CD RELEASE PARTY
W/ AMY BLACK
FRIDAY APRIL 25TH 8PM $12
To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She's a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake. This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges’ future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood. More at www.sarahborges.com
MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS
SAT APRIL 26TH 8PM $15
Miss Tess The Brooklyn-based singer and her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintains a unique and personal sound. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have just released The Love I Have For You, their second on rootsy label Signature Sounds (Lake Street Dive, Eilen Jewell, Chris Smither, Erin McKeown…). The new album was produced by Miss Tess & The Talkbacks and recorded and mixed by Devin Greenwood (Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, Amos Lee) in Brooklyn, NY. The 7-song album features six covers and one new original and pays homage to some of Tess’s favorite singers and songwriters including Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Ted Hawkins, Randy Newman, and Hank Williams.
Miss Tess explains how the band chose the 6 songs to cover: “Each artist we covered has held a special place in the history of our lives, as well as in the history of American music. These folks are all musical giants who dedicated their lives to music, and for that I hold them in the highest esteem.”In their earlier incarnation, they were known as Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade and that, says Miss Tess, proved both too small of a box and too confusing. They were consistently confused for a zydeco band or a New Orleans band. "When I conceived of the band in Boston back in 2006 or so, we had a horn player and we were a little more jazz influenced," she says. “In the last couple of years the sound has evolved, something that naturally happens when you spend so much time on the road with a band. We’ve become slightly edgier and there is some more country and early rock n’ roll coming through. We now have two electric guitars. I'd been thinking about a change for a while and we finally settled on a name. With a name like the Talkbacks, it is what it is."
SUN APRIL 27TH 7PM $15
Aoife O’Donovan is known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, and for singing on (2013)Grammy winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which toured the US in August (she co-wrote one of the focus tracks, Here and Heaven. Aoife also sang on Noam Pikelny's (2013)Grammy nominated album "Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail". She has collaborated with some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss and Chris Thile, to Gabriel Kahane and Dave Douglas. She has performed alongside Lyle Lovett, Punch Brothers, The Boston Pops, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Sara Watkins, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Jesca Hoop, The Milk Carton Kids, and the list goes on. Her debut solo album “Fossils”, produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Tift Merritt) was released on Yep Roc Records worldwide.
Aoife’s debut release garnered a good amount of press, a Sunday NY Times feature, The Wall Street Journal premiered Red & White & Blue & Gold, NY Times premiered the album in their Press Play feature, NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, NPR Folk Alley, WNYC Soundcheck, WFUV Session, full features in American Songwriter and Acoustic Guitar, and her album, Fossils was featured as a must listen summer album by Rolling Stone:
(Scud Mountain Boys)
& Norman Blake
CAROLINE ROSE opens...
WED APRIL 30TH 7PM
The New Mendicants are Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys), Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Mike Belitsky (The Sadies). Pernice and Belitsky first met Blake in November, 2000, when the Pernice Brothers opened for Teenage Fanclub at the Astoria in London. Twelve years later, shortly after Blake had relocated to Toronto with his Canadian spouse -- as Pernice himself had done years earlier – the two found themselves neighbors, and reconnected. A friendship and musical partnership formed at Joe Pernice's kitchen table, with Mike Belitsky soon joining the duo as drummer.
Says Pernice: “...he said we should start a band together called The Mendicants. Well, I had literally one day earlier recorded a song called “The Mendicant” for the upcoming Scud Mountain Boys record. May God smite me if this is not the truth. I sent Norman the demo, and he wrote back: ‘It’s fate’.... Within minutes of hanging out in my kitchen we were booking recording dates.”
"Caroline Rose's lyrical honesty, vivid imagery and songwriting prowess are obvious to the ears upon first listen of her debut album "America Religious". Her new single puts you in the front seat riding shotgun on a very real adventure that can't be explained quite yet." –Ari Fink, Program Director, SiriusXM
FOR THE SAKE OF THE SONG ROADSHOW
THUR MAY 1ST 7PM $10
w/ Dave Houghton from Fancy Trash
For the Sake of the Song is a Boston-based concert series and traveling Roadshow which features an ever-changing mixture of some of the Northeast’s best songwriters and bands, collaborating to perform music from and inspired by their greatest influences. The series, which takes its name from the classic Townes Van Zandt song, delivers the intimacy and energy of great late night jam sessions as well as an illustrative peak into the songwriting process of a wide range of contemporary artists.
In addition to running the For the Sake of the Song series, Patrick Coman is a decorated performer in his own right. His 2012 release Let It Ring was called “a rich exhibition of Americana done right” (The Somerville News), while his 2010 debut Southern Storms was selected by The Noise as one of the best local albums of the year.
Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack.
At 27 years old, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, Corty Byron has been active as a musician for over a decade. He released two solo projects, performed with artists like Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers and has become a fixture of his hometown Central Pennsylvania music scene.
DAVE HOUGTON FROM FANCY TRASH
Dave will be doing songs from Nick Drake.
Fancy Trash works the line between rock and folk, blending a non-traditional sensibility with the tradition of acoustic instruments to make something unique. Folk-tinged indie rock. Don’t let the acoustic instruments fool you, Fancy Trash is a rock band.
CD RELEASE PARTY
W/ THE DIRE HONEYS
FRIDAY MAY 2ND 8PM
"Wishbone Zoe is a teller of stories, a rummager of the discarded tragedies of human beings, charmer of coyotes, claw-dancing, slap-happy Sky Child, a solo act, a band. Using looped, built-live vocal tracks stacked high like pancakes, 5 or 6 strings, a melodica and an orchestra of junk percussion and broken appliances, she delivers a mighty caterwaul of sound for such a quiet voice. For over three years she has traversed the Northeast spinning devilishly dark tales that conjure up images of after-dark carnivals and grinning moon creatures as well as honest distortion-driven rock songs casually throwing concerned glances at the not-so-okay in the world.
Whether fronting a rollicking three piece rock band or building looped tracks onstage by her solitary solo-ly self, Zoe has carved out a clean, juicy spot for herself in the rich Valley music scene playing at some of the area's most well-known venues and sharing the stage with such local heroes as Heather Maloney and Carrie Ferguson and international luminaries such as Chic Gamine, Rushad Eggleston and Girl in a Coma. In the past two years, she's humbly graced--often multiple times--some of the great stages and festivals in the Northeastern US including the Iron Horse Music Hall, Club Passim, Melodica Festival in New York, the Rendezvous, the North Quabbin Garlic/Arts Fest, and the Montague Bookmill."
SAT MAY 3RD 8PM
Rusty Belle has a curious habit of coaxing very different, even huge sounds out of a relatively small stable of acoustic instruments. Some tunes offer harmonies reminiscent of '60s folk, others country blues, and still others a plaintive, swinging melancholy.
Matt Lorenz, Kate Lorenz and Zak Trojano harmonize with intuitive strength while laying down a percussive layer of junk drums, classical and electric guitars and an odd array of melodic instruments. Expect to hear anything from a whiskey lullaby or a tiny tango to a rock anthem or a smoky blues. Poignant, honest lyrics with a rustic, dusty feel. Rusty Belle is unpredictable, original and raw. It is a convergence of styles. Not a knew genre, but a fresh approach.
The Collective Music Group:
ROGER SALLOOM, JAMIE KENT, SARAH BLACKER & JOSHUA MELTZER
IN THE ROUND
THUR MAY 15th
There is a story here. A story so intriguing that it enticed award-winning filmmaker Chris Sautter to make a film about Roger Salloom. So Glad I Made It, the Saga Of Roger Salloom, won 6 awards, was on the 2006 Grammy ballot, and received rave reviews across the U.S. It caused Chris to call Roger "America's Best Unknown Songwriter"
Jamie Kent fresh 26-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern rock artists like Ray Lamontagne and Kings of Leon as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.
Sarah Blacker: Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards, Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, is also a current nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards. Her heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression
Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Joshua Metlzer is one of the hidden gems of the Pioneer Valley. His songs have earned him top prizes in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and USA Songwriting Competition, as well as multiple ASCAP Plus Awards over the past decade. His songs have also been cut by amazing artists like Robbie Robertson (of The Band), Peter Bradley Adams, and Eastmountainsouth.
FRIDAY MAY 16TH 8PM
Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music, ancient blues and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers are left-field traditionalists whose rough-hewn, direct sound has drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered, The New Yorker and many more.
This is old-soul music, and in freewheeling shows at clubs and festivals throughout the US and Canada, The Ramblers - string bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza and guitarist Michael Tarbox - have played it to considerable effect, making converts of audiences wherever they've gone. Robert Plant caught the group's live show and asked them to open his tour dates right on the spot; he later tapped them as backing band for a set with Alison Krauss at The Rock Hall of Fame's Leadbelly Tribute.
"The band's debut album is filled with early-twentieth century blues and back-country music. Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you".
--- THE NEW YORKER
CD RELEASE PARTY
SATURDAY MAY 17TH 8PM $10
Maybe you had a bad day, maybe you thought it was unredeemable. Maybe you have a cold and you don’t feel like moving around. Maybe you’re tired, and you think you’re just going to have a quick drink and head home. Maybe you fancy yourself someone who watches a concert quietly from the back, attentively listening. Maybe you’re a mother who’s only here because your daughter needed a ride. Maybe you’re a seventy-year-old man who walks with a cane.In a few seconds, it’s not going to matter who you are.
When the Balkan-inspired, circusy sound of Bella’s Bartok hits your ears, you are no longer in control. You are out of your seat and you’re bouncing up and down, and soon your arms are flailing and you’re smiling and screaming. Your bad day, your cold, your fatigue have all vanished, and it’s not even the end of the first song.
Bella’s Bartok makes everyone dance, regardless. From living rooms to concert halls, alleyways to weddings, something about the band’s energy makes getting up and moving irresistible. Without fail, someone from the audience comes up after every single show and says the same thing: “I couldn’t help it.”
“I was just checking out the first song, but then I couldn’t help it.”
“I was only here to drop off my daughter, but then I just couldn’t help it.”
Even, memorably, the seventy-year-old man, cane in hand: “I haven’t danced in thirty years.”
Bella’s Bartok are six music-making extra-ordinaries from Northampton, MA. They dare you to come see them and try to stay in your chair.
w/ CHRISTA JOY
SUNDAY MAY 18TH 7PM $15
Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. Since the release of her Red House Records debut COME UP FULL in 2008, she has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and several times on the syndicated show Mountain Stage. Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of veterans Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell.
Growing up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, the woods and rivers were her childhood muses, as were songwriters like Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell, and poets like Mary Oliver, William Stafford, and Robert Frost. When Hutchinson inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar at age eleven, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. “Songwriting is not something I chose, I’ve just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can’t help but do,” she says.
MATT THE ELECTRICIAN
FRIDAY MAY 23RD 8PM $15
Matt the Electrician crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home. Evidence: It’s a Beacon, It’s a Bell. The longtime Austin resident’s excellent new album showcases a seasoned songwriter in top form. “Look out the window at the road rushing by,” he sings on the stunning “Muddy Waters.”
“The shatterproof glass breaking up in your eyes/Your own private movie where things fall apart/Everyone’s trying to break your heart.” Details whittled from real experience frequently fortify his songs.
“Muddy Waters” backs the claim. Matt dreamed up the song as he drove around Austin with his 12-year-old daughter after a big storm. Water under the Lamar Bridge was brown and green, colors he thought an interesting mix. “Yeah, it’s dirty, Dad,” his daughter said, unimpressed. “Muddy Waters” deftly charts our decidedly varying perceptions at different times in our lives and with age comes an acute awareness that everything moves in cycles. Listen closely. Lessons quickly emerge within the song’s ebb and flow.
Like “Muddy Waters,” Matt’s songs typically mirror his family life and the complexities of living as a touring musician and father, often far from home, on the move and unable to be in touch. Accordingly, It’s a Beacon, It’s a Bell offers several uniquely personal and autobiographical portraits brimming with universal truths.
SAT. MAY 24TH $12ADV $15DOOR
Appalachian Still is an acoustic string band out of Northampton, Massachusetts playing high energy Americana that combines oldtime mountain music with bluegrass, rock, and folk. This New England group has managed to create a unique sound that is distinctly their own yet remains rooted in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing from a repertoire of traditional tunes, original material, and covers, this band combines traditional music of Appalachians with many “modern” influences like The Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Grateful Dead, Norman Blake, and The Avett Brothers.
Since forming in the Spring of 2005, the band began to hone their skills busking on the streets of Northampton, and playing in local coffee shops and bars. They have picked up additional musicians along the way and graduated to the regional circuit, playing venues and festivals throughout the Greater New England area and beyond. Their songs have been featured on radio stations from Vermont to Georgia.
TRUST US SHOWCASE
T SISTERS & CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER
The T Sisters are an Oakland-based singing trio composed of Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen, accompanied by a cast of stellar musicians. The sisters perform original music influenced by blues, folk, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, country and more, all drenched in their enchanting sibling vocal harmonies and spiced up with their charming stage personas.
Cricket Tell the Weather is Based in the New York-Connecticut area, A indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, and expands to include rock, pop, and chamber ensemble elements. Award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) received a blue ribbon in 2011 at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition for their co-written song “Remington”. They are joined by NYC native Doug Goldstein on the banjo and Jeff Picker on bass from Portland, OR. The band has twice been awarded the Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the City of Bridgeport.
FRIDAY MAY 30TH 8PM $15
Oklahoma has proved fertile ground for songwriting over the years. From Albert Brumley and Woody Guthrie through Leon Russell and Jimmy Webb, Oklahoma has produced songwriters that pursued their singular vision and left the music world enriched, and often changed, by their contributions. Although it would be careless to suggest that an artist just releasing their debut album warrants a place in that group, John Fullbright's From The Ground Up has some of the greats (see above) thinking that the 23-year-old might just have a place in that conversation someday soon.
John Fullbright was raised and still resides in Okemah, Oklahoma, a hometown he shares with Woody Guthrie (the photo on the album cover shows him on the front porch of the house that both he and his father grew up in). Music was a staple of the Fullbright household, mostly in the form of the family's diverse and treasured album collection. "The most trouble I ever got in was when I had done something to one of my mother's albums," Fullbright recalls. The Blue Door, the legendary venue, took him in and exposed him to some of the greatest songwriters in the country as they would pass through town in concert. The founder of The Blue Door, Greg Johnson, was so taken by Fullbright's talent, that he began managing him in order to open the necessary doors for his career to take root. Fullbright and Johnson released a live album in 2009 that set sales records at Woodyfest, the annual folk festival honoring Woody Guthrie.
new record Trouble & Love
SAT MAY 31ST 7PM
In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.
And her songs? They’re about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of “popular music.” They’re painfully personal, especially on Trouble and Love. Yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they’ve followed through their lives.
Those songs weren’t so much written as harvested by Gauthier. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command. She says, “I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don’t understand, but I know it when I hear it.”
& The Lost High Rollers
THUR JUNE 5TH 7PM $15
"How does a kid growing up in Seattle in the 1980’s end up making country music?"
I get asked all the time. I usually say, "I don’t know, I just open my mouth when I sing and that’s what comes out."
Growing up we were raised on the classic rock and roll, the Beatles, Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, when mtv was actually music television. I didn’t learn about the really old stuff until high school when my fascination with the labor movement and the histories that never got brought up in textbooks led me to seek out the roots of all that music. The field recordings of Alan Lomax and Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music had just been rereleased and I devoured it all. I have always been one who out of fear or a need for security, tried to keep a full time job and pay the bills, so I traveled in my mind down the roads of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and the Carter Family, weaving elements of history and traditional country and blues into my music and lyrics.
SIGNATURE SOUNDS &
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL PRESENTS:
from the BYRDS
FRI JUNE 6TH
ACADEMY OF MUSIC
“Music would be a very different place if it wasn’t for Roger McGuinn”
Roger McGuinn (born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is a U.S. singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The Byrds' records. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with The Byrds.
SATURDAY JUNE 7TH 8PM $14
The Stone Coyotes are a bare-bones rock family trio.
They have had their music on movie soundtracks and eight songs on “Dog The Bounty Hunter”. Author Elmore Leonard used them as a model for his sequel to “Get Shorty”, “Be Cool”. He included the lyrics to five of their songs and dedicated the book to them. While this brought the band national attention, it is the grass roots, word-of-mouth response to their music that continues their momentum.
Barbara Keith’s songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Tanya Tucker, Barbra Streisand. Delaney and Bonnie, Melanie and Hank Snow. “The Bramble and the Rose” has become a folk standard and was recently recorded by Patty Loveless.
Her husband, drummer Doug Tibbles, was a TV writer for such shows as “The Munsters”, “Bewitched”, “Andy Griffith”, and many more.
Son John Tibbles picked up bass and guitar at age eleven. He gets a kick out of people’s reaction when they ask what he does for a living and he answers, “I’m in a rock band with my parents”.
SAT. JUNE 14TH 7PM $15ADV $18 DOOR
TRACY GRAMMER rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour in Massachusetts. He was 49; Grammer, 34.
Determined to honor the duo’s journey and bring Carter’s award-winning songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer kept to the road and now tours internationally, releasing solo albums as well as recovered and reclaimed Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer material. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of archived recordings from the duo's home studios. LBE was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012, and once again, the duo were the #1 most-played artists for the year.
Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved performers. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer has also become a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's ethereal and reclusive accompanist.
BOXCAR LILLIES & BROTHER SUN
FRI JUNE 20 8PM $15
The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard, including The Birchmere Music Hall, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel. In 2013, they released their second studio album Sugar Shack which debuted on the North American Folk DJ Charts at #2 and was highlighted by both CMJ.com and eMusic.com in their roundup of exciting new releases.
BROTHER SUN: National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer‐songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION
THUR JUNE 26 7PM
Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they've finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs to be released August 6th on Rte 8 Records.
Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way finds Guthrie and Irion pushing further beyond the folky sound they established on 2005's Exploration, their first studio LP. After Irion's solo album Ex Tempore in 2007, the live album Folksong in 2009 and the children's collection Go Waggaloo in 2009, the pair began expanding their sonic horizons on 2011's Bright Examples, an album that drew praise from American Songwriter magazine for its "lush, dreamy sound."
"This record is a departure from a folk duo," Irion says. "I think this is the best example we've been able to present that shows the many facets of what we can do. There's loud guitars, there's soundscapes, there's a lushness to it, there's a popness, an edge. But that can be difficult sometimes to bring it all together and present it."
SAT JUNE 28 7PM
Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. In 2012, Sollee self-released his fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are.
Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-? flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.” Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-?Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Sollee’s music drew the attention of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore. In 2010 they released Dear Companion, a stunning collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship.
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