July 25, 2019
Lyrics on the Lawn Final Concert Features Avant Farm and Mic Harrison and the High Score July 25th
Main Street Greeneville’s 2019 Summer Concert Series third and final show for this season is Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm. The FREE concert will be held on the lawn of the Dickson-Williams Mansion in the heart of downtown Greeneville, Tennessee. The concerts take place each Thursday evening in July. This week’s concert and the final one of the season will open with Avant Farm followed by headliner, Mic Harrison and the High Score. The opening act will begin at 7 with intermission scheduled for 7:45 and the headliner taking the stage at 8. In the event of inclement weather the concert may be moved to The Capitol Theatre at 104 South Main Street, within two blocks of the mansion.
Avant Farm Bio
In the summer of 2018, East Tennessee musical standouts and spouses Mike and Melanie Hilliard approached singer-songwriter Eric Moon to collaborate on a project. The three had shared bills together with the Hilliards’ band Heppy Kats and Moon’s Bootleg Turn.
“I loved playing shows with the Hilliards,” says Eric. “I have been following Mike since he was with Floyd Eats Mayberry and The Knuckle Draggers.
Mike and Eric’s Alt-Country Rock was a perfect fit, and Avant Farm planted its seeds.
"Once we all got together, it felt like we were meeting our musical kindred spirits. We've just kept on rocking since that first jam, playing some Hilliard or Moon creations along with our favorite old country and rock and roll songs." says Mike.
The two share vocal and songwriting duties with Mike on guitar and Moon on bass, along with what the two call "our secret weapon", referring to Melanie's pedal steel and lap steel guitar skills.
Moon then recruited long time band mate and drummer Russell Overholt to complete the rhythm section. Eric and Russell have explored many different genres together including punk band Third Leg, Alt-Country band Bootleg Turn, and R&B, funk, rock band New Chronic Dream.
Finally, Eric’s son Ean Moon came onboard, adding a vintage lead guitar sound with his classic country and rockabilly licks and leads.
Moon says, "In this project we are literally paying tribute to the last 70 years of music with our own twist on it. It is experimental, with this arrangement of musicians, and it has it’s own unique edge. We’re having a blast and we hope everyone will hear something they like.”
“To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”
Mic Harrison and the High Score Bio
I’d rather see Mic Harrison and the High Score perform than just about any band on the planet.
That’s not just because Mic and the guys have a couple of road cases full of great songs or they’re journeyman musicians who’ve been a part of some of the best bands to come out of the South. It’s because every time I go to a Mic Harrison and the High Score show, I know I’m going to walk in and see guys who look like they’re having so much fun on stage that it can’t help but spill out into the audience. I know I’m going to walk out at the end the night feeling better about the world with great rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk songs playing over and over in my head.
Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Mic Harrison, lead guitarist Robbie Trosper, bassist Vance Hillard, acoustic guitarist Chad Pelton and drummer Don Coffey, Jr., have a chemistry that can only come from long term friendships and shared experiences. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he teamed with Trosper in the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, teamed with Coffey in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended.
In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience Mic Harrison and the High Score perform about 50 times. I expect to see them at least 50 more. In the world today, you need something that’s guaranteed to make you feel good that won’t hurt you – aside from a little soreness from swaying and dancing.
I consider Mic Harrison and the High Score mental health food. – Wayne Bledsoe is a longtime music writer with the Knoxville News Sentinel and host of WDVX-FM’s “All Over the Road” and “The 6 O’Clock Swerve.”
On site event food vendors for this concert include, Creamy Cup, Top Dog Hot Dog and Main Street Greeneville. Food service is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm.
Family Friendly Event
Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and select your spot to enjoy the evening. The event is Smoke Free. Please note pets are welcome however they must remain within the designated Fido Friendly area during the event. This is the first concert of 2019.
Kaleidoscope Prints and Ornaments
Limited edition prints of Greeneville by artist Carol Chilton and custom designed ornaments of historic downtown and The Capitol Theatre will be available for purchase during the concerts at the Main Street Information tent. A fund raising effort of Main Street Greeneville, the proceeds go to support the organization and its projects. As in the past there will be the intermission “bucket pass” for donations. Please come on out and support the concerts.
Sponsors for the series are Andrew Johnson Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Greeneville Federal Bank, Heritage Community Bank, Marsh Propane, Edward Jones Investments – Billy Endean and Rob Gay, Radio Greeneville and The Capitol Theatre. Additional partners of Main Street: Greeneville helping to bring the concerts to life are the Dickson-Williams Historical Association, EMS, Fatz Café, General Morgan Inn, Greeneville Light & Power System, Road Show Mobile Stages, Sound Studio Live, Town of Greeneville, Public Works, Greeneville Fire Department, and Greeneville Police Department along with a host of volunteers. Visit www.mainstreetgreeneville.org for more information.