Micah Dalton with Tyler James & War Jacket
Micah Dalton
War Jacket
Tyler James
Mar 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM
The WorkPlay Theatre
Birmingham, AL
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Micah Dalton | 8:00 PM
"He may sound like an earthier, cleverer Ben Harper, but musically Dalton suggests mid-'80s Prince in the way he defiantly straddles so many styles, requiring an enormous musical arsenal to get his point across. These juxtapositions of sounds and style rarely feel forced or even deliberate, courtesy of Dalton's soulful vocals and incisive songwriting."- PASTE MAGAZINE

“When you combine an earthy, easygoing songwriting style, the influence of Donny Hathaway and Paul Simon and a penchant for warm, understated instrumentation, there’s a good chance you’ll get ear-pleasing results. Micah Dalton has, and he calls it ‘alt. soul.’”-THE NASHVILLE SCENE

“Micah Dalton is a bright light of hope in a dark tunnel that lets me know that the real soul of music is in the roots of the songwriter.-BURNSIDE WRITER'S COLLECTIVE

"Though I have never met him personally, it is quite easy to tell that Micah Dalton is a risk-taker. Apart from the fact that his musical style is an appealingly intrepid mixture of folk, blues, soul, and R&B, Dalton has provided an extremely unique experience for the release of his third album, Pawn Shop."-OBSCURE SOUND

There was a time when an album didn’t offer pleasures for the ears alone. Having a vinyl LP on the turntable and a cover sleeve’s vivid, larger-then-life artwork in hand made for a rich multi-sensory experience. But that long since became the stuff of tall tales. That is, until Micah Dalton decided to liquefy the boundaries between artistic media with Pawnshop.

On the third recording project of his career, the Atlanta, Ga.-based singer-songwriter summons the audio-visual album experience from the shadows of memory, and goes a step further still. Pawnshop is twelve spacious Southern pop statements; it’s a short story told in twelve vignettes; it’s twelve visceral, pen-and-ink images; it’s an artistic risk that pays off mightily, and nothing short of a radical re-imagining.

“The idea of creating characters and running them through storylines is a lot more interesting than just an album,” says Dalton. “It is like going into a science lab and seeing what comes out. Using different creative media and seeing how they interact with one another and speak to people is always fun.”

Dalton co-wrote four of the album’s richly nuanced songs with Brooklyn-based pop songsmith Nate Campany and several others with longtime collaborator bassist/producer James Gregory. Dalton and Gregory put flesh on the song bones between January and August 2007, working out of Nashville’s Smoakstack Studios (Derek Webb), Art Canvas (India.Arie, Mighty Clouds of Joy) and other locales, and enlisting the sensitive touch of multi-instrumentalist Paul Moak, guitarist Kenny Meeks (Sixpence None the Richer), keyboardist Ben Shive and others.

The tracks cover satisfying musical range, from the acoustic, soul-tinged warmth of “Take the Backroads,” “We Came Alive Tonight” and “The Grandest Prize,” to “Down, Down Put It Down”—a snaking R&B number laced with sharp string runs—and gospel-infused, loose-jointed, backwoods romps like “I Am a Man (The Autobiography of Milton Burrows)” and “Reverend Ramshack Run.”

The songs, stories and images dwell in the fertile space between autobiography and imagination. You could say they’re true and more-than-true at the same time. There are elements of Dalton in Pawnshop—a restless soul sojourning through rural Georgia in 1965 and the album’s central character—but they’re not one and the same. Dalton ensured that the project would have plenty of captivating twists and turns by bringing other creative souls into the conversation, Jewly Hight to write a “fictional” story of desire taking hold and Jason Harwell to render the striking visuals. There’s enough there for the listener-reader-observer to get lost in over and over.

Dalton began erecting signposts to chart the course of his musical progression back in 2004 with his pop-inflected full-length debut, These Are the Roots. Next came 2006’s seven-song Advancement EP, which displayed moments of kinship with Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye, but was anything but an exercise in imitation. In countless clubs, theatres, coffeehouses and colleges east of the Mississippi, Dalton has shared the stage with the likes of Jon McLaughlin, Mindy Smith, Gary Jules, Dave Barnes and other lesser-known but no less talented folks. In 2007 he also signed on with unique Athens-based nonprofit indie Rebuilt Records.

The momentum is continually building. And Pawnshop adds a whole new batch of sights, sounds and stories to Dalton’s body of work. more >>>
War Jacket | 8:00 PM
War Jacket is a three-piece ambient folk group from Birmingham, Alabama.

Founded by baritone ukulelist Caleb Chancey in 2010, the band has evolved through its early music, from a stripped-down, solo EP to soulful incantations with cellist Lori Cheng and electric guitar player Joel Madison Blount.

The trio’s communal sound taps into the sense of place you get in such a city as Birmingham – a haunted past, fatigued and tattering, a steely movement from day to day – but War Jacket’s songs don’t buckle under the black-blue themes. They are warm, tender, and resonant, nostalgic battle cries that balance out the somber.

And if there’s a collective longing in War Jacket’s textured music, it’s undoubtedly for home. “When I was a kid, I’d crawl into bed at night, and I’d always wait for my dad to start playing his piano,” says Chancey. “For me music has always been a kind of a soundtrack for dreaming.”

In April 2013, the trio released the EP “Spring Hollow Sessions”, the single “Water Wings,” and their first official music video. Fans of Damien Jurado, Antony and the Johnsons, and Balmorhea, take notice. more >>>
Tyler James | 8:00 PM
"Between spanning the globe playing keys for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and releasing a new solo record, it's been a busy year for Tyler James. Citing influences from Paul Simon to Rainer Maria Rilke, the Nashville songsmith is one part classic 70s, another part Memphis soul. His new record It Took The Fire has a reverence for past masters that does him good, with Paste Magazine saying "His vulnerable lyrics, uncontrived vocals and memorable piano and guitar arrangements make for a sound as accessible as it is meaningful". James' songs have found their way on television shows like ABC's "Brother's and Sisters" and MTV's "The Hills" and his song “Call My Name” (a collaborative effort with DJ Morgan Page) reached #5 on Billboard's worldwide dance charts last year. James is also one of the founding members of Ten Out of Tennessee, an acclaimed Nashville artist collective whose tours aim to prove there's more to Music City than rhinestones and cowboy boots." more >>>
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Event Schedule

Micah Dalton

8:00 PM

War Jacket

8:00 PM

Tyler James

8:00 PM