Date and Time
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 8:00pm
Hanesbrands Theatre presents musicians Jeffrey Dean Foster, The Numbers (Snuzz & Sam Frazier), and Greg Humphreys.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Dean Foster dates his musical career back in the mid-Eighties, when he co-founded The Right Profile. One of the first and best bands on North Carolina’s fertile indie music scene, the Winston-Salem-based quartet played high-energy, rootsy rock and roll. Like many of Foster’s musical undertakings over the past two decades, the Right Profile were ahead of their time. (Interesting footnote: Foster’s foil in the Right Profile, pianist Stephen Dubner, went on to fame in the writing field as co-author of Freakonomics.).
Long before the Americana movement caught fire in this decade – before the genre even had a name – Foster also piloted an early-Nineties group called The Carneys which included Andy York (now with John Mellencamp), whose unreleased album is a veritable blueprint for Americana’s synthesis of country, folk, roots and rock. Later that decade, Foster’s next band – The Pinetops, released an album of protean American music, Above Ground and Vertical. It contained the wistful classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Fly,” which has been covered by Marti Jones and others. Again, Foster was breaking ground in a field that hadn’t yet found the broader audience it now enjoys. After the Pinetops’ demise, he cut a raw, quasi-live solo EP called the leaves turn upside down, which stood singer/songwriter conventions on their head and set a tone of fearless artistry that would find expression on his new album, Million Star Hotel.
Britt Harper Uzzell – better known as Snuzz – has long been one of the Triad’s most lovable (and quietly gifted) musical characters. He worked in popular Triad based band Bus Stop for years, toured with pop music icon Ben Folds as one of the Ben Folds Five, and has passed time making solo CDs full of extraordinary pop music. His latest disc, Big Potatoes, is a slice of delectable, feel-good pop that seems almost too appealing to be true (and way too good to go unnoticed). Snuzz wrote, produced, recorded and played most of the instruments, with a few contributions from such notable cohorts as Django Haskins, Eddie Walker and Robert Sledge. The songs are hey-would-you-look-at-that jewels, evocatively so, cut through with a winning sense of Southern grace and place. The arrangements are airy, and the performances unfold with unassuming ease, capped by sneaky hooks and Snuzz’s unassuming singing (think Evan Dando).
“The Singer With Nothing To Say,” the apologetic “Fayetteville,” “Love Of The Game” – all will steal your heart away, which is just what great pop music is supposed to do.” Ed Bumgardner, former Winston-Salem Journal/Relish music writer
“Snuzz has his hand in more interesting projects since 1990 than most anybody else in the state,” Jim Davis – Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC.
“Better than 95% of the major label stuff that comes across my desk,” Parke Puterbaugh, Rolling Stone Magazine.
Realign Your Mind is Greg Humphreys second solo album. It’s the umpteenth in a long line of releases from the front man for popular NC soul rock bands Dillon Fence and HOBEX.
Call the Hanesbrands Box Office at (336) 747-1414 for tickets. Box office is open noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.