DECATUR (Jan. 2, 2019) – Eddie’s Attic is pulling out all the stops – and quite literally pulling out the tables – for The Bitteroots.
When The Bitteroots return to the stage at the venerable downtown Decatur music venue to celebrate their 11thanniversary, they’ll be bringing a few of their friends to the party. And in a first-of-its-kind show, Eddie’s Attic will be removing the majority of its tables from the listening room to host a pair of standing-room rock ‘n’ roll shows May 18, 2019.
Founded in Decatur in 2008, The Bittteroots have over the years found a home stage at Eddie’s Attic, which has been ever supportive of local music while at the same time hosting some of the biggest talent in the music industry nationwide.
The venue announced today that it will host a double show, May 18, featuring The Bitteroots and Friends, to help the band celebrate 11 years of making local music.
With a limited number of VIP tables available, tickets are on sale today for the first show, which starts at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and the second show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for a single show, or at a discount for both shows. Single-show and double-show VIP tables are also available.
“The Bitteroots are a local band from right here in Decatur and we’ve enjoyed watching them grow over the years,” said Andrew Hingley, talent buyer for Live Nation/Eddie’s Attic.
“We’re excited to be able to help them celebrate 11 years with something we’ve never done before here at Eddie’s Attic – host a standing-room show.”
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Amplify My Community, a Decatur-based organization working to raise money through music to fight homelessness in the community. The Bitteroots have previously partnered with Amplify, and its founder Mike Killeen, on a number of occasions for fundraising concerts, including shows at Eddie’s Attic.
“We’re so glad that we’re able to make the music that we make in our town and just thought, what better way to give something back to say thanks, than by partnering with Amplify and contributing to such a worthy cause,” said Bitteroots bassist Bill Taylor. “We are putting everything we’ve got behind this show to make it the most memorable event thus far in Bitteroots history, and we can’t wait to share it with our friends and fans.”
Starting the evening off will be Kristen Englenz, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter also with roots in Decatur. From there, the stage will be taken over by Flock of Eagles, also a Decatur-based band.
All the way from Columbia, S.C., will be the Traye Horne Band, a project featuring former Bitteroots guitarist Kyle Bryant.
The Bitteroots will close out the first show with a full set that just might be punctuated with a few surprise guests.
Beginning at 9:30 p.m., The Bantam Breakswill open the second show before giving way to Moody Hollow, which is making a return to the stage following a hiatus.
Next up will be thE Core, which mines the classic songs of Eric Clapton and features The Bitteroots’ Bill Taylor on bass.
The Bitteroots will play a second, wholly different full set to end the evening before an all-star midnight jamwith all their friends.
About The Bitteroots
For a decade and counting, The Bitteroots have been bringing their original rock formula to stages large and small around Atlanta and beyond.
Since its founding in 2008, the band’s groove-oriented approach to rock ‘n’ roll has drawn comparisons to the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin and has landed The Bitteroots onstage at some of the Southeast’s most prestigious festivals, including the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Summer Shade Festival, the Inman Park Festival and Stone Mountain Park’s Yellow Daisy Festival.
Driven by Laura Dees’ powerful, soulful lead vocals, The Bitteroots also include founding members Bill Taylor on bass and Mike Davis on drums. Saxophonist Derron Nuhfer joined the group in 2014, helping round out what has become the band’s unique sonic signature. In early 2018, The Bitteroots added the tasteful yet hard-driving PJ Poellnitz on guitar.
The Bitteroots have released four albums of original music with a fifth, an as-yet-untitled EP, set for release in 2019. Original albums include “French Fries” (2010), “Central of Georgia” (2012), “After The Rain” (2013) and “Under The Big Sky” (2014). The band also released a live album (“Live at The 120 Music Hall”) recorded in 2014.
The Bitteroots have shared the stage with: Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band), Everclear, Kevn Kinney, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Freddy Jones Band, Allgood Music Company, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Mavis Staples, Arrested Development, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead), Elephant Revival, The Milk Carton Kids, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Anders Osborne, Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), The Ries Brothers, Dead Confederate, Michelle Malone, Cigar Store Indians, Adron, The Shadowboxers, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Delta Moon, Eliot Bronson, Sydney Rhame, Tedo Stone, honeyhoney, Mother’s Finest and many other great bands and artists.
About The Core
The Core brings together music industry veterans that are focused on the recreation of the timeless catalog of Eric Clapton.
The band features the twin guitars of Clay Fuller (Allgood) and Wayne Healy (Freddy Jones Band) with Chris Queen (Phil Keaggy Band, Dreams So Real) on piano and B3 organ, and Laura Dees (The Bitteroots) on backing vocals.
The band is anchored by the rhythm section of drummer Stephen Roberts (The Vincents), percussionist Rob Sumowski (Billy Pilgrim, Shawn Mullins, Kevn Kinney, Gypsy Train), and bassist Bill Taylor (The Bitteroots).
About Moody Hollow
Moody Hollow is an Atlanta-based indie rock band with hints of modern folk and Southern rock in their music. Members consist of Brit La Palm (leads vocals, guitar), Justin Dale (lead guitar, vocals), Josh Denham (bass, vocals) and Michael Beavers (drums).
This artistic collaboration was founded among the trees of the Appalachian Mountains from where the band draws its name. Their musical tastes and backgrounds are varied and influences range from Tom Petty to Tom Morello.
They perform with passion and strive to blend creative unity with innovative soundscapes in every song. In 2016, they were winners of the Akademia award for Best Rock EP and were named as one of Touchtunes’ breakout artists. They have been featured on 99X, iHeartradio and Pandora. A full 12-track LP was released in March 2018.
About the Traye Horne Band
With a history of playing music together in different bands together for over a decade, the members of the Traye Horne Band play music using both improvisation and tightly structured songs to make a genre-crossing style all their own.
The group, currently consisting of Traye Horne on guitar and vocals, Kyle Bryant and Justin Lucas on guitar, Travis Lucas on bass, and Chris Miano on drums, was formed in Columbia, S.C., in late 2009, going through a few lineup changes since then. Frontman Traye Horne has been performing live since he was 12 years old on a variety of instruments, including bass, piano and guitar, which is the instrument that drives his music now.
The band's debut album, entitled “You Were Gone” and released in 2011, combines well-written lyrics with outstanding musicianship. The album contains songs that leave a lasting impression, which is the effect of music complete with a great hook, passion and musicians with the ability to bring it all together.
After some time off, the band is excited to be returning to the stage in 2019 and where the future will take them.
AboutThe Bantam Breaks
The Bantam Breaks began as four guys finding some common ground with rock ‘n’ roll music at the Bantam Pub in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward.
All four were accomplished musicians but had never explored the genre together.
The Breaks' self-titled debut EP, released Nov. 1, 2017, is rock ‘n’ roll featuring versatile songwriting, dual lead singers, upbeat rock and heartfelt acoustic songs.
About Flock Of Eagles
Flock of Eagles is a group of friends and neighbors from Decatur who love to play music together.
The band was a finalist in the 2016 and 2018 Westchester Battle of the Bands and performs regularly at venues such as Eddie's Attic, The Wylde Center, Oakhurst Porchfest, Big Tex, The Marlay House, Wild Heaven Taproom and The Avondale Towne Cinema.
About Kristen Englenz
Southern indie singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz turned to music as a refuge from the rejection and bullying she experienced at a young age for being different.
She began playing piano at 7, French horn at 11 and guitar at 20. Songwriting grew out of her need to express her positivity and determination in the face of disappointment and frustration.
Now in Nashville, Kristen’s rare soulful voice, insightful lyrics and moving performances give hope to those who feel underestimated and overlooked by the world around them.
Her fellow songwriters call her the singer with the most heart in Nashville with a special connection to the natural world. Stomp and Stammer said of her first release, “’Extent of Play’ has a genuinely appealing quality absent from nearly every other local release in this genre. There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”