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Blues/Rock/Soul/Psychedelia

Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast + Abby Bryant & the Echoes

Friday, February 25th, 2022

Charleston Pour House Deck Stage

Tickets – $12 Advance/$15 Day of Show

5pm Doors/6pm Show

Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast

Known for her powerhouse vocal performances, Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast is a psychedelic soul rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Krisko’s electrified and unforgettable performances led to her working with members of Tedeschi Trucks Band and David Bowie’s Blackstar Band on her newest studio album Lost My Sight. Krisko captivates her audiences, bringing the perfect blend of power and vulnerability throughout her shows. With a mix of soul, psychedelia, and blues rock arrangements, Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast has shared stages with Mavis Staples, the late Charles Bradley, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Turkuaz, Marcus King, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, and Bettye LaVette among others.

Abby Bryant & the Echoes

Hailing from Gastonia, North Carolina, singer Abby Bryant and guitarist Bailey Faulkner have been hanging out and playing music together since they were kids. After a few challenging years of learning the ropes as touring musicians and struggling to make their way in a brutal industry, the pair has cemented their presence as a regional powerhouse with debut album Not Your Little Girl released with their full group Abby Bryant & The Echoes. The debut LP is a confident and rebellious collection, showcasing Bryant’s vocal abilities and claiming the band’s hard-fought place in the world of vintage-inspired southern soul rock.

The daughter of a music minister, Bryant grew up singing and playing music for church services under her father’s direction. One of her first memories of performing involves singing as an angel in a nativity play and backing up the praise team in her traditional small-town community. It wasn’t until she and Faulkner attended Appalachian State that either began to seriously consider a professional career in music. Faulkner and his roommates eventually formed a rock band, and Bryant would guest sing with the group at local bars and venues throughout the mountain town. This time period proved to be a foundational step for the pair as they learned from other musicians and friends in the local scene. “Our friends showed us by example ‘this is how you send an email to get a gig’ and things like that. I wasn’t very sure where to start for myself”, explains Faulkner. What the two did have was a common love for the sound and spirit of soul and American roots music as embodied by artists like Etta James and more recent artists including Susan Tedeschi and Grace Potter. With these inspirations, Bryant and Faulkner began co-writing songs that would eventually appear on Not Your Little Girl.

Having graduated from Appalachian State, the two friends and now dedicated bandmates moved to Charlotte and decided to fully implement their ideas for the new project. Unfortunately, the transition was not all smooth sailing. “It was a big adjustment leaving Boone and all of those college and hometown friends that we’d known and been hanging out with forever,” explains Bryant. “It was scary to put ourselves out there and try to make it in a new town.” The pair struggled to assemble a truly invested crew of bandmates and found it tough work to make enough money from music to live comfortably. Although relying on revolving hired guns to fill out the band, the two soon relocated to Asheville, NC and committed themselves to extensive touring that quickly built an organic fan base in their native Southeast. “We really had to learn to trust ourselves and lean into our confidence. There were a lot of difficult moments, but the thought of giving up or even slowing down never crossed our minds,” explains Faulkner.

Title track “Not Your Little Girl” announces Bryant’s resolve in relying on her own judgement and beliefs when faced with adversity. “When I started singing professionally, I was young and vulnerable, and there were a lot of older folks trying to steer my career and life choices. It seemed like I had something that they wanted or that would benefit them. I was done letting myself be in situations where someone would try to control me or talk down to me,” she recounts. “It took so long for me to say / that I’m not your little girl / I gotta find my very own way / to live in this big old world,” declares Bryant in the song’s powerful chorus.

The album also touches on themes of growing up and leaving home and “having a pretty traditional family that I needed to separate my values from a bit” explains Bryant. Navigating a strange new world with a fresh sense of self, Bryant finds comfort in the band’s steady march forward. “When I stray too far / pick me up and remind me of who we are / It’s a little better now” affirms Bryant on the early-Wilco inspired rocker “Better Now.”

Recorded in the band’s new home base of Asheville, NC, the album features Anthony Dorion on bass, John Ginty (Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Allman Betts Band) on Hammond organ and keys, Jeff Sipe (Bruce Hampton, Leftover Salmon, Susan Tedeschi) on drums, and The Naughty Horns (Nick Ellman, John Culbreth, Ian Bowman) in addition to Faulkner on guitars and Bryant on vocals. Not Your Little Girl represents the culmination of years of dedication and a decided shift in Bryant and Faulkner’s outlook on the band’s future – to unabashedly make their presence known. The collection exhibits fierce independence, a fiery spirit, and a deep love for and understanding of American roots and soul music.