The Hammer & The Hatchet at HI-FI Annex
THE HAMMER & THE HATCHET
W/ CHANCE MCCOY, WILL SCOTT
Doors Open: 5:00 pm
Will Scott: 6:00 pm
Chance McCoy: 7:00 pm
The Hammer & the Hatchet: 8:30 pm
Show Ends: 10:00 pm
Face Coverings Required: All guests must wear a face covering per Marion County Public Health Order. Please bring your own. Disposable face coverings are available at the box office for purchase.
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Tickets: General admission, 250 tickets available.
Kids: All ages event, kids 5 and under are free with paid adult.
Seating: Picnic table seating available, first come first served, lawn chairs permitted in designated areas.
Beer, Wine, Spirits: Full bar for 21+ guests including slushies, wine by the bottle and buckets of beer/white claw.
Food: Local Food Vendor.
Snacks & Beverages: Available at our concession stand.
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About The Hammer & The Hatchet:
The Hammer & The Hatchet (aka John Bowyer & Jayme Hood) refined their musical artistries in the fabled hills of southern Indiana. They honed their skills and craft in the honest old-school tradition of doing the hard work with and for some of the most significant performers of the old/new music business.
Their hard work has been paying off. With hundreds live performances in the last several years, and their log-awaited third Album “Road May Flood” hot off the presses, these road seasoned troubadours are swiftly traveling beyond their deep Bluegrass/New-grass/Americana roots, both musically and geographically, and into fresh territory where they have been defined as both “Authentic af” yet artistically “innovative and delightfully original”.
With masterful musicianship and endlessly appealing vocals, these genuinely adept co-writers never cease to deliver a deep well of originally introspective and heartfelt songs, of both comedy and tragedy, that consistently brings music lovers of all ages and sensitivities to their growing audiences.
Anyone who is paying attention knows these old-soul-porch-pickers are on the road to legendary success, and a growing legion of fans are coming along for the ride!
About Chance McCoy:
Chance McCoy is a Grammy Award winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia.
“It can be scary to step away from something that’s been so successful,” says Chance McCoy, “but it’s important to follow your passion. I really believe in the music that I’m making right now, so it feels like the right time for me as an artist to get off the main road and explore the path less trodden.”
A virtuoso fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, McCoy is best known as a member of GRAMMY-winning Americana powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show, but ‘Wander Wide,’ his debut solo album, reveals a remarkable depth and versatility far beyond anything we’ve heard from him yet. Captivating in its cross of the traditional and the progressive, the record shows little regard for the conventional boundaries of genre and decade, blending old-school bluegrass melodies with modern rock and roll arrangements and rich, atmospheric production. McCoy based the album off of a live residency show he put on weekly at The Basement in Nashville, and the studio recordings here tap into the same exuberant energy he brought to the stage every night, complete with dazzling performances that unexpectedly twist and turn, sometimes transitioning from one tune to the next within the same track.
McCoy grabbed himself a fiddle and headed straight to the source, apprenticing under a series of master Appalachian players through a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. As his chops developed, he quit his construction job in order to pursue music full time, devoting his weekdays to busking on the streets of Harper’s Ferry and his weekends to performing in a loose-knit group called The Speakeasy Boys.
McCoy continued adding additional instruments to his arsenal, and in one weekend alone, he took home top honors for fiddle, banjo, and dulcimer at the prestigious West Virginia State Championships. He recorded an album of traditional music with a new group, Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band, and began touring the country. Whatever dreams he carried in his head didn’t match up with reality, though, and McCoy watched helplessly as his life began to slowly unravel around him on the road.
“Every tour, I’d come home with less money than I started,” he reflects. “I was struggling to survive. My marriage ended in divorce. Everything was going downhill.”
At his lowest, McCoy found himself teaching fiddle lessons and living on food stamps to get by as he raised his young son in a cabin so dilapidated it lacked even proper heat for the winter. Then he got an email that would change his life forever.
“I got this note from Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show,” he remembers. “I’d never met those guys—my only experience was getting totally destroyed by them at a festival when they played on the mainstage while I performed in a little dance tent—but he said a member had left the group and he wanted to know if I would be interested in coming to Nashville to audition for the band.”
Three years later, McCoy was standing onstage holding a Best Folk Album GRAMMY Award for ‘Remedy,’ the first collection he wrote and recorded with the platinum-selling group. He’d go on to record two more albums and perform countless dates with Old Crow, but all the while, he continued writing his own solo material that didn’t quite fit with the band’s catalog. When a potential break in their relentless schedule appeared on the horizon, McCoy jumped at the chance to focus once again on his own art, which had been patiently waiting on the backburner while Old Crow slayed stages from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks and shared bills with Willie Nelson, Mumford & Sons, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, and countless others peers and luminaries.
“Playing in a band is a very collaborative experience and I love it, but there’s something really rewarding about being able to express yourself as an individual and bring your own vision to life,” says McCoy. “I built a studio in my basement so I could explore all these musical ideas I had, and it really felt like time to share them.”
About Will Scott:
Will Scott is known for his distinctive voice, original roots songwriting, and unique finger-style and slide guitar style. Blending blues and Americana with a dash of rock and outlaw country, his soulful, live performances, and acclaimed recordings, have captivated crowds in the US and Europe for over twenty years.
Raised in Indianapolis, IN, and Chicago, IL, Scott grew up in a musical family tradition, surrounded by a mix of blues, bluegrass, traditional country, jazz, and rock & roll. His first recording project, “Too Damn Cold,” with Chicago-style blues outfit, The Forecasters, garnered critical acclaim. (“Will Scott has a good vibrato and a knack for surprises” –Blues Revue). Based in Bloomington, IN, The Forecasters (Will Scott, Jim Richter, J.J. Perry, Andrew Funke, and sometimes Tom Harold) performed regularly at the Slippery Noodle Inn, Bear’s Place, the Bluebird, and other notable area venues. Will also spent some time co-hosting Piney Woods’ “Blues House Party,” and hosting an after-hours blues on WFHB community radio.
Scott’s first solo record, “Solo Electric Blues,” was started as a home-cooked recording project in Bloomington’s “box car alley,” and completed in a cabin near Los Angeles, CA. The recordings caught the attention of Ben Vaughn (That 70’s Show, Third Rock) and other notables in the California music industry. That album helped launch Scott into New York’s music scene when he moved there in 2002.
Scott’s 2009 solo release, “Gnawbone,” named after a town in southern Indiana, was produced by gold record recipient, Preacher Boy (Blind Pig Records, Eagle Eye Cherry). Featuring guest performances by Jolie Holland, Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), and Jan Bell, “Gnawbone” was one of five album finalists in its category at the Independent Music Awards and received exceptional reviews in the US and abroad.
In 2011, Scott released “Keystone Crossing, supported by a tour that included a return performance at the renowned Glastonbury Festival as well as Maverick Festival and Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival. The album garnered nominations for Independent Music Awards, and best Rock Song in the International Songwriting Competition, and excellent press both side of the pond. Q Magazine’s review called him “America’s most soulful country blues artist.” Classic Rock Magazine placed “Keystone Crossing” in their top 10 blues albums of the year.
Will is presently touring full-time with home bases in Southern Indiana, and Brooklyn, New York.