Roswell Riverside Sounds is Roswell's longest running, FREE outdoor concert series. Riverside Sounds is celebrating 23 years of highlighting various musical genres and spotlighting original artists who bring moving lyrics, uplifting beats and unmatched energy.
The concert series offers a laid back environment surrounded by beautiful scenery, playgrounds, and trails along the Chattahoochee River.
Bring your chairs, picnic blankets and friends to this unique Roswell tradition. Come out and enjoy both familiar and new genres of music performed by creative, lyric-driven artists.
Beer, wine and sangria will be available for purchase at each concert courtesy of our sponsors Top Job Beverage and Events and Gate City Brewing Company. Food will also be available to purchase at on-site food trucks.
Genre Inspiration: Roots Rock, Americana, Blues
Alabama's native son, Early James, released his sophomore album, Strange Time To Be Alive, on August 19th, 2022. The lyrical wordsmith conjures the ghosts of great southern gothic writers from Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, while channeling the haunted spirits of Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt. The album evokes a timeless amalgam of forsaken blues, wistful folk, and Tin Pan Alley crooning, anchored by the singer's unmistakable voice that sways from gravel-filled shouts to pained, forlorn whispers – and songs that tread in the waters of darkly themed broken hearts, with the wry humor of the sad clown.
James first started writing songs as a teenager growing up in the small Alabama town of Troy. "I had a Nextel flip phone and I’d use my voicemail to record all these blues songs I'd written," he recalls, listing Fiona Apple, Hank Williams, Nirvana, and Tom Waits among his formative influences. At the age of 15, he played his first gig at a biker rally in nearby Luverne, and soon began booking four-hour sets at local dive bars. Not long after finishing high school, he moved to Birmingham and quickly became a fixture in the city's melting pot of a music scene. Within several years, a video of James opening for Nashville-based singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt caught the attention of Auerbach, who promptly signed James to his burgeoning indie label Easy Eye Sound.
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