The Souvenir Tour
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
Devon Gilfillian, Mike Kinnebrew
Wed · September 27, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:15 pm
$15.00 - $70.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1487990/
Raised by a musical family, Gilfillian grew up singing. He took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. By the time college rolled around, Gilfillian was playing three-hour shows in a local cover band, performing songs by the Meters one minute and the Beatles the next. The gigs allowed him to explore the full range of his influences, but Gilfillian wanted to play his own music, too. With that in mind, he moved to Nashville, eager to chase down his own muse.
Released in May 2016, the self-titled Devon Gilfillian finds him stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist. He recorded the songs with a small group of friends and collaborators, tapping drummer Jonathan Smalt and slide guitarist Jesse Thompson as co-producers. Equal parts swampy, funky, and enthralling, the record finds Gilfillian planting one foot in the classic sound of his influences, with the other foot pointing somewhere new and uncharted. After all, he's no revivalist. No nostalgia act. No retro wannabe. Instead, Gilfillian is a classic artist for the modern age, discovering new life in soulful sounds that have been making people dance for decades.
Mike has that intangible talent that is hard, even for a writer, to articulate. On the marketability side, yes, he does have the "look" to make A&R executives stop and stare, but one gets the feeling that he couldn't care less about it. Suffice it to say that, when you're watching him, you know that you're seeing something special. He plays the guitar with effortless intention and sings with the conviction of a man twice his age. More importantly, his songs are pure poetic emotion. This young man knows how to strike the perfect balance between a great melody and an intensely meaningful lyric. If he ever tires of performing live, Mike should have no problem simply making a living as a songwriter - although I don't get the impression that he's thinking about that right now.
The renowned Eddie's Attic in Atlanta is among the places he regularly headlines, and a brief look at his musical resume shows that Mike has shared the stage with plenty of high profile artists such as Kristian Bush (Sugarland), Jaci Valesquez, Adam Levy (Norah Jones/Amos Lee), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros), and Matthew Perryman Jones - not to mention buddying around with a guy by the name of John Mayer.
Mike is definitely a guy with a guitar and a song, but he is unlike any that I've ever met. Even though he doesn't seem to be preoccupied with "going pro", if he keeps creating musical moments like this, he might not have a choice!
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