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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Roanoke-based singer and songwriter Corey Hunley has opened shows at Kirk Avenue Music Hall for some of the most popular acts to pass through town, including Paul Thorn and Chris Knight.
On Saturday, Hunley will headline the room himself, when he celebrates the release of his recent CD, “Red To The Bone.”
Hunley has played these songs, often with his percussion-playing musical partner, Jeff Maiden, at nightspots around the Roanoke Valley. But Hunley is excited to perform them in the listening room atmosphere of Kirk Avenue. When his friend Paul Higgins, who is sponsoring the show, asked him where he would like to do it, there was only one choice.
“If you’re a musician and you … actually want people to listen, that’s the room,” Hunley said.
“Red To The Bone” is a sparse album, recorded with some of the valley’s best players, and often broken down to just Hunley and his expressive acoustic guitar skills. The lyrics cover such subjects as his favorite dog, his younger days in Franklin County, carousing — and the changes that come with expecting a child. Cash Hunley, his child with wife Shelly Hunley, is 2 years and 6 months old.
Someone recently asked him to describe the music on this disc, he recalled.
“It’s not the kind of music that’s gonna keep you up all night, but it’s probably not the music that’s gonna put you to sleep, either,” Hunley said. “That’s my goal.”
Go to blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch to hear a podcast with Hunley, featuring streaming music from “Red To The Bone,” along with details about how the project came together and which Roanoke Valley musicians helped him make it happen. We also discuss Paul Higgins, a good friend of Hunley’s, who made this show possible.
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