Thursday, May 3, 2012
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"Go and do the best you can"—Oil on canvas 60x72
Inspired by traditional folk song "Little Maggie," which is part of a family of white blues songs found in the Appalachian region in the late 1800s. "Little Maggie" has been recorded by artists including the Stanley Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs.
"DARK CORNERS: THE APPALACHIAN BALLAD"
PAINTINGS OF THE SOUTH BY JULYAN DAVIS
AT GREENVILLE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, SC.
STUNNING EXHIBIT RUNS MAY 5 THROUGH JULY 1
EXHIBIT TO CONTINUE TO MORRIS MUSEUM IN AUGUSTA, GA
May 3, 2012
GREENVILLE, South Carolina –British artist Julyan Davis has painted the South for more than twenty years—empty rooms in abandoned mansions, state fairs, vanishing scenes from the Outer Banks to the Delta. Now, the Greenville County Museum of Art showcases his exciting new focus on Appalachian love songs and murder ballads.
“Has love ever made you want to throw yourself off a bridge, or throw someone else off a bridge?” Davis asks. “These paintings interpret some of the South’s oldest songs, placing them in modern day settings to remind us that nothing really changes. Lovers still fall prey to despair and suicide, or end up in the crime report.”
Such music drew Davis to the South directly from art school in London. He’s brought its colorful culture and history alive on canvas ever since.
“Sometimes it takes an outsider to draw attention to the strangeness of the everyday,” Davis says, “The British director Ridley Scott made telephone poles beautiful in 'Thelma and Louise.' That’s what I seek in my work: to find the sublime hidden in the familiar, the revelatory moment that comes at us without warning.
“As for the ballad series, well, this music is close to my heart. I inherited an enthusiasm for it from my father. With their Celtic origins, these songs have provided my connection to the Southern landscape since my arrival here half my life ago.”
"Where the Sun refuse to shine"—Oil on Canvas 40x64
Inspired by "Dark Hollow," a song written around 1958 by West Virginian Bill Browning, front man of the rockabilly band Echo Valley Boys. The song was made famous by the Grateful Dead in 1973.
Followers of Davis’ career describe his paintings as being haunted by a human presence—empty places that somehow told a story. With "Dark Corners" the power of his imagery, and the mystery of narrative are amplified in these large, cinematic canvases. “I paint my life,” Davis says, “Whether we write songs or paint pictures, as artists we have a great gift – an outlet for our emotions. I am grateful for that.”
Julyan Davis received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also inspired by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles. His work has been exhibited from London to Los Angeles, and in many private, public and corporate collections including the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Gibbes Museum in Charleston and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. "Dark Corners:The Appalachian Ballad," along with other work, can be viewed at julyandavis.com.
"By her lily white hand" — on canvas 36x38
Inspired by 19th century murder ballad "Banks of Ohio." The first recording of the song was by Red Patterson's Piedmont Log Rollers in 1927. It has been recorded many times since then by artists including The Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Doc Watson, Joan Baez and Olivia Newton-John.
"She looked East, She looked West"— Oil on canvas 36x38
Inspired by traditional folk song, "The Ballad of Barbara Allen." The song was first printed in England around 1750 and made its way to Appalachia in the mid-1800s. "Barbara Allen," as it is also known, has been recorded by many artists including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton and The Everly Brothers. Johnny Cash re-wrote lyrics to the song, performed it live at Austin City Limits in 1987 and renamed it "The Ballad of Barbara."
"Would you take me unkind?"—Center panel triptych Oil on canvas 40x108
Inspired by murder ballad "Pretty Polly," also known as "The Gosport Tragedy" or "The Cruel Ship's Carpenter." The ballad is a traditional English folk song found in the British Isles, Canada and the Appalachian region of the American South. Recorded by artists including David "Stringbean" Akeman, The Byrds, Judy Collins, Ralph Stanley, Dock Boggs, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
7:52 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
Vince Gill Sets 12 Bluegrass Shows for June
Band Spotlights Stuart Duncan, Jeff White, Jim Mills,
Sarah Jarosz Will Open June 13 – June 23 Dates
Nashville, TN – May 3, 2012 -- Vince Gill will take to the road for a dozen bluegrass shows in June. The 20-time Grammy-winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame will be backed by a band made up of some of the most acclaimed pickers in contemporary music, specifically fiddler Stuart Duncan, guitarist Jeff White, banjoist Jim Mills and bassist Dennis Crouch. Gill will round out the band on guitar, mandolin and vocals.
"After the passing of Earl Scruggs [on March 28],” Gill says, “it means the world to me to do these dates with this world-class band playing the music that Earl defined. I absolutely adore this music."
Duncan, a four-time Grammy winner and member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, has recorded with Alison Krauss, Yo Yo Ma, Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, among many others; Jeff White, a regular member of Gill’s band, has also made records with Del McCoury, Lyle Lovett, The Chieftains and Keith Whitley. Mills, who earned five Grammys as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder, appears too on albums by Doyle Lawson, Bruce Hornsby and Garrison Keillor. Crouch, like Gill, is a member of the Nashville cult band, The Time Jumpers, and has recorded with such luminaries as Ralph Stanley, John Fogerty, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash and Elton John.
These are the tour dates and locations: June 13, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA; June 14, Alabama Theatre, North Myrtle Beach, SC; June 15 and June 16, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA; June 17, Knight Theater, Charlotte, NC; June 21, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN; June 22, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA; June 23, Anderson Music Hall, Hiawassee, GA; June 24, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC; June 28, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY; June 29, Lexington Opera House, Lexington, KY; and June 30, Honeywell Center, Wabash, IN.
Bluegrass prodigy Sarah Jarosz will open for Gill from June 13 through June 23. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jarosz signed to Sugar Hill Records when she was 16. She has since released the critically celebrated albums Song Up In Her Head (which contains the Grammy-nominated “Mansinneedof” track) and Follow Me Down.
For more information go to www.vincegill.com
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MIRANDA LAMBERT AND LITTLE BIG TOWN ADDED TO 2012 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL NIGHTLY CONCERTS LINEUP
Sarah Darling, Nashville School of Arts Chamber Choir, Oak Ridge Boys, and Julie Roberts to Perform National Anthem at LP Field
Single Night Tickets Only $40; Four Day Ticket Packages Begin at $125
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JULIE ROBERTS DEDICATES NEW SONG
"SWEET CAROLINA" TO ALMA MATER,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
New Song Currently Available for Purchase Via iTunes & CD Baby - Preview HERE
Nashville, Tenn. (May 3, 2012) - As a part of the University of South Carolina's (USC) 'Carolina Promise' campaign, USC alum and country music artist Julie Roberts has written and recorded "Sweet Carolina," a special song honoring her home state and beloved University.
According to USC, the 'Carolina Promise' campaign is its "Commitment – or promise - to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the communities we serve that we will continue to lead the way to improve the quality of life for all in our state and world. Regarding specific goals, Carolina’s Promise will raise much-needed funding for undergraduate, graduate and professional student scholarships, for promising faculty research and excellence in teaching, for innovative, relevant programs that will help solve some of society’s biggest issues, and for creating a modern, state-of-the-art learning and living environment through facilities and technologies that ensures our students’ success."
Roberts is a witness to the University's promise and the academic and personal frameworks it builds.
"I went to the University of South Carolina-Lancaster my first two years of college and received an amazing education and strong foundation for the rest of my life," she says. "I was raised a Gamecock fan and most of my family are graduates from the University of South Carolina."
Co-written and produced by Jason Collum, "Sweet Carolina" gives Roberts a way to help out the campaign and honor the place she calls home.
"Writing this song for the University felt like something I was supposed to do," she says. "The University has given my family so much and I wanted to help this campaign in a way that I could, so I wrote and recorded 'Sweet Carolina.' It was fun thinking about the University, the students, the Gamecock fans, the alumni, the sporting events, and everything that makes me proud to call Carolina my home!"
Roberts will perform the song live May 10 in Columbia, S.C., at the official kick-off for the 'Carolina Promise' campaign. The event will be streamed live online at http://giving.sc.edu/
The song is available now through digital retailers iTunes and CD Baby. The "Sweet Carolina" release is packaged with the original song, an acoustic mix, as well as instrumental versions. Roberts plans to donate a portion of all sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity she is passionate about.
Fans can also expect a special music video featuring the recording of the song to be released soon. For up-to-date information, visit www.JulieRoberts.com.
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