Saturday, October 2nd
Come turn up the heat with us this fall as well welcome Sarah Potenza! We are thrilled to welcome this soulful singer songwriter to raise our spirits at for what's sure to be a rousing evening under the stars Carrie's Corner.
"I work for me," Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.
Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Road to Rome shines new light on a songwriter whose career already includes multiple albums as front-woman of Sarah and the Tall Boys, a game-changing appearance on The Voice, and an acclaimed solo debut titled Monster. Released one year after she sang in front of 12 million people during The Voice's eighth season, 2016's Monster prompted Rolling Stone to gush, "Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound." Three years later, that sound deepens and intensifies with Road to Rome, an album that shows the full scope of Potenza's aims and ambitions.
And just who is Sarah Potenza? She's a songwriter. A bold, brassy singer. A businesswoman. A proud, loud-mouthed Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, with roots in Nashville and an audience that stretches across the Atlantic
Having released her second solo album, Road to Rome, in 2019 Sarah Potenza wows us with her dynamic singing and songwriting and big, brassy personality.
Rolling Stone Magazine says
“Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop”.
They hailed the Rhode Island native one of the top acts they at SXSW The former front-woman of Sarah & the Tall Boys moved with her guitarist husband Ian Crossman to Nashville to be a part of the booming music scene in Sarah’s own name several years back. This led to a spellbinding blind audition for NBC’s The Voice, which yielded a coveted four-chair turn and most recently in August 2021 Sarah received a sanding ovation from the Judges on America's Got Talent! We can't wait to have her share her voice with us as the final show of this year's Carrie's Corner season!
Doors: 6pm Music 7pm . 2 Sets.
Suggested Donation: $25
Hope you were there!
CARRIE BELL "BOXES" ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT
Saturday, September 4th
Come and enjoy a very special evening taking a journey through song with our very own Carrie Bell and the first performances of original music from her debut album, Boxes.
Come enjoy a very special evening taking a journey through song with our very own Carrie Bell and the first performance of original music from her debut album, "Boxes." She will be joined by the Justin Varnes Quartet, who graced our stage during the first season of Carrie's Corner. We will also have another special guest, Cody Matlock, who also played on the album.
Carrie has spent her life committed to the art of storytelling through music and is now fulfilling a lifelong dream of recording an album or original music (with your help!)...her very first... which will likely not be her last.
Her career started as an artist performing as a triple threat - with a musical theater career earning her equity status doing professional shows across the country. She has also doubled down on a commitment to music and arts education, running her own dance troupe and ultimately helping hundreds of students learn to find their voice through vocal technique and coaching. A classically trained vocalist and pianist, Carrie is also a talented songwriter who has always wanted to tell stories for music that remind us that life really is a stage and that music has the power to connect us by illuminating our shared journey through “this thing called life.”
With her partner Jamie, Carrie also runs Carrie's Corner, which provides a stage for local and regional touring artists to share their gifts with music lovers. Now with this new venture – her Debut Album, “Boxes”, Carrie is poised to share her personal musical gifts with the world.
“Boxes” is the embodiment of her passion for storytelling and in itself is not only a highly personal story of her life journey but one we can all relate to. From the excitement of taking a bold leap to chase your dreams, the ups and downs of the relationships that shape and sustain us, to the struggle to find our place in the world and fit in the “boxes” we need to fill,. The story also inspires empathy via the experience of coping with tragedies outside of our control and ultimately allowing every step of our journey to remind us that the older we get, the more opportunity we have to live our best life by simply choosing to do so.
With the support of the amazingly talented and collaborative Atlanta Music Community, Carrie’s dream of recording her story and sharing her gift is coming true. While Covid dealt a blow to the music world, Carrie got to work writing – finishing 11 songs in a variety of Genres that inspired her throughout her life and tell a tale of the power of setting intentions, going after your ambitions despite the personal toll it takes and ultimately painting an uplifting portrait of the potential we all have within us to not just survive but to thrive.
DIANE DURRETT & JUNEBUG
Saturday, August 7th
SOLD OUT! MUDCAT
Saturday, July 10th
Doors: 7pm Music 8pm . 2 Sets.
We have a treat for all the blues fans out there. One of our favorites from the ATL scene who we've enjoyed seeing play in all of the juke joints around will be bringing his blend of traditional-meets modern blues to Carrie's Corner. Enjoy a breath of fresh air under the trees and stars for a summer night of blues with Mudcat and his band.
Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck is an internationally known gospel and bluesman continuing the traditions of the early blues pioneers while adding his own Mudcat edge, resulting in one of Atlanta’s greatest treasures.
– Atlanta History Center
[Mudcat is] a world-class slide guitarist, and most of all a God-gifted entertainer. I have witnessed him light up packed houses at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, at the Irving Plaza in New York, to open air concerts in front of 10,000 folks in Lugano, Switzerland, to sitting on a curb in San Jose, Costa Rica entertaining dozens of young kids. Mud is born to make people smile and enjoy life.
– Tim Duffy,
Music Maker Relief Foundation
The self-taught musician honed his craft busking on street corners and ferries from New York to New Orleans, and has gone on to tour Europe and play with greats like Dickey Betts, Taj Mahal and Derek Trucks. But perhaps his greatest influence as an Atlanta institution is his role as an ambassador for bridging the contemporary blues scene with the legacy of its forebears.
– Suzanne Van Atten for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“He’s one of the most influential blues musicians in the modern era,” says Matt Harper, owner of Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, where Dudeck got his start in Atlanta.
“He brings people together from multi-generations, and he’s able to propagate Atlanta blues music all over the world. Plus, he’s just a blast. His music is very rootsy, stylish and fun.”
Suggested Donation: $25
SOLD OUT! CODY MATLOCK
Saturday, June 26th
SOLD OUT! CAROLINE AIKEN
Saturday, May 15th
We couldn't be more thrilled to officially establish a tradition. This will be our third season and the third time Michelle has gotten us started. Come join us for an amazing evening of music under the tree canopy and stars at Carrie's Corner to welcome back our favorite local artist!
“Raucous and jubilant - somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne comes Malone alternating between soulful ballads and rowdy, riffy blasters. ” — ROLLING STONE
"Equal parts guitar slinger and sweet songstress, with masterful lyrical introspection – sublime to raucous. ” — GUITAR WORLD
"Michelle Malone has one of the most remarkable voices I’ve ever heard, uniquely able to blow the roof off the place and then whisper a soft song that will break your damn heart. ” — PASTE MAGAZINE
SOLD OUT! END OF SEASON DOUBLE BILL!
DIANE PATTERSON and CAROLINE AIKEN
Doors: 6pm Music 7pm
Come spend what will be a very special evening around our fire, under the trees and stars, soaking in the magic of the music music. For our final show of the 2020 season we bring you two outstanding artists that will fill you up with good vibes for the rest of the year and give you something to be truly thankful for.
Diane Patterson, who has come all the way from the left coast to join us, will bring her musical charm for the first set, followed by local legend, Caroline Aiken! Rumor has it they may even do a few songs together….
Folkgoddess Diane Patterson subverts the dominant paradigm with rocking acoustic guitar and ukulele, a mighty pen, and a woman's voice. Her sincere spirit and wild heart plant seeds of love and revolution. Since 1989, Patterson weaves her original Mystic Americana music and unifying stories. In February 2018 Diane released her latest CD, Open Road, with gold record-producer Mike Napolitano, featuring supporting vocals and instrumentation by the incomparable Ani DiFranco, and in June 2019 Diane opened 9 big venue shows across the Midwest of the United States for punk-folk legend Ani DiFranco. Diane tours winters in Hawaii, and summers in Europe and Scandinavia , for many years. She’s currently working on a new cd to release fall 2020.
Atlanta-born and Georgia-raised musician Caroline Aiken began her career in 1968, performing with a rock band “Fathertime” in Long Island, NY. She honed her skills as a songwriter and solo artist during the late 70’s, moving from busking the streets of Seattle to opening for well known acts such as Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Muddy Waters, Little Feat, Randy Newman, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Derek Trucks and many more. After years of touring throughout the US, South America and Europe, she moved back to Atlanta in the mid eighties where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style, and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins.
Caroline Aiken has released 9 albums to date. She continues to perform throughout the US, Europe, and the UK, including numerous charitable events for at risk children, animal shelters, recovery communities, and environmental awareness. She’s been called an “Underground Legend” (Santa Cruz Goodtimes), and “The Real Deal” (Performing Songwriter Magazine), but perhaps the most accurate quote ever uttered was given by Artichoke Music in Portland, OR; “Spending time with Caroline is as unforgettable as it is inspirational. She’s truly at the heart of America’s folk/roots movement and has the skills along with life experience we all desire as entertainers.”
Suggested Donation: $25
JOE GRANSDEN and KENNY BANKS
5pm Doors, 6pm Music
Bring your picnics and wine and good vibes and enjoy the lovely spring weather for this special Sunday afternoon jazz performance! For our season opener this year, Carrie’s Corner presents one of Atlanta’s most celebrated and busiest performers, jazz trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden. Well known across the country for his incredible 16 piece big band, Joe has been compared to Sinatra and Chet Baker but with a signature style all his own. Joe will perform with one of his long-time collaborators, jazz pianist Kenny Banks. Banks is a composer, arranger and performer who slips effortlessly among musical styles and who regularly accompanies Gransden, and has played with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holiday, and Earl Klugh.
Together they make charming duo performing everyone’s favorite jazz standards. We love Joe and Kenny and look forward to spending our afternoon with them and all of you.
SOLD OUT! Liz Melendez SOLD OUT!
6:30pm Doors, 7:30pm Music
Liz Melendez at Carrie's Corner in Marietta!
Local blues legend LIZ MELENDEZ is BACK after a Sabbatical from music performance and we are so excited that she chose Carrie's Corner as one of her first trips back to the stage! Often called "the female Stevie Ray Vaughan", Liz has her own clearly defined lead guitar style. "I hear comparisons to everyone from Freddie King to Albert King to Buddy Guy to Carlos Santana," she says. "It feels really good to be compared to such legendary players." A prolific songwriter and dynamic performer with a powerful and passionate vocal style, Melendez has garnered a sizeable following in the southeast and beyond. "I'm working on conquering the southeast region and making it my home," says Melendez. "It is my goal to become one of the most successful woman performers in the business. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she came to Georgia because of its great music history. Her new CD Mercy features all-original music by Melendez and is getting substantial airplay all over the country including Georgia, South Carolina and New Mexico.
Suggested donation: $15
SOLD OUT! The Ain't Sisters
7pm Doors, 8pm Music
The Ain’t Sisters have transcended their origins as outlaw street performers to grace the stages of the Southeast and beyond with their unique brand of funk-infused, blues-driven Indie Rock. Commanding attention with every performance, this fresh outfit from Atlanta, Georgia has risen to the top of the local music scene, selling out Decatur’s historic Eddie’s Attic, rattling the walls of Terminal West, and establishing themselves as regulars on the local festival circuit (Hemlockfest, Decatur Arts Festival). A powerhouse of songwriting and electric live performances, other artists have taken notice. The Ain’ts are honored to have shared the stage with notable regional and national touring acts including Donna The Buffalo, Ralph Roddenbery, Brad Parsons and Starbird, Strung Like a Horse, and Tank and the Bangas. The power duo of Arrie Bozeman and Barb Carbon front the band blending tight harmonies and smart lyrics with soulful, booty-shakin' melodies. Dynamic musicians and songwriters, they share an equal propensity for irony, humor, ferocity, and heart-on-sleeve authenticity. With the addition of Justin Boudreau on bass and John Cowin on drums, The Ain’t Sisters have expanded the sonic experience, earning their place as one of Atlanta's premier original acts.
Barb Carbon will open the show a solo acoustic set that is bound to mesmerize. We look forward to enjoying this evening of music under the stars with you.
Suggested donation: $20
SOLD OUT! Michelle Malone SOLD OUT!
Michelle Malone was Carrie’s Corner’s very first official artist for our first season and we couldn’t be more excited to have her back for a second show.
Michelle Malone's musical roots run deep and wide like the mighty Mississippi river, twisting and turning through rock, blues, and alt-country music territory. She is "a master at mixing blues and Americana music” (GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE). Over the course of Malone’s career, she has shared stages with artists from Gregg Allman to Indigo Girls, SugarLand's Kristian Bush to Brandi Carlisle, Mississippi All-Stars Luther Dickenson to ZZ Top, released more than a dozen records, and went indie when it still took guts. Her powerful live show will take you on a journey from red dirt back roads to bright city lights, whether she's solo acoustic in a living room concert or in a big arena backed by her band. She "has the soul of a bluesman, the heart of a folk singer, and the guts of a rock and roll star wrapped up in one fiery bad ass" (NASHVILLE RAGE), and she's determined to bring the masses back together in the name of love and music with her latest, Slings and Arrows. If you were at Michelle’s first show then you know what an amazing evening you are in for. We hope to see you there.
7pm Doors, 8pm Music
Come spend a summer night with some The Cazanovas and some rockin' blues. We have been enjoying their shows all over Atlanta for years and are excited to have them on our stage at Carrie's Corner! Every show they do lives up to the moniker of "kick ass blues". That's because The Cazanovas are a butt-rockin', energetic, in your face band ensconced in the blues with an edge that will keep you on your feet hungry for more!
Many years of performing traditional and contemporary blues music has inspired their own sound, featuring blues covers and a ton of original songs inspired by life and the ups and downs it brings. So come ready to shake it. This will be one July night to remember! Music will start at 8 and the band will do 2 sets.
Suggested donation $10. Advanced reservations strongly suggested to secure your spot for this party, but email email@example.com if you have not reserved one week prior to the show for address.
Sonia Leigh maintains an individuality that is so liberating it extends beyond genre from her main stream nationwide country catapult on Zac Brown's Southern Ground Records in 2011 to her 2018 dark pop rock full length release titled Mad Hatter, to her latest physical release, raw rock and roll, "13 track record", recorded live at Abbey Road Studio in London, England. Changes have always been a catalyst for creativity and her prolific writing style spans across genres easily. She's penned songs for major recording artists, had her songs featured on hit television shows, video games (The Sims) and toured across the USA and Europe with rockers like Eric Church, Melissa Etheridge, Bones, Beth Hart, Zac Brown Band, Blackberry
Smoke, Tyler Bryant and the Shake Down, Broken Witt Rebels, and legends such as Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, and Joan Jett. It seems that Sonia Leigh's story keeps winding onward, weaving in and out of genre's with ease. Her honest edge captures a fans hearts forever and leaves them anxiously awaiting her next move. She can hush a room with just her and her guitar or shake the walls with her angsty, raspy roar. Sonia Leigh squeezes every drop out on the stage and leaves the crowd shouting for more.
THE BRUCE KATZ BAND
Bruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CD’s as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CD’s with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others. Bruce had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s Band for six years (2007-2013), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers. Bruce toured with the Allman Brothers a number of times as well.
His 10th & newest CD , “Get Your Groove!” (American Showplace Music) features many new original tunes, both vocal and instrumental. It continues the evolution of the band’s music from the improvisational “jam blues” and roots music he has explored as a member of the various AllmanBrothers “family bands.” Jaimoe, founding member of The Allman Brothers, plays double drums on several tunes including “Freight Train”, a song Bruce wrote for Butch Trucks.
The Band consists of Bruce Katz on Hammond Organ and Piano, Ray Hangen on Drums and Aaron Lieberman on Guitar and Vocals (founding member of God Street Wine). Bruce is a 5x nominee for the Blues Foundation’s “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, including 2018. Bruce recently won the BMA for “Acoustic Album of The Year”. He has also been nominated for the Living Blues “Outstanding Keyboardist” award twice (2015, 2019).
Carrie's Corner welcomed Hannah Thomas who brought her own style of music to the roots rock world with a voice reminiscent of young Bonnie Raitt, grit and bravado that draws comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, and the southern rock soul of Chris Robinson.
Hannah Thomas has been playing professionally for more than a decade, touring with Indigo Girls and opening for or sharing the stage with Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), Terri Clark, Lydia Loveless, Chely Wright, Michelle Chamuel, Capital Cities, Shawn Mullins, Michelle Malone, Randall Bramblett and more.
ANNIE SELLICK & PAT BERGESON
Nashville-native dread-locked jazz-vocalist Annie Sellick have performed and recorded with most of her heroes (including Joey DeFrancesco, Bela Fleck and Mark O' Connor), enjoyed stardom in her hometown and toured nationally and internationally. But perhaps her best quality is the organic sincerity she exudes from the stage, joyfully hooking an audience into the stories of the songs she sings. Rounding out the duo, Annie's husband is as versatile a harmonica player as he is a guitarist. Pat Bergeson moved to Nashville upon Chet Atkins' request to join his band as a guitarist (he's also toured and recorded with Suzy Bogguss, Lyell Lovett and Madeleine Peyroux). Pat has also been featured as the headlining act at the International Harmonica Convention (SPAH). Together, their music is jazz-based with acoustic guitars, harmonica and percussion but draws upon many styles creating a show that grooves, soothes and tells stories.
For more info on Annie and Pat: www.anniesellick.com/patbergeson
On Youtube: Hallelujah I Just Love Him So: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfjjVHww_7g
LINDSAY DRAKE and FRIENDS
Lindsay Drake is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist born in the early 90’s in Atlanta, GA. Her original work consists of a mixture of pop, R&B, alternative rock, and indie—all with a strong vocal influence.
Today, Drake resides in Georgia and continues to perform her original material around the Atlanta area. Her energetic and charismatic personality, along with her unique and complex vocal range, poetic and fiercely bold lyrics, and emotionally charged songs are bound to leave you feeling charmed, electrified, and eager to hear more.