Join us for an evening of talented, local singer / songwriters in the round, featuring Eric Norman, Vince Brooks, Justin Evans and Xander Ashley.
Classically trained, Eric Norman’s guitar playing is complex, nuanced and sophisticated – and perfectly matches his piercingly direct songwriting. His playing is often compared to guitar legends that include Ry Cooder, Mark Knofler, and namesake Clapton – though he would likely never say so himself. Eric creates vivid images and tells stories through his songs, and takes us on journeys with him on paths constructed out of absolutely flawless playing. Whether you see Eric as a solo performer with guitar and voice, the leader of his band - Sightless Fish, or on stage with a chamber or full orchestra, you are in for a special treat.
With an odd mix of dark outlaw tales and a twisted wit, Vince Brooks composes western cowboy music with Mark Twain-esque lyricism. Wildly intelligent and strangely humorous, the music is filled with whimsy and darkness. From running from the sheriff for sleeping with his wife to searching for a shaman (medicine man) in the hills of Mexico, there's always a unique story with an odd twist. Through all the perils of an outlaw, Vince is just a burned out prophet quietly preaching the words of the original country western messiahs.
Justin Evans is a singer / songwriter originally from Indiana, where he played piano for over a decade at churches around the state as well as keyboards for an indie-rock band in Indianapolis. He moved to Atlanta in 2011 to pursue a solo career in music. In addition to songwriting, he works as a freelance portrait photographer and provides live piano music during the week at a nearby department store. His style includes a blend of influences taken from pop, Broadway, gospel, country, and blues music.
An Atlanta, GA native, Xander Ashley (pronounced Zander) lives and records in the Virginia Highland area of town. Singing and playing all instruments on his music, his songs have captured the attention of many including Sony Music Nashville. Tracks from his latest demo, LISTEN UP, can be heard on his website. The songs were recorded in a spare bedroom, engineered and mixed by Xander, and mastered by five-time Grammy award winning mixer and mastering engineer, Richard Dodd. Xander is presently preparing to record new music and can be seen playing his original music at various venues.