This show has been rescheduled to June 4, 2020 - all tickets honored.
Rescheduled from March 12 - all tickets honored
Superstar is an underdog story, and one not far off from Caroline Roses real life. After a years-long struggle to release what would ultimately become 2018s LONER, deemed a singular artistic statement from its unforgettable album art all the way down (Pitchfork), Rose found herself in the midst of a new widespread audience, one both delightfully intrigued and perplexed about how and where to place her. That, combined with a developed set of studio skills and a challenge to make something from nothing, marked the beginning of Superstar. Gone are the polished Hollywood hunks and starlets of olde. Here is a shamelessly odd hero, or rather anti-hero, on a quest to become a someone.
Inspired by cult classics such as The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Mulholland Drive and the mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous, Superstar plays out like a film with a beginning, middle, and an open ending. In album opener Nothings Impossible, the protagonist receives a mistaken phone call from the glamorous Chateau Marmont hotel. Taking the call as a sign toward a star-studded future, they (gender neutral pronoun) leave behind everything in pursuit of a newly established destiny.
What ensues is a cinematic paradox that in one moment finds them strutting down a neon strip in full Saturday Night Fever hip-swing donned in their finest threads, and the next sipping a dirty martini at the rundown apartment complex pool, dwelling on lifes unfortunate turns. Its a narrative Rose pulled directly from the somewhat shameless desires of her own growing ambition, as well as the public breakdowns of several notable celebrities. To me, the satire is in what well do and put up with in order to be successful. I wanted to make a story out of those parts of myself that are for the most part undesirable, then inject them with steroids.
Rose worked on the album in order of the storys timeline, ensuring each track represented a chapter of the narrative in her head. Songs bursting with self-aggrandizement often reveal moments of vulnerability. Feel The Way I Want leads us with boisterous confidence through heartache by refusing to let pain get the best of us. Disguised as a Prince-infused bop, Do You Think Well Last Forever? expresses the uncertainty and anxiety that come with seeing a new partner, ending in a full blown freakout of bottled up nervous energy. The S&M-fueled love song Freak Like Me and the darkly comedic Command Z ultimately expose a fragile person coming to terms with their own humanity. Rose sings, I looked around at all the people there / as I thought everyone we know will know will someday be dead / God, I just dont want it to end / Undo, Im gonna do it again.
Rose began formulating the songs and ideas for a sequel-esque follow-up to LONER in between the bands near-incessant touring schedule, from playing sold out headline shows across the country and beyond, to becoming fan favorites at some of the worlds biggest festivals. Two years ago I started touring with nothing, not knowing if Id even have a career. Then all of a sudden we were playing to hundreds of people in a town Id never heard of. The whole thing was fascinating. It got me thinking, just how much can you build from nothing? As a result, Superstar was written, recorded and produced by Rose in her 10x12 home studio, as well as on a portable rig shed set up in green rooms while on tour.
Superstar is a bigger, badder, glitter-filled cinematic pop record for weirdos. I realized at some point that Im not going to fit into any one box, and maybe thats a good thing. This new record is me embracing feeling like an outsider making my own path, Rose says. One part satire, one part self-reflection, Roses anti-hero personifies much of what we as casual on-lookers are wont to poke fun at, dismiss or denigrate, yet deep down likely aspire to be. Someone who, whether warranted or not, refuses to let anyone dictate their own lifes narrative.
Rescheduled from April 19 - all tickets honored
After the impressive success of her previous band Houndmouth, Katie Toupins career as a solo artist is beaming. Co-writer and key performer on #1 song, Sedona with over 100,000,000 streams on Spotify, Katie Toupin is proving she has only just begun. Freed from the gingham-checked restraints of Houndmouth, Toupin displays more range and greater depth on her solo debut, Magnetic Moves - Paste Magazine.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Katie ventured to Austin, Texas to create an eclectic, yet cohesive record. Magnetic Moves (written, arranged, and produced by Katie Toupin) is a mixture of throwback odes and modern sonics brought to life by the thoughtful arrangements of multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis (Hayes Carl, Band of Heathens). George Harrison-esk rifs never feel out of place over the tastefully placed synthesizers on songs like Real Love and Back In Time. Angela Miller and Lauren Marie (Black Pumas) offer soulful backup parts on album highlight, Someone To you as well as Lost Sometimes and In Your Dreams. The title track, Magnetic Moves received extensive radio play across the United States. Katie brings the album to life with vivacious and interactive live performances.
American Songwriter said, based on this evidence, (Toupin) is clearly ready for her shot in the spotlight.
This show has been rescheduled to April 24, 2021. All tickets honored at new date (including those sold from April 2020)
This show has been postponed to 2021 - more info coming soon
For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. Hes a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.
Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs dont actually belong to those artists, though. They dont belong to anyone. Instead, theyre part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.
And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs like Samson and Delilah, one of several songs featuring harmonies from gospel quartet the Fairfield Four. Hes a balladeer on Gallows Pole, whose melancholy melodies are echoed by the slow swells of a four-piece woodwind ensemble, and a bluesman on When My Baby Left Me, accompanying himself with sparse bursts of slide guitar. Dry Bones finds him crooning and hollering over a bouncing banjo, while Take This Hammer closes the album on a penitent note, with Watson singing to the heavens alongside a congregation of Sunday morning soul singers.
Arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jumpstart the 21st century folk revival Vol. 2 expands Watsons sound while consolidating his strengths. Several singers and sidemen make appearances here, including Gillian Welch, the Punch Brothers Paul Kowert, and Old Crow bandmate Morgan Jahnig. Even so, Watson has never sounded more commanding, more confident, more connected to the music that inspires him.
Im not trying to prove any point here, he insists, and Im not trying to be a purist. Theres so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, I want to do that. I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of On the Road Again, and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. Thats the whole reason I ever played music in the first place because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.
Nodding to the past without resurrecting it, Willie Watson turns Folksinger Vol. 2 into something much more than an interpretation of older songs. The album carries on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten. It taps into the rich core of roots music. It furthers the legacy of American folk. And perhaps most importantly, it shows the full range of Willie Watsons artistry, matching his instrumental and vocal chops with a strong appreciation for the songs that have shaped not only a genre, but an entire country.
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With a GRAMMY nomination under his belt and two major label albums to his credit, Brent Cobb is embarking this spring on a stripped back acoustic tour in seated venues with the assist of an accompanist. He decided that it was important for his fan base to hear the songs showcased the way they were written, giving his award winning lyrics their due. The tour will kick off in Austin, Texas this February and run through the month of March.
Cobbs songwriting career does not begin and end with his solo accomplishments. Brent has also secured cuts with Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and Lee Ann Womack, and toured with artists like Chris Stapleton and Margo Price. He received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album for 2016s Shine On Rainy Day, and issued his most personal album yet, 2018s Providence Canyon.
As 2019 was winding down, he dropped the single Feet Off the Ground with Jade Bird, released a three-part video series called Come Home Soon, and completed his headlining Sucker for a Good Time Tour.
He credits his touring history for inspiring the quicker pace of the material on Providence Canyon. Ive always liked the funkier side of country and the funkier side of rock, he explains. Those influences have been a part of me for years, but theyre really coming to the forefront now. When youre touring with Chris Stapleton, and youre performing to a crowd of 10,000 people before he hits the stage, you find yourself wanting to play something upbeat.
If Shine On Rainy Day felt like a laidback country album for front-porch picking sessions, then Providence Canyon is built for something bigger. This is music for juke joints, pool halls, and roadhouses, filled with electric guitar (performed by Cobbs touring bandmate, Mike Harris), B3 organ, percussive groove, and co-ed harmonies. Each song was captured in a small number of takes, with Brent and Dave Cobb relying on instinct and spur-of-the-moment ideas.
Its in the blood, Brent says of his connection to his cousin, who has overseen award-winning records for Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton, as well as Shine On Rainy Day and Providence Canyon. We didnt grow up together, but were so similar in our approaches. Its important to me to do this with him, because these songs are about the places Im from, the places Ive visited, and the people whove taken me there. My family is all over these songs.
Cobb doubles down on his commitment to his wife and daughter with Aint a Road Too Long, whose mix of Bible Belt boogie-woogie and Southern rock channels influences like the Band. On the drawling, guitar-driven Mornins Gonna Come and Sucker for a Good Time, he battles against the temptations of the road, where the drinks are free and the nights are long. Then, on the albums breezy title track, he casts his mind back to his teenage years and trips to Providence Canyon, a 150-feet gorge in the sandy clay of southwest Georgia, less than an hours drive from Cobbs hometown.
Growing up, I didnt know the definition of providence, he admits. I looked it up in my early 20s, and the definition is something like the protective power of Godor natureas a spiritual power. When I read that, it inspired the whole song. I was 23 at the time, and I missed the old days and the freedom of youth. Years later, I still try to keep my music honest and somehow sacred.
This show has been rescheduled from April 27 - all tickets honored
The title of Griffin Houses upcoming release,Rising Star, references the first track on the album, which tells the story of a character who moves to Music City, like so many do, with a guitar and a dream. Although not intended to be auto-biographical, the listener gets the sense that this comical and fictitious tale could hardly have been woven by someone without a similar life experience to the protagonist in Rising Star.
Indeed, Houses story began in much the same way. He moved to Nashville in 2003, as a young man, with not much more than a guitar, and a handful of songs. He took a part-time job downtown on Broadway at Legends Gifts, biding his time before he caught his big break. That big break came, after just a few months, in the form of a phone call from Island Def Jam records that jumpstarted his career and led to him signing with CAA and Nettwerk Records.
After that, things happened quickly for House. His 2004 debut album Lost and Found was lauded by music critics such as Bill Flanagan (Executive VP MTV/VH1 Networks) who featured House on the CBS Sunday Morning show as one of the best emerging songwriters. House began touring, opening for acts like John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, and found himself meeting people like Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson. House seemed poised to be more of an overnight success rather than a rising star, but thats not exactly how things turned out. Ive been a rising star for the past 15 years House jokes, its a slow rise.
Although House has enjoyed plenty of success as national headliner for over a decade and has earned a great deal of respect as a well-known performer and singer-songwriter, he seems to not take himself or his career in the music industry too seriously. Now married, sober, and a father, House has learned to balance his career by making his family and his sobriety his first priority.
He pays tribute to his wife and children (with) When the Kids are Gone, a song about watching his daughters grow up and imagining he and his wife as empty-nesters.
Theres a lightness in his new record that comes across especially in the first fews songs, such as Mighty Good Friend, where you can hear his kids on the recording, as well as the sense of humor in 15 Minutes of Fame.
House acknowledges that his new album is a collaborative effort. I teamed up with my old buddies Paul Moak and Ian Fitchuk who helped me make my very first record Lost and Found. It was so good to reunite with them and work together again. Its amazing that these guys I started out with in the very beginning are now world class musicians and producers being nominated and winning Grammys. This album seemed to come together with a little more grace and ease than records Ive made in the past, and I think so much of that is attributed to how good the people I got worth with on this record are, they all just happen to be really good friends too.
Several songs on Houses album are also co-writes with friends and fellow Nashville musicians, including Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow) and Joy Williams (The Civil Wars).
I usually lock myself in a room for 8 hours at a time until I have enough songs done, House says, But with touring part time and being a dad part time, that adds up to full time job, so I decided to call in a little help from my friends to write some of these songs. Some songs come easier than others, says House. I wrote Mighty Good Friend with Brian (Elmquist) and its a song about how Id been fighting through writers block, and then there are songs like Change that I wrote with Joy (Williams). We sat on her couch one morning and I remember showing her the idea for the verse. We worked on the words for an hour or two, and then out of nowhere she sang this beautiful chorus. We broke for lunch and came back and finished it that afternoon. It was one of those songs that took years to live and only one short day to write.
I love making music with friends, says House. Hindsight was another one with my friend Brian (Elmquist). We share some similarities including our journey into sobriety together. Theres a line in the song Ive been thinking lately, of a boy young and on the run that always makes me imagine Brian as a little boy with a dream, both running away from a hard past and on toward a brighter future. Weve formed a bond and friendship through music and sobriety, and I think you can feel that in the songs we wrote together.
Just when you think you have Houses album pegged, there seems to be a surprise around every corner. Each song is distinct in its own own way. The heavy guitar on Hung Up On You, a song that House says is a break up letter addressed to alcohol, gives way to the intro of Cup of Fulfillment which starts with a bag pipe solo and leads the listener on an epic journey that crescendos into one of the record's most moving moments.
We catch a glimpse of a much more rock n roll side of House than weve heard before from the Pink Floyd-esque Crash and Burn to the rowdy punk influenced Natural Man.
Houses new album Rising Star is set for release on June 28th 2019. Also set for release in 2019, is a full length film called Rising Star, in which House stars and co-produces with music video director and film-maker Shane Drake. The film features music from Houses new album as well as his previous catalogue and chronicles his life as a musician.
Over the last few years, THE SCHIZOPHONICS have built up a formidable reputation around the world as an explosive live act. Tapping into the same unstoppable combination of rock 'n' roll energy and showmanship that fueled THE MC5 in the heyday of the Grande Ballroom, their wild live show is heavily influenced by artists like JAMES BROWN, IGGY POP, JIMI HENDRIX, LITTLE RICHARD, and THE SONICS. Singer/guitarist Pat Beers and drummer Lety Beers formed the band in San Diego in 2009 and have worked tirelessly since then, playing hundreds of shows around the globe and winning 7 San Diego music awards. In 2013 they were recruited as the backing/opening band for EL VEZ, which helped the band make a name for itself in Europe. Since then, they've played in fourteen countries, and supported tours by like-minded acts like ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, LITTLE BARRIE, and THE WOGGLES and have opened for the DAMNED, HIVES and CAGE THE ELEPHANT. Shindig magazine described their live show "Like watching some insane hybrid of WAYNE KRAMER, JAMES BROWN, and the Tazmanian Devil". One of my favorite live bands ever! proclaims Tim Mays, who has run the Casbah in San Diego for 30 years and has seen literally thousands of live bands come through his doors. The Schizophonics bring the goods every time they play, he enthuses.
The band is more than just an outstanding live act, theyre also committed to writing great, memorable songs. After releasing 2 singles and an EP over the last few years on Munster, Ugly Things, and Pig Baby Records, they put out their first full-length album in July 2017 titled Land Of The Living on the label Sympathy For The Record Industry with famed record man Long Gone John. In January of 2019 they started work on their 2nd LP recruiting Dave Gardner (Hot Snakes, RFTC) mixing engineer Stephen Kaye ( JD McPherson, Mike Krol) and Pierre De Reeder (Rilo Kiley) to put their live, raw sound to tape. The album titled People in the Sky will be released on October 31st, 2019 on Pig Baby Records.
This show has been rescheduled from July 12, 2020 - All Tickets honored.
Dar Williams has always followed her muse. When she was up in Somerville, Massachusetts in the early nineties, knowing that she wanted to pursue music or theater, she worked backstage at the Opera Company of Boston and wrote plays on the side. But she was in Boston, and the muse led her into the myriad open mics and tip jar gigs of booming folk revival. She opened a trunk of old songs and started writing new ones.
She went to three or four open mics or song circles a week and recorded two cassettes. Yes, cassettes. When she felt like the noise of Boston was getting to be too much, the muse led her to the cornfields and college towns of Western Massachusetts where she sat on her futon and wrote the songs that would become The Honesty Room, her first CD, which she recorded in the basements and back woods studios of Amherst. She hoped the songs she was writing, with titles like When I Was a Boy, Youre Aging Well, and The Great Unknown, would lead her into an idiosyncratic part-time music career.
Little did she know that the coffeehouse scene and the beginnings of internet communities were building to a crescendo and eager to receive her warm, witty songs. By the end of 1994, when The Honesty Room came out, she had rock-solid management, the best booking agency in the country for singer-songwriters, and a career-making slot at the Newport Folk Festival. She also signed with Razor & Tie records and penned the material for her next album, Mortal City.
The mid-nineties were a heady time, and Dar did her best to keep up with an exciting mix of concerts in forty plus states, Canadian festivals, and her first British dates. With the release of Mortal City came an invitation to play throughout Europe and the United States with new friend and folk legend, Joan Baez, a tour that changed everything, as Dar was quick to discover by 1997 when she released End of the Summer. She wrote the title track in hotel rooms down the west coast on her tour with Joan. She continued to write about all the eclectic things that inspired her, never questioning the muse. Psychotherapy, veterans with PTSD, and late night radio DJs among other themes.
Booked in large theaters, she went out with her first band on her first tour bus with The End of Summer, playing more colleges and festivals, including Lilith Fair, for which one of her songs became part of the festivals gold-selling CD.
Her good friend Richard Shindell joined the official End of the Summer album tour. Somewhere around Portland, Oregon, they decided to make an album that would showcase all the great writing that was happening in their tightknit musical community. They invited Lucy Kaplansky to join them and Cry Cry Cry was born in 1998, with a short tour that kept getting longer, stretching out for over a year and a half. For all three artists, dubbed a Folk Supergroup (not by them), it was both a musical education and huge life adventure.
Dar says, We were trying to get this one line for the last chorus of Sweet Sir Galahad that we were going to sing with Joan [Baez]. The bus was careening down the highway from Denver to Aspen, and we spent hours trying to find the perfect notes. We were in heaven. The bus driver was in hell.
All of this time steeped in the music of her fellow musicians inspired many of the songs for The Green World, Dars fourth studio album, recorded with seasoned musicians and future bandmates in Woodstock and New York City.
On her return from the ten-week Green World Tour, Dar got a letter from Scholastic books, inviting her to an open-ended lunch discussion about a possible young adult or childrens book. Dar said she couldnt imagine it, but the muse said, Just have lunch. By the end of the meeting at a Mexican restaurant, where there may or may not have been sangria, Dar was already brainstorming Amalee, a young adult novel about a girl whose fathers eccentric friends come forward in all their strange glory when he gets sick. Infused with magical realism and Dars well-remembered youth, Amalee and the muse took a winding path of creation from 2002-2003.
City living and time spent with the Green World musicians provided the a whole new palette of imagery, and an opportunity to collaborate with Rob Hyman of the Hooters, that became The Beauty of the Rain, released in 2003, her most successful album to date, named People magazines album of the week when it came out, and she started her tour with a performance for PBSs Soundstage. Her song, Closer To Me, written with Hymen, doubled the number of commercial stations that played her music is it went up Billboards Heatseekers chart, while songs from the whole album were in heavy rotation on Americana stations throughout the United States and Canada.
The following years saw a return of the Green World crew with My Better Self in 2005. While out on tour, Dar edited a sequel, Lights, Camera, Amalee for Scholastic for a 2006 release, which led to a whirlwind two years of concerts, readings, and school visits.
In 2008, Dar headed to Electric Lady studios to record Promised Land. Dar set out with a trio that included keyboardist and jazz composer Bryn Roberts, with whom shes been touring ever since.
In 2010, after seven studio albums, Dar released a greatest hits retrospective called Many Great Companions, produced by Gary Louris, with touring companions of the previous fifteen years, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, her best friends Nerissa and Katryna Nields, and Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
It was now that the muse started pointing in some new and unexpected directions. As Dar was writing songs for In the Time of Gods, her eighth album, she was asked to create a college course to teach at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She toured with In the Time of Gods in the spring of 2012, followed by teaching Music Movements in a Capitalist Democracy in the fall. Teaching a university course was one of the happiest moments of Dars career. A friend advised her to lead a songwriting retreat. Dar said I would only lead a retreat if it were called, Writing a Song That Matters, focused on the process of writing a song, not the industry that brings it to the public. In 2013, Dar led her first Writing a Song That Matters retreat at The Garrison Institute in the Hudson Valley of New York. It was another highlight of Dars life and career. The next year, she added another retreat at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. All the while, as Dar wrote songs for the album Emerald and prepared 20th anniversary tours for both The Honesty Room and Mortal City, the mists were swirling for a project that was both a departure and arrival point\in her career.
In the decades that Dar had been touring, she had been seeing how towns and cities, like people, had been coming into their own, becoming more resilient, unique, and prosperous. While so many people said that towns and cities were dead, she had been seeing them come back to life. She realized that the key ingredient in the success of these places was what she called Positive Proximity, where there was an understanding that living side by side with other people was a good, constructive thing. Positive proximity was a civic state of being that could be built and sustained, and Dar was collecting stories and notes to support her growing theory. She said, Someone should write a book about this. And the muse said, Youve written fiction books, you interviewed people for your green blog at Huffington Post, youve written about towns and cities in your songs since day one. The person who should write this book is you.
In the spring of 2015, just before setting out on the tour for her ninth studio album, Emerald, Dar signed a contract with Basic Books, now Hachette Publishing Group. In September, 2017, she started touring new venues, speaking in bookstores and at city planning conferences in support of her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, a Touring Musicians Guide to Rebuilding American Communities One Dog Run, .... At A Time. 2018 was a time to deepen her connection to these themes of town and city building and planning as Dar gave keynote speeches at the Boise Downtown Association, the Vermont ..., the Southern New England Planning Association conference, and the Congress of New Urbanism, among others. It was also the year for a very emotional and exciting reunion of Cry, Cry, Cry, where the trio returned to sing songs by newer songwriters. Dar still loves every minute of her job and always advises folks to follow their muse. She still goes wherever the muse leads her, which, presently, is right back on her couch, coffee on the coffee table, guitar in hand, writing her next batch of songs.
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