Jamie Kent – live Saturday at the Rock Hill Community Theater— is not only an “Artist You Need To Know” says Rolling Stone Magazine, but he is Huffington Post’s idea of a “Must Watch Artist.” Even Fox & Friends dubbed Kent a “rising country star.” But, it’s Billboard’s appraisal that actually gets specific, calling him ‘hip,’ then touting him as a “singer and songwriter whose music is a lively passionate mix of roots rock, contemporary folk, and mature pop.”
This ‘lively mix’ of Kent’s draws from modern rockers like Jason Isbell and Kings of Leon, while paying tribute to classics including Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty to help form his Country/Americana/Rock sound. But his overall exposure to music started even earlier. Based in Nashville now, but originally from Massachusetts, Kent grew up with a rich assortment of music styles ranging from Frank Sinatra and Cab Calloway to The Beatles as well as Sly and The Family Stone.
Keeping up with his eclectic approach, Kent has been performing over 200 shows a year with a variety of national acts including The Doobie Bros, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard, and others. In fact, Kent is returning to Rock Hill after his opening gig with Huey Lewis & The News at the Old Town Amphitheater this past June.
Kent is joined by his band which features: Rhees Williams, bass; Dan Holmes, drums; Ryan Hommel, electric guitar/pedal steel; plus Kent, vocals/guitar. Kent’s newest album “American Mutt” debuted at 16 on the Billboard top country albums chart.
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Returning to town with his “roll-the-windows-down/ soak-up-some-sun” good time sounds, catch up with Jamie Kent and opening guest Anna Cibbarelli live, 7 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Hill Community Theater, 546 South Cherry Road-Suite N, Rock Hill. Details: 803-326-7428 or check rockhilltheatre.org. For more on the music visit jamiekent.com.
Friday: Amigo, Darby Wilcox, & Mariah Van Kleef, Concerts at The Courtroom, Gettys Building, Rock Hill; Carolina Rhythm at Empire Pizza -Newport, Rock Hill; Mike Funkberry Trio at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Music Row Band at Sandbar Grill, Rock Hill; Jason Petty-Hank Williams Tribute at Sylvia Theatre, York; Omari & The Hellraisers at T-Bones at The Lake, Lake Wylie; Hyde Band at The Handlebar Tavern, Catawba; Reggae Don at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Acoustic Saints at Brew’s Tavern, Fort Mill; Ben Gatlin Band at Wild Wing Cafe-Ayrsley, Charlotte; PJ Brunson at Olio’s Gastonia; Blind, Crippled, and Crazy at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; Jordan Middleton at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; Remedy Hollow at The Lodge-Ballantyne, Halden Vang at Bonfire Bar & Grill, Concord; Nantucket (9 p.m.) for the Bike, Blue, & BBQ at Tilley Harley Davidson, Salisbury;
Saturday: Revelry Soul at Hartland’s, Rock Hill; Dillon Shammond at Original Empire Pizza, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Revolutions-Galleria, Rock Hill; Girl Interrupted Groupies at Sandbar Grill, Rock Hill; Eric’s Band at T-Bones at The Lake, Lake Wylie; Josh Sanders at Hobo’s, Fort Mill; Brandon Davidson at John’s Place Neighborhood Bar, Fort Mill; Oneppo Brothers at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Baxter, Fort Mill; Jeff Gates at Pineville Tavern, Pineville; AJ Holt at Dreamchaser’s Brewery, Waxhaw; 7 Days Band at Tavern on The Tracks, Waxhaw; Game Face at The Lodge-Ballantyne, S. Charlotte; Crashbox at Mac’s Speed Shop-Steele Creek, S. Charlotte; DeCarlo at BlackFinn-Ballantyne S. Charlotte; Raine CD Release Party at Legion Brewing-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Halden Vang at Miciah’s Happenings, Mooresville;
Sunday: Lost Rhythm & Blues Trio at Legal Remedy Brewing, Rock Hill; Just 4 Fun at The Handlebar Tavern, Catawba; Jeff Shows at Pineville Tavern, Pineville;
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