An Evening of Country & Americana Music

Join us at The Atkinson for an evening of Country and Americana music, with three USA acts representing the best in singer songwriters. Presented by Fish Records, the evening welcomes Jess Klein, Michael Logen and Blue County.


Clubstyle Layout
Lower Level – Unreserved seating on circular tables
Balcony – Reserved Seating

Jess Klein

Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half, Jess Klein (who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to”) has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft.

Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls her “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity…who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal”.

The Rochester, NY native who now calls Hillsborough, NC her home began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica, and is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Wishes Well Disguised (1998), Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career”.

Before moving to North Carolina, Jess spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX. Bootleg (2015) Jess’s live, full band album captures the dynamism of Jess onstage, backed by some of Austin’s top players. Jess was named a 2015 Finalist in the highly regarded Kerrville New Folk Competition.

Michael Logen

“The noisier the world gets, the more powerful silence becomes. I headed out to a cabin in the Tennessee mountains. I took a few books. I covered all the clocks. No TV, no internet, no phone, no radio. Songwriting can be a bit like deep-sea diving and in everyday life you have to “surface” now and then. But in the wilderness, you never surface, even if you want to.”

This is Americana/Folk artist Michael Logen, based in Nashville, Tennessee, describing his writing process for his stunning, sophomore album, New Medicine. The album has garnered 6 TV placements so far and includes Michael’s original, acoustic version of a song he wrote with Jennifer Hanson, called Breaking Your Own Heart, which was covered by Kelly Clarkson on her Platinum-Selling, Grammy-Winning album, Stronger.

Michael’s songs have been featured on many TV shows including multiple placements on Nashville, Suits, Parenthood, The Fosters and One Tree Hill. Michael has performed in every state in the continental US as well as in the UK, Denmark, The Netherlands, France and Spain, opening for such artists as John Hiatt, John Legend, India.Arie, Jonny Lang and Mat Kearney. A prolific songwriter, Michael’s songs have been recorded by many other artists including Jonny Lang, Kelly Clarkson, Mat Kearney, Brandon Heath, The Greencards, Paul Carrack, Will Hoge and Sister Hazel.

Blue County

Blue County”s Billboard Country hits include the iconic single Good Little Girls and That’s Cool. They received three Country Music Award and Academy of Country Music award nominations over a 5 year period for Duo of the Year (losing to Brooks & Dunn each time) and toured extensively with Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. They were invited to be a two-time featured artist in the Chevrolet/Conde Naste Fashion Rocks campaign in People Magazine.

Blue County are Aaron Benward (Nashville Unplugged) and Scott Reeves (currently on CMT’s Nashville and former star of General Hospital and Young & The Restless).

Fish Records

Fish Records was founded as online retailer by Neil Pearson in February 1999 and has been trading folk & acoustic music to the general public ever since. Fish Records was taken on by Peter Morgan in April 2012 and moved into current shop premises in Staffordshire in May 2018. Since 2014 Fish Records have also been a concert promoter and booking agent.

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