Preview: Water Witches, Wished Bone, Julia Martin, JJ Reed / Feb. 14 / The Smiling Skull Saloon

By Jennifer Castaneda, Contributor

Do you find yourself feeling lonely? Maybe a tad bitter? Or perhaps you’re feeling nostalgic of when all of your friends were single, instead of it just being you? Head out to the the Smiling Skull Saloon, which has been turned into “a safe haven for the broken hearted” by the Water Witches, this Valentine’s Day.

Water Witches will be performing as the Broken Hearts Club Band for one night in honor of this holiday. Charlie Touvell, the drummer of Water Witches and host for the show Sunday night, said “We selected the people that are playing because they play beautiful, hauntingly sad songs.” They’ll be performing their own set of sad songs, which take influence from psychedelic/glam rock with an added folk twist.

Wished Bone has been burning the music scene in Athens lately; they’ve been playing a lot of shows in the area, and from the looks of it, will continue to do so. Their latest release Pseudio Recordings is what you’d expect folk music to sound like: lo-fi, airy and sad.

Julia Martin is a local recording musician. She’s looking forward to a sexy and intimate crowd as she sings about love and heartbreak. “Sharing my feelings with strangers is awesome because we are all just people being human, and it’s nice to know we’re not alone . . . that it’s okay to be vulnerable,” remarked Martin.

Regarding JJ Reed, The Water Witches stated, “He writes really the saddest songs ever,” and indeed he does. His last release Turning Blue is filled with blues influences that will get your foot tapping and your head bobbing as you try to wipe the tears away from your eyes. He’s definitely going to be an act you won’t want to miss.

Reverend Nicholas Littlehouse will be sharing stories of heartbreak and happiness in between the acts. He wants to remind people that heartbreak is a part of life. People should not spend too much time trying to define themselves by their relationships, and to not grow anxious about their current relationships, but rather to appreciate and take the time to enjoy their current situations. He emphasizes that heartbreak is something they will always encounter, it will be a constant part of their life, and happiness will always remain a temporary part of it.

Join these talented artists and the broken hearted folks of Athens to celebrate what is known to be the loneliest day of the year for singles. The only thing that won’t hurt Sunday night will be your wallet. A $3 cover charge will be waiting for you Sunday, February 14th, 9 p.m. at the Smiling Skull Saloon.

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