Slingshot Festival returns to downtown Athens March 26-28. The lineup spotlights international, national, and local acts, artists, tech innovators, comedians, films. Thursday, the Georgia Theatre plays host to Andy Hull, Roadkill Ghost Choir & Ryley Walker for a night full of folk and rock. What better way to kick off your Slingshot weekend?
Andy Hull, singer and guitarist of Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra, headlines. The band released two albums last year: Cope this past April, followed by a stripped down acoustic re-imagination, Hope in September. In his solo show, Hull expertly weaves guitar heavy music with his meaningful lyrics to create a magnetic sound.
Unfortunately, Athens transplants Roadkill Ghost Choir are no longer playing tonight due to illness. The indie-folk rockers originally from DeLand, Florida, released their first full-length album, In Tongues (some of which was recorded in Athens) this past fall. Andrew Shephard’s lyrics inspired by life on the road, drifting fall against Kiffy Meyers pedal steel guitar to create “unsettling, powerful American rock” that sounds a little something like “Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy.” In their place at Slingshot is Atlanta indie rockers Tedo Stone who are sure not to disappoint!
Ryley Walker, a folk-rocker from Chicago, opens the night. Walker, who’s set to release his sophomore album
Primrose Green March 31st (within a year of his debut!), seems like he arrived straight from the ‘70s a la Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. His unique melodies and playing style put his sound somewhere between jazz and folk, pairing well with the simplicity of his voice to create gorgeous summery psychedelic music.
Doors open at 8!
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~ Jenna Hegarty