An Intimate Night of Live Music with Atlanta Natives Parker Smith and Brian Revels
Eddie's Attic, an iconic venue on the eastside of Atlanta, hosted two singer/songwriters on November 28th that both got their start in Atlanta - Parker Smith and Brian Revels. As this was my first time at Eddie’s Attic, I was genuinely impressed with the layout of the venue. It has a very intimate feel with more of a comedy club layout, featuring a full service bar and a set of bleachers for additional seating. Before the doors even opened, a herd of people crowded the entrance, all passing the time by sharing workweek stories and plans for the holidays. When the doors did open, the patrons trickled in with each person finding his or her perfect spot for a night of chill tunes. Some drinks were served, along with a snack here and there, but anticipation for the main course, the music, was heavy in the air.
Brian Revels tuned up and took the stage first. A veteran of the Atlanta music scene, Brian has a way with words that allows him to craft great lyrics, and keep every show lively with off-the-cuff banter.. His voice had a raspy, gritty southern tone that perfectly complimented his full-bodied guitar picking, painting a picture of warm summer days that get lost in the darkness of night only to truck on for the hope of a beautiful sunrise. The depth of Brian's music - present both in his evocative lyrics and stirring melodies - gives him the ability to connect with listeners as only the best songwriters can, leaving them feeling as though they're not alone in their everyday struggles. Towards the end of his set, Brian got Parker Smith to join him onstage for a pleasant duet.
Following a brief stage change, Parker Smith strapped on his guitar and formally introduced himself to the audience with a song and a smile. Right after his first number, Parker gave Brian a shout-out and wished him a belated happy birthday (as Brian’s birthday was just the day prior to the show). I could tell that although he now resides in Austin, TX, Parker has a special place in his heart for his hometown and the fans who helped him along the rocky road to success. His set continued the trend of soulful acoustic guitar playing paired with relatable, heartfelt lyrics that Brian Revels established with his opening set. Among the many highlights of his performance was a song entitled "Limestone", which dealt with themes of grief, loss, and how to get through them, and which showcased Parker's trademark soft, yet vibrant vocals. Throughout his set, Smith was joined by a percussionist (who mainly played congas) and a keyboardist. With two new instruments accompanying him, Parker brought a higher level of energy to the show, diving into concise, but highly entertaining jams.
Both Brian and Parker left the audience feeling warm and refreshed, cheered by good music, and safe from the freezing cold outside, Thanksgiving having just passed. This midweek escape to Eddie’s Attic was perfect, and I look forward to my next adventure there.
Photos courtesy of Andrew Tabb Jr.