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Stevie Tombstone and The Scatterlings
November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST$5 – $10
Stevie Tombstone, former leader of a swamp- rockabilly band in the 1980’s and 1990’s who’s now considered a seminal part of the Atlanta and Austin music scenes as an accomplished songwriter and guitarist, will make a special appearance at White Horse Black Mountain on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The Scatterlings, a four-piece acoustic/Americana band based in Asheville, N.C., will open the show at 7:30 p.m.
“There are many different species of the Music Artist,” once wrote Outlaw Magazine. “Various combinations of singers, songwriters and entertainers. But it’s the ones that wear their art that get to us the most. The ones that don’t know how not to tell the truth in their music and reveal the raw and ragged triumphs that in the end are more beautiful because of the honesty of the struggle. These are the Artists that get in our bones and shake loose our demons by slaying their own with chords and words. Artists like Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin…and Stevie Tombstone.”
The quintessential troubadour, Tombstone is a veteran musician who cut his teeth as the rock and the underground music scene of the 80’s in Atlanta but never lost the twang of his leader of The Tombstones, a swamp-rockabilly band based in Atlanta. A Georgia-born relation of the legendary fiddler Clayton McMichen, Stevie immersed himself in the world of childhood. Almost three decades later, he has become an accomplished performer who now lives in Western North Carolina.
He has now released five solo albums and half a dozen music videos, besides his published works with The Tombstones. The Tombstones’ song Nobodybecame a college radio anthem and was later recorded by rock icon Stiv Bator.
His debut full-length release 730 AM, which featured performances by members of Wilco, Jason and the Scorchers, The Bad Livers and the Georgia Satellites, received great reviews and airplay besides offering tracks that peaked on the Satellite Radio charts.
Tombstone’s bandmates over the years have been a veritable “who’s who” of underground and nationally-recognized players. Priding himself in his ability to cross genres, he has also had the honor of sharing the bill with the likes of Leon Russell, the Stray Cats, Greg Allman, Willie Nelson, Drive By Truckers, Johnny Bush & the Ramones, just to name a few. Besides producing and writing for other artists, Stevie still performs over 200 nights a year, enjoying a grassroots following that’s kept him on the trail for the last three decades. His latest release, On the Line, is available now and enjoying growing airplay.
Members of the Scatterlings share a fondness for songs about heartbreak, whiskey, killings, and hangings, with many of their songs steeped deep in local history. The band formed when vocalist and baritone ukulele player Elfy Kornfeld, guitarist Rick Russell, and upright bassist Terrell Jones met at The Berry Pickers, a weekly jam group. Later, Elfy met mandolin player, Josh Sill, in the grocery store, because in Asheville you are as likely to find a bluegrass picker as a green smoothie in your local grocery.
The Scatterlings, however, sound neither bluegrassy (though there are undeniable mountain influences at play) nor green. There are folk stylings, astute songwriting, textural instrumentation, and the palpable chemistry of players who are happy to have found each other.