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Pilgrim’s Back at the Club, And More Music News and Gossip

ONE DAY AT A TIME: The first single from country artist Kimberly Morgan York’s upcoming album is out now. Titled “Another Lover,” the song swings slowly as it explores heartbreak, regret and resolution. York’s upcoming album is named Keep On Going, and it features a bona fide all-star band. Featured players here are Scott Baxendale (guitar), David Barbe (bass), Carlton Owens (drums), Jay Gonzales (piano), Matt Stoessel (pedal steel) and Adam Poulin (violin). Slated for release on July 22, this is the second album by York this year, following the long-delayed Found Yourself a Lady, which came out in January. Find this on all major streaming services, and grab more information via

AIN’T LIFE GRAND?: Anyone headed to Atlanta to catch Widespread Panic this August, when the band performs Aug. 10–13 at The Fox Theatre, will be edified to know that the Sam Holt Band will play three late-night shows at Atlanta venue Smith’s Olde Bar Aug. 10–12. Aug. 10 of this year marks the 20th anniversary of Panic founding member Mikey Houser’s death. Holt is Houser’s former guitar tech and quite accomplished in his own right as a songwriter and performer. The shows these nights are being billed as “Sam Holt Band Presents: Remembering Mikey 20–Just Let the Music Play.” These shows will absolutely sell out, and quickly, too. So if this is your jam, pun totally intended, jump on these tickets now. Find yours at, and

GET BACK: From its cover art, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an old Foghat LP but, no, it’s a new live EP from Athens rockers Pilgrim. It’s titled Back at the Club​… Live at the 40 Watt and was recorded Apr. 7, when the band opened for Drive-By Truckers during that group’s annual HeAthens Homecoming run of shows. Longtime fans and listeners are already familiar with Pilgrim’s uncanny ability to play rock and roll as if the past 45 years never happened. Specific highlights on this particular release are the new song “Sunflower Seeds” and set opener “No Time For Dying.” The record was superbly recorded by David Barbe and Michael McKinnon and mixed By Sloan Simpson. Find this over at

EASY BREEZY: Although the live music scene is pretty much back in high gear these days with plenty to do and see, I still wanted to highlight a special show happening Saturday, June 4 at the Flicker Theatre & Bar. This night’s audience will be treated to performances from the gorgeous folk-oriented group The Rishis as well as sets from John Kiran Fernandes, New Jersey’s Pillowinde and Pittsburgh’s County Conservation District. Doors are at 9 p.m., the show starts at 10 p.m., and it’ll cost ya seven bucks at the door. Get up to speed via,, and

TRIPLE PLAY: Athens hip-hop artist Niño Brown releases a new EP named Golden Boy this week on all major streaming services. Each of the three tracks were engineered, mixed and mastered by Kxng Blanco with beats coming courtesy of Trvy, Breaking Towers and Bryan Beats. The title track features guest spots by BYV_Trubb and Blesstheplaya, and “Pink Kadillak” features the aforementioned Blanco. Brown goes entirely solo, though, on the EP’s strongest track “Little Sister” which is rife with a hummable and memorable melody. Find this wherever you stream your stuff. 

STAY CLASSY, ATHENS: The UGA Performing Arts Center just announced its 2022–2023 series of UGA Presents shows and, as usual, it’s an absolutely killer set of performances. Current subscribers to the series have until June 12 to renew and receive a 20% discount, and new subscribers can start signing up on June 13. Group reservations begin July 5, and single-show tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 8. Included in the series are The War and Treaty (Sept. 8), Anderson & Roe Piano Duo (Sept. 16), An Afternoon with Ira Glass (Sept. 18), Yamma Ensemble (Sept. 22–23), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Sept. 29–30), Harlem Quartet (Oct. 2), Kishi Bashi and the UGA Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 6) and many, many more. Please make your plans now, and see for tickets and all other relevant information.