Spotlight Sessions VII

Join us for the seventh installment of Spotlight Sessions in The Crown!

Mark your calendars, it’s that time again – Spotlight Sessions VII!!! Spotlight Sessions, created and hosted by Casey Noel, is a Nashville-style singer/songwriter round, which gives artists the opportunity to share their songs and the stories behind them in a wonderfully intimate setting with amazing sound. Installment VII will be no different. Joining Casey for a stellar line-up are Sam Tayloe of Time Sawyer, Ella Patrick – also known as Momma Molasses, and Elliot Humphries! This is the perfect opportunity to support local musicians and hear the amazing art being made in your backyard. It will literally be music to your ears!

Tickets are $10. NC sales tax is included in the ticket price.

Guests can opt to have tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick tickets up at will call for no additional charge.

Please note: There is an additional $3.50 per ticket service fee on web purchases. To avoid this charge, call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336-333-2605 (open Monday through Friday, from noon until 5PM), or visit the Carolina Theatre in person.

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Through his full band vehicle, Time Sawyer, Sam Tayloe is interested in “real people and real songs” – and that’s just what the listener finds in his music – a sense of realness. Blending a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics, Tayloe pulls the listener in with introspective ballads that land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

For Sam, time is a muse for songwriting; it’s the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past. He has performed both solo and with Time Sawyer on the stages of some of the Southeast’s most iconic festivals; including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n’ Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA’s Bluegrass First Class, sharing bills with the likes of Langhorne Slim, Phil Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and many more.

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Currently based in Bristol, VA. , and originally from the Pines of North Carolina, (just south of the Piedmont in Carthage, NC) Ella Patrick – aka Momma Molasses‘ – music is soul stirringly resonate, and smothered in good old fashioned folk sentiment; blending Americana, Old-Time, Alt-Country, Pedimont Blues, Swing, Appalachian, and Bluegrass music into a uniquely timeless sound. Harnessing her rolling contralto voice, which scales over homespun finger-picked guitar, her sound is warm, rich, and passionate, with songs that embrace, and captivate listeners. Growing up with a deep love of music, Patrick began playing stringed instruments at an early age while singing gospel music in church, and learning folk ballads from her parents’ dusty late 60’s record collection. Momma Molasses recently released a new album “Anthems from a Broken Heart”. Chronicling the process of falling “out of love” and into self-respect, the album is a collection fit for those broken by past relationships, aiming to bring a sense of power, self-worth, and clarity from the knowledge that loneliness, heartbreak, and hope all walk hand in hand.

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Elliott Humphries is the guy in the glasses strumming an acoustic guitar and singing a quiet ballad, as much to himself as to the audience. He’s also the guy perched atop the bar, ripping out a solo on his Fender Telecaster as his group wails across the room.

He recently stepped out on his own after six years as the front man for Be the Moon, a hard-rocking Americana band from Burlington, N.C. Elliott was known for leaving it all on the stage during Be the Moon performances, and he brings that same fervor to his solo work.

The music he makes falls somewhere between the heartache of Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, the energy of Husker Du and AC/DC, and the passion and compassion of Johnny Cash and Tom Petty. There’s an urgent quaver in his voice, whether he’s singing about lost love, the state of the world, or escaping the limits of small-town life. Elliott writes about the space between hope and heartbreak, perspective and pain.

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Casey Noel, creator and host of Spotlight Sessions, is a singer/songwriter in the NC Triad area. She is currently a senior at UNCG, and has been playing guitar since the age of five. Casey Noel brings a blend of folk, Americana, country, and blues to her unique rasp and powerful sound. She possesses a pure vocal quality that is both distinct and mesmerizing. Though fairly new to the Triad music scene, she has become a crowd favorite at a variety of different venues throughout the Triad area.