Sweetness: Vinyl
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Sweetness: Vinyl

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The long anticipated new album Sweetness is here! This is the first studio recording from Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth. With transparent blue vinyl and artwork by Russell Cook, this is one for your collection!
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Callanwolde is proud to host the 2024 Spring Concert Series in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater. The Callanwolde Amphitheater provides an intimate atmosphere to spend time with friends, unwind, and experience an evening of live music surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Estate. Guests are invited to bring blankets, chairs, food and drinks. The amphitheater features VIP tables and General Admission lawn seating.

2024 Series Schedule March 22nd – Alanna Royale April 5th – Phillip Michael Scales April 19th – Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth May 3rd – Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics

Located on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall, The Southern Café & Music Hall opened in 2009 in the former location of The Gravity Lounge and has been the leading club level music venue in Charlottesville since that time.

The Southern has two distinct portions of the business: The Music Hall and The Café. The Music Hall offers world class sound and professional lighting with a capacity of 300+ while playing host to local, regional and national touring acts of all genres nearly 150 times per year. The Café offers traditional Southern inspired fare for lunch and dinner 5 days per week, specializing in smoked meats. The kitchen is always open for business during shows.

Pony Bradshaw w/ Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth, Micah Howard Doors: July 23, 2023 6:00 PM Online Scheduled Ticket Price: ADVANCED: $20.00 DAY OF: $25.00 Pony Bradshaw with special guests Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth and Micah Howard Doors 6pm | Show 7pm | All Ages | $20 ADV // $25 DOS Full bar with food available for purchase from KNOW CONCESSIONS Limited seating available on main floor and mezzanine levels. Please arrive early and on time to ensure your preferred seating arrangement. Email Info@TheMonumentVA.com with any questions regarding the venue, tickets, accessibility, or required seating.

DIGS, Inc. Benefit Courtyard Concert 🎸 Saturday, July 8th 2023 📅 6 PM - 10 PM ⏰ Schroeder’s New Deli 📍 Newly Renovated Courtyard 406 Broad Street Rome, Ga 30161 Concert will feature Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth AND Scott Thompson and Brother Mojo🎤 $10 cover fee, 100% of which will go back to DIGS ♥️

Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth are playing in support of our good friend Pony Bradshaw at the Historic Grant's Lounge in Macon. RC & the Teeth open, with Pony Bradshaw to follow.

On his new album North Georgia Rounder, Pony Bradshaw leads the listener on an exploration of the woods, rivers, and mountains of Appalachia, more specifically, the area for which the album is named and he’s called home for the past 15 years. “It’s got its hooks in me,” Bradshaw says of North Georgia, and it shows, with songs that quickly establish a setting, much like the one he initiated with the album’s predecessor, Calico Jim. The sonic excursion includes stops along the Conasauga River, visits to the holler, and a few diversions—nearby Knoxville plays a supporting role, as do Louisiana and Arkansas. It’s an impressionistic journey of introspection and connection all at once. Will Stewart's tastefully-understated guitar leads and Philippe Bronchtein's atmospheric pedal steel provide the perfect backdrop for Bradshaw's impassioned vocals in lead-off track "Foxfire Wine." Its swampy, bluesy intro makes way for an interesting amalgamation of Sturgill Simpson and The Grateful Dead, serving as the perfect aperitif for “a hell of a heaven and a hell of a show.” From that point on till the album wraps with the aptly titled “Notes on a River Town,” not only do you see and hear North Georgia, you even smell and taste it. Take, for example, "Safe in the Arms of Vernacular," a pensive, melancholy track that delights all the senses and is reminiscent of Ray Lamontagne’s mellow side. When Bradshaw sings of the “bonafide gas mask” his Dad brought back from Desert Storm and describes the Saudi Arabian sand as turning to “glass sharp as a sultan’s sword,” one can almost see it. As quickly as it sets the ever-vivid stage, the track shifts its focus to a waitress downtown. "Draped in Bedouin gown, smoking Kent cigarettes in the underground" in an attempt to "escape all those voices," she naturally drinks white wine—"Riesling room temp from a coffee cup," to be exact. A voracious reader, Bradshaw credits his talent for expressing such rich details in his songs not so much to other songwriters but instead to books, fiction, short stories, essays, and literary criticism. With such colorful descriptions as “teeth stained red with Lebanese wine, long hair … in sweeps of oil blacker than a cypress pool,” one might assume he bases the subjects of his songs on real-life people he interacts with in North Georgia; instead, Bradshaw describes them as “nameless characters” compiled from “fragments” he’s collected, pieces that usually start with just a line or two. These fragments all add up to a remarkably cohesive 10-song collection, despite Bradshaw being a self-professed admirer of (and writer of) the non-sequitur. This is thanks in no small part to his own masterful vocal delivery and the expert musicianship of his backing band, one that includes the aforementioned Stewart and Bronchtein with Robert Green on bass, Ryan Moore on drums, and Jenna Mobley on fiddle. “I really enjoy records that are actual records of time,” he explains. With this in mind, Bradshaw looked to create an album that relied less on innovation and experimentation, aspiring to capture the songs' live spirit. He and his band did just that, making North Georgia Rounder—vocals, overdubs, and all—in just five days at Jason Weinheimer’s Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he had also tracked Calico Jim in 2020. “Me and balance … we’ve never really worked out,” he confesses, acknowledging the irony of his quest for order and structure despite having chosen a path that is often chaotic. But as he sings in the moody yet catchy “Holler Rose,” “you’ve got to be willing to play the long game.” “If it’s worth it, there’s a beauty in suffering,” he explains. “It’s taken me a long time to realize that, but I’m thankful for all those terrible decisions I’ve made.” “Every day, I wrestle with the moral consequences of being a touring musician,” he adds. “I’m always finding ways to make it okay to be doing this. I feel irresponsible sometimes,” he professes, "because I basically make my living off the goodwill of others and chance. So I'm always trying to battle those two things." “The poet soon stops experimenting and innovating and starts his life’s work,” Bradshaw expounds, citing a quote from one of his favorite writers, Wendell Berry. A single album as a life’s work may seem like a grand, overambitious aspiration. But for Pony Bradshaw, North Georgia Rounder is just that – a life's work, one that, as he describes it, is a culmination of “sweat and work and joy and pain and anger and patience and restraint.

Come support our Music Guild and local songwriters this Thursday at our Acoustic Cafe! Acoustic Café began in 2019, and was inspired by the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Patrons are offered the opportunity to hear local and regional talent in a relaxed setting. Cover charge for this event is $5 at the door and a cash bar with beer, wine and snacks will be available. Performance begins at 7p.m. Audience members are encouraged to tip the entertainment. For more information, call the Harris Arts Center at 706-629-2599. Reservations are not required.

Russell Cook is a visual artist and musician.  Trained as a painter, his work includes collage, sculpture, songwriting, and performance.  He has shared the stage with a range of musical artists, including Del McCoury,  the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Dale Watson.  He has recorded six albums with his wife Cameron as the Little Country Giants, including recording with Mike Compton and Stranger Malone (Guinness world record holder for longest recording career), and was part of the original ensemble cast for a Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical.  His award-winning paintings and sculptures have been shown at galleries and festivals across the United States.  Currently, he is exploring new sounds as Russell Cook and the Sweet Teeth, a terrific two-guitar and drums juke-joint style trio.  Though he has crisscrossed the country and gone up and down both coasts playing music and showing artwork, he spends most of his days as Associate Professor of Art with Tenure at Georgia Highlands College.

Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth on Spotify

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