About the Artist
As a songwriter's songwriter, Art Linton's music and wordsmithery embodies the best of indie music without relinquishing accessibility. He is as comfortable in poetic Elvis Costello territory as he is in David Allen Coe's stomping grounds. Come hear an Atlanta original. Read more about Art at http://www.myspace.com/artlinton
" - Martha Shockey
Art Linton is the man. You must hear this talent. Seriously." -Jersey Todd, The Jersey Toddshow.
Art's music draws from a wide spectrum of musical influences (Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, The The, The Beatles), adapting and transforming these into his own unique style. A must-listen for true music fans.http://www.myspace.com/artlinton
Art Linton is a singer/songwriter from Decatur, Georgia (native Atlantan). He plays fingerstyle acoustic and electric guitar. Linton runs the stylistic gamut from folk, funk, country blues, soul to new and classic rock. His latest CD release is entitled "Time Heals All" which is available for download at discrevolt, iTunes and other online digital media outlets (Napster, Rhapsody, MusicNet, Sony Connect, Groupie Tunes, Amazon MP3). Art's musical influences include Elvis Costello, The The, Bob Dylan, Kinks, The Who, Donovan, Blind Gary Davis, John Hurt, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen, Elvis, John Lennon, Johnny Winter, Love, The Animals and the Beatles.http://www.myspace.com/artlintonhttp://cdbaby.com/cd/artlintonhttp://www.garageband.com/artist/art_linton/http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~alinton/
ART LINTON is a native son of Atlanta, GA. He was one of the first acts to play at the Downstairs music club/restaurant, which was a small but eccentric part of the Athens music scene. Art performed his songs solo there on acoustic guitar, sometimes with harmonica and of course, harmonica rack. He would later perform at the Uptown Lounge, the Georgia Theatre, Rockfish Palace, the Flying Buffalo, Charle McGruders, the Lighthouse and the Foundry as part of an acoustic guitar duo with singer-songwriter Mike Robinson. Mike and Art opened for the legendary John Prine at the Georgia Theatre. They also opened once for a group called "The Kentucky Headhunters," and that's when Art made the "mistake" of jokingly playing the first few notes of "Sweet Home Alabama." The hostile headhunter audience demanded they finish the song, which they did. Mike and Art also performed at the Second Annual Athens Music Festival and at the 1990 Human Rights Festival in downtown Athens.
Art helped start a rock band called Seedmachine with singer-songwriter, guitarist & drummer Steve Milsap (formerly of the Smash Fantastic). Art and Steve worked together at John Keane Studios in Athens, with Keane and producer/bassist David Barbe (Mercyland, Sugar, Buzzhungry, etc.) recording and playing on some of the album. Former Mercyland drummer Joel Suttles and the super talented and versatile drummer Sean O'Rourke also joined them in the studio, as did the illustrious bassist extrordinare David Webb and the fantastic keyboardist Tom Grose. Seedmachine also recorded at Exocet Studios in Atlanta (with producers/engineers Bruce Bennett and Geno Montgomery) where they finished their 16-song album project.
The final product, Hard World, saw a limited cassette release locally in Athens and received good radio airplay. Seedmachine also performed shows at The Georgia Theatre and The City Bar in Athens and at The Wreck Room and Sylvia's Art of This Century in Atlanta.
Art eventually left Athens and Seedmachine. He moved back to Atlanta and landed a job as a writer and associate producer at CNN Headline News, where he worked for several years. He completed his own CD entitled "Enemy Lines." (see Enemy Lines website). Art produced Enemy Lines at Exocet Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with the help of co-producers and engineers Scott Patton (Sugarland, Richard Bicknell), Bruce Bennett and Geno Montgomery. Art sings all lead and background vocals, and plays lead and rhythm electric guitar and acoustic guitar on all tracks. Guitar-player Scott Patton makes a solo appearance as lead guitarist on "Anything Goes," and serves as a second rhythm guitarist on a few other tracks. Bass player extraordinaire David Webb (Sugarland, etc.) also helped flesh out Art's songs in the studio. Several top-notch drummers helped Art with his solo project, including former Aleka's Attic (with River Phoenix) and Big White Undies drummer extrordanaire Josh Greenbaum (now in Maui, lucky bum), the well-known Atlanta drummer Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Yonrico Scott Band, among others), as well as super-bad, world famous drummers Sean O'Rourke (seanorourke.com, Sugarland, Mother's Finest, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and many others), Michael Grando (Blueground Undergrass. etc.) and Mike Mulholland. Other notable Atlanta music scene players appearing on the album include the talented keyboardist Tom Grose. Since then he has made appearances at Java Monkey, Kavarna, Bhojanic, Eddie's Attic and the Freight Room in Decatur, as well as other local Atlanta music venues.