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Three Bands, a Writer, and the Red Light Café

By on November 11, 2012
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The Red Light Café hosted the John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range “Daylight” CD Release Party. The cozy, intimate setting was perfect for an evening of music that tugs on heartstrings and embraces fans’ souls.

The night began with the pitch perfect harmonies of the Best Brothers Band, who played sans drummer.  “Lovely Lady” echoed the sounds reminiscent of an old Wurlitzer organ.  “Love, Love, Love” was just finished that afternoon, and I must say, it “loved on me that night.” I look forward to more performances by Best Brothers Band.

Next on the list, Brian Collins Band, who opened the set with “Any Other Way.” The Douglasville native has a knack for composing lyrics that express emotion and embraces the heart. Brian Collins has played with a myriad of folks, but his successes are not limited to those in which he is involved; they extend to the growing number of fans who are moved by his music.  The soulful quality of his voice gives meaningful expression to songs that bend the lines of genre between Americana, southern rock, R&B and blue-eyed soul. And we can’t forget about Mike Hankins on the keys. Mike provides sultry bass lines and subtle shadings of color and hue to the sound.

With a heart as big as his lyrics are strong, Brian Collins and his band are on the road to GREAT THINGS!

“Sweetwater,” “Good Things,” and “Some Friends” (a personal favorite) were on the playlist. So was “Darkest Hour,” which is part of Brian’s PSA for Soldiers’ Angels, a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. As Brian began to sing “She Will Ride,” a song co-written with John Driskell Hopkins, in memory of Brian’s baby sister who died of leukemia, you could hear a pin drop.  Filled with emotion, his moving lyrics brought tears to everyone’s eyes, including his parents who were in the audience of lovingly loyal fans.  Because this song is so very special, Brian & John are partnering Steve Shor, CEO and founder of the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation to help raise money to find a cure for this deadly disease. Details about the special project are forthcoming.

The evening ended with the velvet voice of headliner John Driskell Hopkins and Balsam Range“Runaway Train,” “I Will Lay Me Down,” and “Daylight,” the title track, were only the beginning of what may come.


Being a lover of music, I must say, sweet sounds whispered in my ears and I loved every minute of it!

So TBB readers, grab a copy of these artists’ CDs and EPs … you’ll be glad you did.

Photos By Brian Harris

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About Bonnie Morét

Bonnie is a freelance writer and photographer. Her writing has been published by the director of clinical hypnotherapy at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, La., the Northeast District School Board of Ontario, Canada, and regularly appears in The Obvious Expert, Spiritual Enthusiast, J'Adore Magazine, Smyrna-Vinings Patch and Inside Jefferson Parish. Bonnie's photographs have been published in The Times-Picayune's NOLA.com, Frommers.com, WXIA's 11Alive.com, Creative Loafing, and Northside Neighbor. Her award-winning photography has been displayed at galleries in Oregon, New York, Louisiana, and most recently, in the World of Water exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. When not writing or capturing an image, Bonnie is busy recording, as she is a voice over artist, too.

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