Live Music Fans,
At certain special times of the year, we are graced with an abundance of musical riches in our humble, little, historic, byob, room of all kinds of live music. This week and next are one of those special moments. It begins tomorrow night with an act around the valley for a cool gig at Red Rocks opening for Trampled by Turtles. Our good fortune continues on Friday Night with a very talented singer/songwriter., guitarist, multi-instrumentalist. Then, on SaturdayNight we have a cool Indie Rock trio with a great guitarist formerly in the Lumineers. Our streak of very skilled musicians concludes on Sunday Night with a very cool Group led by Adam Ezra, a music friend of John Oates. This really is a special week of talented musicians in the little room. Trust me. Check any night out. You can’t go wrong.
Our musical booking luck continues for Mt. Fair week starting on Thursday Night the 26th with Moors & McCumber. Then, the full force of the Town’s 47th Mt. Fair kicks in with Liver Down the River on Friday Night. For Saturday Night we have a gifted, 17 year old, singer/songwriter, Isabella Betts to open the night followed by the high energy group, Gasoline Lollipops. On Sunday Night we end the busy weekend on a sweet note with Ley Line. More details on the chock full weekend in the next weekly email. And, you know that they are going to be extra special acts if they are playing the Fair, right? Willing to bet.
It’s always wonderful to book act that are in town for the Fair and are still up for making more live music after their set in the park. Many thanks to Carbondale Arts for bringing more excellent music acts to the park for some sweet live music.
See you at the shows!!
JULY 17TH – TUESDAY NIGHT – THE DEAD HORSES – 8:30PM – www.deadhorses.net
‘My Mother the Moon’ is Dead Horses’ third album, which NPR Music has described as “evocative, empathetic storytelling,” Rolling Stone has already called “a beautifully uncluttered collection of songs,” and No Depression has declared as “a lovely album” and notable upcoming roots music release. The album follows hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2016 release, ‘Cartoon Moon,’ a record that prompted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to declare Dead Horses a Band To Watch and earned them honors for “Best Album,” “Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist,” and “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2017 WAMI Awards. American Songwriter called Vos “a compelling vocalist…who carries every tune with her husky, deeply emotional tone that feels lived in and real,” while No Depression hailed her songwriting as “beautiful and fresh.” With a fleshed out touring lineup, the group logged countless miles, sharing bills along the way with Trampled by Turtles, Mandolin Orange, Rhiannon Giddens and Elephant Revival in addition to making festival appearances from Bristol Rhythm and Roots to WinterWonderGrass.
“Interchangably radiant and shattering — and consistently personal — My Mother the Moon is one of the best local albums of the year, and one of the best albums of its genre period.” – Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Artist Not to Miss at MerleFest 2018 – No Depression
“Aching, haunting vocals… Dead Horses strike a balance not unlike the Timmins siblings… a lovely album” – No Depression
“Evocative, empathetic storytelling,” NPR Music named Dead Horses an “Artist to Watch” at SXSW
“Smoky vocals, cinematic lyrics…a beautifully uncluttered collection of songs,” Rolling Stone discusses My Mother the Moon & names the band an “Artist You Need to Know” February 2018
2017 Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards for “Best Album,” “Best Americana/Bluegrass Artist,” & “Best Female Vocalist”
“In Sarah Vos they have a compelling vocalist, similar to a combination of Norah Jones and Eilen Jewell, who carries every tune with her husky, deeply emotional tone that feels lived in and real.” -American Songwriter “Cartoon Moon” 4 out of 5 album review on September 30, 2016
“Milwaukee’s Dead Horses bring out the best in songwriting and folk music.” -Elmore Magazine “Cartoon Moon” 93 out of 100 album review on September 30, 2016
JULY 20TH – FRIDAY NIGHT WITH WILL KIMBROUGH – 8:30PM – www.willkimbrough.com
“Will Kimbrough plays a lot of music. As an Alabama native living in Nashville, he zig zags the world singing songs and playing guitars, often solo, but also in many other collaborations. When not touring Will spends his days writing songs, producing artists, recording music in a studio, being creative with band members and spending time with his family.
As Will heads into 2018 he is very excited to wrap up a new solo recording, “I like it Down Here.” It will be his 9th solo release since 2000. His two most recent releases were an album of duets with Brigitte DeMeyer in 2017, called “Mockingbird Soul,” and the just out “Daddy Let’s Do This!”, Daddy’s Third album (with Tommy Womack), soon to be in full distribution. Other collaborations include Alabama power group Willie Sugarcapps.
As Americana Music Association 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year recipient, Will’s solo albums have always been well-received, critically acclaimed and always well supported at Americana Radio. The same can be said of his other collaborations. And as any a songwriter can dream of, Will’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Little Feat, Hard Working Americans, Jack Ingram and many others throughout the years.
Will Kimbrough’s guitar and multi-instrumental prowess makes him an in-demand producer and session musician. Some of his latest productions include Doug Seegers, Shemekia Copeland, Radney Foster and Jimmy Buffett. During his years as a touring guitarist, will toured with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, among other notable artists. There are many others with whom he has shared the stage, including Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint.”
SATURDAY NIGHT – JULY 21ST – EDISON – 8:30PM – www.listentoedison.com
“Edison is a trio hailing from Colorado that spend a majority of the time touring the country. A lysergic twist on the modern folk freak scene, often heartbroken but always upbeat as they traverse the american landscape looking for kicks and kindred spirits for a footstompin good time – backed with bonafide musicanship.
EDISON – singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, multi-instrumentalist, Dustin Morris, and Grammy-nominated guitarist, Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers) – is an indie rock trio from Colorado which has quickly emerged as a musical force. Although they’ve only been a band since late 2014, they’ve already built a substantial national fan base thanks to their high-energy live shows and tireless touring efforts. In addition to countless club gigs, they’ve earned attention at such music industry conferences as SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Folk Alliance International. “We’ve been on the road nonstop for over a year”, Slaton notes. “We didn’t have a lot of releases out there so we decided to hit the road and meet as many people as we could and foster those relationships.” That strategy worked, winning the band a devoted national audience as well as support slots with the likes of Iron & Wine, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Langhorne Slim and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats. Edison released their debut LP “Familiar Spirit” (09-16-16) after signing with Rhyme & Reason Records.”
Sarah Slaton – lead vox / guitar
Dustin Morris – drums, mandolin, trumpet, vox
Maxwell Hughes – guitar, vox
SUNDAY NIGHT – JULY 22ND – THE ADAM EZRA GROUP – 8PM – www.adamezra.com
“Deeply rooted in classic rock n roll, old school country, gospel, traditional blues and folk music. This is a man who loves, and lives, real music and captures the folk sounds of the late ‘60s. Its disenchanted folk mines a fertile ground that’s bloomed for the past 50 years, and its slow crescendo works as well now as slow, sad crescendoes did for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in days of yore.” -PopMatters Cartoon Moon track premiere on August 11, 2016
It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin’ essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but front man Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: COMMUNITY.
To the musicians at the heart of AEG, community is epitomized by a belief they all share, one that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world.
Such a groundbreaking concept makes all the sense in the world for a musical collective like AEG. After all, as Ezra sees it, the fans are really part of the band, active members of their movement who’ve always exercised a critical role in AEG’s ability to carry out its mission. This inclusive approach to musicianship, centered about respecting and celebrating their listeners above all else, Ezra insists, is what has allowed the group to explode out of their Boston-area origins to emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, relentlessly entertaining live-music experiences in the country.
For their most recent studio release, Hurricane Wind (5/2017), AEG galvanized their community partnership by releasing 23 studio demos to fans, including multiple collaborations with John Oates of Hall and Oates fame. Ezra established an innovative framework through which fans could follow the process of song arrangement and studio tracking, help whittle the album down to just 11 polished final cuts, steer artwork creation, and assist in naming the project itself.
Even amid ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for AEG to stay dedicated to its mission and true to its humble roots. Perhaps no song sums this up more than a fan favorite, selected to anchor that album. Called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community – and to the wide-open road ahead.
You’ve got a style, that comes on like a hurricane wind,” sings Ezra on the track, backed by a group of musicians all equally engrossed in the material and attuned to its significance.
“You’ve got a spark, that lights the fire that never ends.” With his next lines, Ezra speaks not only to the internal maxim that keeps him moving, but also to the enduring force for hope and change that his band has come to symbolize to its ever-swelling fanbase: “And in the times when hope is gone, you give me the strength to carry on – I know the path is long, but I believe.”
Here comes some very talented musicians from many miles away just to enjoy our magical little music room while entertaining us with their original songs and musical skills. Should be sweet!
Hope to see you enjoying live music in the byob room. It’s always good for what ails you. Guaranteed.
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon