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Band: Read Southall Band, Reid Haughton, Johnny Hayes Trio
Date: Thursday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $15 adv./$20 day-of, available through the venue’s website
The Merry Widow will be getting Mobile ready for the weekend with a triple shot of eclectic country music. Read Southall Band will be bringing a batch of rowdy country rock from Oklahoma. What started as an acoustic project has evolved into a different musical beast. Southall began with the solely acoustic album “Six String Sorrow.” Songs such as “Keystone Clan” and “Daddy’s Hand” served as harbingers of Read Southall Band’s current sound on the group’s latest album, “For the Birds.” This album walks a balanced line between the country and rock world, much like Shooter Jennings and Cross Canadian Ragweed. The Merry Widow crowd can expect a rowdy live delivery from Read Southall Band.
Hailing from Haleyville, Alabama, country up-and-comer Reid Haughton is also included on the bill. Haughton’s childhood was filled with music ranging from country to Southern rock. These influences led Haughton to craft a mainstream country sound from the same school as Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen. After paying his dues performing at local watering holes around Auburn, Haughton began traversing the Southeast to build his following and spread his original cuts. His latest single is the heartfelt modern country ballad “Got the Girl,” which his Merry Widow audience will experience.
Mobile’s country scene will be represented by Johnny Hayes Trio. Hayes’ versatile style of swampy country soul will be a welcomed addition to this lineup. This singer-songwriter has been performing in support of his latest album, “Voodoo Country.” Both longtime fans and newcomers to his sound have fallen in love with a country style that truly reflects the culture and attitude of the Gulf Coast. This sound and his charismatic stage presence should be the perfect way to start the evening.
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