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Eddie Owen Presents: Jon Chambers, Chris Watts and Benjamin Jason Douglas
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Friday April 27th 2018 at 8 pm
Doors open 7:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Apr 27, 2018 6:00 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
General Admission
Advanced: $15 ($20 day of show)

Benjamin Jason Douglas
East Nashville by way of a creekside suburb right outside of Baltimore, songwriter Benjamin Jason Douglas weaves classic American folk tales not unlike those of John Prine and Guy Clark. But he’s also lit up by the torch song sarcasm of Randy Newman. Those influences come to you mixed-up with the voodoo blues of Dr. John on a whiskey-soaked bender with Tom Waits.

His narratives pin laughter beside loneliness like two old friends who don’t really get along but make it work for the sake of the song. With every sneaky 7th and diminished chord struck by this gravelled soul, he aims to make light work of heavy hearts, as if only to convince himself he can. What you end up with is a sound that truly defies categorization, a magical potion of tent revival gospel and outsider anthems that are all his very own. Get down with this 3 star S.O.B., you’ll be glad that you did!
“Without the darkness I doubt you’d see the stars,” says East Nashville songwriter Chris Watts. From suffering a gunshot wound as a Louisiana National Guardsman on Hurricane Katrina duty to cutting his teeth at the raucous honky-tonks of Music City’s Broadway Ave., the Louisiana native has certainly seen both.

Watts incorporates this bent-but-not-broken ethos into his own brand of Deep South Americana music. Southern-fried in hardship and hope, Watts sets equal parts country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll to the backdrop of the swampy Louisiana backroads he grew up on. The end result hits the palate like a cold mint julep on a sticky day: earthy, fun, and bittersweet.

Watts has shared his Deep South Americana on prominent stages across the country, including Asheville’s Isis Theater, the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, House of Blues New Orleans, AMA Americanafest in Nashville, Music City’s historic Exit/In, City Winery, and the world-famous listening room Bluebird Café. He’s opened for internationally touring acts ranging from Sammy Kershaw to Snoop Dogg, and his songs have appeared on some of America’s most acclaimed terrestrial radio stations, including WWOZ New Orleans and WSM Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry.

His debut EP ‘The God’s Own Truth’ was named “Best of 2016” (The Revue). He will release the rock guitar-driven ‘American Kind,’ the first single from his debut full-length solo album, in early 2018. “Watts sings in the title track ‘I may never be Bob Dylan,’ but he has a knack for melody, lyrics, and truth that shows promise as an artist coming into his own.” (No Depression). more >>>
Although he hails from the hollers of East Tennessee, Jon Chambers spent his growing up years seeking music from the outside. As he took to the guitar, he resisted the urge to mimic Southern Rock and bluegrass, instead pursuing a sound that he describes as “against the grain”. Chambers found traction with this style as he founded The Penny Dreadfuls, a band centered around dark theatrical music. With this group, Chambers produced and wrote two albums. From The Penny Dreadfuls came Big Spider Country, a loud and looping side project. more >>>
Tickets
General Admission
$15.00