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.

  • NEW RELEASES 4/28: April is going out large as we get in new stuff from GORILLAZ, ROBERT CRAY, WILLIE NELSON, MARK LANEGAN, RON SEXSMITH, TROMBONE SHORTY & more!
    Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. Set inside an old theatre, the funky Royal Studios looks much as it did when Al Green was cutting those classics for Hi Records. Guitarist Teenie Hodges has passed away, but his brothers Rev. Charles Hodges (organ and piano) and Leroy "Flick" Hodges (bass), along with cousin Archie "Hubbie" Turner (keyboards), were still there.
  • NEW RELEASES, 4/14: YES, we do have the new KENDRICK LAMAR in-stock NOW, but that’s not all. We’ve got new STRING CHEESE INCIDENT, JOHN MAYER, and some jazz-classical love for Mr. Gene!
    Less obviously haunted by the influence of George Clinton than its predecessor, Damn still sounds rooted in early-70s soul. There are nods towards the luscious, harmony-laden mellowness of the Stylistics and the Chi-Lites (opener Blood even features a warped version of the kind of spoken-word monologue found on the latter’s single Have You Seen Her?), to the stentorian bellow that opens Curtis Mayfield’s If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go and to the dense sound of psychedelic soul – by way of Outkast – on Pride. If it seems a more straightforward listen than To Pimp a Butterfly, there’s a cheering sense that this doesn’t equate to a lessening of musical ambition. There’s none of that album’s wilfully jarring quality – its sudden, anxious musical lurches and abrupt, short-circuiting leaps between genres – but the tracks on Damn still feel episodic and expansive: XXX alone goes from massed harmony vocals to a downbeat rap over glitching, stuttering samples, to a thrilling moment where it explodes in a mass of sirens, screeching tyres and heaving basslines, to a dramatic drop in tempo and an understated guest vocal from Bono in the space of four minutes. Rather than angsty disruptions, there’s a more subtle sense of disquiet here. The heavy-lidded drift of Yah would sound relaxed were it not for the presence of two grating bass notes that fit with the lyrics’ prickly unease, where images of contented family life rub up against “theories and suspicions”. Meanwhile, on the brilliant Pride, troubled lyrical shifts from modesty and confusion to self-belief – “I can’t fake humble because your ass is insecure” – are mirrored by a rap electronically treated so that its pitch gradually speeds up and slows down amid the woozy atmospherics and falsetto vocals. Elsewhere, there’s brilliant, dexterous storytelling on Duckworth – the saga of how Lamar’s father narrowly avoided being murdered by a criminal called Anthony, complete with an eye-popping, no-spoilers twist – and another demonstration of Lamar’s nonpareil ability to write songs about the pressures of wealth and success that somehow manage to elicit the listener’s sympathy rather than a roll of the eyes.