The Bones of JR Jones

JUNE 15 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert

837 Middleton Way Serenbe

THE BONES OF J.R. JONES

What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy. “Anytime I think about my live show I try to view it from one of my audience member’s perspective,” conclude Jonathon Linaberry, the artist who performs as The Bones of J.R. Jones. “I do a lot up there. I cover a lot of ground sonically.  I’m trying to give myself room to grow.” 

The Bones of J.R. Jones’ latest album, Ones to Keep Close, is a crisp, expertly produced collection of stomp-along songs that evoke a vivid spectrum of feeling: pain, fear, excitement, regret, joy, longing. 

Brian Dunne

JUNE 8 | 8:00PM

Art Farm at Serenbe
10455 Atlanta Newnan Road

BRIAN DUNNE

Hailing from the Red Roof Inn, the driver's seat of a Honda Fit, the floor of the airport, the guest bedroom at your Aunt's and Uncle's house, the back seat of a 15-passenger van, and New York City, Brian Dunne is the companion you never knew you wanted. Equipped with a Telecaster, a Gibson Hummingbird and 17 dollars, he is coming to your town to play his guts out and then stand by the merch table. 

"Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements" was produced by Brian and released in May of 2017 independently. It garnered a great deal of attention based on the quality of the songwriting and musicality, landing Brian on NPR's Mountain Stage and 2017's Cayamo Cruise, and tours with The Secret Sisters, Will Hoge, Rosanne Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Osborne, Delbert McClinton, and a myriad of other songwriting heavyweights. The first two singles were picked up by SiriusXM radio, and if you visited a shopping mall during the spring of 2017, you probably heard the lead single "Don't Give Up On Me" being interrupted by an announcement that someone had lost their kid at the food court. 

Brian followed the release of "Bug Fixes" with a live EP of stripped-down versions of previously released songs entitled “The Timber House Sessions”. Brian has now returned to the studio to begin his next LP with producer Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Local Natives), which is slated for release in early 2019 and expected to be "totally the most amazing thing you've ever heard," according to Brian's mom. 

THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS BAND

APRIL 27 | 8:00PM

Deer Hollow at Serenbe
8455 Atlanta Newnan Road

THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS BAND

The Mulligan Brothers released their third studio album, Songs for the Living and Otherwise this past summer. The album brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.

Recording this album was the best time they have had in the studio, but getting started writing the songs was tough on Newell. Life on the road leaves little time for writing songs and they stopped touring for several months to give Newell the time and space he needed. 

"There is a lot of pressure on the songwriter in a band," says Newell. "It was a relief when the songs started coming and a bigger relief when I knew we had enough songs."

"Recording and producing this album ourselves gave us the luxury of seeing the vision all the way through to the end without outside influences making us second guess ourselves," says Newell. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."

The Mulligan Brothers started playing together five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile and now play around the world. They have played on the Cayamo music cruise and 30A Music Festival ,NPR's Mountain Stage and made their fourth appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  

Songs for the Living and Otherwise was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile and is the follow up to Via Portland and their debut album, The Mulligan Brothers.

 

Heather Maloney

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MARCH 30 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Show
9011 SELBORNE LANE

HEATHER MALONEY

Writer-song singer Heather Maloney releases her 2018 EP Just Enough Sun on the celebrated  indie record label, Signature Sounds. Co-produced by her bandmate, Ryan Hommel, the 6-song EP was recorded in live, single-take performances that showcase  Maloney and Hommel's dynamic live duo show, which is as electric (a la Shovels & Rope, The Civil Wars) as it is heart-breakingly vulnerable (  la Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Milk Carton Kids).  Upon her 2015 release Making Me Break - featuring  an all-star backing band including members of Band of Horses, the Wallflowers and My Morning Jacket  - Maloney landed on SPIN Magazine's "Artist To Watch" list. The last song on the album, "Nightstand  Drawer", became her first major network song placement on CBS's "Elementary". Maloney's  2014 collaboration with rising Boston quartet, Darlingside, featured their version of "Woodstock" (written by Joni Mitchell, covered by  Crosby Stills Nash & Young), which received praise  by  the New York Times, and even Graham Nash himself. Maloney has toured nationally as a headliner and also in support of acts like Lake Street Dive, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gary Clark  Jr., Colin Hay, Mary Chapin  Carpenter, and many more. Her upcoming full length LP is slated for a Fall 2018 release.

NATHAN EVANS FOX

MARCH 22 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert

9163 SELBORNE LANE

NATHAN EVANS FOX

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Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, NC. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar, and collaborating with other musicians for over ten years. Recently his song-crafting prowess has been recognized by the Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower! songwriting competitions. 

Fox’s lyrics confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and an unexpected wit. Above all, he is a storyteller whose narrative landscapes are at once familiar and strange. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: Home (2017) and most recently Texas Dust, which was released in April 2018.

HEATHER STYKA

Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy. Live, Heather Styka comes off as something like Leonard Cohen crossed with Patsy Cline. Armed with a guileless, unvarnished delivery, she's equal parts wordsmith and entertainer

KEVIN BALES TRIO

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KEVIN BALES TRIO

Kevin Bales latest cd “Beyond the Neighborhood” The songs of Fred Rogers has been nominated for a Grammy! He and vocalist Keri Johnsrud have illustrated the versatility and depth of Jazz in this album

Kevin has amassed a long list of awards that include being the Winner of the Jazz Piano Association pianist of the year. He toured and recorded for 10 years with Grammy Nominee Rene Marie and continues to be the first call pianist for the likes of Marcus Printup, Gordon Vernick, Joe Gransden Big Band and many others. He is widely recognized as one of the finest jazz pianists on the planet.

FEBRUARY 9 | 8:00PM

The Oak Room at Serenbe Inn
Chattahoochee Hills, GA

PHIL MADEIRA TRIO

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January 26 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert
8390 Hearn Road Chattahoochee Hills

PHIL MADEIRA TRIO

Most people who know Phil Madeira know him as one of the most seasoned players in Nashville.  Since his arrival in 1983, Madeira has seen success in a plethora of different ways.   As an instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, lap steel, accordion, dobro, or a Hammond B-3 with icons like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Sixpence Pence None the Richer, Mavis Staples and Garth Brooks – to name a few.  As a producer, producing tracks for Keb’ Mo’, Emmylou, The Civil Wars, Humming People, The Band Perry, and the 2012 release of Americana Paul McCartney covers, Let Us In: Americana.  As a songwriter, with a cut list that includes Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Toby Keith, and The Civil Wars’ 2014 Grammy-winning single, “From This Valley.”   In June 2013, Jericho Books released his first piece, “God on the Rocks:  Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith.”  He’s quietly released five solo critically-acclaimed records and has shared the stage with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, and Jack White.  If you can think of it, Phil Madeira has probably lived it, but that’s what most people don’t know about Phil Madeira – his own story – and he’s finally ready to tell it.

Jared & Amber/Adam Whipple


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NOVEMBER 10 | 8PM

OAK ROOM AT SERENBE INN
10955 Hutchesons Ferry Road
Chattahoochee Hills

JARED & AMBER

Jared and Amber are in love with each other and with music, so naturally, they started making music together. Both went to school for music and quickly decided music was great and school was not. In 2006, they were married and moved to the lovely city of Decatur in 2011 to pursue music together full-time. Since then they have had the pleasure of playing TEDx Atlanta, writing for other artists, winning Eddie's Attic 2012 Songwriter Shootout, and being named one of the top 7 bands in Atlanta by AXS.  They play their own brand of theatrical folk rock, and stand out from other rootsy duos with their soaring harmonies and intricate arrangements. Along for the ride are Audrey & Autumn (the twins!), their dog Ramona, a lot of coffee, and some fantastic family and friends.

ADAM WHIPPLE

Adam Whipple has spent years on the road, honing and polishing his stage presence and songcraft, but he cut his teeth as a writer at the famed New City Café, Knoxville's one-time home for creative musical expression that became a proving ground for artists like Andrew Peterson, David Wilcox, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Among Savages (Peter Barbee), Ed Cash, and Jennifer Daniels. Fast forward fifteen years, and you’ll find Adam as a skilled multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer laboring to support numerous other artists in addition to doing his own personal work. His new full-length project, The Broken Seasons, is the product of a successful crowdfunding campaign and has already garnered critical acclaim.

 Adam is also the leading editor of the arts journal Foundling House, based in Knoxville and publishing poetic, prosaic, review, and essay content from around the country. Adam’s work has been published in Curator Magazine, on Analogue, and in Molehill by Rabbit Room Press, along with his own independently published chapbook A Channel to the Sea.

 

 

AJ GHENT


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DECEMBER 8 | 7:30PM

NEW LOCATION: The Oak Room at The Inn at Serenbe

10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road

Chattahoochee Hills

AJ GHENT

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ] fuses the sounds of rock, blues, funk and pop into what he likes to call Neo Blues. The musical art produced has been classified as witty, energetic, soulful and funky, with messages of positivity, love and overcoming hardships. He has had a colorful career thus far playing and opening for such legendary acts like Zac Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, Colonel Bruce Hampton and Gov’t Mule. He can be heard on various recordings with Zac Brown, Luther Dickinson, and featured on Zac Brown’s 2013 Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 alongside Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

The energy and passion which resonates from AJ’s music, from the strum of the guitar and the conviction of the vocals, the pounding rhythm of the drums, to the thought provoking lyrics, is sure to be felt by any crowd.  AJ aims to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers, with the hopes of taking them to a musical paradise.  A little hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding is all you need for this tuneful travel excursion. AJ calls James Brown, Prince, and his family heritage as influences. He can be heard picking, sliding and strumming all over those strings, whether it’s one of his custom built 8-string lap steel hybrids or his acoustic resonator.  

What is different from most lap steel players is AJ performs standing upright like a guitar player, using his over handed technique to play slide, so that he can dance, and have more mobility during his live shows.  AJ was born to fly! AJ Ghent [J-ent] knows where his talent comes from and isn’t afraid to explore other sounds. His new album (released March 16, 2018) titled The Neo Blues Project is something different: A musical fusion form that takes art and skill to master, something that AJ Ghent [J-ent] has spent his whole life perfecting. The album debuted #7 on the Billboard Blues Charts on its release week.

 

MICHELLE LEWIS


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NOVEMBER 3 | 8:00PM

ART FARM at Serenbe
10455 Atlanta Newnan Road
Chattahoochee Hills

MICHELLE LEWIS

ALL THAT’S LEFT

Listen to Michelle Lewis sing the songs from her new album at Art Farm at Serenbe on November 3rd. “All That’s Left” is already receiving rave reviews.

Michelle Lewis' music is rich with melody, and her lyrics seek beauty in the face of sadness. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, as a singer/songwriter, Michelle's music is uniquely intimate and surprisingly polished. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the emotional remainders in burgeoning and breaking relationships.

“ALL THAT’S LEFT DAZZLES”

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

LAURA TREY DUO

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MAY 11 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert
9016 Selborne Lane Chattahoochee Hills

LAURA TREY DUO

Over the past decade, guitarist Trey Wright and vocalist Laura Coyle have established themselves as first-call musicians on the  Atlanta jazz scene. They joined forces in 2017 to form the Laura Coyle and Trey Wright Duo. United by their love of classic jazz pairings including Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald and Tuck and Patti, the duo performs a unique repertoire of jazz standards, Brazilian music and contemporary songs by their favorite songwriters. On any given night, the duo plays an entertaining and eclectic mix of music by Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hoagy Carmichael, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell. The duo has performed at the Athens Jazz Festival, the Roswell Arts Festival, Morgan Hall at Kennesaw State University, and Agnes Scott College.

 LAURA COYLE- has been a featured performer twice at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Peter Merrett, of PBS Melbourne Australia remarked, “A stunning voice, wonderful phrasing on these classic standards breathing new life into every word.”

TREY WRIGHT- co-founded the Athens/Atlanta based jazz band Squat, a six-time winner of Best Jazz Band at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards. As a composer, Trey’s music has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. Trey is also a Senior Lecturer of Jazz Studies at Kennesaw State University.

LIZ LONGLEY


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October 27 | 8:00PM

Grange Hall at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

LIZ LONGLEY

Liz Longley will be bringing lots of new music for this special night!

Liz connects with her audiences through her timeless lyrics about love, gratitude, and friendships.

Praised by American Songwriter, Huffington Post, and CMT Edge, to name a few. Liz Longley’s latest album delivers bold, thick, pop with rock-and-roll edges. The starkly personal lyrics explore complexities and even dysfunction of relationships. Her award-winning songwriting is stronger than ever, and producer Bill Reynolds, the bassist of Band of Horses (also produced The Avett Brothers, Lissie) helps embrace a lush, pop-rock approach which marks a musical evolution for Longley.

For painters, the joy and challenge of creation begins with a blank canvas. For Liz Longley, it started in an empty room. 

While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style and confidence that's all her own. You can hear it in the subtle-yet-soaring vocals on "Memphis," the dagger directness of "Skin and Bones," the bittersweet farewell that drives "This Is Not the End" (featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives). They're all cuts that dare you to hold back the goosebumps.

She says she'll continue to open her soul in the service of her art because that's what matters most to her. "Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me, lock with me, because they're based on something I went through," she says of the new collection. "I hope they connect with people and that they'll help with whatever they've gone through. That's what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else."

After all, what better way to fill an empty room than with fully realized music?

Nora Jane Struthers


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OCTOBER 13 | 7:30PM

GREEN AT PADDOCK FOXHALL RESORT
8000 Capps Ferry Road
Douglasville, Georgia

NORA JANE STRUTHERS

Nora Jane Struthers is "remarkable,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music, and writes music that is “as powerful as anything Jason Isbell released this year.” The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners' lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Struthers' new album Champion, released at the close of 2017, is built on these kinds of songs. Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. Champion is the follow-up to 2015's Wake, and earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR’s Fresh Air, Rolling Stone, and Vice/Noisey, who raved that “Nora Jane Struthers and her band sound ready to take over Americana completely … bringing a fuller, harder sound to the table.”

There’s an honesty and energy to Nora Jane’s stage presence; a vulnerability that is part and parcel of great artistry. In one moment, she joyfully leads the audience in a dance party … in the next, she lays her soul bare for the world to hear. A performance by Nora Jane and her band is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the room is having a damn good time.

Sofia Talvik


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SEPTEMBER 8 | 8PM

Grange Hall at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

SOFIA TALVIK

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her.

Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved her music closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat – all of which found their way into the songs of her 2015 album ”Big Sky Country”. 

Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place. 

Will Kimbrough

 
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AUGUST 4 | 8PM

GRANGE HALL at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

WILL KIMBROUGH

Will Kimbrough is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose credits include the 2003 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Award, 12 songs on four recent Jimmy Buffett albums, current touring and recording with Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys, producing two of Todd Snider's most acclaimed collections.

Will was a member of guitar pop legends Will and the Bushmen and The Bis-Quits. He is a member of Willie Sugarcapps with Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane and Corky Hughes; with their first album receiving Independent Music's 2013 Best Americana Album Will released Mockingbird Soul in 2017 with Brigitte DeMeyer as co-write, Will is also a member of DADDY, a collaboration with Tommy Womack and friends, with a new and already treasured rock and roll record release, "Let's Do This!"

This is a special, rare, and intimate solo appearance. Saturday, August 4th is a must-see.

ELIOT BRONSON


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July 21 | 8PM

Art Farm at Serenbe
10455 Newnan Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills

ELIOT BRONSON

Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson's most recent album, James, was released on August 25, 2017 via Rock Ridge Music (with distribution via ADA).  James was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), who also produced Bronson’s most recent, self-titled album. “It was a pleasure working with Eliot,” says Cobb. “He is a brilliant lyricist and poet.”  James offers songs that are more like pictures than movies, capturing moments and digging deeply into their meanings.

Embraced for his 2014 self-titled album by the likes of CMT Edge, Country Weekly, Guitar World, Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and more, Paste Magazine called Bronson and his music “an Americana gem” and “a poetic blend of urban coffee house and outskirts-of-town saloon.”  Bop n Jazz upped that ante by heralding him as “maybe the best singer/songwriter since Dylan.”  Bronson has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and, prior to his solo career, was a member of The Brilliant Inventions. He has won esteemed songwriting awards as first place at Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and Eddie Owen Presents “Songwriter Shootout,” and he’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest, and New Song Contest Lincoln Center NYC.

Terreon Gully & Marc Cary


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MAY 19 | 8PM

Grange Hall
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

TERREON GULLY & MARC CARY "STICKS & TONES"

Terreon Gully is one of the most influential artists of his generation and has mastered a variety of musical genres. Widely recognized for his creativity, versatility and authenticity, his innovative and distinct sound has inspired artists such as Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride as well as Stefon Harris to make him a member of their bands. He is also part of John Beasley’s acclaimed group MONK'estra. Terreon tours with jazz legends and modern masters to the hottest hip-hop icons and has worked with the best: Kurt Elling, David Sanborn, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Barron, the Stones Project, Sting, the Benny Green Trio, Queen Latifa, Yerba Buena, Charlie Hunter, Abbey Lincoln, Marc Cary, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Jacky Terrasson, Eldar, Me’ Shell NdegeOcello, Lauryn Hill and Common, as well as a host of other artists. 

Marc Cary remains one of the progenitors of contemporary jazz, evident in his influence on peers. Cary's Ellington education prepared him to take on the daunting Big Apple at the ripe age of 21. He refined his chops as musical director with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter and Dizzy Gillespie amongst many others. Marc Cary says "The main thing is the intention behind what you say musically; [that's] the beauty. If you're thinking something and you hit that note, the resonance of what you're thinking actually goes through that note. It's like a telephone frequency carrying your voice–literally. That's the power." 

Cheikh Ndoye is a bassist, composer, arranger and accomplished musical artist whose music is a rich fusion of jazz and world music influences stemming from his West African heritage combined with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. Originally from Senegal, Cheikh’s fascination with the diverse, rich sounds and rhythms of the local music scene started in his prime age. Early in his life Cheikh played the piano, and was attracted to many jazz greats.

JENN CORNELL


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MAY 12 | 8PM

GRANGE HALL
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

JENN CORNELL

A Dance of Instrument & Body

Jenn Cornell is a cellist performance artist that plays with a spirit that bursts into an ecstatic dance of instrument and body. The outcome is a sensation of joy that emanates from her performances and her instrument.

Jenn attended the University of Georgia on a 4 year music scholarship and completed advanced studies at the Academia Musicale Chigiana, Sienna, Italy. This led to her touring Europe, Asia and the U.S. performing in halls like the Seoul Arts Center and the Moscow International Auto Show.; as well as to teaching where she held master classes at schools and universities including the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA; Georgia Tech; and most recently at the Community Music Centers of Atlanta where she mentors young musicians.

Jenn’s performance career began with the highly successful guitar/cello duo Montana Skies which toured for a number of years and was praised by presenters and fans for the unique and creative duo it was. Montana Skies hit #1 on the World and Instrumental Music radio charts and was highlighted on national broadcasts, including on NPR and the Travel Channel and on PBS where they composed and scored music for PBS.

Jenn has developed a new sound with percussionist Emrah Kotan and is taking her progressive music around the U.S. as she continues to perform both acoustic and 6-string electric cello to her own compositions with Emrah. Jenn has recently recorded for Michael Malarky (Vampire Diaries) on his new album and his single “Scars”, and has recorded for the rap artist B.O.B.. In addition, she appeared on the TV shows The Vampire Diaries and Dynasty where she performed cello on episodes for both.

Jenn has developed a new and mesmerizing sound with her cello and with the joy that she brings in touching people’s hearts with her music.

EMRAH KOTAN

Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.  

Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta music scene, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India.Arie.  He has performed in renowned venues such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Singapore Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York.  

Emrah is Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College and he proudly endorses Pearl drums and percussion.

Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "Skipping" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group
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Sarah Potenza

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APRIL 7 | 8PM

Grange Hall
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

SARAH POTENZA

Rolling Stone says “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”

After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Williams’ immediately exclaimed, “You’re giving this generation something they've never seen before". Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist then headed to Nashville, where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.

NPR Music exclusively premiered the music video to Potenza’s debut album, ‘Monster’.  Programmers have been supporting her gritty sound and unstoppable resolve, resulting in ‘Monster’ moving quickly up the Americana Radio chart. NPR Music calls the album a “blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem,” while No Depression states, “You won’t find any gimmicks on MONSTER, just pure unadulterated rock and roll.” Sarah’s album also received rave reviews from Rolling Stone. In September the magazine named her one of the top 10 artists you need to know, stating “Potenza is to the Blues what Adele is to Pop.”

MIKE FARRIS

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March 24 | 8PM

Private Home/Public Concert
837 Middleton Way
Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills

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Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 Grammy® award for Best Roots Gospel Album. 

“Out of this diminutive, self-described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful voice with a range, talent and emotions that make him seem possessed.”

-Terry Stewart, President & CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

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What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy. “Anytime I think about my live show I try to view it from one of my audience member’s perspective,” conclude Jonathon Linaberry, the artist who performs as The Bones of J.R. Jones. “I do a lot up there. I cover a lot of ground sonically.  I’m trying to give myself room to grow.”

The Bones of J.R. Jones’ latest album, Spirit’s Furnace, a crisp nine-track effort that bubbles with barroom dust and hard-won wisdom, finds the musician expanding the scope of his musical vision while stripping away the excess.