TOWER OF SONG

Tower of Song

JOHN DOEReady   March 19, 2005
Founding member of punk band X, and brilliant singer songwriter delivers solo version of “Ready”. A great song from the awe inspiring, life changing 2005 release Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet. A major day at The Bohemian Café and Horizon Records! Dedicated to the late, great Upstate punker John Galway.


JOHN DOEYour Parade    March 19, 2005
Another heartfelt dose of Doe from Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet, a reflective, clear-eyed ballad.


COL. BRUCE  HAMPTONSpace Is The Place   May 22, 2010
An ultra-funky, guitar-driven cover of the Sun Ra classic as only the Col. could deliver it.


TIM O’BRIENSenor   July 21, 2010
A standout Horizon favorite tune from the instant-classic all-Dylan “Red on Blonde” album. Tim brings an acoustic folk feel to this underrated gem from 1978’s Street Legal and shines it up nicely.


DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN’Detroit City   July 19, 2010
A ragged rocker that pays tribute to the great rockers that came out of Detroit in the 60’s and ‘70’s. A huge dose of raucous love shout to Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, MC5, The Stooges, Brownsville Station (Motor City alums, all) from the band’s 2009 album, The Great American Bubble Factory.


MICHAEL PENNTry   October 14, 2005
One of those impossibly melodic ballad gems that Michael seems to be able to pluck out of his songwriter’s noggin’ at will. About as dispassionate a look at a crumbling relationship as you can imagine. “I don’t want to try to anymore,” indeed.


JOHN WESLEY HARDING (aka WESLEY STACE)Miss Fortune   April 30, 2005
There are few songs that can come back from “I was born with a coathanger in my mouth” as an opening line and make you love the melody, but that’s John Wesley Harding in a nutshell. Brilliant song that shares a title with his powerful first novel, and we were fortunate to have John Wes both singing and reading that day.


DARRELL SCOTT I Still Miss Someone   February 25, 2012
One of the great country/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarists of our era salutes one of his own kind, Mr. Johnny Cash, and does so beautifully off-the-cuff. Always amazing when Darrell is in the house.


BOB MARGOLINI’m  A Man   October 13, 2007
Our favorite journeyman blues singer/guitarist brings his renowned tenure with Muddy Waters to bear on this rousing version of one his boss’ classic stompers.


WILL KIMBROUGHHome Remedy   July 9, 2005
Mr. Kimbrough nonchalantly dashed over from his soundcheck with Rodney Crowell at The Handlebar, removed his guitar from its case and treated us to this deftly-fingerpicked acoustic tribute to the little things that keep a love affair alive. “It’s a home remedy/When you put your arms around me/The whole world is shining new.” A true moment of human love and warmth from one of our favorites at Horizon.


BELLEVILLE OUTFITAs The Crow Flies   February 9, 2008
Spartanburg’s own Belleville Outfit take the acoustic musical omnivore approach of Uncle Walt’s Band into a new generation, so they were a no-brainer to include in our Tribute To Walter Hyatt show. Blending a pulsing groove with ragged-but-right vocal harmonies and a little fiddle on the side, “As The Crow Flies” is just plain laid-back fun.


ROGUE WAVESeasick on Land   June 21, 2005
Rather than their usual rhythmic, electric-guitar coated indie-rock, Oakland’s own Rogue Wave treated us to a stripped-down acoustic performance that took the emphasis away from the off-kilter time signatures and waves of overdubs and put in on their gift for sing-along melodies and incisive lyrics.


JON AUER – Six Feet Under   May 7, 2006
The Posies’ singer/songwriter/co-founder (and occasional BIG STAR) strips down this delicately orchestrated, autumnal gem from his gorgeous “Songs From The Year Of Our Demise” album, which had been out five whole days when he played our humble confines. Our normally taciturn soundman Steve McGowan was beside himself with joy.


THE WOOD BROTHERS – Never Can Pray Enough   October 17, 2008
A swaggering, staggering two step of upright bass and deft slide guitar underpins this dark tale of sin, punctuated by Oliver Wood’s keening howl. It stands as a powerful backwoods warning to a friend who’s dancing a little too close to the edge.

  • Classical piano master and musical alchemist LANG LANG makes his PEACE CENTER debut on February 27th! YES!
    CALL 864-467-3000 OR VISIT www.peacecenter.org FOR DETAILS & INFO! If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game; the 56th and 57th GRAMMY Award two years in a row, where he performed with Metallica and Pharrell Williams; the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance; the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe (the first classical music cinema cast to be headlined by a solo artist).
  • ODDISEE takes us on another epic hip-hop journey with “The Iceberg,” out 3/10. It’s a social, personal and political work that seeks some answers within the chaos.
    The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album, ''The Iceberg,'' is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. ''The Iceberg'' is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: How we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement.