One of Chattanooga’s most popular bands to play Riverbend in the past few years returns to town Friday night at Rhythm & Brews. Tin Cup Gypsy played at Riverbend in 2008 to a packed house at the Tennessee Valley Credit Union Stage. It was the year of the “mystery band rumor” at Riverbend and festival-goers were nuts over who would be appearing, despite assurances from Riverbend that there was no mystery band. Fueled by the rumors, fans flocked to the “stage under the bridge” to see who this band really was. Nobody left the performance by the Nashville based band, and they sold out of merchandise and CD’s.
The band features Jonathan, Jordan, and Cassandra Lawson, plus Tyler Oban.
In the past couple years, they have been on tour with Sara Evans and Orla Fallon. Jordan Lawson was Jason Turner’s long time fiddle player, and Jonathon is formerly Sara Evans’ guitar player. The line-up is as follows: Jordan Lawson -- Vocals, Violin, Mandolin; Cassandra Lawson -- Vocals, Concertina, Percussion; Jonathan Lawson -- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin; Tyler Oban-- Drums, Percussion.
In addition to their live performances, Jonathan, Jordan, and Cassandra Lawson and Tyler Oban have appeared on several national programs including CMT’s Cross-Country, Good Morning America, Today Show, The View, Grand Ole Opry Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Martha Stewart Show. Several of the members have also played various principle roles in music videos for Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Trace Atkins, Trisha Yearwood, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry, and Josh Turner. For more information on Tin Cup Gypsy, click https://www.facebook.com/tincupgypsy .
Sharing the bill at Rhythm & Brews on Friday is the Davey Smith Band. One of Bob Payne’s favorite local artists, David William Smith was named for his great-grandfathers (one was a coal miner and the other was a fiddle player) and his great-uncle, a World War II hero. Davey’s music bears the mark of this legacy. His mother is an educator. His father is a sportscaster. Most of his life, Davey has lived in Whitwell, Tennessee. Since 2000, Chattanooga has been his home.
Davey sees his music has being about his loves, his losses and his life. Through his music, you come to know and to feel…the coal miner, the pretty green-eyed girl, the old man at the bar, the boy that never had a chance, that warm summer night, that family, that friend, that great day, that moment of sorrow. He laments the day of 'old school country' and sings about the days of Merle, Waylon and the Man in the Black himself: Johnny Cash. Though his sound has been described as classic country and Davey cites the classics as influences, his music isn't just anybody’s music…it is Davey’s music.
Ticket information can be found by clicking https://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rhythm-brews/BuyTickets.aspx?EID=127161& .