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AAFFM Presents: Alex Hunnicutt, and The Porch Bottom Boys
October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
October 20, 2018
Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse
With his own signature style, Greenville S.C.-based performing songwriter Alex Hunnicutt serves up blues, R&B and soul (with a little bit of jazz and reggae thrown in as well) in his new album titled Honey. “Honey is the latest release from smooth rock and blues guitarist Alex Hunnicutt. Each one of the album’s eight tracks is endowed with a funky groove that serves to underscore Hunnicutt’s soulful singing and highlight his technical proficiency on the guitar,” according to the Houdini Mansions website. “As a collection of songs, it is extremely appealing to both pop and light rock sensibilities.” Many diverse listeners from different musical backgrounds have been drawn towards Hunnicutt’s uniquely groovy and rhythmic songwriting style and vocal textures.
Most of the time you’ll find Alex playing solo shows with nothing more than an acoustic guitar (and maybe a loop pedal). “I love smaller shows because they’re more intimate and you can spend more time connecting with individual people than you can at a larger show where you have to go back and forth between a lot of people.” That’s not to say that you won’t catch him playing at these larger events, festivals, and concert venues with his duo or trio. This past year Hunnicutt has opened for Chase Bryant at The Greer Family festival, Marc Broussard at Downtown Greenville’s Artisphere Festival, and Casey James from American Idol at The Radio Room in Greenville. He has been a guest celebrity judge and performer at Greer Idol and played hundreds of other shows from Tennessee to Myrtle Beach. He plans on constantly expanding the territories he performs in and expanding on his knowledge of and love for writing music that connects with all kinds of people.
THE PORCH BOTTOM BOYS
The Porch Bottom Boys, a Decatur group, play bluegrass, newgrass, and other styles seasoned with the diverse backgrounds of their members. Guitarist and vocalist Steve Gorbatkin was born on the south side of Chicago, and his years in the Windy City left an indelible blues-inflected mark on his singing. Atlanta native Jim Thompson spent time living and working in the coal towns of Virginia, and his experiences as a founding member of the Poetown Ramblers and playing with bluegrass groups in Nashville gives the band its deep bluegrass roots. Mandolinist and vocalist Patrick Jackson hails from Northwest Georgia and adds melodic mandolin and piercing high tenor harmonies to the mix. From jazz to rockabilly to bluegrass, bassist Joel Glogowski uses his wide musical background and impeccable fashion sense to hold it all down with his rollicking, thumping, good-time beat on the doghouse bass fiddle. Charlie O’Neill rounds out the Boys with his tasty licks on the five-string banjo.
Charlie’s front porch in Decatur gives the band their name and serves as their home base. Long-time band member Denis Gainty was a talented musician and song writer who was an inspiration to all the group and remains so despite his untimely passing in 2017.
The Porch Bottom Boys play in a variety of local venues and have been featured multiple times on WRFG radio. They have also appeared in many nearby festivals, including the Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, the Oakhurst Arts Festival, and Stomp and Chomp in Cabbagetown. Committed to the Decatur community, they frequently play for local fundraisers and other programs.