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PATIO SHOW: Chris McGinnis & Mamaw’s Angels (Album Release Show)
July 23 @ 6:00 pm
– 5PM DOORS / 6PM SHOW
– ALL AGES
– OUTDOOR PATIO SHOW
– LIMITED PATIO SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
Raleigh, NC-based artist Chris McGinnis writes songs that exist somewhere in between a hiccup and a heartache. His last EP, 2019’s Songs For You, touches on the absurdity of your hometown morphing beyond recognition. It tells a story of two Baby Boomers drifting together from across the US into the Golden Gate City, then drifting apart, and then together again. It is about connection and disconnection alike. With his debut full-length album, Mamaw’s Angel, Chris veers deeper into these familiar themes.
“I think this album is largely about manic loneliness. These songs are ultimately about people who are afraid of losing their relationships. They refuse to accept that they may have already lost these relationships, and they refuse to accept that they are to blame.”
The manic aspect of the “manic loneliness” manifests itself in the album’s refusal to rest in one genre. “What If We Went to the Moon?” is what Chris describes as “a cosmic country song with a countrypolitan foundation.” Heartland rocker “Home Away From Home” has all the stomp and 12-string firepower to park a Wilbury. Other tracks like “Mailman’s Son” and “Old Chestnut” teeter between lo-fi indie folk and roots freak out. Tying all of these styles together are the lyrics and the characters at the center of them.
Overbearing grandparents and stubborn grandchildren, washed-up fraternity brothers yearning for the New Year’s Eve parties of yesteryear, a missing Winnebago, a tree that just won’t quit, and other wild personalities run throughout the ten tracks found on Mamaw’s Angel. More than just a few are inspired by people and stories Chris had met and heard back towards his home in Western NC’s Linville Gorge Wilderness area. Mamaw’s Angel is a collection of sensationally-delivered tales about characters struggling on the sidelines of their own realities.
“The characters in these songs are all incredibly flawed. I wanted to write songs that expressed truly ugly emotions. Loneliness, anger, denial, regret. The characters are all being eaten away by these feelings, and it motivates their words and actions. But I also think that that is how some of the absurdity is palatable.”
I started playing guitar when my grandma gifted me one of my Dad’s old guitars in the 8th grade. I immediately preferred writing songs to learning songs and I’ve been writing ever since. Just before starting college, I recorded my first EP of original songs in my parents basement. No venues were interested in responding to the emails of a helpless 18 year old looking for a release show, so with the help of my dad I built a stage in my own back yard and have had annual concerts since then. Now, after writing and playing for the past 10 years, I have had opportunities to record multiple EPs in studio environments and play venues and listening room across the southeast, but the DIY spirit that values hard work and community over formal institutions still prevails in my approach to writing, performing, and promoting. For me its about the journey to craft excellent songs and the family and friends that are there along the way.
A compelling songwriter and natural performer, Jon Ward Beyle expertly draws on the sounds of acoustic Americana and folk as well as the energy of rock & roll to back his honest, cut-to-the-bone lyrics. Having honed his craft through live performances the past four years, Beyle’s debut full-length album Worth Stopping For is set to bring him into the folk-rock spotlight.
Worth Stopping For, released on December 2nd, 2021, shows Beyle’s versatility as both a songwriter and a performer. Armed with an eclectic mix of foot-stomping, thought-provoking, intensely transparent songs and a backing band of strong local musicians, Beyle never hesitated to push the envelope while exploring various themes and musical styles throughout the recording process.
Beyle has become a staple of the Triangle, NC music scene playing such venues and festivals as Cat’s Cradle, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, The Pour House Music Hall, The Pinhook, and The Station. Additionally, Beyle is the host of the popular weekly music series Beer & Banjos in Carrboro, NC aimed at highlighting traditional and acoustic music from the state of North Carolina.