Friday, March 15, 2013

Country-loving New York rockers feature former Atlantan

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Andrew McNey (left) and Juniper Rising
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  • Andrew McNey (left) and Juniper Rising

A familiar face will grace the 529 stage tonight, as former Atlanta resident Andrew McNey will be performing with his new country-tinged band, Brooklyn's Juniper Rising.

McNey is a former member of two New York acts laden with former Atlantans, K-Holes and Georgiana Starlington. Both acts feature former Black Lips guitarist Jack Hines and his wife and fellow Atlanta scene veteran, Julie. Following his stints with those bands, McNey lived here briefly before moving back to the Empire State. Since returning to New York, he's teamed with Holly Overton and Diana Potakh from psychedelic punk trio American Sun to form Juniper Rising. His new group is similar to Georgiana Starlington, as it gives its own garage-punk twist on timeless country and western sounds. New York seems to be a hotbed for city-slicker country, as evidenced by some songs by more visible acts like the Men and the Babies.

Juniper Rising's Brooklyn homecoming show will also be the release party for a cassette by neo-garage tastemakers Burger Records.To get a better taste for the band, check out some of their recordings, produced by Habibi's Erin Campbell, on Souncloud and read their ongoing tour diary on the Neotomic Records blog.

Juniper Rising, Swank Hotel, Interstellar, and Estate Sale play 529 on Fri., March 15 (tonight). $5. 9 p.m.

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