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Jammin’ with Connor Christian & Southern Gothic

As a rule, CV sticks with local bands for feature articles. Few if any media forms in the city dedicate page space to local bands and we dedicate the most. However, every now and then we come across a band that is too damn good to pass on even if they are just visiting. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic is one such band. After all they are a local band... just to Georgia.
Front man Connor Christian displays a torrent of talent in all his various roles (vocalist, guitarist and pianist). He’s stocked the band with stellar talent that equals his own and even outshines him in certain respects as well. Take violinist Elena Martin for instance. This Soviet born virtuoso was classically trained on a violin. You should hear her play the fiddle though! She could bring Charlie Daniels weeping to his knees with ease. She plays along side the band’s second fiddle player Jeff Spirko. He’s no second fiddle though. Jeff is a multi talented musician (guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo) that can tear up a variety of strings and shines exceptionally bright (to me) on the mandolin. A beautiful example of how well these two artists compliment one another is the track “Fiddler”. It’s pure instrumental and one of my favorites off the band’s well stocked release “New Hometown”. Joe Abramson backs the band up on the bass and Shawn Thacker keeps the beat. Both are also equal talents in this excitingly exceptional band.
In the live show we attended at The Still, the band rolled through many tracks off their popular new release and breathed new life into a few well known cover tunes as well. If you missed the show, that sucks as I don’t have the page space to get into detail describing the powerful dynamic and energy the band projects in their live show. Trust me, it’s awesome.
What you can see (and hear) is the band’s original work (and a few covers) in it’s entirety online. If you like country or modern Southern rock, a browse through their site is a must (connorchristian.com). The original work is making serious waves and even earned them top spots on the nations most important charts. They debuted with an impressive #7 and rapidly rose to #1 on CMT’s Pure 12 Pack Countdown. Simultaneously they shot to the top on the Billboard chart, they earned #1 for their album New Hometown on both Heat Seekers and New Artist chart. And #1 for New Hometown on the Top 200, #17 on the Country Chart for the single “Sheets Down”. They also scored “Artist on the verge” from Billboard magazine “Best Bets” 2012 issue. The track “Sheets Down” alone is catapulting them across the radio waves and internet with too many TV and music show appearances to mention.
Listen to New Hometown and you’ll hear shades of country greats (Zac Brown on Sheets Down & Elton John on Sunday Suits just to name two) behind the signature sound Connor Christian has created. One good listen and you’ll have zero doubts as to why this band is flying fast and high. Not to mention why we felt we just had to run the article.
I thought it was awesome to see a band of this caliber, this fresh and this new taking the stage at a local Cincy club (well NKY actually). It’s top notch cutting edge shows like this that gives you good reason to keep a close eye on The Still’s band schedule. I’m telling you now, this is the club that is going to be THE club people look to first when they are looking for something special on a local stage.


 

 

 

 

 

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