Tickets: $20 (Call Jim at 251-367-4599 to reserve) or $25 for a three-day- wristband (purchase at The Listening Room).
SouthSounds Music Festival presents Molly Thomas, Laurie Anne Armour, and Jimmy Lumpkin at The Listening Room.
Molly Thomas doesn’t shy away from expressing who she is in her music. Never trying to emulate anyone with her sound, but always mindful of the influence that her experiences bring, she has constantly continued to craft her skills. She has now poured them into a stunning showcase, in the form of her latest effort, “Make Everything Bright.”
The road to “Make Everything Bright” started when she began playing violin as a child in Mississippi and has taken her around the world sharing the stage with names like Todd Snider, Will Hoge, Matthew Ryan, Mando Saenz, Amelia White, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and K.S. Rhodes. Each mile prepping her for making the type of music that begs to be written. Her desire to share her stories and evoke emotion from others is where her talent and heart shines brightest.
“Make Everything Bright”, co-produced by Marco Giovino (drummer for Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) is filled with the same gritty passion that has always permeated her music. It’s an album made of “real” and reflects on life with an exuberant joy but certainly not through rose-colored glasses. It is an album that cuts through the predictable female singer songwriter stereotype and Molly is able to call it like it is and move on. In the songs, “The Opportunist”, “35’s Got You Down”, “Leavin’ in My Blood”, “Unavailable Man” and “You’re a Sorry One” she calls out a conniving female, tells her man to grow up, tells someone she’s out, begs “that guy” to stop hurting women and tells a cheater off. But these aren’t the ramblings of some prepubescent wallowing in her misery these are the stories of a woman who sees through the games people play without becoming bitter or victimized. Her uncanny ability for empathy is evident in “Hey, I’ve Been There Too” where she shares her compassion for people struggling with everyday problems and her optimistic outlook comes shining through on “Henry John” and “Blanket of Stars” where she looks hopefully toward the future and new beginnings. And while Molly is a true renaissance woman who has changed much over the years, her roots stay strong as evidenced in “The Ocean”, a haunting melody about the healing waters of her homeland and her people. And finally, the title track, “Make Everything Bright” sums up the entire record with the lyrics “I hear a sad song behind a happy conversation. What a perfect situation, I could die like this.” And just as in the song, this happy title is filled with evocative lyrics, poignant phrases and mysterious melodies all woven together to create her most passionate and heartfelt record yet. Molly surrounded herself with quite the cast of musicians on this album. Besides co-producing the record, Marco Giovino is also the pounding beat behind the drums. Other players include Paul Ossola (Levon Helm, GE Smith), Frank Swart (Patty Griffin), Kylie Harris (Patty Loveless), Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Todd Snider), John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams), Christopher Hoffee (Atom Orr, The Truckee Brothers & Steve Poltz), John Morgan Reilly (RxGF; co-producer of “Blanket of Stars”), Neal Pawley, Brian Ritchey and Matthew Burgess.
Molly’s music stirs up a plethora of emotions. Sometimes, tied to a sense of loss, but if you are able to step out of this disjointed world in which we live, you will find that there is also plenty of room for toasting, loving and laughing. Molly’s music is a reflection of these ingredients of the human spirit and this album provides a perfect snapshot in which to relate.
Laurie Anne Armour, nicknamed LA by her friends, was raised on the shores of Mobile Bay in the Hollinger’s Island community. She grew up learning piano, fiddle, and woodwinds and realized her love for the guitar as a young teen. She performed in the praise band at her church, in concert and marching band at school, and as a solo artist on occasions.
LA began writing songs, performing at open mic nights, and playing gigs at coffee houses and restaurants around Mobile before she was 20. She does a wide variety of cover songs as she continues to write and perform her own originals.
Musical influences range from The Beatles to Lauren Daigle, Bonnie Raitt to Sara Bareilles, and Otis Redding to Lisa Mills.
Her solo style might be described as Contemporary Folk, with her songs drawn from and influenced by her life experiences. She sings about hope, love, passion, loss, sadness, and the strength and will to overcome, with all of it, shaded by faith.
She regularly performs with the praise band at her church and has been a Nappie Awards finalist in 2016 and 2017. Her first EP is entitled Ebb and Flow.
Straight out of a cabin in the backwoods of South Alabama, Jimmy Lumpkin belts out sublime sounds that are altogether Country, Rock, Soul and Blues. Jimmy is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with an intoxicating voice and a stirring, soulful bend to his own brand of music. With the voice of a 100-year-old angel from the delta, the soul found in Jimmy’s music is like no other. Skate Mountain Records is proud to present to the world music from a point of view they have never heard before. In the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Bo Diddley, The Black Keys and Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival set the bar higher than any other with their August 2017 release of their new album, “Home” – a unique blend of soulful roots rock and Americana.
To find out more about the SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival, visit: https://southsoundsfest.com