Decatur band, The Bitteroots set to release sophomore album
The Bitteroots have announced that the upcoming release of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” will be kicked off with a special performance at The Five Spot featuring Red Eye Gravy Records recording artists Nathan Beaver & Mike Killeen
3/8/12 4:53 PM CET
DECATUR, Ga. – The Bitteroots have announced that the upcoming release of the band’s sophomore album, “Central of Georgia,” will be kicked off with a special performance at The Five Spot featuring Red Eye Gravy Records recording artists Nathan Beaver and Mike Killeen.
The “Central of Georgia” album release party will be Saturday, March 31 at The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. NE, in Little 5 Points. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and include copies of albums from all three of the night’s artists, including the Bitteroots’ latest, “Central of Georgia.”
The show starts at 8 p.m., with Killeen and Beaver taking the stage to perform tracks from their records, “Poverty is Real,” and “Everybody’s Out Tonight.”
“We’re so excited to welcome Mike and Nathan to the stage to help us open the party to launch our new record,” said Bitteroots bassist Bill Taylor. “We’ve played with these guys several times over the last couple of years and always have a ton of fun. We appreciate their support for our record and can’t wait to show it off.”
Originally from Athens, and now living in Decatur, Mike Killeen counts as influences Bob Dylan, Vic Chesnutt, Nirvana and Uncle Tupelo among others. He has shared the stage with Southern rock legends such as the Marshall Tucker Band and Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama.
“Poverty is Real” is his third full-length release.
Nathan Beaver began his music career in Athens, playing drums for the band Conflict of Interest. He later performed with Curbside Crush, and eventually broke away to become a solo performer. He now lives in Nashville, Tenn.
His two solo studio albums include 2004’s “Point B” and the 2010 release “Universal You,” which includes contributions from Mark Van Allen on pedal steel, Clay Cook (of the Zac Brown Band) on electric guitar, and Kevin Leahy (former Shawn Mullins drummer) on drums.
“Central of Georgia” is the second album released independently by The Bitteroots. The band’s 2011 album “French Fries” helped establish the group as one of Decatur’s premiere original rock bands, mixing smart songwriting with gutsy, bluesy vocals by lead singer Laura Dees.
The group has been a familiar presence at some of the metro area’s largest music and arts festivals and will continue to back “Central of Georgia” with performances throughout the year including performance at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival and The Decatur Ats Festival among other club dates.
Who: The Bitteroots
What: Album release party for “Central of Georgia”
When: March 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga.