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July 13 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Everything is better when it’s home-made. And it don’t get more down home or DIY than AJ Gaither. From building the instruments to writing the songs and making albums, everything about this “one man junk band” is lo-tech and hands on.
The sound is cold lonely bars, old empty barns, highways and heartaches. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick. Every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living.
The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each one is unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare drum rigged to be played by foot. All built by the same hands that play them.
Often referred to by his peers as “the hardest working musician in Kansas City”, you will be hard pressed to find any solo musical performer that plays as many shows a year and exudes so much energy on stage night after night. The love for his craft is blatantly apparent.
The Westport Saloon – “…is an American Roots Venue located in the heart of the Historic Westport District of Kansas City. Offering thoughtfully curated shows, this is the place to see amazing local, regional, and national talent. With a beautiful Whiskey, Tequila, Beer selection, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly staff, The Westport Saloon will likely become your favorite Kansas City stop…”
Four Roses – “It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball…when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.”