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

LAKE PAVILION at Serenbe Inn
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

Michelle Lewis' music is rich with meoldy, 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.

Michelle Lewis picked up her father's acoustic guitar at the age of 14 and quickly abandoned interest in everything else. She honed her songwriting at Berklee College of Music in her hometown of Boston, and went on to tour the United States with her first album, This Time Arond (2004). She has been a long-time collaborator with producer Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins). Their work has included the release of her Broken (2009) and Paris (2011) EPs, and most recently her second full-length album, The Parts of Us That Still Remain (2014), with songs co-written by Nashville favorite, Robby Hecht and LA sound designer, Conan Skyrme. 

 

LIZ LONGLEY


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October 27 | 8:00PM

ART FARM at Serenbe
10455 Newnan Rd.
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
Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "The 13th Good Wild Horses" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group

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

MIKE FARRIS

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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.

SHANA TUCKER

FEB 10 | 8PM

Private Home/Public Concert
Marston's 9060 Selborne Lane
Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills

SHANA TUCKER

Returns to Serenbe with keyboard player AMY K. BORMET

SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80's & 90's pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.  ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana's music. "I’m intrinsically drawn to "real" instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size. 

McGarry, Ganz, & Versace Trio

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FEBUARY 3 | 8PM

OAK ROOM AT INN AT SERENBE
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills

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Grammy nominated vocalist KATE McGARRY celebrates the release of her debut trio album The Subject Tonight Is Love feat with guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace.  For their early Valentine’s CD release celebration, the acclaimed trio reimagines beloved standards, sets music to the words of 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz, and mines the depths of McGarry’s soul-stirring originals. The result is a fresh, cinematic approach to jazz that invites listeners into the music through unexpected doorways.

 

The formidable talents of these GRAMMY nominated musicians are in full bloom on this ambitious outing. Ganz shines on nylon, steel, electric and bass guitars while Versace moves masterfully between piano, electric keyboard, organ and accordion. Together they create a richly nuanced sonic canvas. McGarry’s voice rings true throughout, painting pictures that penetrate and illumine the human journey.

As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.  In July of 2016 DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.  

"Austere and elegant...an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz" ~ Wall St Journal

" Astute and sensitive" ~ New York Times

BARNABY BRIGHT

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NOV.14

ADDRESS CHANGE:

OAK ROOM AT INN AT SERENBE
Chattahoochee Hills, GA

BARNABY BRIGHT

SPECIAL GUEST ADDED: ALAN BLACK-PRINCIPAL CELLIST CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY

Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 150 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year, gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones. After moving to Nashville in spring of 2014, they began work on their most recent full-length album with producer Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Sixpence None the Richer, Matt Kearney), which is set to release early 2015. 

 "Barnaby Bright has a graceful, uplifting energy...but also have a virtuosity that is extremely unique. Becky can be festive but also sings with a mesmerizing stateliness that evokes Mary Fahl of the October Project at times, while Nate's vocals and guitar playing are gifted and creative throughout. They have a special chemistry that helps erase cynicism while giving hope that the best is yet to come." -Steve Morse, Boston Globe, Billboard Magazine & Rolling Stone