Running the gamut of traditional folk, country, blues, American roots and gospel, Red Light Café is proud to present New York's Matt Wiffen with Atlanta's own The Brookses and Alex & Todd.
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM
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Meg Brooks and Jim Brooks are The Brookses — a daughter/father duo whose love of traditional folk, country and blues shines through in their interpretation of classic songs as well as well-crafted originals. Their tight harmonies and ringing guitar lines evoke the sound of Johnny and June, Gram and Emmy Lou, and the Everly Brothers. Based in Atlanta, they play both as a duo and with a full band.
Matt Wiffen is a New York City based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in England. He draws influences from the British folk music revival as well as, American roots, blues & country music.
Moving to the U.S.A. in 2002, gave Matt the opportunity to travel the country extensively, creating songs from his real-life experiences. Matt writes authentic melodies and lyrics reminiscent of the great delta blues, country and bluegrass artists of yesteryear. His 'old-soul' approach is a refreshing return to American roots music.
Matt is a student of Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Roy Book Binder and Tom Feldman as alumnus of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. Matt has also studied with Woody Mann, Frank Christian and Phil Hilborne. As such, he is an accomplished electric, acoustic, slide guitar and mandolin player. You willhear the influence of Bert Jansch and John Renbourne, as well as American heavyweights Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House, Rev. Gary Davis and Doc Watson.
Both Alex and Todd are well-known in the Atlanta music scene. Alex has played guitar and banjo since grammar school in folk, old-time, and bluegrass groups, and lead guitar in rock bands. He has played with Larry Campbell of Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and Levon Helm fame, Mike Dowling, Toby Walker, and David Bromberg. He is the most accomplished fingerpicker and you will hear the influence of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, David Bromberg, Merl Travis and other Delta blues musicians. Alex was an original member of The Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music and has played in bluegrass groups including fifteen years with The Sorghum Syrup Soppers Old-Time String Band. He has also played in many diverse musical situations from The Galax Old-Time Fiddler’s convention to rock and roll bands.
Todd started playing bass in high-school bands and has since played professionally since the late ‘80’s. He has played with many local Atlanta acts and has studied with Jack Casady and Bryon House. He’s played almost every Atlanta venue and with Alex by his side his musical voice comes to fruition. Though primarily a bassist, Todd is an accomplished drummer and guitarist fronting and participating in many local musical projects.
Alex and Todd are alumni of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. They had to go all the way to the Ranch in Ohio to meet and thank goodness they did as the love and respect for music that was germinated in the Ohio River Valley has blossomed into a musical embrace here in Atlanta, an embrace that seems to grab and include those within earshot. The interplay between Alex’s acoustic fingerpicking and Todd's melodic bass guitar has provoked positive notices all over Atlanta. They are simply the most stunning duo around.