It's coming … the perfect follow up to "Ring of Fire." Two local young men, Stephen Simmons and Dave Palmer, are presenting a benefit performance for the Manchester Arts Center,128 E. Main St., on April 28 at 7:30 P.M.; tickets are $10. The genre is Americana/Indie Rock and both are song writers. They graduated from Central High School and are known for their music both locally and far beyond.
Simmons originally hails from Woodbury, a small town that’s known for Sunday socials, tent revivals and palm readings. According to a review in Nashville Entertainment magazine, "after ten years in Nashville, Stephen is, in many ways, still that small town kid –– humble, good-natured but more than a little dark –– as a songwriter and a road dog, his revelations are as exhilarating as a Tilt-a-Whirl."
When asked about his record, "The Big Show," Simmons said, "this record was about more than just the life of an entertainer on the road. Ninety percent of the time I feel more of a kinship with a truck driver than Dylan or Springsteen. People mainly see us in that brief window when were on stage and the lights are up, but most of the time we're changing clothes in a gas station bathroom, killing time in a hotel or just driving. To me, the idea of a BIG SHOW is much more than that. It’s also a metaphor for our lives here in this World.”
Palmer is a Manchester native with his family and his wife's (the former Sally Rollins) living and working in Manchester all of his life. His group, This Modern Station, according to the BoroPulse.com is part of a rare breed…" much too mellow for the sorrows and angst found in country andAmericana. This Modern Station strikes a balance between country and rock. In the simple structure of the song "Ruby," a song about a bad girl, one is reminded of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers." The group performs in Nashville, Murfreesboro and will be in East Tennesseein the fall.
This is an opportunity to see these "Two Local Guys," together in their own home town.