Packway Handle Band + Annabelle's Curse (Dual Album Release Show)

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Packway Handle Band + Annabelle's Curse (Dual Album Release Show)

Shimmy & The Burns

Fri, June 16, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages


Packway Handle Band
Packway Handle Band
2015 began with the Packway Handle Band touring in support of their Yep Roc release, Take It Like A Man, alongside producer and collaborator, folk surrealist, Jim White. The band’s second consecutive voyage aboard Kid Rock’s annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise yielded an invitation to join Kid Rock and Foreigner for forty amphitheater shows on the 2015 Cheap Date Tour. The tour took the Athens five-piece to all corners of the continental United States and included 10-consecutive sold out shows at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Detroit, a feat that was commemorated by Billboard Magazine. Since the tour wrapped in mid-September, Packway played the industry-focused, Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, CA. At long last, the boys are back in Georgia gearing up to hit the studio and record a new album.
Annabelle's Curse
Annabelle's Curse
Granted, when a band opts for a handle like Annabelle’s Curse, it does tend to sound a little ominous. One has to wonder, who is this Annabelle, and what’s brought about this streak of bad luck? Fortunately though, there’s no need to over analyze. Listening to the bright, effusive sounds that this band brings forth is all the reassurance needed.

Granted, the group hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes a certain volatility that’s impacted their instrumental arsenal -- more about that later -- but when it comes to making music, the prospects are promising indeed. Since the band first formed in 2010, the five current members -- Tim Kilbourne (Voice, Guitar, Banjo), Zack Edwards (Guitar), Carly Booher (Mando, Voice), Travis Goyette (Drums), and Tyler Luttrelle (Bass) -- they’ve followed a steady trajectory that’s not only resulted in three superbly impressive albums and a soon-to-be-released EP, but also made them festival favorites at several major musical gatherings in their region of the world.

So never mind any dire designs. Annabelle’s Curse is anything but troubling. Upbeat, infectious, inspired, and flush with a celebratory stance that’s evident in every performance, the band’s approach defies definition but consistently connects with an emotional embrace. “We’re very rhythmic and we have a great deal of drive,” Edwards maintains. “It brings us great much so that people often comment on how great it is to watch us, because they can tell we love what we are doing. We carry a very strong message, but it doesn’t really fit or even want to fit in a genre. We make a spontaneous sound that just seems to happen.”

In fact, it’s been that way since the beginning. The group’s origins can be traced back to a chance meeting in the spring of 2010 when Kilbourne and Edwards first connected during a jam session that took place at a party the two were attending. The pair found a natural chemistry and a special symmetry that motivated them to make new music together almost immediately. They quickly accumulated enough songs to qualify them for their first performance at an open mic night. Bassist John Warren Watson joined soon thereafter. Monsters, their debut album, was co-produced by the group and Mike Stephenson and released in December 2011. Booher and Goyette were added to the line-up a year later, just in time for Annabelle’s Curse to make its debut on the nationally syndicated show Music City Roots.

In February, 2013, the band embarked on a kickstarter campaign that raised money for their sophomore set, Hollow Creature, which was produced by David Mayfield and released the following June. Watson left the band six months later to pursue his own musical projects and was replaced by Luttrell in January 2014. With the group now fully intact, they went on to be named runner up in Virginia’s FloydFest’s Artist “On the Rise” competition. A second Kickstarter initiative raised even more money than the first, leading to their third album, 2015‘s Worn Out Skin, which found Bill Moriarty behind the boards.

From that point on, Anabelle’s Curse quickly shifted into high gear with high profile performances on the mainstage at FloydFest, appearances at the RoosterWalk Festival two years in a row, three-time participation at the Rhythm and Blooms festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, and six straight years as part of the Rhythm and Roots festival in Bristol, Tennessee.

“When things first started, the goal was to write good music with a positive message,” Kilbourne suggests, citing influences as varied as Grizzly Bear, Doomtree, Chris Thile, Iron and Wine, The Band, Josh Ritter, Bon Iver, Run the Jewels, Hudson Mohawke, and Modest Mouse. “It was all about the craft of songwriting, and never really about anything more. It just kind of grew from that. We’re still doing the same thing on a slightly bigger scale. We’re still focused on making better music as we go along.”

“We have kind of strayed from our roots a little more with each new album, leaning a little more on the electric side of things,” Edwards observes. “That’s also allowed for us to get weirder with our effects and textures. With each album, we’ve put a lot more effort and a larger budget towards the sound production. Over time, we’ve gained more conviction, confidence and certainty in our sound. The music has kind of grown up along with us.”

The group’s new, as -yet-untitled EP, due for release February 17, 2017, will be produced by Bill Moriarty and Zach Goldstein. “This is the crew that we worked with for Worn Out Skin,” Edwards explains. “We were very adamant about working with them again. After all, why fix something that isn’t broken? If anything, spending the last recording session together allowed us to break those initial barriers amongst ourselves. It’s hard to communicate musical and creative ideas with strangers. So now that we’ve already overcame that obstacle and when we got to the studio, we were able to hit the ground running.”

Oh yes... the name. Suffice it to say, it’s far from foreboding but somewhat spooky all the same. It seems that on the night of the band’s first show, their new upright bass, which they had named Annabelle, was dropped in the parking lot, leaving only two strings that still functioned.
“The show went on,” Edwards recalls. “The day we got her back from the luthier she fell over and broke the glass door at Tim’s house. A while later, the back separated off of the body. It became apparent that something was not right. Hence the curse.”

“It didn’t stop with just the bass,” Kilbourne adds. “It’s transcended into just about everything we do. There was a show where Zack broke a guitar string and it literally swung over from the headstock of the guitar and into the power socket, effectively blowing the power for the whole bar. Annabelle’s replacement, Sophia Thor, once fell over onto a heater and was smoldering when we got back. Another few hours would probably have led to a house fire. These stories are endless...We’ve just taken it as a sign that we need to push to be more electric.”

Indeed, despite these snafus, and the challenges that come with being away from family, friends and pets -- not to mention the difficulty of driving a nearly 20 year old Dodge van with over 200,000 miles racked up so far -- it all pales in comparison to the rewards and satisfaction that’s come with creating a very special musical tapestry.

“We’ve been able to share a piece of ourselves with the world,” Edwards reflects. “We’ve met fans that have used our music to get through hard times. Plus, we get to play music together with our best friends. What more could anyone want?”
Shimmy & The Burns
Shimmy & The Burns
At 30 years old, despite a lifetime of dreaming about being a musician, Brian “Shimmy” Paddock couldn’t carry a tune or strum a single chord on the guitar. Many dark nights were spent pouring his innermost thoughts and heartaches into lyrics for songs he didn’t think would ever actually be played. After his wife discovered this secret exercise, she encouraged him to learn to play and put music to these words.

Seven years, countless hours of refining instrumental/vocal skills and many shows later, Paddock fronts Shimmy & Burns, a group the Knoxville Music Warehouse describes as, “Sporting that kind of rock n’ roll fused with folk perfect for these here parts.” Paddock delivers straightforward and brutally honest lines in a voice that sounds like it’s been stained with cigarette smoke and soaked in cheap whiskey. Drummer Gurnee Barrett leads a tight, driving rhythm section pushing the band’s tunes along while being complemented by the punk infused, understated and passionate lead guitar work of Wesley Harless. Currently, the low end duties are held down by Harless’ brother, Will.

Since forming in late 2014, these “damn fine purveyors of American rock n’ roll”(The Daily Times) have been performing increasingly successful shows, recorded two self-released, critically-acclaimed albums and continue to expand their tour schedule in support of their most recent record, “Letting Go” which No Depression describes as, "songs of almost anthemic proportions". The band has plans to begin recording a third effort in Spring of 2017.

The Shimmy & the Burns experience is best summed up by a recent review of “Letting Go” in which Blank Newspaper says, “you’ll be more than pleased by their live sets. Catch them at one of their upcoming shows and raise a glass to this beautiful mess we call life.”

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Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801