TOLEMAN RANDALL, The Mike Strauss Band, The-Eyebrows

Double Door Inn & MaxxMusic present

TOLEMAN RANDALL

The Mike Strauss Band

The-Eyebrows

Thu, December 22, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Double Door Inn

Charlotte, NC

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

TOLEMAN RANDALL
TOLEMAN RANDALL
Charlotte, North Carolina’s Toleman Randall was born out of the rich pool of young musicians living in Cotswold in the early 1990’s. Grant Funderburk, original member and current songwriter and guitarist, revived the name in 2012. In its present form, Toleman Randall harnesses the musical talents and experiences of its members to produce their own brand of indie rock. Grant’s songs rise to scientific subjects like cosmic forces and return to more earthly themes including love, loss, and relationships. Funderburk expresses these concepts in original songs with influences from Mark Knopfler, J.J. Cale, and David Gilmour, to name a few. Grant, Kyle Dussault Carinelli (keyboards), John Licare (bass), and Charlie Heard (drums) have been members in other noteworthy Queen City bands such as Sea of Cortez, Raised by Wolves, Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers, The Noises Ten, The Houstons, and The Virginia Reel.
The Mike Strauss Band
The Mike Strauss Band
The Mike Strauss Band has existed in various forms over the years. A work in progress, perhaps? Perhaps.

I guess you could say that everything begins with Mike. As a songwriter, singer and guitarist his songs, singing and guitar playing establish the outlines that the group embellish, color and sometimes re-shape. It could be country, but it's not quite country. It could be blues, but it's not quite blues. Not quite rock, folk or jazz either. Somehow the group manages to live both in and outside of the "Americana" umbrella that these styles inform. Rollick n' Roll? Rhythm n' Rues? Perhaps.

At one time consisting of seven (maybe eight?) members spread out on the main stage or crammed in the corner, the current line-up consists of six individuals. Pretty much from the beginning (or at least the recorded history of the group that starts in Charlotte, NC around 2004 with a cd called "Gone Electric") Jon Schigoda has been playing the upright bass in the band. Randolph Lewis contributed his unique brand of electric guitar playing (which includes a custom tuning and extensive use of the Bigsby Palm Pedal string bending mechanism) to the second cd ("How in The World") in 2005 and became a regular performer with the band shorty thereafter. Randolph convinced his former band mate (in the bands Come On Thunderchild and Les Dirt Clods) ,drummer David "DK" Kim, to join the group starting with the third cd "After All" in 2007. By the time the group recorded it's fourth cd in 2010 ("Ideal Road") the trombone playing of Molly J. Brown had become a big factor in the band's sound. During that cd and the one that followed (2011's "Crooked Heart") the band also included Beth Brown Al-Rawi on fiddle and Donovan Collins on keyboards. When the group began work on it's most recent recording ("The Whole Skinny" slated to be released in early 2014) Beth and Donovan had exited the group and trumpeter Matt Postle had joined. The current line-up with Mike, Jon, Randolph, DK, Molly and Matt continues the musical adventure and expects to be an exciting chapter to the already ten year long journey of this group of music makers.
The-Eyebrows
The-Eyebrows
The Eyebrows are a rock band from Charlotte, NC whose quirky lyrics coupled with manic fuzz guitar, beer-soaked bass and a retro backbeat has brought comparisons to Talking Heads, Pixies and LCD Soundsystem. The-Eyebrows have finished tracking their first record, and have completed mixing with legendary REM producer Mitch Easter at his Fidelitorium sound studio. Ten tracks have been mastered by Greg Calbi out of Sterling Sound in NYC, and the band’s first full-length release is currently being pressed to vinyl.
Venue Information:
Double Door Inn
1218 Charlottetowne Avenue
Charlotte, NC, 28204
http://doubledoorinn.com/