Greg Hawks CD Release! – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – November 1st, 2018

Greg Hawks CD Release!

Greg Hawks CD Release!

Thu, November 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$8.00 - $10.00

Greg Hawks
Greg Hawks
It's been more than three decades since Greg Hawks picked up his first instrument, kicking off a career where the critically-acclaimed songwriter, frontman, and multiinstrumentalist has left his mark on everything from alt-country to bluegrass music. He casts a wide net with 2018's I Think It's Time, his fourth album inspired by the twang of classic country, the hooks of 1970s pop/rock, the rhythmic soul of old-school Stax records, and Hawks' own roots in the American South. With influences that veer from Big Star to Buck Owens, I Think It's Time shines new light on an enduring, eclectic musician who was making Americana music long before the genre had a name.

Hawks produced the album himself, playing most of the instruments, from finger-style acoustic guitar to keyboards. He then turned to Chris Stamey (the dB's, Whiskeytown, Alex Chilton), who had previously mixed Hawks' debut album for YepRoc Records, Fool's Paradise, back in 2001. This DIY album mixes Hawks' sharp, melody-driven songwriting with plenty of social commentary.

I Think It's Time holds a mirror to the modern world and its swirl of partisan politics, social media debates, and maddening echo chamber of the 24-hour news cycle. Throughout these songs, Hawks shares his struggles, torn between his desire to defy our leaders — as with " King of Hate," one of the album's most sharply-worded tracks — and his need to preserve his own sanity. That push-and-pull between activism and purposeful unawareness makes I Think It's Time a record for anyone disenchanted with the noise of the late 2010s.

While the album tackles thorny subjects, I Think It's Time also marks the most musically inclusive album of Hawks' career. He makes room for multiple genres, such as the sunnily strummed "Hope I Never Know," evoking Tom Petty's award-winning work with Jeff Lynne, while "Nothing Matters Anymore" channels the dark, impactful work of Johnny Cash's final albums. On "Pretending," Hawks croons his way through an oldies-worthy song like a reincarnated Roy Orbison, then stacks his voice into layers of gorgeous harmony on the Beach Boys-influenced closer, "It's All Gonna Be OK." Together, the songs on I Think It's Time do more than examine the personal and political struggles of a divided country — they show the full range Hawks' passions and songwriting talent.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/