- June 28, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Blues is Alive at 185… We are extremely excited to have Shane Pruitt & Max Hightower w Special Guest Sonny Thornton one of the south’s most creative, intuitive musicians, Sonny Thornton is a master drummer and a virtual legend in this region.
After moving to New Orleans, he learned from the players and atmosphere in the Crescent City, widely acknowledged as the birthplace of jazz. While living there, he developed a friendship with Ed Blackwell, one of the most influential drummers of the Twentieth Century. Ed’s influence on Sonny’s concept of music is undeniable. Thornton is extremely sensitive to the needs of the music and can be understated in his approach, just as Blackwell was. Sonny’s sense of freedom and his melodic style of soloing also sets him apart from most drummers performing today.
Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end. Birthing such musical talents and styles like those of Toy Caldwell and The Marshall Tucker Band, David Ball, Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt, and many others, Spartanburg has named Shane Pruitt its “Instrumentalist of the Year” for eight years and running. In today’s ever expanding market of musicians and musical acts, finding true roots music built on heritage and yet staying original becomes harder and harder to find. Herein lies the foundation for one of the most explosive blues acts coming out of the Southeast today, The Shane Pruitt Band.
Max Hightower was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina. At age 12, he purchased his first Blues cassette tape Muddy Mississippi Waters Live. The new and mysterious sound of the music had such an immediate impact on him that in no time he was banging around on his grandmother’s Silvertone guitar. However, it was the Harmonica that became his instrument of choice. There was something almost spiritual to him about having an instrument that close to his voice; every breath had meaning. That little 10 hole harp led to his composing his own songs, playing the piano, bass, and guitar, singing, and producing. As one of the founding members of Plate Full O’ Blues, he now tours the USA , Canada , and Europe . He has even shared the stage with some of the very Blues legends that fueled his passion for the music. Over time, the combination of Max’s love of the Blues and his southern roots chiseled out a playful, witty and original style with plenty of rough edges to enjoy.