Thu · September 7, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
This event is 18 and overhttps://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1540417/
Norma Rae began life in 2008 as an independent music project by guitarist and songwriter, Jeff Soileau – a native of the music-rich region of Muscle Shoals in Northwestern Alabama. The initial focus of Norma Rae, was simply to complete a collection of songs addressing contemporary southern concerns, told from a female perspective, hence the project’s name. Athens musicians Leslie Helpert and Lera Lynn contributed the “voice” to the “Norma Rae project” prior to Georgia native, Kelly Hoyle, lending her indigenous Southern sound and songwriting expertise to what would grow into a full, permanent band by the summer of 2011. Drummer, Andy Robison (also from Muscle Shoals) and bassist, Jeff Rieter (The HEAP) round out Norma Rae’s rhythm section, with Zach Wright providing the newest addition to the band’s sound on pedal steel.
Both Norma Rae songwriters, Jeff Soileau and Kelly Hoyle, were recently featured in Southern Distinction magazine’s 2017 article, “Best of Unknown Athens --Athens Best Kept Secret”.
The band released a self-titled EP in 2013. The following year their hometown tribute song “Muscle Shoals” was featured nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens.
“We always love coming to Athens, just a great town with a great venue, the Georgia Theatre and always really great people. What’s not to love? We had a lot of fun after the show up on the rooftop listening to local band Norma Rae, who were great. Check ‘em out!”
-Lucinda Williams (Facebook, May 5th 2016)
“This EP reaffirms my faith in American music. There are musician's and writer's that understand that honest, heartfelt lyrics delivered by honest, raw music can move a person more than empty words over an orchestra of white noise. Having the great fortune to listen to and meet so many of the great artist that come from The Shoals area of Alabama, it is evident that this music is book-ended by The Muscle Shoals sound and their current home of Athens, GA. Keep up the good work guys!! “-CD Baby, review
“Norma Rae's new album is fantastic!”
Erin Drello – Locomotive
"....mood heavy, but uplifting Georgia Americana; Kelly's confident voice backed by top players--Athens by way of Muscle Shoals; this strikes one more chord for a new but old Southern sound… Recommended!" -Michael Guthrie (Michael Guthrie Band)
The Norma Rae EP is available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and CD Baby. The band plans on releasing a full-length album next year.
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
215 N. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA, 30601