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Stay Toasty with Live Blues in the Snow

The Winter Wonder Jam concert series opens this weekend with a folksy show from Justin Townes Earle and supported by Seven Handle Sideshow and John McCauley. Local Notes gives you the skinny.

December starts tomorrow, and that means winter is finally here. What better way to celebrate the winter season than with awesome music underneath a towering Christmas tree and flurries of snow? Pull on those boots and wrap up in your most happening scarf for the first Winter Wonder Jam concert of the season, tomorrow night starting at 6:30 p.m. in Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

The lineup for the opening concert is made up of acts that are soulful and bluesy. Seven Handle Sideshow and John McCauley of Deer Tick will open for Justin Townes Earl. Local Notes gives you the scoop on these awesome musicians.

Seven Handle Sideshow

Seven Handle Sideshow is a three-piece acoustic act from the band Seven Handle Circus. Seven Handle Circus only dates back to 2010 when the guys met as students at Georgia Tech, but it’s already made a big impact on the local bluegrass scene. The six-piece string band has even played for the very popular Mumford and Sons.

Seven Handle Circus plays bluegrass with an edge (think The Avett Brothers or Old Crow Medicine Show), and incorporates local influence and even rap into its sound. Check out some tracks from the band’s new album “Whiskey Still and Sleeping Pills” on its Bandcamp page.

John McCauley

John McCauley has been playing solo shows as of late, even while continuing to tour with his band Deer Tick, which he incidentally started as a solo project before it became a full-fledged band. Deer Tick plays stripped-down alt-rock with influences including folk, country and blues.

McCauley recently performed a show with Justin Townes Earle marking the centennial celebration of folk superstar Woodie Guthrie.  Listen to McCauley fronting Deer Tick on the band’s Myspace page.

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle has music in his blood. He was given the middle name Townes in honor of folk musician Townes van Zandt by his father, alt-country musician Steve Earle. Earle developed a folk, blues and country style and began releasing albums in 2007.

Even after his song “Harlem River Blues” won the Americana Music Award for song of the year in 2011, Earle decided to go a different direction with his music. He describes his newest album, “Nothings Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now” as more influenced by Memphis soul. Check out his music on his website.

For more information on the Winter Wonder Jam concert series and for advanced tickets, visit the Atlantic Station blog.

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