Bigtone Brings Southern Rock to bluefield

by: 

Chris Shoemaker
Dec 31, 2000

The rock band bigtone will bring a little bit of southern rock and a
little dab of blues to Bluefield College, Thursday, January 11 at 9 p.m.
But, the rock and blues will be of a different nature, considering the
band's mission and message.

bigtone, a four-piece rock-and-roll band from Pikeville, Kentucky,
is a
contemporary Christian rock band, combining the musical influences of
Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Black Crowes and Tom Petty with some powerful
Christian lyrics to form a southern blues sound that is more than just
electric guitar and organ.

The band, in just its second year of existence, uses the sounds of
Lenny Kravitz, The Rolling Stones and other rock and blues authorities
to share testimonies about giving up the ways of the world to follow
God.

"We all love guitar-oriented rock -- not your typical pop guitar,
but
guitar with a feeling," the band said. "We all realize, [too], that God
can use many different tools, and we are thankful that He has chosen us
to tap into a vein of music that can be liked by a 35-year-old
professional wishing music rocked like it did when he was growing up, as
well as a 20 year-old who's tired of alterno-burnout."

During the January 11 show at Bluefield College, bigtone will be
performing a number of singles from their self-titled debut album,
including the singles "The End," "Who's Cool" and "Rich Man," one of the
featured hits from the debut CD which talks about "making the decision
to hold on to your ways or giving them up and following God."

During the BC show, the group will also perform singles from their
sophomore CD, scheduled for release in the spring of 2001 on True Tunes
Records.

bigtone has performed with the likes of Audio Adrenaline and at
venues
and projects like Youthfest, Cornerstone and Atlantafest. The band's
single "What Went Wrong" climbed to number eight on Uncle Sammoo's Zoo
for Jamsline. The members of bigtone include vocalist and guitarist Tony
Mullins, drummer Steven Bell, guitarist Dustin Everage, and vocalist
Ashley Hall.

The Bluefield College concert will begin at 9 p.m. in the Student
Activities Center of Shott Hall. Admission is free to all, but donations
to the Student Union Board are appreciated. For more information about
the bigtone concert or other contemporary Christian music shows at BC,
please call the Office of Public Relations at 540-326-4212.