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Grammy-nominated songwriter brings band to The V Club

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Whiskey-throated singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton is perhaps best known in these parts for his wild run as the long-haired, song-slaying front man for The SteelDrivers, the blues-basted Nashville grass act that played Appalachian Uprising in 2008.

But Stapleton, the top-shelf Nashville songwriter who was nominated for three Grammys during his 2008-2009 stint with The SteelDrivers, has since April 2010 been lighting the rock 'n' roll side of his musical fire.

The Paintsville, Ky., native brings his hearty Southern slab of raucous roots-rock to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington on Saturday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 8 p.m. The music starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $8 advance or $10 at the door, and the show is 18 and up.

This is the band's first trip to West Virginia.

Opening acts are two other bands with Kentucky ties. Carter County native Americana singer/songwriter Sasha Colette, who now lives in Huntington, as well as the Lexington, Ky.-based rock unit, The Switchmen, who're nearing the 50,000 viewers mark on YouTube for their scorcher, "Rambunctious."

Stapleton, who co-wrote such SteelDrivers classics as "Where Rainbows Never Die," also has co-written such country singles as "Never Wanted Nothing More" for Kenny Chesney, "Swing" for Trace Adkins, "Your Man" for Josh Turner, "Keep On Lovin' You" for Steel Magnolia, "Come Back Song" for Darius Rucker and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" for George Strait.

The long-haired country boy easily made the shift to the Southern rock of his roots as The Jompson Brothers' debut in 2010 (with such blistering songs as "On The Run") drew comparisons to Gov't Mule and Drive-By Truckers with Stapleton's gravely voice and Southern-soaked songwriting.

Since then, the band (Stapleton, vocals, guitar; Greg McKee, guitar; Bard McNamee, drums and J.T. Cure, bass; has shared stages with North Mississippi Allstars, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Darius Rucker, The Felice Brothers and more.

The band has also gotten heaps of critical acclaim from American Songwriter which stated the band "lays a deep groove like early Led Zeppelin" and No Depression where Grant Alden described them as "... A stunning band, a classic rock 'n' roll band of the old school...A muscle car in a Prius world...the Jompsons are the best rock band I've seen in twenty years..."

Go online at www.thejompsonbrothers.com and www.vclublive.com for more info.

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If you go

WHAT: The Jompson Brothers, featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton (formerly of The SteelDrivers)

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 8 p.m. The music starts at 10 p.m.

WHERE: V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington

HOW MUCH: Cover is $8 advance or $10 at the door and show is 18 and up.

OPENING: Carter County native Americana singer/songwriter Sasha Colette, who now lives in Huntington, as well as the Lexington, Ky.-based rock unit, The Switchmen. WATCH THE BANDS: Go online at www.herald-dispatch.com and click onto Local Videos to see videos from The Switchmen and The Jompson Brothers

ON THE WEB: www.vclublive.com

ON DECK @ THE V: Jan. 26, Grown *&$ Folks; Jan. 29, An Evening With Corey Smith; Feb. 2, Fletcher's Grove and Information; Feb. 9, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and Hillbilly Carnival; Feb. 22, Hudson Falcons, Stations and The Naked.

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