PROGRAM: Summit Coffee Songwriter Showcase
VENUE ADDRESS: 128 South Main Street, Davidson, NC
VENUE PHONE: 704.663.6661
VENUE WEBSITE: www.summitcoffee.com
Daniel Thrailkill – web site
Joe Middleton – web site
Rob McHale – web site
Summit Coffee, 128 South Main Street in Davidson, North Carolina is proud to present another session of the Summit Songwriter Showcase on February 13 at 7PM. This month’s showcase will feature performances by Daniel Thrailkill, Jordan Middleton and Rob McHale in the round. Soundman Phil Murphy delivering the goods.
The Summit Songwriter Showcase
The showcase has endured longer than any other of its kind in the Carolinas and is termed “The Longest Running Songwriter Showcase in the Carolinas”.
The Songwriter Showcase is held monthly at the legacy music venue Summit Coffee in historic downtown Davidson, NC.
The showcase regularly features local, regional, and touring artists, coming from as far away as England, France, Canada, New York, Michigan, Tennessee, Massachusetts etc. Some of the performers have had commercial success with top charting songs and songs placed in Television and Film Industry as well.
February Feature Artists:
Daniel Thrailkill started playing guitar when he was around the age of 12. “Windy and Warm,” a fingerpicking tune, was the first song he ever learned from a family friend who encouraged Daniel to the guitar. Daniel has been playing almost non-stop ever since!
Daniel won first place in guitar at the 2015 Union Grove Fiddlers Convention, and also won 1st in guitar at the 2015 Granite Quarry Fiddlers Convention. He has also competed at Wayne Henderson’s Guitar Competition (placed 5th), and the Renofest Guitar Competition (placed 4th). His musical influences include Andy Falco, Tony Rice, and Bryan Sutton.
Joe Middleton has always known his true calling. It just took a while to get there. Playing rock and roll had always been his bread and butter, but deep down, he identified as a folk singer; a teller of tales through song. In 1986, he had an epiphany. A friend gave him a homemade cassette of Steve Earle’s breakthrough album, “Guitar Town.” For Middleton, Earle’s songs literally changed the way he looked at songwriting. It was then that he decided to get serious about his craft and to own his true identity as a singer/songwriter.
Thirty-three years later, the Charlotte-based songwriter is still working to hone his ability to tell a better story through words and music. Middleton draws from influences ranging from Cash to Springsteen to create what he considers to be short-form musical plays. His songs are heavily inspired by the current social climate and a need to create points of remembrance for the good as well as the bad.
Whether you refer to his music as Americana, folk-rock or alt-country; for Joe Middleton these are stories; stories that he needs to tell.
Host Rob McHale, 2019 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year, is a North Carolina-based Folk-Americana artist whose songs can take you through a small town, down a dirt road or on an historical journey – and bring you back home again. Rob’s flair for penning historical and social commentary songs has received recognition and awards from American Songwriter Magazine, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Dallas Songwriters Association, and Billboard.