MOOSE, Series 42, and Music For Everyone present Music Friday feat. JP Harris & Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) w/Joshua Black WIlkins
Old time banjo-and-fiddle music from two of Nashville’s finest.
March 21, 2014 · 8:00pm
7pm doors | 8pm music
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Music Friday – presented by MOOSE, Series 42 and Music For Everyone – returns with a night featuring some of Nashville’s top songwriters. Join us as we welcome honky tonker JP Harris and fiddle extraordinaire Chance McCoy (of Old Crow Medicine Show) for a night of old time banjo-and-fiddle music. Opening set by singer/songwriter – and noted photographer to boot – Joshua Black Wilkins!
JP Harris and Chance McCoy
JP Harris and Chance McCoy met under circumstances slightly different than many of Nashville’s duos: a week-long, muddy, moonshine-fueled fiddler’s convention, set high in the West Virginia mountains many summers ago.
Over the last seven-some-odd years they continued to meet at random, drinking corn liquor and losing time in the drone of the old fiddle-and-banjo tunes of the 19th century they both knew well. In time, JP formed his notorious electric honky tonk band JP Harris and The Tough Choices, while Chance went on to join the neo-traditional platinum-selling band known as Old Crow Medicine Show.
With their careers landing them both in Nashville, it was time at last for the pair to find an outlet for the old time music that had initially brought them together; however this time it is with a road-wizened ear, an occasional new take on an old sound, and a few more miles on their already-calloused fingers.
Joshua Black Wilkins
Joshua Black Wilkins is an East Nashville based singer/songwriter who moonlights as a photographer – or does he moonlight as a musician? – and going through his work is like a walk through Nashville – icons like Marty Stuart and the late Charlie Louvin; mainstays like Bobby Bare; newer arrivals like Dan Auerbach; comers and goers like Patterson Hood.
His music is clearly a reflection of the world that his photographs inhabit: staunchly American and a bit haunted and decaying. The characters on Wilkins’ new album, While You Wait, tend to be tortured like the protagonist of a good noir novel. In “Catch Your Fall,” with its sweeping chorus fiddle lines, Wilkins deals with a relationship in which, to borrow a line from his buddy Justin Townes Earle, he seems to know better but just not give a fuck. Pitch-perfect lines like “you look better in black and white” and “you look better when you’re 3,000 miles away” tell the conflicted love story without ever giving away too much.