The Georgia Kid & the Cat Wranglers CD Release
feat. Juliana Murphy, Annie Hawkins & Special Guests
With P.D. Ronstadt & the Company
Sunday, February 23rd 6pm
Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile, Tucson AZ
$10 door. Reservations Recommended
From Old Bisbee Records producer, Billboard-Charting songwriter and ubiquitous local musician Stuart Oliver (Desert Angels, Dusty Buskers, Bad News Blues Band) comes a new Alt. Country/Americana/Gospel project under the moniker "The Georgia Kid." The character, Jerry Dean III, takes the namesake from Oliver's maternal Uncle and Grandfather back in Georgia and was forged over years of immersion in the Tucson country-music scene, playing for dancers while sharing the stage with virtually every working country artist on the scene, including Alvin Blaine, Duncan Stitt, and John Chastain. Inspiration also came from Oliver's ongoing work in a local church band, a position he originally undertook as an adjunct to his studies in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology.
The eponymous debut from The Georgia Kid was conceived when retired writer and comedian Dean Steeves approached Oliver with a collection of song lyrics which fit the character with uncanny synchronicity. The second collaboration between Steeves and Oliver, this album ranges from catchy colloquial witticisms ("the first step to the two-step is the first step to romance") to home-spun piety ("when mama preached the bible, no soul went unsaved"), and is in every way befitting of the Americana genre. Recording most of the instruments himself, Oliver also enlisted the help of some A-list local musicians, including Heather Hardy (Violin), Pete Swan (Drums), Annie Hawkins (Vocals), and Rich Brennion (Steel Guitar).