Author: Stephen Centanni

Baldwin record label nurtures Gulf Coast talent

During the Italian Renaissance, a number of philanthropic patrons lent their support to artists whose names are now synonymous with this era of creative flowering. In recent years, the Mobile Bay area has been experiencing its own artistic renaissance, particularly in the realm of music. Much like its historical predecessor, this local musical awakening inspired Jeffrey Zimmer and his wife, Suzanne, to become modern-day musical patrons, much like the Medici family during Italy’s Renaissance. The Zimmers’ patronage has taken the form of local recording label Baldwin County Public Records. Jeffrey Zimmer said the couple hopes their label will assist...

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Honky-tonkin’

Band: Austin Burke, Ryan Dyer, Jordan Capers Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Venue: Midnight Rodeo, 7790 Tanner Williams Road, www.midnightrodeomob.com Tickets: $7, available through Ticketfly West Mobile’s electric honky-tonk Midnight Rodeo continues to be the Azalea City’s venue for modern country music. This show will begin with support from two local hopefuls. Singer-songwriter Jordan Capers will provide the opening set. With vocals in the key of country star Kellie Pickler, this aspiring country chanteuse will please old fans and win new ones with her sugary delivery. Next, Mobile country favorite Ryan Dyer will bring his modern country style...

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Solo Stuckey

Band: Emily Stuckey Date: Sunday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Venue: Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St. (Daphne), www.mancisantiqueclub.com Tickets: Free Boasting members from along the Gulf Coast, The Krickets’ sweet, harmonic Americana quickly made this all-female supergroup a hit across the nation. The quartet recently used online fundraising to bankroll the follow-up to their debut “Spanish Moss Sirens.” While the group prepares to return to the studio, band member Emily Stuckey continues to perform her original tunes as a solo act. This Fairhope native’s sound is a mix of influences including Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks and Billie Holiday. Stuckey...

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Metalcore mix

Band: Empty Atlas, Falling for Insanity, Son of a Gun Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m. Venue: Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St., www.alchemytavernmobile.com Tickets: $7 at the door Indie rock from Jackson, Mississippi, mixes with Mobile metalcore in this triple lineup. With Mississippi known for its wealth of roots music, Empty Atlas’ indie rock is a fresh ingredient. This four-member group will bring tracks from its album,“Hestia,” to LoDa. It’s an album characterized by grand, thoughtful indie rock arrangements and clean vocal delivery, filled with emotion. The show’s local support will provide a bit of contrast, with two...

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‘Boom’ times for Walker Hayes

Native Mobilian Walker Hayes has come a long way since his first gig at the Mobile Yacht Club. After attending St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Hayes made his way to Nashville to take his chances in country music. After 13 years, a wife (Laney) and six children (with another on the way), Hayes’ determination is paying off through last month’s release of “Boom” and its hit single, “You Broke Up With Me.” Hayes has been lauded by critics, from Rolling Stone to NPR. However, he is not without his critics. This rising country star has a fun and infectious style...

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Rain check

Band: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, James McMurtry Date: Sunday, Jan. 7, with doors at 7 p.m. Venue: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St., www.saengermobile.com Tickets: $31-$47, available through Ticketmaster Last September, Jason Isbell fans were looking forward to catching an evening of his stellar alt. country at the “Jewel on Joachim.” Unfortunately, a death in the family forced Isbell to cancel the show and several others. But he made a committment to reschedule and returns this Sunday evening with James McMurtry as the opener. Isbell will lace his show with tracks from his latest album, “The Nashville...

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Live at The Steeple

Band: Clay Walker Date: Sunday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Venue: The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis St., www.thesteeplemobile.com Tickets: $37-$50, available through Ticketfly The acoustic-friendly walls of The Steeple on St. Francis will fill next Sunday with the sounds of country artist Clay Walker. For the past 25 years, Walker’s dedication to both his music and fans has allowed him to maintain a productive and successful career. This country star has topped the charts with hits such as “What’s It to You,” “Live Until I Die” and “This Woman and This Man.” His smooth tenor vocals laced...

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Pride of Bon Secour

Band: Brittany Grimes Date: Friday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Venue: Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St. (Daphne), www.mancisantiqueclub.com Tickets: Free The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to a rich and versatile lineup of singer-songwriters, including Brittany Grimes, who according to her bio, made her first appearance at the Flora-Bama before she entered elementary school. Since then, she has used a number of regular Flora-Bama singer-songwriters, such as Bo Roberts and Rhonda Hart, as role models. Barely into her teens, Grimes took on the Nashville scene with performances at CMA Fest, Tootsie’s and the Blue Bird Café. Grimes’ vocals have...

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