Atomic Rhythm All-Stars

Closed Doors, Open Windows, and Starting a New Band

In light of recent events and a lot of questions from friends and fans, I feel the need to clarify a few things. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Atomic Rhythm All-Stars bandleader, George Knott, terminating my involvement with the band as the vocalist and as the marketing person for the band. My involvement was terminated over a dispute regarding intellectual property rights. As of two weeks ago, I will no longer be performing with the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars and have been removed from all future performance dates.

I’d like to thank those of you who have been supportive of me during this time. It’s tough to pour your heart and soul into a project for three years, use your contacts to obtain gigs for the band, invest time and effort into developing an online presence and fan base, share in the joys and woes of being part of a band, and see something you got into on the ground floor grow and flourish, only to have your efforts and talents be deemed unnecessary.

To borrow from lyrics, the song is ended, but the melody lingers on…after hearing the news, my friends expressed that I should start my own band. I discussed this with my husband, trombone player and arranger Lucian Cobb, who is leaving the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars as well, and we both decided that we love this music too much to stop playing it. As our options for joining other bands as regular members are non-existent in Raleigh/Durham, we will be forming our own group to play 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s jazz, featuring Lucian’s arrangements from Atomic and many more new arrangements. We will also need a band name, equipment, ideas for songs, a book, a website, and gigs, among other things I’m sure we haven’t considered. It’s hard to start all over again, but, hopefully, we will continue our dreams of playing vintage jazz music and share the joy of this music through a different conduit.

We already have a gig on the books for next year and are accepting gigs for dates in March 2012 and beyond. Thank you to everyone who has faith in my abilities as a vocalist, organizer, and business-woman. I look forward to performing for you again!


Peter Lamb and the Wolves at Carrboro Arts Center

Peter Lamb and the Wolves will play a concert at the Carrboro Arts Center this Sunday, October 2, 2011. I will be joining the Wolves onstage for a few songs and so will Lucian Cobb, the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars‘ trombone player extraordinaire.

From the Arts Center website:

“The dance floor will be open for Peter Lamb and The Wolves’ Arts Center debut! Named best Jazz group in the Triangle, this young quintet lives up to their fairy-tale namesakes. The Wolves peddle languid sophistication that is always a little bit dangerous–their repertoire reaches back to New Orleans’ earliest syncopaters but also forward to hipster bards like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Recommended for fans of: James Hunter, Sam Cooke.”

Single Admission: $11
Members Single Admission: $9
Day-of-show non-members: $13

Get your tickets in advance through the Carrboro Arts Center’s website:

Big Apple Workshop with The Carolina Fascinators and Atomic Rhythm All-Stars at TSDS, September 10, 2011

This Saturday, September 10, 2011, The Carolina Fascinators will be holding a workshop to teach the second half of the Big Apple – the second half of that famous jazz routine that just doesn’t seem to stick. The workshop will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Triangle Dance Studio, 2603 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham, NC. Cost is $20. For more details, visit The Carolina Fascinators’ website.

If you missed the first half, Hot Club of Durham will be teaching a workshop on the first half of the Big Apple on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Details at

Also on September 10, the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars will be performing at the Triangle Swing Dance Society dance at the Carrboro Century Center in Carrboro, NC. The band plays from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Details at

Atomic Rhythm All-Stars at Motorco Music Hall, September 3, 2011

The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars return to the stage at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall, located in the thriving Central Park District near Fullsteam Brewery and Geer Street Garden, and is the unofficial food truck Mecca of Durham. Spend your Labor Day Saturday night at this great concert venue and bar, with live hot jazz and delicious food you can bring into the building. The show runs from 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the cover is $10.00 – I’ll let you know as soon as I know!

Sound Situations, Episode 4 Featuring The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars Online Now

Watch the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars make their documentary debut in this Triangle, NC based television show highlighting the music scene and various musicians in the area, with all episodes available online. We are featured in the first half of Episode 4 – available at

Sound Situations Episode 4 Featuring the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars Airs This Week

Episode 04 of Sound Situations featuring Birds and Arrows and the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars is set to air Thursday and Saturday at 6pm on Channel 10 of Raleigh Television Network! Web episode hits next week at We are excited to be featured on this fantastic documentary television show that highlights the music scene in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Stay tuned!

The Best of Our State at Pinehurst

The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars are looking forward to playing at the historic Pinehurst Resort on August 6, 2011 for Our State Magazine‘s “The Best of Our State,” an event that is “a celebration of North Carolina music, history, humor, art, and food.” Atomic is appearing as part of a weekend of special events at the Pinehurst Resort, featuring storyteller Donald Davis, author Michael Parker, historian Dr. Tom Hanchett, singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, author Libby Bagby, author Diane Daniel, and artist/musician William McNeill. For more information on the weekend, visit the Our State Magazine website:

Atomic Rhythm All-Stars at Heavy Rebel Weekender 2011

This Sunday we’ll all pile in the bus and drive to Winston-Salem, NC for the biggest rockabilly festival in the state, Heavy Rebel Weekender. Over 90 bands will play on four stages at the beautiful Millennium Center, along with a vintage car show, burlesque performances, vendors, guitar and bass slapping contests, Krispy Kreme donut eating contest, mud wrestling, and more beer than you can shake a stick at. It’s an all ages event and the Millennium Center has a great wood dance floor! The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars will be the last band to play on the main stage to close out the event on Sunday night, July 3, at 10:00 p.m. – we’re excited to be invited to play this event and bring some hot, swinging jazz to this rockin’ festival. 🙂

Sound Situations Premiers

Sound Situations premieres this week, starting things off with a bang with two premiere parties, one on June 28 at Deep South the Bar in Raleigh, NC and a second at The Pinhook in Durham, NC on June 30. What is Sound Situations, you ask?

“Sound Situations is a 30 minute, bi-weekly television and web show that focuses its spotlight onto the local music happening in the Triangle area of North Carolina. The culturally rich and diverse cities of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro are producing some of the finest musicians in the country and we thought you should know. We’ve lined up twelve bands into six episodes of interviews, live performances, a glimpse behind the stage lights and music and some intimate, impromtu, out-of-the-elemends live performances for your enjoyment.”

The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars are excited to have been selected as one of the bands featured on this show. We don’t know when our episode will air yet, but stay tuned to this show! The show airs Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. on channel 10 in Raleigh.

Atomic Rhythm All-Stars Named Finalist for Independent Weekly’s Best of the Triangle 2011

Due to a typo naming the band “Atomic Heaters,” recognition was delayed, but we’re excited to announce that they discovered the mistake and the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars was a finalist for the Best Jazz Group in the Triangle in the Independent Weekly’s Best of the Triangle 2011! The title of Best Jazz Group went to Atomic’s saxophone player’s band, Peter Lamb and the Wolves, so there are winners all around! Thanks to everyone who voted in the reader’s choice poll for both of these groups without being prompted or choosing from a list!