The VaudeVillains are returning to the Red Light Cafe for their annual Christmas Showcase on December 12th, 2015. Joining the trio this year will be special guest Thom Bresh. A two-time Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, Bresh is a revered guitarist and songwriter worldwide. Having worked extensively with Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed and his father, Merle Travis (just to name a few), Thom Bresh has done everything from tour the world to host a music based television morning show in Nashville, TN.
Meanwhile, the VaudeVillains will be opening the first half of the show with their unique blend of traditional country, dixie jazz and western swing. The 'Villains are a string trio based out of Atlanta, Georgia who have been making quite a splash in the music community across the south recently. From appearing and performing on CBS to sharing the stage with Grammy award winning musicians, their dedication to unspoiled musical tradition has garnered the 'Villains a formidable following.
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM
The VaudeVillains are an Atlanta based string trio with classic southern charm. Whether you call their style "dixie jazz," "western swing," "traditional country" or "hillbilly jazz" does not matter; they simply have a good time playing original arrangements and creative covers of classic songs in their own unique style. The VaudeVillains draw their influence from greats such as Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, Jerry Reed, Joe Maphis, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and many other prodigious guitarists; as the band is centered on playing fun, interesting guitar music.
Active members of the esteemed Atlanta Guitar Guild, endorsed artists of Eastman Guitars, Fred Kelly Guitar Picks, and Cleartone Guitar Strings, performers on television, numerous radio shows including the famous Sagebrush Boogie on 89.3FM Atlanta, featured musicians in RUST Magazine and extremely busy professional musicians working throughout the south, the 'Villains spread their love of thumbstyle and western swing to every venue they visit!
From a Southern California stage at the age of three, with a loosely strung ukulele, to one of the many great concert halls in the world today, armed with just a guitar (he refers to it as “My Band”), Thom Bresh, the 2001 inductee into the “Thumbpickers Hall of Fame” and his six string friends have been entertaining people for a lifetime. Whether he is leaning against a wall telling you how his day went or shaking the walls of a concert hall with that famous hard driving thumb, first and foremost, you will be entertained. He is equally at home on stage in a stadium or on a couch in someone’s living room. Add to this scenario a deep, witty and gritty singing voice set in the middle of that relentless, powerful groove and you have a genuine force to deal with.
The Breshman was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of guitar royalty. His father, Merle Travis, was the most influential American guitarist of the 20th Century. With this sort of heritage and upbringing, what do you have? As Chet Atkins put it, “Thom Bresh is a "World Class" guitarist that deserves to be heard.” On every performance Bresh pays tribute to his father. When he lays into his father’s thumbpickin’ classics, he and that guitar will leave the Travis style pickers hungry and the rest of us breathless. Buster B. Jones sums it up like this.. “Bresh is a drop-top version of his daddy with a souped up engine and a whole lot more chrome.”
But there is even more in the Bresh arsenal than singing and playing a guitar. Bresh started writing songs at the age of 13. He has written theme songs for two major motion pictures and had numerous cuts in his career. His quick comedic timing and sharp ear has made him an incredible impressionist. That led to two HBO Specials. Thom hosted his own TV show and has guest starred on numerous others.
Behind the scenes, as a producer, he has received two Grammy nominations and one for an Academy Award. In his own words.. “The guitar is my first love, my partner in life. We grew up together and we’ll most likely die together. Everything I’ve accomplished was with it. Every great moment in my career was because of it. Remember my heritage. To me, playing the guitar is not about licks and speed. That’s only for the insiders. Playing it makes music and music is an emotion. Emotions are stimulated by feelings and sounds.. That works on everybody. When the sound and feel are right... Wow.. I never really learned how to play the guitar.. I was born with it.. I’m an entertainer... Who happens to play the guitar..”