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"Writers in the Round: One Stage, One Night"

"...After years growing up right across the street from Cary (Hudson) in Hattiesburg, Aaron Hall moved north starting a band that bears his name, and is arguably the hottest musician in Oxford. Hall, who has enough soul for any Anthony Hamilton fan, and melodies that make you want to shake something, captivated listeners in a two-night stand at Proud Larry's last month. The 23 year-old piano player's solo shows are already drawing comparisons to Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, and Nora Jones." - The Local Voice, Oxford MS, Dec. 13


"Aaron Hall Band Shakes up Traditional Oxford Scene"

"About a month ago, I got a text from this good looking-girl telling me to come and see the Aaron Hall Band. She has an ex who spends his time following Widespread panic. She has an unhealthy obsession with both Dolly Parton and outdoor concerts. Obviously I expected something extra-crunchy. Luckily, I can never say no to ladies that invite me to the bar.

Together for only three months, the Aaron Hall Band has already taken their place as Oxford's second-best bend (it's hard for anybody to top Colour Revolt). Aaron Hall, Alex Connerly, Lamon Lawhorn and Wes Lawrence blend authentic blues, New Orleans'style boogie and piano rock into a dance party that will make you forget you have a backbone. These new-comers just finished up a month of dates at Proud Larry's that set them up as a force to be reckoned with in the local scene.

Frontman Aaron Hall reminds me of Leon Russel with a hefty dose of Dr. John and Ray Charles in the mix. He also throws in just enough Elton John and college rock influence to keep the sorority girls interested. His behind the keys dancing keeps the energy up and will certainly help keep the local bars packed.

From all appearances, music comes easy to Hall. He clearly doesn't have any classical training, but he has a great ear. Hall messed around with the piano as a kid. In junior, he took up the violin for two years solely to go "on some pretty cool field trips." In fact, Hall didn't consider music a part of his future until he was attending Meridian Community College. He wrote his first song and, three days later, found himself with a guitar playing it live on the radio. Following some success with that song, Hall moved to Oxford to pursue music. His first-ever live gig was Double Decker last year when he connected with fellow Hattiesburgian, Alex Connerly. Over the summer he filled out a full band and has skyrocketed onto the local scene.

And it is with his full band that Hall can get people out of their seats and moving. By himself his songwriting shines. His stripped-down performance dominated a night of Writers in the Round at Proud Larry's. His laid-back drunken stage presence belies music that is sophisticated enough for the most discerning listener and full of plenty of backbeat for the passerby.
None of this fits into what one would expect of from a 23 year-old. The Aaron Hall Band has neither the faux-hipness to go get a big record deal nor the cheesy, cover-heavy sound that rings the cash register in college towns. Instead, the band is fully authentic. Their humor and cleverness never rely on easy irony but are instead products of hanging around in a small town with a big record collection.

This month they're picking up the odd show and are in the studio recording their first CD. Look for them to make their next big splash with a Halloween night blowout at Parrish Baker Pub. Expect plenty of performances to follow.

Clive Davis will probably never care about this band. Hall would get laughed out of an American Idol audition. The hip kids don't know what to do with him either. He never got the memo that you needed tight-tapered pants to be a rock star, and he knows it. I've seen him introduce a song from the stage as being about not being pretty enough to get a record deal. All these things are true, but yet there is still the music. It's an old-fashion mix, a mix that came together, not far from here, to create rock and roll. Hall isn't the next King of Rock and Roll, but he and his band are the real deal. For a rollicking good time, be sure and check them out. - Oxford Eagle


"Hattiesburg Native and Oxford Songwriter Aaron Hall takes up Wednesday Residency at Proud Larry's"

Aaron Hall will get you on the
dance floor. First, he will ask nicely.
Next, he will ask loudly. And if neither
works, the Hattiesburg native
is not above bribing you with alcohol.

In the end, his music will be
enough to do the trick. Think
Buffett on keys after a few hours in
Margaritaville. Or, imagine brother
Ray Charles jamming with beach
bum, Jack Johnson. With hooks
you can’t shake and melodies that
defy the most uncoordinated of listeners
to sit still, the Aaron Hall
Band has been filling Oxford’s
dance floors for the last six months.

Aaron Hall is joined on stage by
guitarist Ales Conerly of Hattiesburg.
Texas transplant Lamon
Lawhorn (drums) and Jackson,
Mississippi native Wes Lawrence
(bass) drive the rhythm section.

The hard work and rump-shaking
has paid off as the Aaron Hall
Band kick off a three week writer-inresidence
stint at the newly renovated
Proud Larry’s on Sept. 5th.

Hall and his band will then be
back at Larry’s the following
Wednesday, September 12th with
Avenue Hearts opening both
shows. On the 19th, a writers-in-theround
gig will see Aaron Hall sharing
the spotlight and a mic with
long time Oxford musician Tate
Moore as well as Avenue Hearts’
frontman, Adrian Dickey.

Your last shot to catch Hall and
his band comes September 26th at
Proud Larry’s with special guest and
Lost Highway recording artist,
Ryan Bingham.

If you’ve yet to catch the energy
of the Aaron Hall band live, there
will be plenty of chances this
month.

Bring your dancing shoes.
You’re going to need them.
-by Drew Clowney
- The Local Voice, Oxford Mississippi


"Local Band rocks Pub With Music"

The celebration from the Rebels victory over in-state rivals Southern Miss carried over to the Square Saturday night as some Hattisburg boys played a concert at Parish Paker's Pub. The Aaron Hall Band had more than a few people "shaking what their momma's gave them" on the Parish's dance floor.

Aaron Hall wears many hats including lead singer, lyrist, pianist and Ole Miss business management major. Hall also writes the lyrics for the band that carries his name.

In one of their slower songs, "All I Want," Hall sings about how he feels about his music. With songs including lyrics such as "This is my song and my soul" and "All I want is you to dance to my music," Hall tells the audience exactly how he feels about the songs he is performing. Hall's goal in his music is for the crowd to have a good time. He also hopes, by putting his soul into the music, listeners bond and enjoy listening.

The mood on the dance floor reached its energetic highpoint, while they played "FloraBama Sunday". Grace Watson, a senior marketing major, said she had a great time listening to the band perform.

"I couldn't help throwing my hands in the air and waving them like I just don't care."

The bar was busy, but the general consensus was that everyone was having a good time.

Alex Connerly, a senior business management major at Ole Miss, plays lead guitar for the band. While Hall plays simple piano with fantastic lyrics, Connerly adds to the music with his complex chord progressions.

"Aaron has the great ideas, and I decorate them and help them come alive," Connerly said.

Hall and Connerly both say they have a wide variety of both fast and slow songs, but at the bar, they play faster music so the crowd enjoys the dance floor a little more.

After listening to a sample from one of Connerly's demo CDs, Baily Barthalemew, a junior hospitality management major, gave an analysis of what the music sounded like to him.

"[Connerly] has a beachy, reggae sound with a hint of country," Barthalemew said. - The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi


Discography

Dreamers Daughters, Spring 2009
High Hopes and Low Standards (single) Radio play in Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Oxford Mississippi.

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi native Aaron (R.A.) Hall got his start playing music with his neighbor, alternative country legend Cary Hudson, of Blue Mountain, as a child. He never imagined he would have a musical career and spent his youth playing sports and was able to have a successful tennis career in college. It wasn’t until his parents dragged him to an Elton John concert while in college that he decided that he wanted a career as a musician. He wrote his first song in Meridian, MS and within three days of competing it, he was playing live on the local radio station. It was at that point that childhood friends convinced him to move to Oxford, the cultural capital of Mississippi to give music a shot.

He played his first solo shows in Oxford in April of 2007 and based on the strength of those shows was able to put together an All Star band of Oxford featuring Oxford guitar legend, Patrick McClary formerly of Daybreakdown, Lamon Lawhorn who is considered a one of the premier drummers in the south, and up and coming Wes Lawrence on the bass.

In their relatively short time together, the band has put together an impressive resume, going from nothing to an Oxford music staple within a manner of months. R.A. Hall has been featured in a month long Writer’s in Residence series at both Proud Larry’s and the City Grocery bar, become a staple at the University of Mississippi’s Grove Stage, played for 5,000 people at Oxford’s annual Double Decker festival and played at various venues throughout the South.

Their upcoming album, Dreamer’s Daughters represents the diversity within their music from radio singles to a thank you to R.A.’s parents and a song for his girlfriend’s daughter. This first album is being recorded with Tweed recording, who has worked with Jars of Clay, the Damnwells, Will Hoge, Sanders Bohlke, and Josh Kelly to name a few.