July 11: Smokey & the Mirror w/ Caroline Spence

Music at 8:00 pm; Doors at 7:30 pm 
RSVat stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

Smokey & the Mirror are Bernice and Bryan Hembree, coming to us from Fayetteville, Arkansas.  You might remember them as two-thirds of 3 Penny Acre, who visited us last summer.  They are making a stop here on their East Coast tour, which will also take them to the Red Wing Roots Festival in Solon, Virginia.

Listen to the words of one critic, who I think perfectly captures their music:

"The thing I love most about this band and the evening with them is not only the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree, or the well-written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice – it’s the energy they bring on stage and to the audience! You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts!” 
- Chris Roberts, Red Arm Music

Click here to listen to a few songs off their upcoming CD.

Opening will be Caroline Spence, a 24-year-old Virginia native  (now based in Nashville) and an Americana singer with a spry alt country vibe, a dash of bluegrass and a fine ear for a good hook, very much along the lines of female troubadours that she so admires: Brandi Carlile, Patti Griffin and Sheryl Crow.

However, it is in her songwriting that Caroline shines – In early 2013 she won the Eddie Owens Presents’ Songwriters Open Mic contest in Duluth, Georgia and her song “Mint Condition” just took first place in the American Songwriter July/August 2013 lyric contest. She now prepares her new EP You Know The Feeling, a collection of songs with something for everyone, while never finding themselves navel-gazing or overly maudlin. The EP’s track “Whiskey Watered Down,” earned Caroline a spot in the top ten of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013 songwriting contest. Audiences also connect with the stories found in “Necklace” or “Shape In Your Bed” as Caroline moves from song to song with lighthearted stage banter.  Recently, she also was one of the winners of the 2014 Kerrville New Folk songwriting contest. Click here to listen to her music.