David Mayfield Parade
With Truckstop Preachers, Loose Lugnuts & Alex Kastanas
Friday March 21, 2014
Doors 7:00 PM / Music 8:00 PM
Tickets: $15.00 Advance & DOS
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The Beard & Moustache Club of North Carolina will be bringing their annual state competition, Carolina BAM, to Charlotte March 21st-23rd, hosting events throughout the city over the course of the weekend. The group looks to bring a good name to facial hair by making a positive impact to the community by focusing on one charity to help with each year. All ticket proceeds throughout the weekend this year will go to Safe Alliance Charlotte domestic violence center.
Beard Competitions have grown in popularity again, giving men and even women the opportunity to show off their whiskers in a pageant like none other. Categories like styled moustache, full natural beard, and even freestyle are judged by a panel to determine who has the best facial hair in the Carolinas. Competition is stiff, where contestants travel in from a dozen states for their chance to take home gold and the bragging rights that come along with it.
Entertainment for the follicle festival will start at the Visulite Theater on Friday night where there will be live music by The David Mayfield Parade as well as local talent Truckstop Preachers & Loose Lugnuts.
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Presented In Conjunction With Landshark Entertainment
If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more. The David Mayfield Parade’s April 1 release “Good Man Down” begs for that same repeated enjoyment.
With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the 12-track album feels like a game changer for a singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer who stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 solo debut “The Parade.” He likens “Good Man Down” to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Like “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” his first album was lighthearted and fun with nods to the past. His second is darker, creepier, more bizarre and outrageous.
He made “The Parade” without knowing if anyone would hear it, but the stakes for a follow-up were raised when his Kickstarter campaign more than doubled his initial goal of $18,000.
With a successful crowd funding campaign raising expectations, Mayfield felt it was time to take chances musically and delve into more adventurous production while tapping into his bluegrass roots. While anchored in descriptive songwriting with beautiful instrumentation including strings and horns, “Good Man Down” throws its listeners numerous musical curveballs. As producer he didn’t rein in his weirder musical tendencies. Just like his lively sometimes comical live shows, “Good Man Down” illustrates a lot of character without seeming contrived.
“Good Man Down” features notable guests Seth Avett, Mayfield’s bluegrass hero Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and country star Dierks Bentley who duets with Mayfield on Marty Stuart’s “Tempted.” Bentley remembered Mayfield from seeing his family’s bluegrass band play long before the former was a country star. That’s the thing. Mayfield isn’t easy to forget.
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When today's country music is driven by cowboy wanna-be's and prom queens who couldn't cut it on MTV, Truckstop Preachers make it a point to deliver freight loads of raw honky tonk music to their audience.
It's this respect that has attracted a congregation of real music listeners to the Truckstop Preachers. Loyal country music listeners are attracted to the truthful song writing. At the same time, fans of hard driving rock anticipate a gritty rock driven beat that brings them out of their seats.
Truckstop Preachers originally formed as 4 on the Floor in 2001. They performed thoughout the Carolinas, honing their honky tonk prowess, in every hole-in-the-wall that would have them. In a few years, they were welcomed by crowds up and down the east coast. While perfecting their sound they put together a hymnal of original material that would soon be their first nation wide release.
In 2004, still as 4 on the Floor, the band took their first album "Cowboys and Engines" to Europe. On this pilgrimage, they performed in front of thousands at festivals and European honky tonk venues and came away with a converted following.
After realizing the potential of the music, they made a bold move and changed the band name to Truckstop Preachers at the beginning of 2005. Realizing they had a message to send to those sinning souls of today's country music, Truckstop Preachers appeared to be a logical change.
Since then, the band re-released the album with an additional live cut from one of their Bakersfield heroes, Buck Owens. The self titled album was marketed and promoted through national radio stations and within a couple of months made it to the Americana Top 50. Quite a feat for a band with no huge record deal backing them up.
They've spent the past years opening up for national acts such as Dwight Yoakam, Dale Watson, Southern Culture on the Skids, David Allan Coe, Kevn Kinney (Drivin and Crying), Cross Canadian Ragweed, and 38 Special.
The Preachers music defies any easy categorization. Each member of the Truckstop clergy bring their own background to form the sound heard from the stage. Nathan Palmer, lead vocalist, attests his rich baritone voice from the likes of Ernest Tubb and Johnny Cash, while his stage presence resembles that of Jim Morrison and Jeff Clayton (Antiseen). Lee Goodwin's heavy guitar riffs stem from legends Joe Perry, Red Simpson, and Don Rich. Mike Elder's ink covered arms bang out the beats of his punk and rock upbringing. Jeff Faulkner lays down the smooth walking lines that were inspired by classic country bass players of the past along with newer country inspired music, Whiskeytown and Wilco. Glenn Jones rounds out the combination with deep bluegrass roots along with traditional country interests that reach from New Grass Revival to Johnny Horton.
This cross denominational background creates a unique mix of honky tonk that is hard to describe. Their trucking and rockabilly stylings have transformed audiences into loyal fans of the music and shows. It's clear to see that the interstates will run long and wide for these evangelists as they spread the good word of country music!
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The Loose Lugnut's have been playing old country music in the Charlotte NC area for over a decade.
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