Ryman Recommends: White Violet

We all know Athens is famous for its music, but once and for all, can publications stop referencing The B-52′s and REM as if they are the only bands that have come from our great city? In the last 3 decades, Athens has been churning out incredible music that goes far beyond the pop sensations of the 1980′s and 90′s. One of these bands is the 4 piece Athens-based White Violet. Fronted by Nate Nelson, an Athens local who has had his hand in all aspects of our music scene since his early teens, White Violet creates beautiful, dreamy, almost haunting music. Their new album, Stay Lost, out on Normaltown Records, is out today, and it is the perfect album to soundtrack your autumn cookouts or mountain road trips.

White Violet will be celebrating their cd release today by supporting Pure Bathing Culture at Normaltown Hall (399 Meigs St.) tonight. Being the dog about town that he is, Ryman wouldn’t miss the show, so while you are there, be sure to look down for our furry mascot and give him some love. Doors at 8:30 $8

Ryman Recommends: Shots of Whiskeytown

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, if I could magically make any band get back together, it would be Whiskeytown.

Well, I am about to get a glimpse into my dreams. Tonight at The Green Room current and former members of Futurebirds are joined with various other talented Athens musicians to pay homage to Whiskeytown’s breakthrough album, Strangers Almanac. They will be playing the album from start to finish, and I will be in the front row singing along all night.

Show starts at 10:00 pm at The Green Room (175 N. Lumpkin St.)

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