Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Created by I Love Music on Jul 8, 2012

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Yes, its varied and alive

No, its dead, not much talent in these parts

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1148 Dec 18, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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This is why you haven't improved or came up with a true sound
And when will we be hearing an example of what you do?

So far all you've shown a talent for is whining, complaining and sniffing behind my posts with your jeering and heckling.

--
Music & poetry from Will Dockery & Friends:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1149 Dec 18, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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Musically you are
Well, here's a more literate writer and what he, Larry Caddell, thinks of the "Will Dockery Sound", who recently nailed the connection quite well in his Columbus Community News write-up:

http://alt.guitar.narkive.com/loyyp0OI/new-de...

It was a hot and balmy Saturday night. The intermittent rain only
pushed the humidity level off the charts. I had heard good things
about Backyard Blues. Something was happening at a grassroots level.

After all, I received my invite courtesy of Will Dockery, Columbus'
poet laureate and Ralph Frank, our own drummer/sign painter/folk artist
extraordinaire.
Thomas Gottshall purchased the old "coin op" laundry and
accompanying garage-style building on Sixth Street and First Avenue.
He has been renovating and restoring the old building in hopes of
turning it into a music and arts complex. Floor plans have been
created featuring performance space, meeting rooms and a recording
studio. The building is made of brick and features a wooden-arched
roof.
The large main room has a small stage on one end and has surprisingly
good acoustics, thanks to the arched ceiling.

[...]

After several acoustic performers, the Shadowville All-Stars took the
stage. This band of rock n' roll renegades are fronted by Will
Dockery who has long needed a launch pad for his eclectic,
imagery-laden, neo-beatific poems. Chain-smoking, spontaneously
gesturing towards make-believe objects and addressing imaginary
characters, Dockery sang with a gravel-throated limp to a rolling,
bluesy romp in the swamp. Sounding like a cross between Tom Waits, Lou
Reed and the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction, Dockery and crew chugged
through their myriad of originals about pool halls, bridges, tragedies,
lost love and relationships.

The music of the All-Stars was gritty and down-to-earth: a solid
backbeat encircled by the meandering bass lines of Sam Singer and two
blues-infused electric guitars (one tremolo-heavy surf-induced). The
band was joined on stage by Henry Parker for a long, bombastic version
of Sweet Jane by the Velvet Underground.
I was glad to hear this crew of upstarts carving out musical sketches
of Smith-station, the Dillingham Street Bridge and other
Columbus-inspired landmarks. I hope to see a lot more of the
Shadowville All-stars. They kicked out the jams.-Larry Caddell

--
Gone Too Far / Dockery-Mallard-Snipe:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...
William

United States

#1150 Dec 19, 2012
I voted no because that's what I think.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1151 Dec 19, 2012
josh green wrote:
Thanks. I'm glad I could be somewhat of service to this post and after more than 800 comments it seems like it's turning towards more positive discussion.
While we're here, I'm going to post 2 of the shows I have coming up...
I mentioned Radiolucent in the other post. They'll be at The Loft on 2/23 with Cedar Creek (acoustic) opening.
"Listening to Radiolucent, one might get the impression that little has changed down in Dixie since Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers, and Jerry Reed first made their way across the red Georgia clay. Well, truth be told, not all that much has changed. At least not where Radiolucent comes from. Down here the whiskey still warms you, the collard greens still taste just like grandma’s, and the classic records continue to prick at the soul, same as the day those tracks were cut. You’ll find Radiolucent adhering to this rich heritage like a time-honored family recipe."
VIDEO: "I'm So Country (Official Video)" - http://youtu.be/1hAy5mcQx1E
VIDEO: "Fighting Man (Live)" - http://youtu.be/8Q0LIfIJ2AE
--
And then on 3/9, The Defibulators ( www.thedefibulators.com ) will also be at The Loft.
The Defibulators have emerged as one of the most engaging live acts from the thriving roots scene in Brooklyn, NY – melding bluegrass, rockabilly, dixieland, and punk into their own eclectic sound. Their shows are irresistibly infectious and rowdy (likened to watching “Hee-Haw on mescaline”), as they wield an arsenal of guitars, banjos, fiddles, and junkyard percussion, with relentless energy and rusty virtuosity. The DEFiBULATORs jump-start new life into vintage country music and deliver a unique sound that’s anything but old timey.
VIDEO: "Cornmoney" - http://www.youtu.be/OTElFC6ITgA
VIDEO: "Cackalacky" - http://youtu.be/QyxnMpOKNPg
VIDEO: "Your Hearty Laugh" - http://www.youtu.be/ybFGcM0WLa4
“[Bug] and singer Erin Bru slip into harmonies that recall the storied Gram Parsons–Emmylou Harris duets…moments of unvarnished beauty”- New York Magazine
“This Brooklyn septet stops some hearts with wrenching country ballads and raucous hellbilly.”- Pop Matters
I hope these 2 shows peak someone out there's interest!
I just caught this post in the dozens posted here over the last day or so... so this is where you're bringing your talent scoping talents now... straight downtown to The Loft?

Bravo, man!

--
Gone Too Far / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_115...

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1152 Dec 19, 2012
Back Again wrote:
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What brought me here origionally is you post on the state wide political threads but post all about your music instead of politics.
That's absurd, I've posted about politics more than anyone here besides of course Jim Pickings, but the election is over bow, so of course none of us want to kick that lame duck around right now... word is we have four more years of the same.

Sorry, Republicans, you ran a inferior candidate and he was sent back home.

Since you brought it up, my anonymous friend, here's just one of my numerous posts about politics, and my particular view of last season's brutal Presidential race:

Here's a quick bit on Gary Johnson.
At last at least an alternative to the less than thrilling Obama/Romney situation.

http://youtu.be/2X3QRSIXgns

"...Two-term Governor, Gary Johnson, says both parties are indistinguishable from one another. Both are keeping America broke. Both are keeping America at war. Both have trampled on the Constitution. And both are stooges to the same big money players that never change behind the scenes. It's time to put our differences and our parties aside and come together as a nation for the good of all. We The People are ready to LIVE FREE." -Gary Johnson 2012

Just a quick repost/bump as a coda for a particularly brutal political season, now passed.

Update:

Obama won, Romney lost... get over it.

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Gone Too Far / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_115...

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1153 Dec 19, 2012
Back Again wrote:
<quoted text>
What brought me here origionally is you post on the state wide political threads
but post all about your music instead of politics.
More for those who try to say I never discuss anything but music and poetry on these Forums:

Will Dockery: I couldn't stand Romney or Obama, so I voted third party for Gary Johnson... I just hope to see a valid third party arise in my lifetime to break up the corrupt Republican-Democrat monopoly. Both parties are ruining America in their own seperate ways and agendas. In my opinion. But enough of all that silliness, let's get back to what matters... the Local Music scene!

A. M.: I understand. I voted for Romney but only because he was the lesser of the two evils...and I knew if we split the votes it would be a guarantee that Obama would slide back in. Was a disaster regardless. Wish we had a no-party government with a presidential board instead on one man heading it all...

Will Dockery: I dunno... I'm old enough to remember Nixon, the quintessential Republican, and I detected a similar /sinister/ gleam in Romney's eyes. The problem with Obama seems to me that, like Jimmy Carter, he was just /too/ nice for the job of President. We need a real Leader again, which we haven't seen since at least Clinton, maybe Reagan. Yes, I actually thrived personally in the Reagan years. Reagan knew how to connect with all people, a talent the two bozos running this year both lack for very different reasons.
as Gary Johnson himself says: "A wasted vote is voting for somebody you don't believe in and there were a lot of wasted votes tonight. There were more wasted votes tonight than I've ever seen. We all should be proud of ourselves because over the next four years none of us are gonna have to say we are responsible for this. I didn't vote for either one of 'em, I voted for Gary Johnson," Gary Johnson said.

The Third Party will grow as more and more Americans wake up and reject the two party monopoly of Republican-Democrat.

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Gone Too Far / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_115...
Kristan

United States

#1154 Dec 19, 2012
The videos on page one are caca, that's Spanish for sh1t

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1155 Dec 19, 2012
josh green wrote:
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Will, I tried to support it... Until I was accused by more than 1 of them for trying to destroy "the local music scene" because I wouldn't book them or was asked to be the henchman for a show I didn't book because it was bad for business. Then I just got jaded. I disliked half of the shit-talkers there. You were the only exception, and I did turn around to show you respect and listen to your performances and clapped. Ultimately, It has nothing to do with being a fan of it or not. It has to do with the business end. There's a reason why open mics get canceled around town, or changed to different days, etc and it's all money. Open Mic just doesn't bring any in. When y'all see a "packed room", what it is is OTHER people there waiting their turn and most of them don't drink and those that do aren't drinking heavily enough (or tipping big enough) to offset the cost. It's just a bad business decision at most bars and does a lot better at places like coffee shops.
I've been to SoHos on Open Mic once and it seemed to have a decent crowd, but they also have a great Monday night crowd, and I think it's just because it's 1) one of the few places open, and 2) they've been doing it for so long and offer Service Industry prices... so people in the service industry end up going there after work and wanting drinks.
Josh, I didn't realize you weren't too familiar with the SoHo schedules and audiences... and one reason why open mic does quite a bit better there than some other places I think has to do with in many ways as you say, SoHo has been running it for over a decade now, but also that Tripp Wrigley is a pretty good, engaing host, and Wendell the sound man puts a lot into making the performers sound as good as he can, rather than just turn it on and let it roll warts and all.

Now, I realize late that you may be unaware of the Thursday shows SoHo has been doing for a couple of years now, featuring local acts, Bibb City Ramblers, Sean Rox, Shadowville All-Stars, Oriental Jones, and even some strange avant-garde groups such as Echobeast, which I front with vocals, screams, poetry and even a little singing.

Echobeast is me and Bibb City Ramblers members, and assorted "art rockers" doing stuff even farther off the path than even our usual stuff, an aspect of what I enjoy in music both to listen to and perform. I like some surprises, to give listeners something different and to be surprised.

Here's a clip from the November 1st show we did at SoHo (Yes, it conflicts with the Tursday open mics at both Fountain City Coffee and Del Ranch, so it doesn't get as much promotion from these quarters as it really should, but hopefully that will change soon) in conjunction with the Spaceseed entourage:

Venus Star Ritual / Echobeast & Will Dockery
11-1-2012

"Gold mask replica, stars glitter in my muttonchops, echoing dreambeasts, nothing unreal exists." -Will Dockery

http://youtu.be/nOFI2uVSCAI

Echobeast: Brian Fowler, Dan Davidson, Gini Woolfolk-Davidson, Charles Fowler, Wildman Steve, Gabriel Holland.
josh green

Valley, AL

#1156 Dec 19, 2012
Open mic, when successfully ran, should be an "audition" type format, in my opinion. Playing on a slow night in hopes for actually getting a paying gig on a busy night. If that fails to materialize after a month or so of performing for free then I'd take my talents elsewhere.

Now I realize that's just not the case in Columbus so we have to look at it as something different from open mics elsewhere. The open mics in this area would be VASTLY improved if they weren't taken over by the same groups or 1 single backing band for various singers, turning it into almost a non-drunk (which isn't fun!) version of live band karaoke. If there were more individual singers and groups and certain people would learn to get the hell off the stage then it would be more enjoyable to all. Watch EATV7 when they show the videos recorded at open mics around town and you'll see the same few people on stage constantly. You've got the right idea when you come, do your 3 songs or so, and get off stage but other's haven't figured that out. Not everybody is going to enjoy a musician's stuff, so if they never leave the damn stage it kill's business and creates resentment towards them.

Think back to the days of Coach's Corner open mics with actual BANDS like Misfortune 500 and the Gamble brothers (not sure what they called themselves) playing and how much more enjoyable those were and better received and attended. When I went to SoHo on open mic night this was also the approach I saw which could also be a contributing factor. Granted, the night I went, it was The Yams who were going to play open mic and all of their friends were anxious to hear them so everyone was there. All of Stereomonster and a lot of their fans, all of George's, Pat's, Jim's friends plus the usual SoHo crowd, open mic attendees, regulars, etc. It made for a great time and if that were the norm, instead of what currently is, it would be a great benefit to the performers and the venues.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1159 Dec 19, 2012
josh green wrote:
Now I realize that's just not the case in Columbus so we have to look at it as something different from open mics elsewhere. The open mics in this area would be VASTLY improved if they weren't taken over by the same groups or 1 single backing band for various singers, turning it into almost a non-drunk (which isn't fun!) version of live band karaoke. If there were more individual singers and groups and certain people would learn to get the hell off the stage then it would be more enjoyable to all. Watch EATV7 when they show the videos recorded at open mics around town and you'll see the same few people on stage constantly. You've got the right idea when you come, do your 3 songs or so, and get off stage but other's haven't figured that out. Not everybody is going to enjoy a musician's stuff, so if they never leave the damn stage it kill's business and creates resentment towards them.
If you remember when the "house band" was recording all the open mics in their entirety, literally hundreds of hours of video recorded at Del Ranch are archived on YouTube at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/lakebottom1

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1162 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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I for one have no problem with anyone expressing themselves musically however they wish. those who want to hear it will and other won't.
We completely agree on this, Music Man, as that's exactly what this thread is about, that's what the open mics and poetry readings, the television shows I and my comrades are producing, to give deserving creative talents an outlet to express themselves.

I would look forward to seeing what sort of music, or whatever you produce as well, Music Man... showing what you consider to be quality work rather than just complaining and dragging the hard work of others down simply undermines your credibility.

And in that spirit, here's one of my song-poems, Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley, one of what I consider one of my more successful poems, perfectly framed in musical arrangement by some of the best in the Columbus-Phenix City music scene...

http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

Twilight Girl

Six or six thousand,
we will meet again.
At blazing dusk,
or quiet dawn.
On that shore... again.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy...
Twilight Girl.

On that quiet morning,
clear, crispy light.
Seeing a movie from a distance,
mourning in front of her flight.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy,
Twilight Girl.

She offered me her cup,
asked me to fill it up,
I said "Later, babe.
Right now we have to talk
untangle the chakra
that crosses over."

Ghost horses,
from the car ahead,
looks like engine exhaust.
Blink my eyes through bitter tears,
a smile for what we've lost.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy...
Twilight Girl.

Words: Will Dockery
Music: Henry Conley

Vocals: Will Dockery, Guitar: Henry Conley, Bass: Doug Conley, Flute: Gene Woolfolk, Jr. Drums: John Phillips.

Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley, from the CD Shadowville Speedway.© 2009 Library of&#65279; Congress Registration Number / Date: PAu003501816 / 2008-09-23

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1163 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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there may be a music scene of open mic karoake
You understand that the open mic performers are mostly writing and performing their own original material, and calling these creators "karaoke" is confusion at best, and a gross misrepresentation at worst, right?

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Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1165 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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I guess every town has a village idiot
And let me guess... you're applying for that job, "Music Man"?

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Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1166 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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you meet a producer and tell him where your from and he says "Oh yeah, I've heard about Columbus Georgia, is that guy for real?"
Wow... that really happened to you?

Amazing... heh.

--
Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI
josh green

Valley, AL

#1170 Dec 19, 2012
Does this producer's first name happen to start with an E?

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1172 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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You are the village idiot
Sorry pal, just because some anonymous troll (that's you) posts some libel on Topix.com doesn't make it factual.

Perhaps you should work on proving your intelligence here in some way before you try to judge another man's intelligence... certainly someone such as myself who isn't afraid to show what I'm all about, intellectually.

Fair enough?

--
Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1173 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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You are truly clueless.
Writes the anonymous troll who doesn't even know the difference between original songwriting and live performance and karaoke.

Try to keep up... heh.

--
Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1174 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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Is it some comedy routine?
Anyone who knows me knows there's a lot of humor involved in my work and in fact in my basic personality.

Ask Josh Green about that.

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Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1176 Dec 19, 2012
MusicMan wrote:
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You'd be surprised how many people know of you
Well, as P.T. Barnum said, "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

And, one of my all-time favorite quotes:

"They've got no sense of humor... I thought I'd feed them a line and see what they'd do with it. They need a good angle. Feed people an angle and they spend the next year demolishing that. They're not interested in music. There's no such thing as bad publicity anyways. If they spell your name right and put your picture in, okay, great. Thanks." -Keith Richards

Anyway... sniff on... heh.

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Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley
http://youtu.be/BYETTK16jQI

“Shadowville All-Stars”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1178 Dec 19, 2012
Denise D wrote:
Interesting poll
Indeed... and apparently endless!

https://www.facebook.com/will.dockery.7/posts...

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