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David Wilcox w/ Michael McArthur

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Decatur, GA 30030

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David Wilcox / Eddie's Attic / Decatur, GA

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David Wilcox

Cleveland-born David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen, and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 20 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

Wilcox released an independent album in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth. His latest record, The View From the Edge (2018), is a collection of powerful new songs, many of which he has been performing at live shows for the past several years. It’s an album that reflects four years of thinking, writing, crafting, playing, and life.

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter,' his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow, and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit. In live performance, David loves making up a spontaneous song for an audience member in need. Anyone who has seen Wilcox perform more than once or twice has seen him concoct one of his “Musical Medicine” songs on the spot, full of lyrical artistry and musical inventiveness, like some kind of uncanny parlor trick.

David Wilcox finds inspiration wherever he looks. The songs in turn provide inspiration to longtime listeners as well as those finding him for the first time. It’s in the song and the craftsmanship; it’s medicine for the soul; it’s story; it’s a restless spirituality.

Whatever it is, it serves many purposes, even for the songwriter himself. “All these songs are the blazes on the trail, the stuff I need to hear in order to remember on a daily basis,” he says, acknowledging his own path. “It would have been easier if I could have heard these songs 20 years ago, but that isn’t how it works. I had to live it to be able to sing it.”

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Michael McArthur

"I've always done things a little bit differently," says singer/songwriter Michael McArthur, who wrote the most vibrant album of his career, Ever Green, Ever Rain, during the darkest season of his life.

Songwriting has always been a form of therapy for McArthur. Over the past decade, the Florida native has filled a handful of EPs with his own mix of raw soul and lushly layered folk, working with producers like David Bianco (Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) and Greg Wells (Adele, One Republic) along the way. He makes his full-length debut with 2019's Ever Green, Ever Rain, an album that's by turns warm, woozy and wistful. The album shows the full range not only of McArthur's voice — a gorgeous instrument that soars and swoons, flecked with vibrato and palpable emotion — but his songwriting, too, bouncing from the soft acoustics of "Elaine" to the percussive pulse of "Save Me From the Fire." Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Ryan Freeland and inspired by McArthur's long period of isolation and self-repair, Ever Green, Ever Rain is both earthy and anthemic — the sound of a songwriter who's unafraid to shine a light on his own faults.

"It's really green here in Lakeland," he says of his Florida hometown, where Ever Green, Ever Rain was composed. "I sit on the porch during the summertime and watch the daily thunderstorms. That's how I came up with the name of the album. I was drawn to the idea that sometimes, the destroying of one thing is the creation of a new thing. You can't have the green without the rain. I don't look at it as 'You have to have the hard times so you can appreciate the good times.' I look at it as, 'You have to have them both. Like food and water.’"

A decade before Ever Green, Ever Rain's release, McArthur sold his share of the family-owned bistro he'd launched with his brother at 21 years old. Music had always been his true calling, ever since he began listening to records by James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson in his childhood home. Free to pursue a career outside of the restaurant business, he began performing his original songs, quickly graduating from regional gigs in Florida to a string of cross-country tours. He opened for the Beach Boys, won Florida's 2013 Grammy Showcase and earned praise from outlets like Huffington Post, who promised, "Michael McArthur's voice will make you wish he was singing about you."

Often, he'd perform alone, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Other times, he'd team up with an ensemble as large as the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, whose rich, robust sound accompanied him during a one-off performance in his hometown of Lakeland in 2016. Then, after eight years of creativity and consistent shows, he slammed on the brakes.

McArthur was tired. He was introspective. Taking a break from the road allowed him to rebuild himself. It also sparked the musician's most creative period to date, with McArthur channeling his own self-reflection into 50 new songs.

McArthur turned to producer Ryan Freeland, whose work included Ray Lamontagne's atmospheric, award-winning God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise and Bonnie Raitt's Americana hit Slipstream. Working together, the pair recorded Ever Green, Ever Rain at United Recording Studios in Los Angeles. There, in the same room where Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley once recorded their own hits, McArthur sang his new songs alongside a live band, capturing 13 tracks in just four days.

"There was so much love in the room, and you can hear that on the recordings," he says, crediting his ace studio band — whose members included Dawes keyboardist Lee Pardini, Grammy winner Paul Bryan and A-list drummer Steven Nistor — with encouraging a familial vibe throughout the recording process.

In keeping with McArthur's entrepreneurial spirit, Ever Green, Ever Rain will double as the first release on the songwriter's own label. "I needed to find a way to make what I do sustainable, and perpetual," he explains. Running a business is familiar to McArthur, whose old restaurant remains a thriving fixture of downtown Lakeland, yet much has changed since the day he hung up his apron and hit the road as a solo artist. He's taken punches and delivered blows of his own. He's learned, listened, lost and loved. Ever Green, Ever Rain captures that sense of balance, focusing on themes of acceptance and understanding.

"I like that the album begins with 'We Live & We Die,' which is a very dark song, and ends with 'Ever Green, Ever Rain,' which is a positive song," he adds. "They both convey a common message, but from different perspectives. "We Live & We Die" is seen from the perspective of someone who's just starting to go through some challenges, while 'Ever Green, Ever Rain' is about the process of looking back upon everything and saying, 'This was all necessary. And I'm ok.'"

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