Horsehead, Landon Elliott and the Goods, Paulo Franco

Horsehead

Landon Elliott and the Goods

Paulo Franco

Fri, March 31, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

Horsehead
Horsehead
Casual Dracula, the 5th full-length release by Richmond, VA's Horsehead is a concise and exciting new effort that finds the group rejuvenated and firing on all cylinders.

After the group's 4th album, 2013's "Sympathetic Vibrations," was backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, took almost a year to record and was placed on the ballot for a 2014 Grammy nomination, they were determined to capture the sound of the band as it is; 5 people playing Rock&Roll in a room, together.

With Casual Dracula, the entirety of the collection's 11 new songs, penned by singer-guitarist Jon Brown with writing help on 3 songs by longtime friend and band mate of 17 years, guitarist Kevin Wade Inge, were recorded in just 4 days at Richmond's Scott's Addition Sound by engineer Kevin Willoughby.

"Just as our fourth record was being released, my mother passed away and I couldn't function. Suddenly, there's this giant hole in the universe," Brown says. "As a person who writes songs almost daily, I found myself directionless and uninspired, except that I knew I wanted to write a song in her honor. I kept having a very vivid, recurring dream about her for months that lead to the writing of "I Built A Bridge," the final song on the record. In a way, it helped me get back on my feet again. It was rewritten about 15 times before I was satisfied. With that song done, I felt a little lighter and able to begin writing again."
After that initial jolt, the writing really began to take a somewhat political slant, exemplifying the division of wealth in America in "Last Word Wins" and "Border Living", while also touching on subjects like depression in "Feel Too Good To Cry."

While preparing to record the album, Jon, Kevin, drummer Gregg Brooks and bassist Randy Mendicino enlisted the help of talented keyboardist, Ben Willson. This addition of Willson to the band really allowed them to get a succinct, stripped-down sound, being able to record mostly live in the studio. "The experience of making this record was such a cleansing and positive one for me," says Brown. Inge adds, "It just feels immediate, real, and right."

Casual Dracula is a dynamic, unapologetic love letter to American Rock and Roll.
Landon Elliott and the Goods
Landon Elliott and the Goods
Landon Elliott is a singer/songwriter homegrown and based out of Richmond, VA. Landon has recently honed his original works for the public ear with the help of his backing band ‘the Goods’. Gleaning from Americana influences such as Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Damien Rice, Landon combines his country roots, singer/songwriter melodies, and rock preference into songs that speak to growing through relationships, fighting against the daily grind, and searching for meaning.
Paulo Franco
Paulo Franco
Paulo Franco is a Richmond, Virginia based singer/songwriter. His music has been featured on radio stations XL102's Studio B, WRIR and WDCE in Richmond, WNRN in Charlottesville, VA and WHRV in Hampton Roads, VA. He was also been featured on WTVR Channel 6's Virginia This Morning. In 2012, he was named a finalist in the Southeast region of the Mountain Stage NewSong songwriting contest. He was the only Virginia songwriter so selected in 2012. In 2014, he was selected to showcase at Cape May Singer/Songwriter Festival.

He plays a blend of rock, old school country, alt-country and blues. The music draws heavily from influences like Steve Earle, Hank Williams, John Hiatt, Slaid Cleaves, Chris Knight, the Gram Parsons inspired music of the Rolling Stones, the Drive By Truckers and The Grateful Dead. The music tells tales of love and loss, introspection and redemption, current events, good times partying, and the journey that is life itself. Paulo's shows are well known for their high energy and they way he engages the audience. His backing band, The Rateros are - Dan Sessler, on lead guitar and vocals; Dave Hess on drums and vocals; and Chad Bennett on bass.

He has performed as a solo artist and with his band in venues throughout Virginia, Maryland DC and North Carolina, and he has also performed as a solo artist in Austin, TX Ohio and Johnson City, TN. In December of 2013, Paulo released an EP of tunes he has co-written with his friend and fellow Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest finalist Shane Cooley. The EP also features an original from both Shane and Paulo. It was recorded by Bob Rupe (The Silos, Cracker, Sparklehorse, Gutterball), who lends his musical talents on bass. Dan Sessler's guitar playing is also be featured. The EP follows the 2012 release By The Light Of A Paper Moon. Paulo is planning a 2014 release of new songs that have been featured at his shows.

A native of Washington, D.C., music has always been a part of Paulo's life beginning from the time his maternal grandmother sang to him as an infant. Paulo has been playing guitar since he was boy. He began by playing classical guitar at the age of 9, and a life long love affair with stringed instruments began. After a few years playing in cover bands, he decided that a dream delayed was a dream denied. He began writing music in 2008 and in earnest in 2010. His passion for music led him to record his first CD of original music in 2012, which is titled By The Light Of A Paper Moon.

Although his father was born and raised in Colombia he fell in love with American country music. Paulo Sr. and Paulo Jr. were big fans of Johnny Cash's variety show in the 60s and 70s, and Paulo Sr. always loved the music of Glen Campbell. Artists that Paulo and the Rateros cover in addition to their extensive catalogue of original music include Bob Dylan, Doug Sahm, Willie Nelson, Chris Knight, Drive By Truckers, Tom Petty, Gram Parsons, The Dead, Little Feat, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Slaid Cleeves, Steve Earle, The Rolling Stones, and more.

When it comes down to answering the Eternal Rock and Roll Question, Beatles or the Rolling Stones, Paulo checks the Stones box. But, he shares a birthday with George Harrison (February 25) and the first album he ever bought when he was six years old was Let It Be. Be sure to ask him the story about when he bought it. John Doe of X fame and Virginia music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley are also February 25th Native Sons.
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org