Eddie Owen Presents: Barry Waldrep & friends feat. Jimmy Hall | Duluth

Eddie Owen Presents: Barry Waldrep & friends feat. Jimmy Hall

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Barry Waldrep is an Alabama based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire. Waldrep and another music partner formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin' in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May 2009. Rollin' in the Hay produced seven CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.

During this time, Waldrep recorded twenty-one bluegrass tribute albums with CMH Records in Los Angeles for such artists as Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Phish, R.E.M., Tim McGraw, The Allman Brothers, Neil Diamond and others. He was also featured on the CD Masterworks of American Bluegrass also produced by CMH Records. At this point, Barry started recording solo records and doing studio sessions with other artists.
Zac Brown invited Waldrep to join him on his Breaking Southern Ground Tour from September 2009 through September 2010. Waldrep is featured on the Zac Brown Band Pass The Jar CD/DVD, along with Kid Rock and Little Big Town. Waldrep played the Grand Ole Opry several times and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which was the previous home of the Grand Ole Opry.

In January 2013, after landing a record deal with Singular Records in San Francisco, California, Waldrep began the Smoke From the Kitchen sessions, which is a bluegrass banjo/southern rock project. Featuring such iconic guests as Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Paul T Riddle (Marshal Tucker Band), Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band) and David Grisman, the album was released to critical acclaim in May of 2014.

In 2016, Barry toured as part of Grammy winning Country star John Berry’s band for Berry’s 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour, also opening five of the twenty shows.

2017 finds Barry reuniting with touring mates Jason Bailey and bassist Bryan Hall (son of the legendary founding member of southern rock legends and Alabama Music Hall of Fame members Wet Willie, Jack Hall), along with new member and drummer Caelan Berry, son of Country legend John Berry to form an explosive combo. This ensemble is steeped in southern rock, country, blues and jazz and with additional guests as schedules allow, provides an unforgettable musical experience. Jimmy Hall, legendary front man for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductees, Wet Willie, as well as touring singer for Rock legend Jeff Beck will appear as their featured guest on many dates in 2017.

Jimmy Hall, former lead vocalist and harmonica player for Wet Willie, has a long and varied background as a performer, working with Capricorn Records from its early days in the 1970s. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Hall cofounded the legendary southern rock, boogie band Wet Willie in 1970; over the next ten years, Hall and the group placed hits like “Keep On Smilin” in the Top 10 and “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend” into the Top 40 of Billboard Magazine, toured with Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, Grand Funk Railroad and the Grateful Dead and became one of the most influential southern rock bands in history.

Hall was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocalist for Jeff Beck's 1985 Flash album. After Wet Willie's breakup, Hall moved to Nashville to work on a solo project for Epic Records, and he's been based there ever since, finding a healthy blues scene in a city known for country music. As a soloist, Jimmy placed “I’m Happy That Love Has Found You” into the Top 40 in 1980. On his 1996 effort Rendezvous With The Blues, Hall is backed by people like Clayton Ivey on piano, former Capricorn session drummer Bill Stewart, and Dr. Dan Matrazzo on Hammond B-3 organ; the record also features Johnny Sandlin, the same producer who sat behind the console on Wet Willie's 1973 live album Drippin' Wet. In recent years, Hall has toured with Hank Williams Jr's band playing sax and harmonica and singing background vocals, as well as with Jeff Beck as vocalist on the past few tours. As a writer, Jimmy has found success with cuts by Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Johnny Russell and many others.
Jimmy and his bandmates Wet Willie were among five Alabama music achievers who were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2016.


Saturday, June 3rd 2017 08:00pm


Red Clay Music Foundry
3116 Main St
30096 Duluth


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