With a few words and a catchy melody just about anyone can call themselves a songwriter just listen to most of the popular music out there today and see what I am talking about. Once you dig through all the bullshit, the superficial flair and the repetitive arrangements you find the true great song writers. The small group of individuals that have been blessed with the abilities to pen songs that reach down into the listener’s soul. Their words elicit emotional responses by triggering memories, good and bad, of life changing experiences. The songs are about more than drinking beer, raising hell and getting laid they are about real life and all that comes with it. This Saturday night at Smith’s Olde Bar three such songwriters will be sharing the stage downstairs in the Atlanta Room, showing the folks of Atlanta what good music is all about.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Caleb Caudle and John Moreland may be three of the best damn songwriters you have never heard of. They each draw from the people, places and events that make their way in and out of their lives. Caudle and Moreland have mastered the art of the sad song writing about lost love, loneliness and questionable choices. Their music is not depressing by any means and as they bare their souls to the listeners it seems to be a cathartic experience. While every bit as personable, Tasjan’s songs are a bit more lighthearted. Humorous stories and witty lyrics provide tales of his youth and recollections of the characters that have crossed his path during his years on the road. Individually the three put on one hell of a show but when they play together there is not much like it. On stage at the same time they swap stories, trade songs and join each other as if they are hanging out on a front porch somewhere having fun and we are allowed to sit there and take it all in. It is stripped down and raw as they each offer up songs from a wealth of musical material.
Saturday night will be the type of show you do not want to miss. It will be the type of show you talk about years down the road. If you want to hear what good music is all about then come out Saturday night and treat yourself to the songs of Aaron Lee Tasjan, Caleb Caudle and John Moreland. If not then you can always turn on the radio and jam to whatever schlock they are pushing this week.
WHO: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Caleb Caudle & John Moreland
WHEN: Saturday, January 17th 6:30pm
WHERE: Smith’s Olde Bar: The Atlanta Room