Free Gulf Place sunset concerts every Thursday thru Sept.; Early James touring in support of acclaimed debut album
The City of Gulf Shores Gulf Place concert series continues every Thursday evening through September on the Town Green at Gulf Place at Gulf Shores Public Beach. Bring lawn chairs and join your neighbors for the Sept. 2 concerts and the four that follow on September Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.
At least one food truck will be set up for those wishing to purchase food, and the Alabama Coastal Business Chamber will be present selling soft drinks and beer. For more info, call 251-968-1171 or visit gulfshoresal.gov.
Thursday Gulf Place Sunset Concerts:
• September 9 – Ever More Nest: Ever More Nest is a new music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae. Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that has drawn comparisons to Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch, and Nanci Griffith. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs.
• September 16 – Early James is a combination of roots, rock, the lonesomeness of the blues and tongue, and the cheek of classic country. James’ voice conjures a century’s worth of American barkers and crooners, from Alan Lomax field recordings to mid-century iconoclasts like Billy Holliday and Howlin Wolf to ghostly late-century interpreters like Fiona Apple and Tom Waits.
• September 23 – The Talismen: The Talismen formed in 2015 in Montgomery. These talented musicians have been learning and growing as they entertain audiences all over the Southeast. The Talismen put on a show containing soulful and funk-filled originals along with some music of their favorite artists from across the jam, rock, and funk spectrum.
• September 30 – Songwriters Showcase: The Songwriters Showcase will be a preview to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. The night will kick off with the Krickets and will be followed by three Nashville hit songwriters: Jon Nite, J.T. Harding, and Lindsay Rimes.
Pictured: Alabama native Early James, will be singing songs from his full length debut album, Singing for My Supper, al album co-produced by Dan Auerbach, the Black Keys frontman. The singer/songwriter’s sound has been described as “rootsy, bluesy folk, with a slight retro vibe that shifts from Latin to closing time noir to earthy blues with countrypolitan leanings. His vocal style is similar to E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren and critics list songs favarably to Steely Dan.
His shape-shifting music is impossible to pigeonhole but after spending 35 minutes with it, you’ll understand that Auerbach has once again found a new, distinctive, impressively mature and strikingly focused talent with a bright future.
American Songwriter’s review of his album states, “James is shape-shifting music is impossible to pigeonhole but after spending 35 minutes with it, you’ll understand that Auerbach has once again found a new, distinctive, impressively mature and strikingly focused talent with a bright future.’’