The Whigs w/Gringo Star & Tedo Stone 12/19/14, Atlanta

Dates: December 19, 2014

Location: Terminal West, Atlanta GA

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PHOTOS & TEXT BY JOHN BOYDSTON

It was Whigs night at Atlanta’s Terminal West, a big pre-Christmas gig turning into an annual homecoming event for this Athens-born trio, who packed the house with help from fellow-Georgia rockers Gringo Star and Tedo Stone.

Currently Nashville-based, The Whigs formed twelve years ago. They’ve since earned their reputation as one of the best and hottest live bands anywhere. Tonight they hit it hard with a set-list spanning all five of their excellent LPs, including their latest “Modern Creation,” and capped it with a spirited cover of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”

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If you don’t know the Whigs, start with any record, they are all that good. And go see them to have your socks knocked off. They will surely be at a venue near you shortly. And look for a new LP on New West Records in 2015. The Whigs are Timothy Deaux on bass, Julian Dorio on drums, and Parker Gispert on guitar and lead vocals. (Side note: Ever look around a crowd and measure the male-to-female ratio of the audience? I do, not sure why, but it seems to bode success for a performer or band that can master something close to a 50-50 mix. Besides outstanding songs and a giant stage presence, The Whigs have that going for them too.)

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Atlanta’s Gringo Star was 2nd on the bill – and they hooked me from the gitgo with their high energy punch and catchy songs. Gringo Star was founded by brothers Peter and Nicholas Furgiuele in 2008, and also had a busy 2014 on the road and has a couple of LPs under their belt as well as a new 7” on dizzybird. Can’t wait to check out their vinyl, and next show.

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Someone has to get the party going and tonight those honors fell on Tedo Stone, from Athens, Ga. Tedo (guitar, vocals) brings a distinctive Americana Pop sound to his originals, and has a great band to deliver the goods. Look for a new release in 2015.

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