Muscle Shoals Music Part Of Orange Beach Music And Art Fest

By  | February 29, 2012 | Filed under: News

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism is excited to be involved in a cultural partnership with the Orange Beach Festival of Art this year in showcasing two talented musicians from the Shoals! The Festival is March 10th and 11th. Check out the schedule and bios of our performers below.
Barry Billings has been a staple of the Muscle Shoals music scene for several years and has filled several roles. Directly out of high school he joined the touring band of the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose; he has also played with Marie Osmond and, more recently, Jason Isbell. He has had the distinct honor of recording with the Swampers and was an artist on Epic Records in the late ’80s with the group the Shooters. He is currently working on an album of original compositions. Hugh Banks is from Florence, AL and is an auto body repair man by trade and a musician at heart. He has been performing music with The Kerry Gilbert Band (KGB) for two years in the Shoals Area and is working on a CD with the band. Hugh has been a songwriter and humorist for over 20 years. Hugh is also a gourd craftsman and has crafted musical instruments out of gourds.   Hugh is also an avid painter. His website features the unique combination of his artfulness, humor and music talent. Hugh performed recently, along with the KGB, at the Roxy Theater in Russellville, AL with The Secret Sisters.  2012 SONGWRITERS’ & MUSICIANS STAGE
Ed Williams
Barry Billings & Hugh Banks
Sugarcane Jane
Lisa Zanghi
Adam Holt
Brent Burns
Roman Street
Lisa Christian
Ruff Water
Musical arts will be the highlight of this year’s festival, as the Musicians & Songwriters Stage features artists in a variety of genres performing original work. From “trop rock” to “Shoals Sound” these local and regional musicians will bring their unique talents to this special waterfront venue. From contemporary to classic, the music will include jazz, blues, rock and country sounds and is sure to be a memorable part of the festival experience.

Original songs by Hugh Banks and Barry Billings include, “Yard Sale Blues,” The Always Adjustable May be Tax-Deductible Multi-Purpose Blues” and “Edge of a Dream”.

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