BLUES & BEYOND: Sky’s the limit

Skyler Saufley takes off

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“Let’s Boogie!” screams the type above Skyler Saufley’s list of monthly dates on his Facebook page. Dig a little deeper and that exclamation point is further emphasized with the young guitarist’s tagline: “Hip Shakin’ Blues & Boogie Woogie.” It leaves no doubt about the style of music you’ll hear at a typical gig.

Now 28, Saufley, who started playing guitar at 13 after being exposed to Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters, has been churning out sounds that were considered old decades before he was born.

Although not a Georgia local, the Phenix City, Alabama, resident is a familiar figure around town. He plays regularly at Blind Willie’s with occasional gigs at Smith’s Olde Bar, Fayetteville’s Olde Courthouse Tavern, Chamblee’s Cajun Blues, and other joints. In the recent past, at least half his shows have been in Georgia but he has also branched out to Florida and plays his home state of Alabama. Still, he jokes, “I drive more than I play.”

The guitarist/multi-instrumentalist (he is credited with piano, mandolin, drums, bass and harmonica) even looks the part. With his slicked back hair, sunglasses, snazzy fedoras, and retro jackets that seem to be retrieved from a ‘50s film noir flick, seeing him on stage flanked by a stand-up bass and minimal drums, one might think they time traveled back to another era, specifically postwar America circa the mid to late ‘40s.

His dedication to classic blues is evident. He initially named his band The 99th Degree after a line in Robert Johnson’s “Stop Breaking Down,” but now the full-time musician goes under the more straight forward Skyler Saufley Band.

Most youngsters bitten by the blues bug gravitate to a more electrified style of blues rock epitomized by screaming guitars and roof rattling volume. But Saufley looks to an earlier era in the genre; one dominated by the raucous jump blues of Paul Williams (“The Hucklebuck” is something of a standard in his sets), T-Bone Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Goree Carter and others. This music, often accurately described as swing, was created for dancing, not listening to alone in your room. Check out the effect it has on the Blind Willie’s crowd here.

Anyone playing this combination of rollicking West Coast and boogie-woogie is going to generally stick with covers. Many in his audience probably don’t know these songs, but Saufley’s effervescent energy and obvious talents — as a guitarist, singer and animated frontman — breathes fresh life into tunes written seven or more decades ago. A typical set finds the self-taught artist unleashing covers of Walker’s “T-Bone Boogie,” Crayton’s “Blues After Hours” and “Right Now Baby” by Roy Gaines with the vitality, passion and exuberance of someone who wrote them. He occasionally tosses in an original too.

Want to take some of that rootsy party vibe home? Stay tuned as Saufley prepares an album for release this year. Better still, catch him live this month as he hosts the Atlanta Blues Society’s February meet-up at Blind Willies (his favorite place to play) on the 22nd. It’s another indication of the respect he’s held in by local blues fans, especially those who pack the dance floor to his hip shakin’, boogie-woogie groove.

There are few better ways to spend your pre or post Valentine’s Day than with your significant other at this month’s recommended roots and blues events.


Thurs., Feb. 1


WHEELS IN MOTION: The Steel Wheels roll into town Feb.1. Photo credit:

The Steel Wheels, City Winery Atlanta — This Virginia based quintet began as a straight ahead bluegrass band but has since moved into more indie/Americana waters, albeit with a few toes still in their roots. The songs flow with strong melodies, vocals and especially playing as they introduce fresh material from a new album,Sidewaysdue next week, that rocks a little harder than most of their stuff.
$22-32. 8:00 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308. 404-496-3791.


SWAMP THING: Country rocker Jackson Dean adds swamp rock to his Americana Feb. 1. Photo credit:

Jackson Dean, Dee White, Mae Estes, Terminal West — Country rocker Dean has come a long way from 2018s debut. His most recent EP was recorded at Nashville’s historic Ryman, an indication of his appeal, even though much of his music is tougher and swampier than most contemporary country. Opener White is geared to sweet folk/pop. Estes’ supple classic C&W round out an impressive rootsy bill.
$25. 8:00 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.

YOU DON’T MESS AROUND WITH AJ: It’s like father/like son when AJ Croce takes the stage Feb. 1. Photo credit:

AJ Croce, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre — Jim Croce’s career was short. He only released three albums, one of which appeared after his Sept.,1973, death in a plane crash. Son AJ, not quite two when his dad died, has crafted an eclectic career with his own jazz, soul, and pop originals. But it’s natural he’d want to pay tribute to his famous father. That’s what happens on this tour as the younger Croce plays a full set of Jim’s hits along with a multi-media presentation of slides and memorabilia.
$40-82+. 7:30 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2100 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, 30339. 770-916-2852.


Fri., Feb. 2


RENAISSANCE MAN: Veteran John McCutcheon digs into his deep catalog of folk, children’s tunes and humorous stories, along with a batch of instruments (which he plays proficiently) on Feb. 2 Photo credit:

John McCutcheon, Eddie’s Attic — The pride of Smoke Rise, GA., multi-instrumentalist folk icon McCutcheon returns to the familiar environs of Eddie’s to cherry pick from his catalog of over 41 albums, tell stories and maybe even play some new music. His 2023 release, Together, was recorded with old friend Tom Paxton and received great reviews, so expect some material from that too. Regardless of what he pulls out, it’ll be cool, classy, beautifully performed and sung by a guy who, at 71, is an under-the-radar folk legend.
$30. 7 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


GETTING MOUTHY: Cowboy Mouth rides into town Feb. 2. Photo credit:

Cowboy Mouth, Madlife Stage & Studios — There’s nothing quite as manic as a Cowboy Mouth show. These New Orleans based, often tongue-in-cheek, pop rockers have been making the rounds since mid-90s, cashing in on MTV hit “Jenny Says” which kicked off their career. There haven’t been many other crossover tracks since (their most recent album was a decade ago), but anyone who has seen them live knows to expect a high energy, audience pleasing performance, which is why the reserved seats at this venue sold out nearly a month before the gig.
$39.50-70.50. 7:00 p.m. Madlife Stage & Studios, 8722 Main St., Woodstock, 30188. 678-384-2363.


Sat., Feb. 3


IF YOU COULD READ HIS MIND: Get up close and personal with Jeffrey Martin Feb. 3 Photo credit:

Jeffrey Martin,Tommy Alexander, Eddie’s Attic — Singer/songwriter Martin’s new album was initially meant to be demos for a future studio project. But the decision to release it as-is was a smart one. Martin’s dark baritone voice, softly strummed acoustic guitar and lyrics that speak universal truths combine for a uniquely intimate experience which should be even more moving live. When he repeats “I miss your breath on my shoulder,” on “Sculptor,” it’s a chilling moment.
$18. 7 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


HEAVY TWANG: Josh Abbott slings out rocking Americana Feb. 3. Photo credit:

Josh Abbott Band, Terminal West — Texas based country-rocker Abbott hits all the bases you’d expect (whisky, wimmin, trucks etc.) plus a few you didn’t (ruminating on the death of his father as well as the birth of a child) as he combines good ole’ boy twang rocking with some seriously introspective ballads. It’s a cool mix, one that’s had him touring since 2009, so he’s got the stage thing figured out. He supports a new album, Somewhere Down the Road released last week.
$25-30. 8:30 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.


Thurs., Feb. 8


MOANING AWAY: Elizabeth Moen unplugs Feb. 8. Photo credit:

Elizabeth Moen, Eddie’s Attic — Stripped down to a duo, Moen and collaborator Hayden Holbert go for a low-key approach on this club date. Her voice is pure, powerful, soulful and full of personality. The newer songs from an EP released late 2023 capture those qualities in a largely acoustic presentation that should mesmerize the audience in Eddie’s comfy environs.
$15.+. 7 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


TERRIFIC TRIO: Get three talented singer/songwriters for the price of one Feb. 8. Photo credit:

Songwriters in the Round, Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry — Carter Sampson, Amelia White, and Atlanta’s own Michelle Malone share the stage in one of Eddie Owens‘ many guitar pulls. This one features a surfeit of talent. Each is working a recent album that displays their mastery of melody and the trio boasts a longevity in the business which ensures they know how to deliver the goods live. It’s an impressive, even extraordinary bill.
$30-39. 8:00 p.m. Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street, Duluth, 30096. 404-478-2749.


Fri., Feb.9


ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: Country veteran Stuart and his incredible band push roots boundaries Feb. 9. Photo credit:

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Variety Playhouse — Americana veteran Stuart hits town about once a year nonchalantly blowing audiences away with eclectic, roaring shows that combine pure country with organic rock and even folksy psychedelia. This time he supports 2023s Altitude another in a series of wonderful, impossible to pigeonhole, efforts that finds him and his appropriately named Fabulous Superlatives band pushing boundaries into Eastern music, swamp and surf rock. It’s all good.
$39.50. 8:00 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE. Atlanta, 30307. 404-504-7354.


LOCAL HERO: Tinsley Ellis unplugs Feb. 9. Photo credit:

Tinsley Ellis, Eddie’s Attic — You know him, you love him and he’s just released Naked Truth his first totally acoustic album of folk and blues originals, along with some classics, already generating rave reviews. Ellis will be solo, as on the disc, for an up close and personal performance not to be missed. Get tickets early, it’s a sure sell out.
$46.17+. 7 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.



GRAND CANYON: It’s the Steep Canyon Rangers to the bluegrass rescue Feb. 9. Photo credit:

Steep Canyon Rangers, Seth Walker, Terminal West — Bluegrass veterans the Rangers have released over a dozen albums. They landed a major career crossover boost when Steve Martin recorded and toured with them. Unlike other traditional outfits, they have a drummer infusing a more rock attitude to their peppy old-timey originals. Arrive early for blues/pop singer/songwriter Walker, a headliner on his own.
$22-49. 8:30 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.


Sat., Feb. 10


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!: It’s a 35 year celebration for Jackopierce Feb. 10. Photo credit:

Jackopierce, Eddie’s Attic — Cary Pierce and Jack O’Neill’s 35th anniversary show is billed as “all seated/all request,” so keep your butts in your chairs and enjoy one of Atlanta’s storied folk/pop acts on a rare reunion. The duo’s sumptuous harmonies and easygoing music have kept their fans faithful for, well, 35 years. A previous live album, 2009s Live from Atlanta was recorded here too, so join the love fest.
$50.62+. 2 shows-6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: G. Love and his band get in the retro groove Feb. 10. Photo credit:

G. Love & Special Sauce, Jakobs Castle, City Winery Atlanta — It’s 30th anniversary time for Garrett Dutton and his band’s 1994 debut. That means an expanded reissue of the album and this tour, where Dutton, aka Love, likely will reprise most of the recording live. His Philly hip-hop-jazz ’n’ blues approach, unique at the time, remains distinctive — and he gets credit for staying relevant over the ensuing three decades playing music that still pushes boundaries.
$45-100. 6:30 & 9:15 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308. 404-496-3791



Tues., Feb. 13


IT TAKES TWO: Ansley Stewart and Cleveland James work their vocal magic together Feb. 13. Photo credit:

The Duets Show: Ansley Stewart & Cleveland Jones, The Will Scruggs Trio, Eddie’s Attic — This combination of two powerful local soul/roots singers should create heat on Valentine’s Day eve. The male/female dynamic will be in play as the twosome trade leads and join vocals on a variety of retro gem with a few originals too. Opener saxist Scruggs promises “romantic jazz classics” to stoke the V-Day flames.
$25.+. 7 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


Fri., Feb. 16


FEELIN‘ GOOD: Jaime Wyatt plays songs from her new soulful album Feb. 16. Photo credit:

Jamie Wyatt, Joshua Quimby, She Returns from War, The EARL — Ex-jailbird Wyatt shifts from country to a more soulful delivery for her recent third release, appropriately titled Feel Good. Her finest set yet captures the singer’s powerful twangy voice with great songs and a gutsy, somewhat retro Memphis-styled approach only hinted at on earlier discs. Raspy voice opener Quimby strips his country/blues down to its roots.
$20-25. 8:00 p.m. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave.NE, Atlanta, 30316. 404-522-3950.



Sat., Feb. 17


HOW SWEET IT IS: Daniel Donato helps Sweetwater Beer celebrate its 27th year Feb. 17 Photo credit:

Sweetwater’s 27th Anniversary Party, Sweetwater Brewing Company — Earthgang, Maddy O’Neill, and six-string jam whiz-kid Daniel Donato headline this annual hippie heavy event celebrating all things beer (as long as it’s Sweetwater). Chilly? Sure, but the stage is inside their warehouse, so no worries. The fleet fingered country/Dead-influenced Donato, touring behind his striking new Reflector release, is well worth seeing… and the beer is top notch.— Hal Horowitz
$45-80. 1:00 p.m. Sweetwater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Dr. NE., 30324.404-885-1365.  Tickets here.


PRIZE-WORTHY: Hannah Wicklund introduces tunes from “The Prize’ Feb. 17. Photo credit:

Hannah Wicklund, Vinyl — Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Wicklund turned professional at nine, started recording at twelve, then touring at 16 — and hasn’t looked back. She has shifted musical gears from bluesy rock to a more widescreen, introspective style on her new album The Prize. It’s a fairly abrupt change in direction, but one that might help break her into the mainstream she has so far mostly avoided, despite a roaring, wall-shaking voice.— Hal Horowitz
$20-25. 8:00 p.m. Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, 30309. 404-885-1365.


Sun., Feb 18


FLYING HIGH: Hang out with Skyler Saulfley and fellow blues lovers Feb 18. Photo credit: Tommy Slack

Atlanta Blues Society Monthly Meet-up — The Skyler Saufley Band (see above) fills the dance floor with hip-shaking jump blues and retro boogie as blues fans, new and old, mingle and swap stories about favorite acts and shows. The closing jam with ABS members is always a highlight.
$free. 3 p.m. Blind Willies, 828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 30306. 404-873-2583.



TAKE A DIP: Wade into moody Americana waters with the Great Lake Swimmers Feb. 18. Photo credit:

Great Lake Swimmers, Eddie’s Attic — This Canadian indie-folk quintet has been making organic, strum-guitar-pop music best exemplified by their lovely, often compelling new release Uncertain Country for over 20 years. Like their name, they float and navigate easygoing waters with beautifully crafted melodies and a professionalism that two decades of experience brings.
$32.26.+. 8 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


GALE FORCE: Hang on as Eric Gales unleashes furious blues rocking Feb. 18. Photo credit:

Eric Gales, City Winery Atlanta — Searing blues rocking guitarist Gales has had his ups and downs with various addictions since his 1991 debut. But he is now clean and ready to make up for lost time with constant touring, a helping hand from Joe Bonamassa, and a great new album The Crown. A new single finds him tearing into “Sunshine of Your Love” with Kings X frontman Doug Pinnick. Strap in, it’ll get loud.
$45-60. 8:00 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308.404-496-3791.


Mon., Feb. 19


NOT DEAD YET: The Dead South headline a strong triple bill Feb. 19. Photo credit:

The Dead South, The Hooten Hallers, Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys, The Eastern — Get yer punk/progressive bluegrass, blues and roots-rocking mojo working with this exciting three act bill. Canadian headliners The Dead South have perfected their tough backwoods music over a decade of touring and recording. The Hooten Hallers drag their Southern rock through the swamps of Mississippi, and Vaadeland gets the party started with some old Elvis-styled rockabilly. It’s a diverse and cool lineup.
$38-85+. 8:00 p.m. The Eastern, 777 Memorial Dr. SE., Atlanta, 30316.




Tues., Feb. 20


AMERICANA CLASSIC: Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell was Americana before the term was coined. Check him out Feb. 20. Photo Credit:

Rodney Crowell, City Winery Atlanta — Veteran Nashville Americana singer/songwriter Crowell tours supporting his recent album, The Chicago Sessions , another exceptional collection of country-tinged pop and rock, this one assisted by producer Jeff Tweedy. He’s gotta play hits like “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” but with over two dozen albums to choose from, the rest is up to him.
$50-65. 8:00 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308.404-496-3791


DARK DOO-WOP: Twin Temple takes doo-wop to hell Feb. 20 Photo Credit:

Twin Temple, Vowws, Variety Playhouse — It’s not Halloween but these LA purveyors of Satanic doo-wop bring dark, creeped-out overtones with them for their new album, God Is Dead. Led by Alexandra and Zachary James, the Twin Temples’ sound is pure ‘50s, but the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of songs such as “Burn Your Bible” and “Let’s Have a Satanic Orgy” will make Cramps fans blush. Sure it’s a schtick, but it’s a good one. Wear black.
$22.50-25. 8:00 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE. Atlanta, 30307. 404-504-7354.


Wed., Feb. 21


MADI IN THE SHADE:. Up and coming singer/songwriter Madi Diaz plays Feb. 21. Photo credit:

Madi Diaz, Olivia Barton, Terminal West — It helps having famous friends. But just because Diaz, who has been recording under the radar since 2010, recently got the approval of Harry Styles (she opened for him, then joined his band), and Kacey Musgraves, who helps on her new album Weird Faith, don’t think she can’t stand on her own. Her songs balance indie/singer/songwriter with a darker melodic pop, not far from Angel Olsen, who she has also opened for.
$22-25. 8:30 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.


Thurs., Feb. 22


YEAR OF THE CAT: Chan Marshall returns to her old stomping grounds Feb. 22. Photo credit:

Cat Power, The Eastern — Old Cabbagetown friends will be out in force as Ms. Cat Power, Chan Marshall, channels Dylan. She’ll be playing her new live album which follows his 1966 Royal Albert Hall performance, track-by-track, in order. Opening with an acoustic set then bringing in her band (as opposed to bring The Band), for the closing plugged-in songs. Marshall infuses a sensuality and female perspective to the material only hinted at in Dylan’s versions. It’s a sure sellout, so get tickets early.
$45-350+. 8:00 p.m. The Eastern, 777 Memorial Dr. SE., Atlanta, 30316.




GILDING THE LILLY: Eclectic singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt plays music from five albums Feb. 22. Photo credit:

Lilly Hiatt, Vinyl — John’s daughter is now a veteran singer/songwriter on her own, having released five albums over the last decade. She combines roots and country approaches with indie rock for a combination of tender/tough originals that often focus on her less than blissful love life and relationships gone sour.
$17-20. 8:00 p.m. Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, 30309.404-885-1365.


HONKY TONK MAN: Dwight Yoakam brings nearly four decades of classic country Feb. 22. Photo credit:

Dwight Yoakam, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre — Country icon Yoakam’s hit making days are behind him, and pushing 70 he seems more concerned with acting than touring or releasing albums (his most recent set of originals was in 2015). Regardless, he entrances audiences with his existing crowd-pleasing catalog; still youthful, high lonesome voice; and a band that keeps the twang cranked to ten while staying firmly in the Bakersfield groove. He probably can’t squeeze into those sprayed-on jeans anymore but neither can his audience, so no one will care.— Hal Horowitz
$54-124+. 7:30 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2100 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, 30339. 770-916-2852.


Fri., Feb. 23


THE DEVIL INSIDE: Rugged country star Ashley McBryde plays tracks from ‘The Devil I Know’ Feb. 23. Photo credit:

Ashley McBryde, The Tabernacle — It’s “The Devil I Know” tour, gleaned from the title of Arkansas born McBryde’s 2023 album. The Eric Church-supported country singer/songwriter brings an edgy, somewhat outlaw approach to her sound which clicked with audiences in 2018, nabbing a few Grammy nominations for her full length debut. She’s got the swagger and radio ready sound that reaches to the back rows ensuring this is the last time she’ll play a medium sized venue.
$37-125+. 8:00 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW., Atlanta, 30303. 404-659-9022.


WE ARE FAMILY: The Castellows harmonize like the sisters they are Feb. 23. Photo credit:

The Castellows, Keller Cox Eddie’s Attic — Nashville by way of rural Georgetown, GA’s Balkcom sisters (Ellie -lead guitar, Powell-banjo and Lily-vocals) play acoustic folk/country with harmonies so sweet and natural, you‘ll know they are related without even checking. Their new EP, A Little Goes a Long Way is a wonderful introduction to their honey-smooth vocals and melodies with playing as effortless and organic as if they were on their back porch. Let’s show these Georgians some home state love.
$26.70+. 9 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.



GREAT SOUTHERN MAN: Texas outlaw Lee Roy Parnell returns Feb. 23. Photo Credit:

Lee Roy Parnell, Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry — Nashville by way of Texas country singer/songwriter Parnell has bounced around since the early ‘90s. He’s had a few hits but has never broken through to a large audience. And with no new music since the gutsy Midnight Believer (2017), that doesn’t seem likely to change. Lately, he has taken frontman status for a tour of Dickie Betts‘ Great Southern, providing Parnell with some much needed visibility. He also recently performed on a Delbert McClinton cruise. He should be primed for this show.
$35-50. 8:00 p.m. Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street, Duluth, 30096. 404-478-2749.


Sat., Feb. 24


SHOOTING STAR: The recently hot singer/songwriter Josiah and his Bonneville’s band play Feb. 24. Photo Credit:

Josiah and the Bonnevilles, Terminal West — This show was moved from Smith’s Olde Bar to the larger Terminal West, where it immediately sold out indicating Josiah Leming’s popularity He sings introspective Americana folk/country tunes with a stripped-down Jason Isbell sound. His subtle approach, his bittersweet and yearning voice, and his masterfully conceived lyrics land a punch despite, or perhaps because of, the music’s intimate, unhurried feel. He’s on the way up.
$sold out. 8:30 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.


THAT THING HE DOES: You might not know Mike Viola, but you have probably heard his music. See for yourself Feb. 24. Photo Credit:

Mike Viola, Drew Beskin, Eddie’s Attic — The ex-frontman of ‘80s also-rans The Candy Butchers is slightly more famous as vocalist co-writer of “That Thing You Do!” Viola has also been a pop music producer (Jenny Lewis, Fall Out Boy) and the VP of A&R for Verve Records, as well as releasing his own slightly skewed solo albums. It’s an eclectic, cool career — and it’s impossible to know what he’ll sing, but you can bet on a few tunes from Paul McCarthy (2023). Athens’ indie pop singer/songwriter Beskin makes for a great opener.
$20+. 9 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


TO THE RESCUE: Flatland Cavalry gallops into town Feb. 24. Photo Credit: Fernando Garcia

Flatland Cavalry, Buckhead Theatre — Texas-bred Americana is typically more country than rock, but these troubadours have mixed both with great success since their 2016 debut. Singer/frontman Cleto Cordero has a supple, subtle voice, writes intimate tunes, and doesn’t let rock overtake the band’s melodic instincts. They tour behind Wandering Star (2023), the finest release of their three, which features “Mornings With You,” a sweet, candid love song sung as a duet with Cordero’s talented wife Kaitlin Butts.
$39.75.-51.+ 8:00 p.m. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Rd. NE, 30305. 404-843-2825.


Sun., Feb. 25


BLUES ROYALTY: Powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland returns Feb. 25. Photo Credit:

Shemekia Copeland, City Winery Atlanta — Johnny Copeland’s daughter has come a long way from belting out blues at Blind Willie’s two decades ago. She’s now a multiple-award-winning, GRAMMY® nominated blues/roots/folk/soul/rocking Americana festival headliner whose songs — many concerning socio-political matters and issues within the Black community — have made her one of the most potent contemporary voices for Civil Rights. And her vocals are powerful enough to rattle the walls. Don’t miss this rare local date.
$35-50. 8:00 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308. 404-496-3791.


DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Hailey Whitters performs songs from her new album, ‘The Dream,’ Feb. 26. Photo Credit:

Hailey Whitters, Terminal West — After years of scuffling in Nashville as a songwriter for hire, Whitters took the plunge as a solo artist, striking commercial success with The Dream (2020) followed by the even better and more popular Raised in 2022. Her music falls between country, melodic California rock and Americana (her arena-sized duet with American Aquarium’s BJ Barham on “Middle of America” is a career highlight) with plenty of room-filling hooks and a sweet/sassy voice that can melt an iceberg.
$20-25. 8:30 p.m. Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. NW Ste. C., Atlanta, 30318. 404-876-5566.


Wed., Feb. 28


WRECKING CREW: California Southern rockers Robert Jon and The Wreck tear it up Feb. 28. Photo Credit: courtesy of

Robert Jon & the Wreck, Smith’s Olde Bar — Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jon and his band hail from California, but musically you’d never know they weren’t born and raised in the South. Their rugged, greasy rock may not be unique, but the tunes are solid and played with fiery passion. The band has been bringing their music to the masses for over a decade, making them a tight, taut unit. The quintet have opened tours for Blackberry Smoke, Joe Bonamassa signed them to his label, and they have released two albums, a concert film, and an EP in 2023 alone. Yes, they are riding a creative wave.
$25-30. 8:00 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, 30324. 404-875-1522.


Thurs., Feb. 29


DOUBLE BUBBLE: Friends Paul Thorn and Steve Poltz bring idiosyncratic folk to town Feb. 29. Photo Credit:

Paul Thorn, Steve Poltz, City Winery Atlanta — It’s a doubleheader of veteran, iconoclastic Americana singer/songwriters boasting catalogs so deep with unique, often humorous folk/rock that no one can predict what they’ll pull out for any show. These friends are also witty raconteurs, charming audiences for decades with their between song patter, so this fertile pairing will display their easygoing stage banter as well as some of their finest tunes. Should be fun.
$35-50. 8:00 p.m. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave. NE., 30308. 404-496-3791.


IN THE BAG: Welcome back familiar faces in The Bag Men with their tough Southern roots music Feb. 29 . Photo credit:

The Bag Men, Jesse Williams Band, Smith’s Olde Bar — The name of this frisky blues rocking trio might be unfamiliar but The Bag Men consists of established roots veterans: North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson, with ex-Black Crowes/Trigger Hippie drummer Steve Gorman and Hippie’s bassist Nick Govrik bringing the bottom. They only have a few originals but will likely cover ringers from the fertile Hippie/Crowes/NMAS catalogs. Arrive early for the quirky, gutsy Southern soul of Georgia based Jesse Williams.
$20-31.50. 8:00 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, 30324. 404-875-1522.


FOR YOUR PLEASURE: All the way from the land down under, the Pleasures play Feb. 29. Photo Credit:

The Pleasures, Eddie’s Attic — Australian couple Catherine Britt and Lachlan Bryan bring their Delaney & Bonnie-styled bluesy ’n’ brassy male/female rock as they tour behind an exciting recent debut, The Beginning of the End. They have already achieved success down under, but this is likely the first time most Atlanta residents will get to experience their country/soul rocking live. Make them feel welcome.
$32.26.+. 9:15 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


Fri., March 1


FROM THE GREAT WHITE NORTH: Break out the Molson when Canadian Matt Anderson sings March 1. Photo Credit:

Matt Andersen, Eddie’s Attic — Frequent Eddie’s visitor Andersen likely comes heads south from his Canadian home to warm up in the winter. Thankfully, he also heats up his audiences as he lays into searing soul vocals that crackle with passion and intensity. With or without a band, his voice fills the room creating a soul, folk, gospel and roots rock groove. It’s in full display on his recent, sizzling The Big Bottle of Joy release.— Hal Horowitz
$21.14+. 9:30 p.m. Eddies Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 30030. 404-377-4976.


THE GRASS IS BLUE: Bluegrassers Chatham County Line bring their rustic sounds to The EARL March 1. Photo Credit:

Chatham County Line, The EARL — This North Carolina quartet originally stuck to pure, drum-free bluegrass in 2003, staying true to that sound until 2020s Fascination. They then added a drummer, morphing into a more Americana approach while still maintaining their rustic roots. The quartet’s new album inches even further away from their beginnings, with a dreamier, at times psychedelic, edge that still emphasizes their floating vocal harmonies.
$16-20. 8:00 p.m. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave.NE, Atlanta, 30316. 404-522-3950.