Hear Alan Barrington’s country blues at Amici

January 30, 2014 

His upcoming new album has been ‘two years in the making” so it’s no surprise that Alan Barrington – live Friday at Amici Lovin’ Oven in Rock Hill – is anxious to share his brand of country blues with area audiences.

. Originally from California, but now based in Rock Hill, Barrington’s field of operation cuts a wide swath. “I go where the work is – as far west as New Mexico and as far north as Michigan,” he said by phone.

His gigs can be solo ventures or can find him accompanied by his band which features Barrington, vocals/acoustic guitar; Jeff Jones, electric guitar; Ken Bryan, bass guitar and Thad Bradley, drums. Barrington relocated to the Carolinas from California in 1992 which accounts for his sound being cited as a combination that embraces West coast style as well as East Coast charm.

A regular performer for the Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Series where he will debut his new album later this year, Barrington relates that his choice of a musician’s life was automatic.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” he said. “My father played guitar so there was a real connection there. It’s a part of who I am and I have to be true to myself.”

Moving to Rock Hill seven years ago, Barrington finds great pleasure performing for live audiences; taking the opportunity to share his lyrics as well as his special combination of country and blues.

“After a live gig I get a lot of good feedback and comments even sell some CDs,” he said. “I meet a lot of wonderful people,” adding, “and I make a lot of new friends.”

Meet The Alan Barrington Band Friday at Amici Lovin’ Oven, 2732 Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Call 328-6836 or check for show info. Find more on the music at;; or on Facebook.


His first live concert experience was Van Halen and now he’s a virtuoso performer known for his unique ability to ‘shred’ but Jake Shimabukuro – live Monday at McGlohon Theater in Charlotte – is not known for six string guitar pyrotechnics but rather he’s recognized worldwide for his prowess as arguably the most exciting and innovative player/composer on the ukulele.

Yes, that’s right on the ukulele – the somewhat underrated stringed instrument!

He is not only ‘big in Japan’ but also renowned thanks to TV appearances on The Today Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan and others, not to mention a performance for the Queen of England.

Born in Honolulu, Shimabukuro is now well known for his blazing fast and complex finger work as well as his unique mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco for his inspiring compositions and dynamic style.

But it was his rendition of “ While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by another well-known musician and lover of the ukulele, George Harrison, that originally brought notoriety.

Shimabukuro’s fame blasted into international territory in 2006, when a video of him playing an lively rendition of Harrison’s song was posted on YouTube and became one of the site’s first viral videos. That launching pad was followed by concerts, media attention, collaborations with legendary musicians, original recordings/production plus an award-winning documentary titled ‘Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings’ chronicling his life, career, and music that’s been screened at festivals, aired numerous times on PBS even released on DVD.

Experience the inspiring upbeat magic of ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro live Monday at McGlohon Theater, 345 North College Street, Charlotte. For more details and ticket info call 704-372-1000 or visit Find more on the music and artist at and on Facebook.


• Friday: Chubby Knuckles at The End Zone, Rock Hill; Chris Sanchez at Southsider’s, Waxhaw; Shotgun Saints at Eazy Parrot, Monroe; Nikki Hill, Jack Magic at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Benefit Show for Joshua Taddeo with Dirty South Revolutionaries, Distrust, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Blu Avenue, Shadow of Myself, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Shannon Lee at Big Ben British Pub, Charlotte; Carrie Rodriguez, Luke Jacobs at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; Charlie Worsham, Out of the Blue at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte; Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Heart of Motown at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Connor Christian and Southern Gothic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Dead 27s at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; The Deadfields at Tin Roof, Charlotte; The Hot Gates, Bart Lattimore, more at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Husky Barnette, Carolina Still at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Incognito Mosquito, The Chemist at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Marshall Tucker Band, Shane Pruitt Band at The Fillmore, Charlotte; McGroover at McHale’s Pub-Tega Cay, Fort Mill; Sovereigh, Never The Sorrow, Everthrone, Misery Hill at the Milestone, Charlotte.

• Saturday: Fernandina at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; The Marshalls Duo at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Maf Maddix, Caliba, Keyza Soulsay, Johnny Prophet, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Tribute to Lou Reed with Ancient Cities, Pullman Strike, Bums Lie, The Sammies, more at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Hazel Miller, Ronnie Baker Brooks at The Fillmore, Charlotte; The Breakfast Club, 42 at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Bubonik Funk, Jubee and the Morning After, Lingo at the Visulite Theater,Charlotte; Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Tubby the Tuba at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Liz Longley, Korby Lenker at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Modern Primitives, Jaggermouth, Cop Graves at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Purposeful Groove at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Too Slim & The Taildraggers at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; UPhonic at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; PJ Brunson, Steve Simpson at Artistic Café-Wedgewood Church, Charlotte; Tantrum at Southsider’s Pub, Waxhaw.

• Sunday: Perfect Strangers Acoustic Pre-Superbowl Party at Yellow Rose-Touchstone,Charlotte.

• Monday: Arctic Monkeys, The Orwells at The Fillmore, Charlotte.

• Tuesday: Walk Off The Earth, Parachute, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte.

• Wednesday: Tosco House Party at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Appalucia, Sinners & Saints, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte and Indigenous at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.

• Thursday: The Deluge at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Bombadil at Evening Muse, Charlotte; The Slackers at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Travis Tritt at Don Gibson Theater, Shelby.

“And that was all she wrote.”

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