KFR Presents Eli Conley at Ted’s Place with Folkstar

Acoustic listening room event on April 9, 2015

Karmic Fury Records presents touring singer-songwriter Eli Conley at Ted’s Fun on the River with local duo Folkstar on April 9, 2015.

Eli Conley has a country choirboy croon and a singer-songwriter’s sincerity. He crafts intricate Americana songs from the raw material of his life as a gay transgender man with Virginia roots. Eli returns to Wilmington on his annual East Coast Tour, accompanied by Joel Price on mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals. Eli is a powerful live performer, armed with expressive fingerstyle guitar chops, a nimble tenor voice, and an ever-growing collection of songs. “Oh what gorgeous, soulful music!” raved accclaimed roots music innovator Laura Love, “Eli Conley’s writing and singing are exquisite.” For more info, see http://eliconley.com/

Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll. For more info, see http://folkstar.net/

What: Eli Conley at Ted’s Place with Folkstar
Where: Teds Fun on the River (2 Castle St)
When: Thursday, April 9th, 7-9pm (show starts at 7pm)
Tickets: $7

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/787510421286156/

Eli Conley Folkstar Event Poster

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Band to watch: The Scoundrels Reunion

This week, we attended a private listening party at Hourglass Studios where we were introduced to The Scoundrels Reunion, a rock band that is coming up on the Wilmington scene. Lead singer/guitarist Brandon Rougeau is a New England transplant who wrote and recorded the album with some fellow seasoned musicians before rounding up his live band (bassist Eric Kimmel and drummer Jamie Eggleston). The album is worth a listen for sure, but if you really want to get to know these guys, see them live. In addition to a spin of the CD, we were treated to a dynamic live performance at the studio. Rougeau is a capable frontman who works off of the energy of the crowd and his bandmates, but the most impressive part of the performance is his guitar work. He plays some killer riffs while making it look really easy, and this is clearly a guy who has been shredding for many years.

While they consider themselves to be rock, The Scoundrels Reunion flirt with alt-country/americana quite a bit. They definitely have their own sound, but if you like The Black Crowes and/or Blind Melon you’ll love these guys.

Catch them at The Whiskey on Friday, August 22 at 10pm and online at http://thescoundrelsreunion.com.

Scoundrels Reunion

Carolina Music Awards – Local Nominees!

The Carolina Music Awards honor Carolina artists in Rock, Hip Hop, Country and R&B, and we wanted to note that this year there are a few nominees from Wilmington.  Check them out below, and send them your votes here: http://carolinamusicawards.com/cma/vote/.

Americana: Bootleg Dynasty http://bootlegdynasty.com/

Rock Male: James Ethan Clark http://www.jamesethanclark.com

Rock Female: Crissie McCree http://crissiemccree.com/

Producer: Karen Kane http://www.mixmama.com/

Support local music!