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ACOA & WNRN Present: Chamomile and Whiskey

Time: October 13, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theatre
Cost: $12

Chamomile and Whiskey started playing bigger venues around the nearby city of Charlottesville and eventually landed a record deal with a small, local indie label called County Line Records. In 2012, they put out a four-song debut EP titled The Barn Sessions while continuing to focus on touring. The following year, they released their first full-length album, Wandering Boots. Over the years, they added some members — Marsh Mahon on bass, drummer Stuart Gunter, lead guitarist Drew Kimball, and banjo player/supporting vocalist Ryan Lavin (commonly referred to as just Lavin). They’ve toured nationally and played along giant acts at notable festivals like Floyd Fest and Festy. And in the beginning of 2016, they started working with producer Rob Evans on their second studio album, Sweet Afton.

Chamomile and Whiskey make connections between people — they did it with their name, and they’re doing it with their new album, Sweet Afton. Lavin, who was raised in Galway, Ireland, used to smoke Sweet Aftons, the cheap, unfiltered, and now defunct brand of Irish cigarettes. Coincidentally, fiddle player Marie grew up on Nelson County’s well-known Afton Mountain, which also happened to be the backdrop for many of the songs from the record. Between the bluegrass fiddle melodies and traditional Irish rhythms, it’s easy to hear both of these childhood connections and inspirations in Sweet Afton.

Fittingly enough, the record begins with an ode to their roots, “Nelson County”. The band loaded up a cooler of beer, invited a group their favorite local musicians, and all gathered around just a couple of mics to give the track an intimate, live recording feel. The album also features the first studio recording of “Good As It Could Be”, one of the band’s most notable songs and a fan favorite. “Lavin wrote it years ago and it’s become our ‘party anthem’ at shows. It’s got a good energy to it, it kind of personifies who we are as a band,” says lead singer and guitar player Koda. But the band isn’t afraid to dig deeper — Koda wrote the record’s first single, “Gone”, after the passing of his father, who was one of his biggest musical influences growing up. The emotional storytelling and sentimentality of the song is coupled with the perfect amount of pedal steel, which is one of the many instruments you can hear on the album; others include flute, cello, and a tin whistle.

In the past, the band has been dubbed “mountainous folk rock”, but their combination of complex rhythmic patterns, varied influence of cultural music, and multi-utilization of instruments makes them unique, yet relatable, to a number of different genres. But beyond the skill that lies within each player of Chamomile and Whiskey is the band’s ultimate goal: to genuinely engage and have fun with the audience. “We have some serious material — some songs are lighthearted, some are serious and even sad. But at the end of the day, we really try to have a good time. We’re a very energetic band and any time we have a show, we want it to be a party.” Whether you’re listening to Chamomile and Whiskey live or tapping your foot along at home, Sweet Afton is the unprecedented masterpiece where tradition and innovation meet.

 

 

Jacob Paul Allen & The Flood

“Appalachian Red Dirt,” That’s how Jacob Paul Allen describes his style of Country Music. It leans more on the Traditional side, influenced by the sounds of 90’s Country mixed with some Texas/Red-Dirt/Americana music. It flirts with the Outlaw Country sound and dances around Bluegrass. Throw in some John Prine and Tom Petty influence and you’ll start to get a taste of Jacob’s music. It’s a style and sound that he has crafted on stages large and small from coast to coast for the past 15 years. From the neon lights of Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN to the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. He has opened for acts such as Town Mountain, Thompson Square, Dylan Scott, Sonia Leigh and Niko Moon

After spending a couple of years in Nashville, TN Jacob returned home to his Blue Ridge Mountain roots in Nelson County, Virginia and has put together a rocking Country band that has quickly gained attention from fans and venues in the Central Virginia music Scene. They have performed on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN as well as Charlottesville’s Ting Pavilion for the highly attended Fridays After Five event. Whether he is playing a solo show or getting rowdy with his band, Jacob captures the audience with his infectious stage presence and reels them into the stories that he tells in his songs and his stage banter. Jacob released his debut EP “Southern Love” in January of 2023 and has recently released his highly anticipated hometown anthem “Tyro” which has quickly become a crowd favorite.

Note that the event producer and Artist may change dates, times, and/or venues depending on the current COVID-19 environment. Ticket buyers will be updated by the Academy Center of the Arts staff, should any change to schedule or venue occurs. 

Tickets:

General Admission:
General: $12.00*

*Plus taxes and fees

For more information or to purchase tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Sponsored By:

WNRN Radio
The Mike Show Radio 434
 
National Endowment for the Arts

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Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.