Tritt goes acoustic; Whiskey Alibi gets rowdy

January 20, 2012 

Part of the feisty pack of "new country" stars in the early '90s that included Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt held his own with fans and critics alike thanks to an riveting musical combination of hardcore country, bluegrass and a hint of rock 'n' roll. He'll be live tonight at Knight Theater in Charlotte.

His skills as a singer and a songwriter brought respect and awards including two Grammys and four Country Music Association awards. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992, Tritt has sold 25 million albums. Tritt charted more than 40 times on the Hot Country Songs charts, with five No. 1 hits.

Even so, his outlaw side plus the fact that his little bit country sound was a bit too much rock and roll almost derailed his career. However, a surprisingly soulful side and skills as a balladeer and an obvious love of Southern gospel/R&B won him genre-bending recognition as well as standing-room-only crowds nationwide.

Tonight's appearance is billed as "A Very Special Solo Acoustic Performance" from Travis Tritt, live at Knight Theater - Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. in uptown Charlotte. For more information and tickets, call 704-379-1257 or go to blumenthalcenter.org. Visit travistritt.com for details on the artist and the music.

An acoustic aspect is apparently trending tonight and includes singer/songwriter Mat Kearney rolling into Amos' Southend in Charlotte. Kearney is kicking off the second leg of his U.S. tour in Charlotte.

This tour is in support of his newest album, "Young Love" (Universal Republic). Kearney's third full length studio album is picking up buzz for being "infectious" thanks to what People magazine calls his "instantly catchy ditties." Oregon-born and Nashville-based, Kearney has toured with artists as diverse as John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Keane and The Fray.

His songs have made their way onto the soundtracks of numerous hit TV shows including "30 Rock," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Hills," "Friday Night Lights," "Scrubs" and "NCIS," plus films like "Soul Surfer" and 'Catch and Release.'

Kearney's knack for crafting honest, hypnotic stories are key to his attraction, and give his record a "sense of joy, honesty, vulnerability, and wisdom."

Keep the faith and delight in the musical great expectations of Mat Kearney, tonight at Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Call 704-377-6874 or check amossouthend.com for show details. For more on the music, go to matkearney.com.

It's time to get a little rowdy and wild with Whiskey Alibi, live Saturday at McHale's On Main in Rock Hill. Americana is the general realm with a band style that relies on tight vocal harmonies and equally forceful musicianship. Based in Charlotte, Whiskey Alibi features Kristyna Culp, mandolin/vocals; James Cantrell, bass/vocals; Brad Abernathy, drums/percussion; Mike Sites, guitar/vocals and Neal Caldwell, guitar/harmonica/fiddle/keys/vocals. They mix rock, pop, and country classics with new tunes for an impact designed to satisfy and gratify. Get the story straight but leave plenty of room for a shot of blended embellishment and some rockin' rationale courtesy of Whiskey Alibi, Saturday at McHale's On Main, 122 E. Main St., in downtown Rock Hill. Call 329-8580 or click on mchalesirishpub.com for more information. Find band profiles at whiskeyalibi.com and facebook.com/whiskeyalibi.

Expand horizons! Free your mind with a plunge into mega musical endeavors.

Tonight: Bristo Blue and The Transformers at McHale's On Main, Rock Hill; Reckless at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Cloud 9 at The EndZone, Rock Hill; Edge of Town at FastLane, Rock Hill; Smilin' Dogs at The Ponderosa, Rock Hill; Delta Rae, Ry Cuming at the Edge Stage-DiGiorgio Campus Center, Winthrop, Rock Hill; Shoot The Blitz, All Rise, Rabble and Rebellion at The Money, Rock Hill; Jem Crossland and the Hypertonics at Rodi American Grill, Gastonia, NC Hawthorne Heights, The Young Electric, Me Talk Pretty, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Mat Kearny, Robert Francis at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Foe Hammer, Case Federal and The Agents, Chris Sanchez at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; The Lazybirds at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Annuals, Lonnie Walker, Hectorina at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Frank and Wood at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Duendo Mountain Duo, Electric Soul Pandemic at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Emily Kopp; The Hackensaw Boys at The Evening Muse, Charlotte and Ali Randolph and The Outta Luck Band at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte.

Saturday: RockStar at The Ponderosa, Rock Hill; Steep Canyon Rangers at McElvey Center, York; Hail Hornet at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Appetite for Destruction-Guns 'N' Roses Tribute, Poison'd-Tribute, Red White and Crue-Motley Crue Tribute at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Super Ape, Cement Stars, Buckmaster at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Frank and Wood at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Birds with Teeth, Tyler Brown Band, Solar Cat, Lo Ultimo at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Modern Primitives, David Childers Trio, Mark Holland, Matt Faircloth at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Jason Herring and the Mystery Plan at Petra's, Charlotte; Josh Carter at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; The Corduroy Road, James Justin and Co. at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Mimosa, Lunice at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte and The Clark Patterson Band at Puckett's Farm Equipment, Charlotte

Sunday: The Barbed Wires at The Thirsty Beaver, Charlotte; Battle of the Bands at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Blakley Leonard, Exhaust the Fox, Alex Kastenas at Snug Harbor, Charlotte and Rise Against at The Township Auditorium, Columbia.

Monday: Monday Night All-Stars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte and Young and In The Way, more at the Milestone, Charlotte.

Tuesday: 5th Annual Stout Pull with Uncle Kracker, Chris Cagle, Josh Thompson, Kip Moore at Coyote Joe's, Charlotte and Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.

Wednesday: Oneppo Brothers at The End Zone, Rock Hill.

Thursday: The Charlyhorse All-Stars with Crisis at Double Door Inn, Charlotte and The Old 97's, Rhett Miller Solo Acoustic at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte.

"And that was all she wrote."

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