September 22, 2019, 8:00 pm at City Winery, 650 North Avenue Northeast, ##201, Atlanta, GA
Michelle Malone and Drag the RiverAfter their Arista Records single Big Black Bag cracked the Billboard charts, the band hit the road in support of their album RELENTLESS and toured coast to coast with such acts as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant Band, Little Feat, Johnny Winter, Colin James and Drivin' N' Cryin'. Experiencing much frustration with the record label over artistic differences, they disbanded and went their separate ways. Band members went on to play in other projects including the GA Satellites, Matchbox 20, Tinsley Ellis, Hank Williams Jr, Indigo Girls and Kristian Bush Band (Sugar Land). Michelle Malone has since released 14 albums to critical acclaim and enjoys a successful solo career having had songs in film and television and recorded by others which led to her receiving gold and platinum records. In 2017, the original members Michelle Malone (vocals, guitar), Joey Huffman (keys), Phil Skipper (bass), Billy Pitts (drums) and the addition of Doug Keys (guitar) decided to have a reunion concert. The show was a huge sold-out success leaving fans and the band hungry for more. https://michellemalone.com/drag-the-riverDoug KeesDoug Kees began professional performances while still in high school in Atlanta. He continued studying music at Georgia State University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Since that time, with thousands of performances to his credit, he has performed in concert halls, nightclubs, churches, fraternity houses, recording studios, restaurants, and schools from Seattle to New York and all points in between.His recording credits include performances "Could You Please and Thank You" by Peter Searcy on Epic Records which was also featured in Dawson's Creek on the FOX network and MTV's The Real World. As a member of the Johnny Hyde group, he performed at the 1999-99X Deck the Hall Ball opening for Kid Rock and Oleander. He also appeared with Johnny Hyde at the 2000 Music Midtown Festival on the 99X main stage along with Collective Soul. In 1989 he founded Doug Kees Music Services which currently provides hundreds of music lessons each week as well as dozens of performances and recordings each year. In 1993 he started the Band Program at The Heritage School where he continues to serve on the faculty at the Music Department. In January, 2007 Doug Kees Music Services moved to a new location in downtown Newnan. At Musicology, Doug and several talented instructors will continue to serve the community's music students.In April 2017, Doug joined Michelle Malone and Drag The River for a reunion show of this Arista recording artist. From then, he continued with several more Drag The River reunions and he and Malone formed their swingin' Christmas trio The Hot Toddies. He participated in Malone's Top 10 Billboard album 'Slings and Arrows' which was nearly nominated for a Grammy in 2018. They performed all over the states with The Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins Jimmy Hall and many more. 2019 sees the release of his first solo album "Roots and Boughs" as well as continued touring with Michelle Malone. Ever Onward!!!