Little Country Giants, fronted by husband and wife songwriting duo, Cameron Federal and Russell Cook, will perform at the Harris Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by First Bank of Calhoun. Tickets are $15 General Admission/$12 Seniors, Students/$10 HAC Members and may be purchased online at www.harrisartscenter.com, by calling 706 629-2599 with credit card information, or at the door on January 14.
“It’s difficult to capture the true southern charm that makes folk music authentic. Little Country Giants does just that.” Tevin McKinney, WDEF
From the sleepy town of Oakman, Georgia, come the Little Country Giants. While they began playing together upon meeting in 1998, the duo formed Little Country Giants in 2004 following years of travels and skillfully honing their songwriting craft together from Athens, Georgia, to San Francisco, and back to the north Georgia mountains. They recently released their 6th album entitled, “Dead Reckoning”, in February 2016, recorded at their 1830’s era farm.
The Little Country Giants have been voted “Atlanta’s Best Folk Act” by Creative Loafing Magazine and have performed all across the United States at music halls, barrooms and festivals, including Nightfall, Pickathon, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Athfest, and more. The Little Country Giants’ music is also featured in several award winning independent films, including GROW!, Blind Tiger: The Legend of Belltree Smith, and Esposito.
Influenced by such disparate artists as Billy Joe Shaver, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Grateful Dead, southern old-time, and traditional country, LCG’s emotive and powerful delivery distinguishes them from the pack.
“What I really love about music is the human connection to emotion,” shares Russell. “Good music is felt music, and it seems like that raw, stripped down sound of old blues or field hollers or mountain music or country gospel have a real, unadorned connection to the reasons why people are playing and singing in the first place.”
“I’m a really big fan of acoustic blues and that meeting point between country and jazz that happened with Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills,” says Cook. “I also love anybody that can pull off an old standard in a different context, like Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust’ or any of Ray Charles’ country stuff. A good song is a good song, no matter how you dress it.”
The Little Country Giants recorded their latest release, “Dead Reckoning” (Feb/2016), with ZAC recording engineer Tony Terrebone, and long time friend and producer Dax Rossetti, who also produced their first album, “Breaking Hearts and Living Free.”
“Delivering pure, simple, and timeless rustic songs touching on country, bluegrass, and even rural blues, husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook produce artful work on par with the finest of the expansive genre. Masters of the lexicon of rural music, Little Country Giants create music rich with the sounds of Georgia’s roots and the musical seeds of America grown.“ -Adam Klein, Cowboy Angel Music