The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room

Will Overman w/ Virginia Ground

8:00 PM
Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of show and NONREFUNDBLE.

"A unique, trademark voice, Will's is one you recognize and gravitate to” - No Depression
“If you haven’t heard Will Overman yet... just wait. You will.” - Huffington Post
Will Overman’s incomparable voice is at once melodic as it is relentless, as refreshingly unique as it is familiar and evocative.
Overman’s music — call it Americana, a mix of folk, country, rock, and pop — is as energetic as it is passionate. It can be haunting and evocative yet sincere, sweet.
Musically and lyrically, Overman draws deeply from his Virginia roots, producing a rare combination of enticing straight-ahead, hard-charging rhythm and riffs and introspective melodies paired with sleek vocals. He takes on love, life and loss. All with an edge driven deep in reality.
Whether performing solo or with a full band, Overman is a poet, reminiscent of a young Bruce Springsteen, (think “Nebraska”) or Bob Dylan. He’s a folksinger and a rocker (think “Born to Run”), whether performing solo or fronting a talented group of musicians swinging from flawless riffs to intoxicating beats.
And while his music is rooted deeply in the South, it transcends genres and convention, blending essential elements of rock, folk, and country, wrapped in a thin varnish of pop sensibility, to create a concoction reminiscent of Josh Ritter with the softness of James Taylor.
Overman has quickly built a reputation as a fan favorite at music festivals including MerleFest, Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, Front Porch Fest and Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, and Lynchfest. He was a finalist in the “Rockn to Lockn” contest.
Overman has played hundreds of shows from Burlington, Vermont to Columbus, Ohio, New York City and Washington, D.C., to Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and in between. He’s busked in lonely subway stations and performed to sold-out crowds in Charlottesville.
Drawing comparisons to Jason Isbell and Damien Rice, Overman carries an unwavering commitment to his music and to his fans. Soulful and unforgettable. Addictive and sometimes playful. Meaningful and real. Those factors, plus a transcendent passion and unyielding commitment to his craft, are what truly define this rising, must-see young artist, who has only just begun what promises to be a long and fruitful musical journey.

Virginia Ground
And it shows. After 10 years apart, Virginia Ground reunited for a sold-out 2016 New Year’s Eve show in their hometown of Bristol, VA/TN at the historic Bristol Train Station. Within a year, they released their sophomore album, Valley of the Crow. In 2018 they were a Floyd Fest on the Rise Band. Also in 2018, Denton grabbed the overall winning award for his songwriting at the Richard Leigh Songwriter’s Festival held annually in Abingdon, VA. And the touring and creating new music continues.

The band’s most recent EP, Radio Songs, self-released by Middle Fork Records in late 2018, pulls no punches leading off with Ben Smith on harmonica and Will Outlaw on trombone to open “Up to No Good,” and it’s everything the song title says. “Trouble Me No More,” is a song of reflection as you hear Denton sing about “searching for forgiveness and yearning to be free,” with support of solid harmonies from Jon McGlocklin and bass lines from newest band member, Logan Fritz. The listener is then taken back in time with the tune, “Long Way to Georgia,” with drum work provided by Denton’s teenage son, Noah Denton. “Never Gonna Regret” has a vintage sound as the words reflect on those teenage years when you feel like you’re going to live forever and always be invincible. Those feelings quickly change when “Poor Man” is played, as Virginia Ground shows their maturity in the realization that time is precious as we grow older.

The Willow Tree

216 East Main Street
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