Act Of Congress
"One of the freshest sounding, exuberant bands in all of the known acoustic universe." Dave Higgs-Nashville Public Radio
Hailing From Birmingham, Alabama, the organic sound of Act Of Congress combines hook laden melodies, compelling songwriting, and intelligent acoustic instrumentation that's rapidly gathering attention throughout the country. Currently working on the follow up to their debut album "Declaration" (2008), Act Of Congress' sound is grounded, approachable and technically masterful. In three short years, the band has performed for the likes of, SXSW, Disney, United States Military, NACA, APCA (finalist for APCA 2010 Best Band ) and Billboard (winning the 2008 Disc Makers IMWS Award.) A featured artist on the nationally syndicated Woodsongs Old Time Radio show, AOC has also worked with Live Nation, opening VIP areas for artists such as John Mayer, Edwin McCain, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, and recently taped a live broadcast for XM radio. In 2010 Act Of Congress performed songs from "Declaration" with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Christopher Confessore at the historic Alabama theatre. Grammy nominated composer Don Hart arranged selections from the album.
With lush harmony, articulate instrumentation and a live show that will leave you speechless, Act of Congress' musical vistas sweep from the ground breaking sounds of Nickel Creek, Mute Math, and John Mayer to the weaving soundscapes one might find sprinkled throughout Matthew Perryman Jones or Radiohead. Timeless compositions of masterful lyrics and musicianship abound throughout each song, combining vintage acoustic instrumentation with sweeping layers of varied musical roots to create a truly magical experience.
Chris Griffin (guitar/dobro) and Adam Wright (mandolin/guitar), became friends in college. Wright, a pianist turned guitar player turned mandolin player, says " After being exposed to progressive bluegrass music, Chris and I both became very interested in modulating our singer songwriter/rock knowledge to acoustic instruments. That style evolved from a casual jam to one that requires an extraordinary high level of musicianship," Says Wright, "The playing is very demanding. This is not a style of music where you can not play for a month then get up and do a show again. We work really hard on keeping the songs up to par. Vocally, it's equally demanding as well. But in the end, there's nothing else we'd rather be doing."
In late "2006, Tim Carroll (upright bass) was hired to perform with Chris on several tracks for Ferret Recording Artist Maylene and the Sons Of Disaster"s II album. A friendship and respect developed between the three, and the notion to create a new progressive acoustic band originated. Almost a year later, Bethany Borg, fiddle champion in ten states, relocated from a two year stint performing in Branson Missouri, and after hearing her play at an afternoon rehearsal, the quartet solidified.
From industry professionals to casual music fans, everyone can relate to the group's sound. Their debut album titled "DECLARATION" produced by Jason Elgin, (Collective Soul, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Lynam) and mastered by Roger Lian (White Stripes, Deftones, Staind) Sold Out it's release concert at Workplay, "One of PASTE magazine's 40 best venues in America
"Act Of Congress=Fantastic"
-Athens Banner Herald
"Act Of Congress brings down the house"
-Chattanooga Times Free press
"The Declaration album is a TuneCore staff pick!"
"The band exudes charisma. It seemed like the group was the sleeper favorite of the day.""
"Congratulations to Act Of Congress-The 2008 Billboard Selected Disc Makers Independent Music Awards SE Grand Prize Winner"
"If you haven't seen Act of Congress play live, you're in for a real treat. "
-Philip Gibson, University Of Alabama Birmingham
"What I witnessed was a collaboration of pure talent and passion for music."
-Monica Gober, The Unsigned Review
"Act of Congress perfect three and four part harmonies driven by articulate, fluid, and intelligent acoustic instrumentation take the listener on a great ride!"
-John Mooy-Artist Relations LR Baggs
"AOC delivers an acoustic pop,rock,newgrass record full of hook laiden melodies,compelling songrwriting, and burning instrumentals that make you remember why you love music in the first place"
"ActofCongress was certainly the most professional band to hit the stage, and their musicianship was second to none. These guys could flat out play. "
-Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine Online Industry Judge Review
ACT OF CONGRESS DATES 9/08-12/09
12/03/2009 07:00 Pm - Samford University-Birmingham,Alabama
11/13/2009 02:00 PM - APCA Conference Houston,Texas
11/12/2009 09:00 PM - Birmingham Museum Of Art-Birmingham, Alabama
10/31/2009 02:00 PM - NACA Convention-Covington, Kentucky
10/24/2009 07:00 PM - Private Show-Birmingham, Alabama
10/17/2009 03:30 PM - Decatur Fest-Decatur,Georgia
10/03/2009 07:00 PM - Walt Disney World-Orlando, Florida-TBA
09/19/2009 04:00 PM - Lees Folk Festival Headline-Leeds, Alabama
09/17/2009 06:00 PM - Alys Stephens Center-InterARTive-Birmingham, Alabama
09/05/2009 07:00 PM - Private Show-Birmingham,Alabama
08/29/2009 07:00 PM - Bottletree w Jon Black/Great Book Of John-Birmingham,Alabama
08/22/2009 12:00 PM - Sam Bush Newgrass Festival-Oakland,Kentucky
08/21/2009 11:00 AM - Video Shoot- Birmingham,Alabama
08/15/2009 04:00 PM - Private Event-Birmingham,Alabama
08/07/2009 08:00 PM - Nightfall Concert Series at Miller Plaza- Chattanooga, Tennessee
07/31/2009 09:30 PM - 8th and Rail- Opelika,Alabama
07/30/2009 08:00 PM - Eddies Attic-Decator Georgia
07/15/2009 07:00 PM - Private Show-Birmingham Alabama
06/26/2009 09:00 PM - Peach Festival Headliner-Clanton, Alabama
06/11/2009 07:00 PM - Arova Contemporary Ballet "Between The Lines"-Birmingham, Alabama
06/06/2009 05:00 PM - Alabaster City Fest (main stage)-Alabaster, Alabama
05/23/2009 06:15 PM - Jubilee City Fest-Montgomery, Alabama
05/22/2009 07:00 PM - Private Event-Birmingham, Alabama
05/16/2009 05:00 PM - Private Event-Birmingham, Alabama
05/16/2009 11:45 AM - Do Dah Day-Birmingham, Alabama
05/15/2009 03:30 PM - Bluegrass Breakdown Taping with Dave Higgs
05/09/2009 03:00 PM - Trussville Dog Daze Festival (Headliner)-Trussville, Alabama
05/09/2009 12:30 PM - Buck Creek Festival-Helena, Alabama
05/02/2009 08:00 PM - Cabin Concerts-Springfield Illinois
05/01/2009 08:00 PM - Cabin Concerts-Springfield Illinois
04/24/2009 06:00 PM - Aldridge Gardens-Birmingham, Alabama
04/21/2009 08:00 PM - Smiths Olde Bar/w Cadillac Sky-Atlanta, Georgia
04/17/2009 06:30 PM - Relay for Life-Homewood-Homewood, Alabama
04/11/2009 11:00 AM - Christ Church United Methodist-Birmingham, Alabama
03/29/2009 08:00 PM - Fight 4 Life Rally-Birmingham, Alabama
03/27/2009 09:30 PM - 8th & Rail-Opelika, Alabama
03/20/2009 07:00 PM - Opening Bell Mosaic-Dallas, Texas
03/19/2009 08:00 PM - SXSW Music Festival-Mother Egan’s-Austin, Texas
03/18/2009 08:30 PM - Dosey Does-The Woodlands, Texas
03/08/2009 02:30 PM - Arova Dance Presents "Between the Lines" AOC In Motion-Birmingham, Alabama
03/07/2009 07:30 PM - Arova Dance Presents "Between the Lines" AOC In Motion-Birmingham, Alabama
03/06/2009 07:30 PM - Arova Dance Presents "Between the Lines" AOC In Motion-Birmingham, Alabama
02/26/2009 08:00 PM - Workplay-Birmingham, Alabama
02/26/2009 12:30 PM - Fox 6 Birmingham-Birmingham, Alabama
02/22/2009 01:30 AM - Folk Alliance-High Horse Records Showcase-Memphis, Tennessee
02/21/2009 03:30 PM - Folk Alliance-Help Me Ronda-Memphis, Tennessee
02/20/2009 09:00 PM - Center for Southern Folklore-Memphis, Tennessee
02/20/2009 03:00 PM - Folk Alliance-3:00 PM-The Annex-Memphis, Tennessee
02/19/2009 10:30 PM - Folk Alliance-10:30 PM-The Annex-Memphis, Tennessee
02/19/2009 01:00 AM - Folk Alliance-First Timer’s Showcase- Memphis, Tennessee
02/14/2009 05:00 PM - Seaside Amphitheater-Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
02/13/2009 07:00 PM - Mars Hill Cafe-Mobile, Alabama
02/07/2009 08:00 PM - Barking Legs Theater w/Cadillac Sky-Chattanooga, Tennessee
02/06/2009 08:00 PM - Edgehill Cafe-Nashville, Tennessee
02/05/2009 07:30 PM - Private Party-Birmingham, Alabama
01/30/2009 03:00 PM - 30A Radio Special-Seaside, Florida
01/24/2009 05:00 PM - American Village Wedding-Montevallo, Alabama
01/22/2009 08:00 PM - Eddie’s Attic-Atlanta, Georgia
01/10/2009 05:00 PM - Private Event-Clanton, Alabama
12/19/2008 07:00 PM - Outback Lodge Opening for "Sparky’s Flaw"-Charlottesville, Virginia
12/18/2008 09:00 PM - The Triple opening for "The New Familiars"-Richmond, Virginia
12/16/2008 07:00 PM - Bongo After Hours Theatre-Nashville, Tennessee
12/12/2008 10:15 AM - Java N’ Jams-Birmingham, Alabama
11/21/2008 02:00 PM - Studio Tracking Christmas Special Release-Birmingham, Alabama
11/20/2008 07:00 PM - Samford University-Harry’s Coffee House-Birmingham, Alabama
11/06/2008 04:30 PM - Birmingham Magazine & Chamber Of Commerce Party
10/25/2008 09:00 PM - Halloween Party-Tuscaloosa, Alabama
10/24/2008 07:00 PM - Lee University-Clemson, Tennessee
10/23/2008 06:00 PM - Botanical Gardens-Birmingham, Alabama
10/23/2008 08:00 AM - Fox 6 Good Day Alabama Morning Show-Birmingham, Alabama
10/20/2008 08:00 AM - ABC 33/40 Morning Show-Birmingham, Alabama
10/19/2008 06:00 PM - A2 Event Opening-Vestavia, Alabama
10/19/2008 01:00 PM - Studio Cover Project
10/18/2008 01:00 PM - Studio Cover Project
10/17/2008 01:00 PM - Studio Cover Project
10/12/2008 03:00 PM - Mt. Laurel-Birmingham, Alabama
10/11/2008 06:30 PM - Private Wedding-Birmingham, Alabama
10/10/2008 07:30 AM - WOCA Radio Interview Live broadcast-Ocala, Florida
09/20/2008 06:00 PM - North Alabama Folk Festival-Cullman, Alabama
09/19/2008 08:30 PM - Atlantis Music Conference 08-Atlanta, Georgia
09/13/2008 02:00 PM - Private Wedding-Birmingham, Alabama
09/11/2008 05:00 PM - Disc Makers Independent Music World Series-Atlanta, Georgia
09/05/2008 09:00 PM - WORKPLAY THEATRE "DECLARATION" CD RELEASE SHOW-Birmingham, Alabama
2009 Declaration Full Length
2009 Cover Up E.P.
2008 Love Remains E.P.