Robbie Fulks with Jenny Scheinman
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Robbie Fulks with Jenny Scheinman

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In 1983 he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. He taught music at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to 1996, and worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville from 1993 to 1998. His early solo work -- Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997) -- helped define the "alternative country" movement of the 1990s. His music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days, and extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry”; PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know”; NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe”; and the syndicated “Acoustic Cafe” and “Laura Ingraham Show.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s TodayLate Night with Conan O’BrienLater with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. From 2004 to 2008 he hosted an hourlong performance/interview program for XM satellite radio, “Robbie’s Secret Country.” Artists who have covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s.

Robbie’s writing on music and life have appeared in GQBlender, the Chicago Reader, DaCapo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004,  Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters. As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin’ by Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and Harry Chapin’s “Cottonpatch Gospel.”  He served twice as judge for the Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar competition. He tours yearlong with various configurations.

Besides country and bluegrass music, Robbie is fiercely fond of Charles Mingus, P.G. Wodehouse, quantum mechanics, his wife Donna, comedy in almost all forms, cooking, swimming laps, the past, Arthur Schopenhauer, Universal horror movies, his grandson and even his sons, coastal towns in the off-season, and rye whiskey, though in nothing like that order.

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Phoebe Hunt
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Hunt

On the heels of the album release tour for Shantis Shadow, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt is sharing a message of healing through music in her TEDx Talk, Sing Your Pain Away: Songs Written With War Veterans. The talk expresses a universal truth that by sharing the story of ones pain and trauma through song, one experiences healing.

Watch her TEDx talk here

Hunt drew on her experience working with SOLDIER SONGS AND VOICES, a non-profit program that unites war veterans in songwriting circles to use the therapeutic properties of music for healing and transformation.

Songwriting allows us to bear witness to our own pain, shining the light of awareness on the places that need it the most; the parts of us that are suffering," says Hunt. "It also allows us a medium within which to share our story with others, breaking down the walls so easily built in daily conversation. Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt's latest album Shanti's Shadow is the culmination of a five year journey that took her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. In 2017, Rolling Stone Country named her one of their 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know. Her music has been praised by NPR, World Cafe, Bluegrass Situation, Relix and Folk Alley. Hunt recently appeared on Mountain Stage and eTown, and is currently on tour opening for Sierra Hull.

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Pharis & Jason Romero
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Pharis & Jason Romero

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When some scratchy old records and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They've since released six records and toured across North America and the UK. They've won a Juno award, multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, and Folk Alley, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. Pharis is Artistic Director for Voice Works, a workshop for singers, as part of her work as a diverse singing teacher; Jason instructs all styles of banjo playing, especially old-time three finger playing.

Sweet Old Religion, the newest release from the duo, is an all-original record that embraces the listener with the sounds of over a decade of playing and listening together. It won Pharis and Jason Traditional Singer and Vocal Ensemble of the year at the Canadian Folk Music 2018 Awards, was the #1 most played record of 2018 on Stingray Folk-Roots, and was included on Best of 2018 Lists including No Depression, Folk Alley, CKUA, Radio Heartland, Folk Roots Radio, Front Porch Bluegrass, KPFA, KHUM, KBCS and more. Light, love and time lead the themes, with the duo at the forefront in their most beautifully gritty, honest and sweet record yet. Produced by Marc Jenkins, engineered by John Raham, with musical guests and a choir of family & friends, Sweet Old Religion follows up on the critical acclaim of 2015's A Wanderer I'll Stay.  Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), Wanderer won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. 

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Chris Thomas King
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Thomas King

The King of New Orleans Blues

Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb.

King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson along side George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).” Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over, silencing his critics. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable. A star of stage and screen was born. New fans the world over packed sold out theaters and art centers to immerse themselves in his illuminating melodious glow. King sold millions of records and won numerous awards, superseding the success of his folk blues predecessors.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented Californian cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo's dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello. They have toured internationally for over eighteen years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound and have released five critically acclaimed and award winning albums along the way.

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Will Durst - BoomeRaging from LSD to OMG
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Will Durst - BoomeRaging from LSD to OMG

Will Durst ~ Biopolitical comedy for people who don’t like politics

As the sacred cows beg for their pomposity to be punctured, America cries out for a man with the aim, strength and style to hit them where it hurts the funniest. Will Durst is that man. Sweeping both sides of the aisle with a mix of incredulity and common sense, Durst transcends party ties, having performed at events honoring former Presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush as well as speaking at both a Mayors Convention and Governors Conference. Heʼs as current as todayʼs headlines. Outraged and outrageous. Comedy for people who read or know someone who does. Durstʼs motto is “You Canʼt Make Stuff Up Like This.” This prolific writer has his material regularly delivered at 8 am every morning in the five papers he reads daily.

Ulysses Press released Durstʼs first book, “The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing,” was based on a critically acclaimed one man Off Broadway show, which had critics climbing over themselves reaching for superlatives.The New York Times: “Durst is at his sly savvy best. Highly recommended.” The New York Post: “Brilliantly crafted. Satire to admire in a smashing bashing!” The Epoch Times: “A political, comic and performance tour-de-force, Durst attacks both the left and the right with equal enthusiasm. Hits the bulls eye every time.“ Fox News: “A great political satirist.” “The New Yorker: “Heʼs perfected a verbal jitterbug of comedy.” Busier than a blind squirrel neck deep in an almond sorting warehouse Durst writes a nationally syndicated weekly column, daily website jokes, voices radio commentaries yet manages to find time to perform 100s of shows a year at theaters, clubs, corporate events and benefits all over the country. A regular guest on NPR, MSNBC and Fox News,heʼs received 5 Emmy nominations and 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. His 800+ global television appearances include HBO, The Today Show, Letterman, CNNʼs Inside Politics, Good Morning America, Showtime,Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, CBS Morning News, the BBC, CBC, Greek, Scottish, French and Australian TV. And radio, donʼt get me started. Lots. He even spent a year co-hosting a San Francisco morning radio show with former Mayor Willie Brown.

The first comic invited to perform at Harvardʼs Kennedy School of Government, Durst has told jokes in 14 countries and blogged the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course the past 4 years. Hobbies include the never-ending search for the perfect cheeseburger while his heroes remain the same from when he was twelve: Thomas Jefferson and Bugs Bunny. Durstʼs performances are made possible by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

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Tim O'Brien Band
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Tim O'Brien Band

Grammy award winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing the guitar at age twelve. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music.

Where the River Meets the Road is his sixteenth solo release. Each of the 12 tracks on the album is connected to his home state of West Virginia. Two originals, “Guardian Angel” and the title track “Where the River Meets the Road,” tell deeply personal stories of O’Brien’s family - the death of his older sister when he was a toddler, and the tale of his great grandfather moving to his hometown of Wheeling in the 1850s. The remaining ten songs were collected and compiled after more than a decade collaborating with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Inducted into the Hall of Fame himself in 2013, his work with the organization helped connect him with the sheer width and breadth of music born of West Virginia’s native sons and daughters.

As a teenager O’Brien began a self-described “walkabout,” because like most West Virginians, he felt he must leave the economically forbidding environment of his homeland. For a while he made his living playing folk gigs in Chicago and across the country, eventually landing in Colorado. There he helped found the seminal, progressive Bluegrass band Hot Rize. Their work through the 80’s and 90’s garnered great critical acclaim and eventually brought him to Nashville. His diverse musical career blossomed with the birth of solo albums, multiple chart-topping songs covered by the likes of Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, and Garth Brooks, and collaborations with artists such as Darrell Scott, Steve Earle, Steve Martin, and more recently Jerry Douglas’ the Earls of Leicester.

O’Brien admits that the scope of these successes would not have been possible if he had remained in his home state. This journey to find work and carve his own path not only mirrors the experience of his own great grandfather, but also the West Virginian experience as a whole. Each song, artist, and songwriter referenced on the album tells a version of this journey. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands” is a rare African American nostalgia piece that reminisces about growing up in the coalfields and the importance of his grandmother’s influence. “When the Mist Clears Away” written by Larry Groce, host of West Virginia Public Radio’s iconic, decades-old live show, Mountain Stage, conjures the beauty of the state’s hazy mountains and the undying, hopeful resilience of its pioneering residents. Hit country songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler’s piece “High Flying Bird” - once covered by Jefferson Airplane - describes the mortal grip of the mines and deep roots that prevent the freedom even little birds have, but we do not. As a whole, Where the River Meets the Road simultaneously tells the story of music born of the classic struggle of West Virginia and the story of what brought O’Brien to make this very record.

The pure human relatability of the album is expertly conveyed by its stellar lineup of musicians. Fellow West Virginia Music Hall of Famer, Kathy Mattea sings harmonies on two tracks and country music’s current hero of authenticity and grit, Chris Stapleton, contributes his trademark fiery vocals as well. Never failing to assemble an exceptional backing band, O’Brien calls on friends new and old for musical support, notably Noam Pikelny on banjo, Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and mandolin, and Chris Scruggs on steel and electric guitar. His sister Mollie O’Brien and his partner Jan Fabricius join on background vocals, adding familial continuity from the stories to the recordings as well. O’Brien himself opted for fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki, forsaking his primary instrument mandolin to take more of a background, foundational role in the instrumentation, allowing the story, songs, and lyrics to shine.

Written by Justin Hiltner

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John Hammond
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

John Hammond

Multi Award winning Bluesman John Hammond stands as one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years. A Grammy award winner, John is also an 8 time Grammy nominee. With 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins, most recently for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for 2014, John is one of the most awarded artists in the genre.

He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis

“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits

“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.” – T Bone Burnett

“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…” – The New York TimesMulti Award winning Bluesman John Hammond stands as one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years. A Grammy award winner, John is also an 8 time Grammy nominee. With 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins, most recently for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for 2014, John is one of the most awarded artists in the genre.

He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis

“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits

“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.” – T Bone Burnett

“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…” – The New York Times

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Tom Rush
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Rush

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

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Fur Dixon (The Cramps) with WTFUKUSHIMA!
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

Fur Dixon (The Cramps) with WTFUKUSHIMA!

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Fur Dixon started her music career as a young, wild rock ‘n’ roll bass player for The Whirlybirds, playing on her first 7" single at 21 years of age. Following that, she formed the Hollywood Hillbillys, one of the only bands in history that counted live on-stage chickens amongst their band mates. Legendary psychobilly band The Cramps became fans of Fur and spirited her away and off to Europe where she became the first bassist of The Cramps live lineup. Known for keeping a solid, hypnotic rhythm, rocking that fur-lined bra and the famous bunny tail, Fur exuded smoldering sexual energy onstage while playing somewhere around 60 shows on the band's Date With Elvis tour. Despite The Cramps asking her to remain as their permanent fourth member, Fur declined and left the band following the final show of the UK/EU tour.

Fur has been working with her new band, WTFUKUSHIMA!!, comprised of Dusty Watson (The Sonics) on drums, Sam Bolle (Dick Dale) on bass, and Bernard Yin (Fuzztones, BellRays,) on lead guitar. Fur and the band are in the studio finishing up a full length album  Fur Dixon's WTFUKUSHIMA!!' debut album is slated for release in 2018. 

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Roy Rogers & Delta Rhythm Kings
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Roy Rogers & Delta Rhythm Kings

“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.”    ~ All Music Guide

Virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer and recording artist Roy Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album Into the Wild Blue — out June 2nd on CD all and digital formats. 

Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert — he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost. “I want to celebrate life through my music.”  

Into the Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality.

“I’m the guy that always likes to push the envelope,” Rogers says, at home in Northern California. “We cover a lot of ground on this record.”

Rogers says he had no “master plan” for the 12th addition to his solo catalog. “It’s just putting one foot in front of the other.” Yet Into the Wild Blue demonstrates a master’s confidence and vision.

Born in Redding in 1950 and named after Hollywood’s King of the Cowboys, Rogers grew up in the Bay Area of California and started playing guitar at the age of 12 and became entranced by the recordings of the blues, especially Robert Johnson at age 15. 

By age 13 he was playing in a local R & R band, and quickly became a young blues fanatic hitting the San Francisco’s ‘60s club scene – even once taking his little brother to see Jimi Hendrix perform.  When John Lee Hooker asked him to go out on tour in 1982, it changed his life.

Rogers toured throughout the 80’s with Hooker, also recording with BB King and Miles Davis along the way - becoming synonymous with feverish slide guitar skills. As a producer, he garnered dozens of production credits, eight Grammy nominations, and two Grammies were awarded for his work with Hooker.

Rogers’ debut solo LP Chops Not Chaps (1985) paid homage to Delta Blues, yet the jam-oriented, pop song structures and arrangements evoked early Van Morrison, and Steve Miller Band. Rogers repeatedly cracked the Billboard Blues Chart Top 10, with #3 best seller Slideways, and #10-ranked Split Decision. His second recording with Ray Manzarek Translucent Blues reached #1 on the Americana Roots chart. 

The collaboration of Rogers and Manzarek produced 3 releases - Ballads Before The Rain (2008), Translucent Blues (2011) and Twisted Tales (2013) - Manzarek’s last recording. The seemingly odd pairing ‘just clicked’, Rogers said, and both had appetites for musical experimentation.  Rogers stated Ray always like to call their music “21st Century Blues.”  In reference to the blues, Rogers has stated “I’ve never felt like I was preserving anything or traditional in approach,” he said. “I just want to make good music.”

Into the Wild Blue launches right into a raucous slide guitar jam. It’s a positive take on the final fight in a relationship — the “Last Go-Around." Blues credentials established, Rogers adds some funk to the beat and ‘60s Motown female back-up vocal elements in “Got To Believe."

“I grew up when LPs first came out. You made a recording like a book, from start to finish,” he said. “I know that many people just buy individual tracks these days, but I  approach recording like writing chapters in a book. The sequencing is important to me.”

Rogers worked on the lyrics and music for a year. The basic tracks of Into the Wild Blue were recorded in just four days, it was well rehearsed before going in to the studio.  “I’m old and new school in the studio. To me, technology should support the music, not be the music. Spontaneity is key,” said the rhythmic composer. 

Producing a record is so much about maintaining the vibe of the song’s original inspiration. “That can be hard to do,” he said. “You’re grabbed by any song usually in the first few seconds. The real excitement for me is when I know the song will work –  then the real work begins.”

The self-produced Into the Wild Blue sounds up-close, stripped down, and highly intimate. “I want the music to be right in your face, but with a little bit of an edge. I just want it to feel real to people when they hear it.”

Rogers wails on his trademark custom doubleneck with a glass slide, or his vintage Martin with its DeArmond pickup, or his ’58 Les Paul. Steve Ehrmann is on bass, alongside drummer Kevin Hayes, with Jimmy Pugh on Hammond B3 organ. Virtuoso Carlos Reyes performed on the violin and stringed harp.

Losing a buddy like Manzarek, and then your brother, might make any songwriter embrace the dark side. “That’s not what the music is about,” Rogers said. “Music, whether it’s blues or anything else is about singing your heart out and hopefully feeling better in the process.  As John Lee Hooker said, “it’s all about the feeling.”

The wistful, closing instrumental “Song for Robert (A Brother’s Lament)” comes from a place of acceptance, and while sometimes plaintive, it focuses on the overarching beauty and mystery of life.

“It hopefully should be uplifting, and for me it is about remembering my brother – It’s my salute to him” Rogers said.
 
Songs like “Dackin’’ and “High Steppin’” really capture the energy of Rogers’ live show, and Roy will rock on selected dates worldwide through 2015 featuring the songs on this recording. 

“Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future. ......” ~ Guitar Player

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Christine & Rob Bonner with Bill Edwards and The Brett Cole
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Christine & Rob Bonner with Bill Edwards and The Brett Cole

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A native of Northern California, Christine Bonner is also a direct descendent of the Berryessa family, who were among the first Spanish/Mexican land grant holders in California before the Gold Rush. Her music embraces her roots drawing from her family history for inspiration, tracing the ancestral journey of the Berryessa family from their native Spain to the ranchos of California. The result is “a unique and alluring mixture of acoustic string instruments and percussion that persuades the listener back into a time of palatial homes amid gentle rolling hills and wind swept trees.”

Christine Bonner’s love for music began at an early age. She not only comes from a historic family, but from a very musical one as well. She began her study of music on piano at the age of 8 and as a teenager began exploring other instruments. She discovered the folk harp in her twenties and fell in love with the instrument. She soon began performing on the harp and composing music, while raising her children.

Christine’s debut recording, “Sand Castles”, released in 1998, attained a number 1 ranking on the “Americana” charts at KVMR radio, Nevada City, CA. This recording was dedicated to the spirit and struggles of the Berryessas and all of the early “Californios”.

Christine has recently appeared on PBS television, “Central Valley Chronicles”, and “California Heartland”, and was one of the featured performers in Reno’s amazing blockbuster “Spirit of the Dance”.

Her second release, “Compañeros”, received rave reviews. It is a celebration of friends and family, inspired by Christine’s vision of a fiesta with food, music and dance. From the fire and passion of flamenco to the soothing gentleness of a lullaby, this recording is a celebration of life.

Christine’s latest recording, “Fire Dance”, is a wonderful blend of Celtic, Latin, and jazz flavors. Innovative renditions of some traditional Celtic tunes combined with Christine’s heartfelt compositions makes this CD exciting, fun and compelling.

The hauntingly beautiful melodies of Bonner’s original compositions, the exceptional cast of world class musicians who perform with her and the exquisite visual experience and warm atmosphere of her performances are captivating audiences everywhere in her sold out concerts.

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Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

Hold on to your seat and get ready for a rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song. A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy songster Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, vintage jazz, cowboy classics and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. A fast-paced performance of music and comedy that showcases this duo's seasoned gift for connecting with their audiences. All dished up with a hearty dose of vaudevillian stagecraft making for a delightfully entertaining experience. Long time fans will remember them as founding members of two of California's favorite acoustic combo's, 8th Avenue String Band and R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders. Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica. Well traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The National Cowboy Gathering, Strawberry Music Festival and Prairie Home Companion. These modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans everywhere they perform.

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Greg Brown
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Browns rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a holy roller preacher. Browns songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Ultimately, brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.

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T Sisters
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

T Sisters

Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies. This past spring, the T’s journeyed to Nashville to create a compelling EP with renowned artist/producer Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers. While T Sisters’ prior releases delved into personal themes, this project represents a more mature and reflective chapter for the sisters, exploring deeper subjects of societal division, dubious authority, spiritual renewal and activism through music. Adding to the T Sisters’ self-accompaniment and inimitable sibling harmonies, We Are Boundfeatures the distinctive playing of Jano Rix (The Wood Brothers), Chris Wood (The Wood Brothers; Medeski, Martin and Wood) and Oliver himself. Oliver says of the T’s,“Coming from a brother band, I especially appreciate the T Sisters. The soul of the family comes through their combined voices, and they create that sound that only family can get.

T Sisters have been chosen for American Musicians Abroad, a selective State Department-sponsored program fostering diplomacy through music. The sisters will perform and conduct workshops in the Middle East and North Africa emphasizing girls empowerment and the power of music to create social awareness and change.

In the last few years, the T’s have been honored to support such acts as The Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Merlefest Album Hour, High Sierra Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’

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Rita Hosking with Sean Feder
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Rita Hosking with Sean Feder

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, demolition derbies, black holes and hope.  An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as "here and now" by The Observer, she’s recently released her seventh album, For Real.  Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with longtime collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls "timeless, unhurried elegance." 

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The Brother Brothers
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Brother Brothers

Identical twins Adam and David Moss are a musical duo unlike most others.

The Brother Brothers sound is striking and undeniably captivating. Often leaning towards the darker, moody elements of Appalachian folk, klezmer, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements accompanied by cello, guitar, and 5-string fiddle. With individual storied careers in the americana scene under their belts, the brothers are finally teaming up to bring their experiences together. Their debut EP, Tugboats (2017), has garnered noteworthy praise, with Saving Country Music dubbing the duo, "the closest thing you can find to Simon & Garfunkel in this century.”

Over the last year, The Brother Brothers have generated steady momentum on the road, serving as carried support for both Sarah Jarosz and Lake Street Dive on multiple tours and directly supporting Shakey Graves, Big Thief, and The Felice Brothers. They have taped sessions for Daytrotter, Audiotree, and Music City Roots, as well as performed at The Kennedy Center, Folk Alliance, and the Americana Music Conference.

Fresh of a national tour with dynamic trio I’m With Her are wowing audiences… including David Crosby who said this on his Twitter account; “Opening for I’m With Her were two brothers called The Brother Brothers.. They are excellent …they sing really well Brand new to me …really quite fine”

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John Craigie with Rainbow Girls #KeepItWarm2018
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

John Craigie with Rainbow Girls #KeepItWarm2018

Tickets Available Friday, August 10 at 10am!

Join the team to help John Craigie raise money and donate items for Volunteers of America to support those in need on his #KeepItWarm2018 tour. $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Volunteers of America. We’ll also be collecting your new/gently used sleeping bags, jackets, gloves, hats, scarfs, socks, etc. at the show.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

“It’s about transparency,” he explains. “The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn’t make you feel good; it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip.

Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington state. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” – The Stranger

“The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number “Virgin Guitar,” which displays Craigie’s talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics.” – The Portland Tribune

“Craigie’s latest, “I Am California,” is haunting, poetic, and just how a longing for California should sound. Draped in nostalgia and covered in memories, Craigie paints a beautiful homage to the Golden State, with the assistance of singer Gregory Alan Isakov.” – Impose Magazine

“You can be sure I’ll be on the lookout for anything he does from now on.” - No Depression

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Lindsay Lou
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Lindsay Lou

Tickets Available Friday August 17 at 10am!

Over the past two years, Lindsay Lou has toured internationally following the release of "Ionia" in 2015, NPR named Lindsay Lou as one of the 12 best live performances in 2015. Guided by life experiences, Lindsay Lou's sound and songwriting continues to evolve and intertwine her sturdy Bluegrass roots with progressive Americana and Folk that is shares similarities with the likes of Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, and Civil Wars.

Her brand new CD “Southland” is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention. Backed by drums, bass, electric & acoustic guitars and mandolin, the sound is rich, expansive and Lindsay's vocals & lyrics are captivating and hit deep. It’s strong statement and a big step toward the sound of some of the great female voices in Roots/Rock like, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope) Gillian Welch, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt.

“What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple. Everything. The songs are great. The playing is superb...Lindsay's soulful voice, intriguing lyrics and creative melodies are passionate and captivating. The interplay between dobro and mandolin is elegant and so sonically pleasant that it's deceptively simple. It's sexy. Unique harmonies elevate amazing songs to unexpected heights.” — Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass

“Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” David Grier

“Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are a fresh new voice in modern bluegrass, with driving instrumentals and a straight-from-the-still quality to Lindsay's voice...If you're a fan of broad-based bluegrass with a strong infusion of creativity and intelligence, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is a band you definitely need to check out.” — Bluegrass Unlimited

“Lindsay Lou is a dynamic vocalist who fronts the bluegrass quartet "Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys"...an energetic take on traditional folk, balancing classic progressions with solos that rip. The Flatbellys have hearts in old Appalachia but were brewed by the Midwest Blue Collar work ethic. With this approach, they've crafted catchy tunes driven by a deep love for roots music. ” — Audiotree

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Laurie Lewis
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers.

Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Max Schwartz), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.

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Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson

Keola Beamers [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet, says Willie Nelson. Keola Beamer has breathed new life into slack key guitar music yet stays true to its deep Hawaiian roots. He is a Hawaiian legend: singer-songwriter, composer, guitar master, with an impeccable, gorgeous style that is featured on The Descendants soundtrack and his 17 CDs. Keola was one of the first to use Hawaiian slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is also at home on jazz or classical stages. His wife Moanalani Beamer joins Keola in performances with her beautiful hula and the exquisite sounds of traditional Hawaiian instruments.

Keola Beamers well of talent springs from five generations of Hawaii's most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola's mother was revered Hawaiian cultural treasure, Aunty Nona Beamer. His great-grandmother was one of Hawaii's most illustrious composers, Helen Desha Beamer. The Beamers trace their roots to royal families of the 14th century and have been cultural practitioners through generations.

Keola established himself early as a leader of the wave of contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights - which is still one of the absolute all-time best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian Music. Keola was also the author of the very first written instruction book for the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, published in 1972.

Jeff Peterson Recognized as one of Hawaiis most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

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Molly Tuttle
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Tuttle

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice,
Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She
began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old
Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion
and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar
Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris
Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, last fall, received a Momentum
Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist
category. This year, she is nominated for 3 IBMA Awards, earning her the distinction
of being the first female to be nominated in the Guitar Player of the Year.
Molly’s lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her
a star on the rise.


"Molly Tuttle, blew away the unsuspecting crowd with her rapid fire bluegrass guitar
work that would put even the most talented shredders to shame. It was a marvel
to see such incredible technical skill combined with a sweet voice and fun, barnstorming
songwriting." — Jonah, Write to the Beat

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Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

On the heels of the album release tour for Shantis Shadow, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt is sharing a message of healing through music in her TEDx Talk, Sing Your Pain Away: Songs Written With War Veterans. The talk expresses a universal truth that by sharing the story of ones pain and trauma through song, one experiences healing.

Watch her TEDx talk here

Hunt drew on her experience working with SOLDIER SONGS AND VOICES, a non-profit program that unites war veterans in songwriting circles to use the therapeutic properties of music for healing and transformation.

Songwriting allows us to bear witness to our own pain, shining the light of awareness on the places that need it the most; the parts of us that are suffering," says Hunt. "It also allows us a medium within which to share our story with others, breaking down the walls so easily built in daily conversation. Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt hopes that sharing this message will allow us all the vulnerability it requires to heal humanity.

Hunt's latest album Shanti's Shadow is the culmination of a five year journey that took her from her Austin roots through Music Row, Brooklyn and even to India to study with seventh-generation master violinist Kala Ramnath. In 2017, Rolling Stone Country named her one of their 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know. Her music has been praised by NPR, World Cafe, Bluegrass Situation, Relix and Folk Alley. Hunt recently appeared on Mountain Stage and eTown, and is currently on tour opening for Sierra Hull.

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Dave Stamey
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Stamey

The Newest member of the Western Music Hall of Fame, Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called Dave Stamey “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 , 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine  named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician.  Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted  Seven times Entertainer of the Year,  Seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year  by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

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Chris Thomas King
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Thomas King

The King of New Orleans Blues

King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson along side George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).” Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over, silencing his critics. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable. A star of stage and screen was born. New fans the world over packed sold out theaters and art centers to immerse themselves in his illuminating melodious glow. King sold millions of records and won numerous awards, superseding the success of his folk blues predecessors.

King’s major contributions to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” phenomenon, along with its follow up album and tour, “Down From The Mountain,” has inspired a new generation of musicians such as, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers. His songs “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” and “John Law Burned Down the Liqour Sto,’” to name a few, have been covered by numerous artists including legend Buddy Guy.


Thirty years after becoming the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century, Chris Thomas King, whose career is a coda for the folk blues revival of the ‘60s, is today, one of the most important artists in the world for having changed the way we think of blues.

In a newly written song King sings a remarkable refrain that goes, “The blues was born in, Louisiana, not Mississippi, or Texarkana,” about the ostensible fallacy that it orginated in the Delta. He then goes on to state unequivocally in the following verse, “Down in New Orleans” is “where the blues was born. You can still hear the sound of, Buddy Bolden’s horn.” Thankfully, also in New Orleans, we can still hear the enlightened art of Chris Thomas King.

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