TOWER OF SONG

Tower of Song Concert Archive

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, 9/15: FOO FIGHTERS, LARRY CAMPBELL & TERESA WILLIAMS, BRUCE COCKBURN, THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN & more!
    On “Concrete and Gold” Foo Fighters reflect the entire timeline of the classic-rock format; there are clear homages to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, glam, thrash and grunge. But the band has a new producer, Greg Kurstin, who has collaborated with Adele, Pink and Beck. And with him, Foo Fighters now shuffle genres, even within songs, more suddenly and whimsically — more digitally — than ever. Previous albums have presented studio-enhanced versions of the band onstage, while on “Concrete and Gold,” Foo Fighters can switch configurations
  • NEW RELEASES, 9/8: GREGG ALLMAN says goodbye, THE NATIONAL returns, NEIL YOUNG gives us one from the vault, and MIKE STERN rocks our world!
    As rock superstars fade from the glare of fame into the shrouds of nostalgia, a few find ways to keep connecting. It’s not easy: Talent is critical but more important is honesty. This is especially true when the end of one’s path comes into view, when that road no longer stretches past the horizon but stops somewhere short of there. When Gregg Allman recorded Southern Blood, he could see what lay ahead. Knowing that this was his farewell statement, he crafted it meticulously all the way up to the end of his journey,