Coffeehouse Concerts at TheArtsAT311

KASU resumes   Coffee House Concerts at 311 with Americana/Outlaw Trio

KASU Radio and the Arts at 311 announce the second season of Coffee House Concerts beginning on the evening of March 19 at 311 South Church St. in Jonesboro.  The concert will feature Nancy Apple and the Hard Core Troubadours – RT Scott and Lance Strode -- in a singer-songwriter’s “roundtable” performance from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with one intermission.

An opening act at 6:30 will feature the Crowley’s Ridge String Band, a newly formed   group of experienced   Jonesboro area musicians performing folk, bluegrass, Americana and blues spanning the last century.

Nancy Apple, named an “Emissary of Memphis Music” by the Memphis Music Commission, has been a   finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and was nominated for Songwriting, Vocalist and Community Service Awards by the Recording Academy. Her 2010 CD release, Shine, reached #24 on the Americana charts in the United States and #16 in Europe.  The collection of Nancy Apple originals and other tracks was recorded at Sun Studios and produced by Keith Sykes and Apple.

Apple, who plays guitar, drums, accordion and harmonica, crosses the genres of traditional country music, folk and rockabilly. She taught songwriting at the University of Memphis for 10 years and hosted a popular radio show on WEVL-FM in Memphis for 17 years. For 14 years she hosted the  Pickin’ Party at Kudzu’s Bar and Grill, a  Memphis restaurant. That informal type of jam session/song swap is the atmosphere that Apple wants to create with the other Hard Core Troubadours who perform at the March 19 Coffee House Concert at the Arts at 311.

R.T. Scott has been a staple in the Memphis music scene for more than 25 years. From the biggest venues to the smallest honky tonks, the Senatobia, Mississippi native has played shows that are known for high energy “outlaw country” music.  After producing two albums for Polygram records, Scott and his band opened for Molly Hatchet, Lynrd Skynrd, the Georgia Satellites and Hank Williams, Jr.  His 2010 release,  “Talk of the Town” included original songs and covers. Scott points to Waylon Jennings, David Allen Coe, Hank Williams Jr. and Jerry Jeff   Walker as influences.

Lance Strode had a Billboard Top 100 record in the late 1980s, “Dangerous Ground,” on the independent label Bootstrap Records. As a staff writer for Nashville publisher Talbot Music Group, he wrote the title track for Johnny Rodriguez’ High Tone Records release, “You Can Say That Again.” Strode has performed with Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Eddy Rabbit and others. From the days playing the Memphis bar scene to his years in Nashville, Lance’s Barstool Records release, “That’s Just the Memphis in Me,” was the culmination of twenty years of making music.

Apple, Scott and Strode   emphasize, “This is not your niece’s or your granddaughter’s country music.” In the songs they write, “Everybody doesn’t love everybody and all is not right with the world.” Strode says “We write about love that works, love that hurts, the mental anguish of living paycheck to paycheck and the things that some of us do to escape the pain. In other words, it’s traditional country music.” 

Admission for the March 19 Coffee House Concert is ten dollars at the door, or in advance at Jonesboro Infectious Disease and Control Consultants, 311 South Church St. during regular office hours. The concerts are a collaborative effort of Dr. Carl Abraham, KASU, and underwriters.