Rebekah Pulley and Ronny Elliott to Play Fogartyville in Sarasota
Rebekah Pulley is a St. Petersburg, FL based singer-songwriter and performer whose sultry, seasoned voice has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. Her songwriting, live performances, and recordings have earned her 7 ‘Best Of The Bay’ awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing. Rebekah Pulley will bring her smoky Southern Folk-infused sound with elements of jazz and blues to the Fogartyville stage on Saturday, August 21 at 8pm.
Ronny Elliott, a hillbilly soul singer from Tampa reaches into the deep American well of rock n’ roll and rhythm and blues to bring a gritty brand of dark-hued story songs to the stage. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at WSLR website or by calling 1-941-894-6469.
Pulley was raised in a musical household with her nine siblings in rural Alaska. A self-taught guitarist, she gained an ear for music by listening to her father practice and perform his pre-rockabilly style with country greats such as Charlie Ryan with whom he recorded the original version of Hot Rod Lincoln. During this time, she has recorded 5 full-length CD’s that have permeated American and European airwaves. Each CD contains its own distinctive blend of tough but tender songs reflecting heartache, love, self-discovery, and worldly chaos. Her unique combination of skilled songwriting and powerful stage presence has earned Ms. Pulley a place among the top singer/songwriters in the state.
An insurgent country singer/songwriter in the vein of Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt, Tampa native Ronny Elliott had been a working musician for over 30 years before he released his solo debut. It wasn’t until 1995 that he decided to step out on his own, gathering a group of Tampa musicians and self-recording Ronny Elliott & the Nationals, a lo-fi effort that garnered critical acclaim. A Postcard from Jack followed in 1998 and Ronny Elliott in 1999, while 2001 saw the release of Poisonville. Elliott has continued his recording output throughout the 2000s, with such albums as Magneto (2002), Valentine Roadkill (2005), and Jalopypaint (2007), all on the Blue Heart label. He has played on bills with Van Morrison, the Allman Brothers, Wilco, Sly & The Family Stone, Michael Bloomfield, Canned Heat, Steve Miller, NRBQ, Patti Smith, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle and lots of other folks that he looks up to. He has toured with Bo Diddley and Bill Haley and the Comets and backed Chuck Berry, the Coasters and Gene Vincent on tour.
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