sound can at times bring to mind the down home groove of J.J. Cale, or sometimes the dual guitar interplay of the Allman Brothers Band. Even still you may find them bringing it down a notch to play a country ballad, only to turn around and explore a reggae tinged groove of a Dire Straits tune. A Migrant Worker show is one not like many and hard to describe. One thing is for sure it won’t be boring, and it will move you, and make you move.
Since 2012 Migrant Worker has come to play a number of venues in Atlanta including Smith’s Olde Bar, The EARL, a sold out Eddie’s Attic show, and the Star Bar. They have also had to chance to share the stage with such artists as Col. Bruce Hampton, Lamar Williams jr., Cornmeal, Glen Phillips Band, The Vegabonds, Benji Shanks, and a host of others. Migrant Worker is currently bringing their sound to various other locations around the Southeastern music scene.
The Allen Thompson Band, East Nashville stalwarts for the better part of the last decade, could very well be writing the soundtrack for their ever-evolving neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood that, like the band, has changed markedly over the years, ever since Thompson, a Virginia native, left his home state and headed west.
They’re a rock & roll band with roots in southern soul, California country, and psychedelic music. Along the way, they’ve grown a bit louder, too, adding a keyboardist to the lineup and replacing Thompson’s acoustic guitar, a familiar sound on earlier albums like Salvation in the Ground, with its electric cousin. The songs still takes their cues from the music that came out of San Francisco and Laurel Canyon during the ’70s, but the sound has broadened over the years, now owing just as much to the rock & roll that roared out of Minneapolis and Athens during the following decade.
The sound coming out of Nashville these days is eclectic and ever-changing, which suits the Allen Thompson Band’s broadening sound. Rather than mimicking the past, Allen and the Boys are using their collective inspirations to reflect the sights, sounds, triumphs, and tragedies of their current surroundings, all the while keeping a hopeful eye toward the future, where more big things are in store!
After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Atlanta’s Lindsay Rakers was able to make her dream album, Two Ships. Recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Scott Patton (music director & guitarist for Sugarland) and partner engineer Bruce Bennet, Two Ships is a departure from Rakers’ previous endeavors. The album uncovers the inner landscape of a singer / songwriter who draws on influences like Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis. It features, in addition to Patton, Travis McNabb (Sugarland), Tim Smith (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), and Atlanta greats Mark Evers (lead guitar) and Jonny Daly (pedal steel). Her engaging live ensemble emulates this new, spacious sound.