Sonia Leigh With Drunk On Crutches & Mama’s Blue Dress At The GEM Theater In Calhoun

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Be prepared for a triple treat when three up and coming bands perform at Calhoun’s GEM Theatre on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Calhoun native Jennifer Whittenburg returns to open the show with her LA-based alt-country band, Drunk on Crutches that plays a guitar fueled brand of roots rock that is memorable and full of hooks.  According to notes from A Fifty Cent Lighter and a Whiskey Buzz, “Whittenburg’s voice is both breathy and powerful, making her vocals just as effective in quiet moments (Oh Well) as in the loud ones (Tupelo. Drink Up Buttercup).”

Mama’s Blue Dress features an all-female country quartet with airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles, and a hint of soul. Members of the group are Nicole Witt, Vanessa Olivarez, Elizabeth Elkins and Andrea Young, each an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. The name of the group is taken from an original song written about a blue dress Olivarez’s mother wore when she married. The quartet was invited to showcase at the 2013 CMJ New Music Marathon.

Sonia Leigh, an Atlanta native who recently relocated to Nashville, is a diverse artist whose music hints of an old country and Old Rock and Roll sound similar to Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and Alabama, along with New Rock like The Killers, Counting Crows, and Imagine Dragons. She has developed a style hard to pigeonhole, yet familiar enough to pull you in and make you want to hear more, and delivers a power punch performance that gets you out of your seat. She has toured all over the United States and played some of the greatest stages in the nation. She is a proud co writer on Zac Brown Band’s #1 selling record “Uncaged” and co writer on Zac Brown Band’s #1 Single “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and also a co writer on his latest radio hit “Sweet Annie”.  Her latest record release, “1978 December,” was released on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground records, and she is currently working on her independent release due out this year.

Tickets for the show are $12 and $15. All seats are reserved. For more information, call the theatre at 706-625-3132 or go to www.calhoungem.org.

 


Lee To Host Faculty Recital Feb. 10

Lee University faculty members Steve Benne and Dr. Phillip Thomas will present a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall.  The program will include pieces by G.F. Handel, Charles Gounod, J.S. Bach, and Robert Schumann.  Mr. Benne, instructor of double bass at Lee, is principal double bassist with the Knoxville Symphony. He has also ... (click for more)

Lee University Faculty Wind Quintet To Present Concert Monday

Five members of Lee University’s faculty will perform a concert on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, located in Lee’s Humanities Center.  Members of the wind quintet are Eric Anderson, bassoon; Robert Burks, oboe; Peter Cain, clarinet; Kristin Holritz, flute; and Gordon James, horn. The concert will include Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music,” Kenji Bunch’s ... (click for more)

Arrests Made In Connection With Fire At Brainerd Trophy Shop

Fire investigators Captain Moore and Captain McElvain made two arrests Friday night in connection with the fire at the Brainerd Trophy Shop that occurred  on Friday  morning. Gene Wegg and Pamela McNabb, have been arrested and charged with arson by the Chattanooga Fire Department. The two allegedly broke into the Brainerd Trophy Shop and set fire to the building, ... (click for more)

TBI Case Leads To Charges For Woman In Death Of Whitwell Boy

A joint investigation by special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Whitwell Police Department has resulted in charges for a Whitwell woman in connection to the death of her boyfriend’s son. At the request of 12 th  District Attorney J. Michael Taylor, TBI apecial agents began investigating the death of six-year-old Lucas Michael Dillon on March 29, ... (click for more)

The City I Used To Know

“They Dead”, the innocent young voice said as tears began streaming from my eyes.  Foolishness that didn’t involve him snatched away his childhood in the blink of an eye.  Why?  Why has my city become known more for gangs and violence than the River Front, Lookout Mountain, and a fun little theme park?  What happened to hot summers at Lake Winnie, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Stick Of Dynamite

You may have seen the Tennessee Legislature jumped on the bandwagon to send “an atomic bomb” to Washington this week. The “bomb” makes Tennessee the fifth state to adopt a Convention of the States Project that will hopefully limit the power and the jurisdiction of federal government. The official wording is “to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power ... (click for more)