Songwriters in the Round Next Tuesday *** Wednesday Night – OK Factor & Let Them Roar *** Thursday Night – Martha Scanlan Band *** Friday Night – Korby Lenker *** Saturday Night -The Grateful Bluegrass Boys *** Second Sunday – The AJ Fullerton Blues Band and The Grateful Bluegrass Boys

Live Music Fans,

We had a fantastic time with some wonderful musicians over the Mt. Fair week.  It was a sweet time for us to book and present 16 talented acts in just four nights.  I hope you got to enjoy some of the music in the little shop and the incredible new music backyard at The Way Home at 689 Main Street.  So great to see that property come back to life with delicious food and drinks along with live music.  And, right across from the pool in the heart of old Carbondale.

Lacy of The Silo and Cade Giannetti have created a wonderful new place that will be a stunning addition to the town when the restaurant starts serving food in the old house on August 7th.  Over the Mt. Fair weekend they made an excellent start by putting on some great live music with 11 acts and serving some wonderful food and drinks.  Check it out soon and be impressed.

And, the Mt. Fair brought some excellent bands to Sopris Park like Liver Down the River, Gasoline Lollipops and Ley Line who all made some more sweet live music in the shop after their Fair set.  Many thanks to Carbondale Arts and their hundreds of volunteers who made another extra ordinary weekend happen in the little old town.  Loved it!

Still looking for an act to book for this next First Friday but we have six nights of cool acts already booked for next week. Catching my breath a little this week and getting ready for another music packed time next week.  Stay tuned and come out when you can,

See you at the shows!!

FRIDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 3RD – FIRST FRIDAY IN CARBONDALE – 8:30PM – www.stevesguitars.net

Featuring who ever will respond to my offer to take our little stage for another fun-packed, summertime First Friday in this happening little town.  That could be you, right?  Open to offers and tips.  The Streak will continue; by now after close to 900 Friday Nights in a row, a safe bet.

TUESDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 7TH – SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND NIGHT HOSTED BY JACKSON EMMER AND FEATURING NASHVILLE SONGWRITER SCOTT MARTIN – 7PM – SUGGESTED DONATION – $15

“The classic format of a round has three songwriters on stage. One performs a song, followed by the next writer, and the next, and so on. Each songwriter can join in with the others, add harmonies, contribute a guitar riff, or just listen. Writers talk about how and why they wrote the songs, and there are always lively stories and interaction between the writers. It’s a great way for writers to build community, and share what they’re working on. Sign up in advance if you’d like to play. If there’s enough room on the list, additional signups will be added the night-of. Please bring your own guitar, and be prepared to perform complete, original songs, the entire way through without stopping.

The evening will culminate with a performance by Austin, TX based songwriter, Scott Martin. Texas folk hero, Jaimee Harris says: “Scott Martin plays guitar like Richard Thompson, sings like James Taylor, and writes songs like Jackson Browne.” High praise. Don’t miss this night of music!”

Email Jackson Emmer to sign up, or if you have any questions.   www.jackemmer.com

WEDNESDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 8TH – THE OK FACTOR AND LET THEM ROAR – 8:30PM – www.theokfactor.com  www.letthemroar.com

THE OK FACTOR – “Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. Organic and genuine, their original compositions feel both comfortingly familiar and uniquely fresh, and have been described as “genre-bending” (Julie Amacher, MPR) and “pure magic” (Wausau Pilot & Review). The ease with which they write and perform has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work, bringing them success on stages such as The Cedar Cultural Center and as frequent featured artists with Minnesota Public Radio. Their distinct compositional and performance style awarded them the honor of being finalists for the prestigious McKnight Fellowships for Musicians in 2018.

Within their six years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor has been in residence with Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes Artists program (’16), at The Grand Theater in Wausau (’17), College of Saint Benedict (’17) and Luther College (’18), sharing their intimate performances, outreach activities, and educational workshops with these communities. Their passion for education has taken them across the United States to conduct workshops with students, and has led to their new education initiative, ATLAS (launching August of 2018). Combining their love of folk music and their investment in young students, ATLAS houses teacher lesson plans, student study guides and leadership opportunities, inviting students to use their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking. Taking this learning one step further, ATLAS is also home to The OK Factor’s transcriptions, including duo and quartet arrangements of their original music for both intermediate and advanced students.

Olivia and Karla are also sought-after collaborators, having partnered with numerous Minnesota composers and musicians including singer-songwriters Ellis Delaney and Lynn O’Brien, percussionists Jenny Klukken and Krissy Bergmark, and composer Mischa Santora, among others. They have appeared as opening acts for Charlie Parr, The High Kings, and Swedish quintet Jaerv, as well as composers-in-residence for digital music library Black Label Music. The OK Factor has produced three studio albums of their original music and arrangements: Water Street (’14), That’s Enough of That (’16), and Have Yourself an OK Christmas (’17).”

LET THEM ROAR – This popular local band “weaves mountain folk into a soulful tapestry of roots, rock, and raw improvisations. A group bent on bringing their hearts to the stage and sharing the meaning and purpose of their lives, each member honors their historical roots while pushing their creative boundaries.”

“Their music reflects their home, which is nestled deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains where a confluence of Culture – farmers, immigrants, naturalists, recreationalists, artisans and musicians; and Wildlands – free flowing rivers, big mountains, wildlife and migrating birds – come together in a richly laden land known as Carbondale, Colorado.

LET THEM ROAR has a live album and two studio EPs. They are contemplating new recording projects, community-based performances and tours. They have performed in venues and festivals through out the state and have opened for bands such as Elephant Revival, The Samples, Tab Beniot, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Hellbound Glory, Paper Bird, Band of Heathens, and more.

LET THEM ROAR from the Mountains  LET THEM ROAR with Joy  LET THEM ROAR for Love

 Vocals / Olivia Pevec Vocals, Guitar / Sophia Clark  Vocals, Guitar / Mateo Sandate  Vocals, Bass / Ashton Taufer

THURSDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 9TH – THE MARTHA SCANLAN BAND – 8:30PM – www.marthascanlan.com

“Martha Scanlan’s long-awaited third release, The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, is already being heralded as her best work yet. Given the beloved status of her first two records, that’s a tall order to fill.  Her first solo album, The West Was Burning, featuring production by gifted multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell and spirited performances by Levon Helm (of The Band) and Amy Helm, was met with critical acclaim:

“A revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O’Keefe did on canvass.” – Dirty Linen

Martha Scanlan first gained national recognition for her songwriting at the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest in 2004, where she won awards in two categories. With the Reeltime Travelers, she was featured on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain, produced by Grammy Award winner T-Bone Burnett. Since then she has collaborated and shared the stage with a variety of roots musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Ollabelle, Black Prairie, Ralph Stanley and Norman and Nancy Blake.

Her song “Little Bird Of Heaven”, was the centerpiece of celebrated American novelist Joyce Carol Oates’ book by the same name. The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come is the result of a relative hiatus from the road; five years spent immersed in working and living on a 120 year-old small family cattle ranch in a remote corner of Southeastern Montana. Tongue River Stories was recorded on location there four years ago.

“I thought I was stepping back from music and writing,” says Scanlan, “but when these songs came together I realized that I have been writing them all along. There’s a beautiful congruence in music and working with cattle and horses- it’s all about the flow, finding the current in things. I was curious about how that would translate in the studio, how the landscape would come through.”

She couldn’t have found better company for such an endeavor; producer and long time musical collaborator Jon Neufeld brought fellow members of Black Prairie and the Decemberists, Dolorean and Amy Helm together into the studio for four short days. The record was mixed and mastered within ten.

“We wanted it to be a live, improvisational and collaborative process, to really let the current of the songs be the guide.”

The result is stunning.

The gift of a great storyteller is the bringing of the listener into the story, and the story into the listener. It’s not just the words of the songs that provide that rare lasting transformative alchemy that has become so characteristic of Martha Scanlan’s work, and earned her the small loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing. It’s the space between the words, the current of things, the sound of the place itself.”

Recorded at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon, The Shape Of Things Gone Missin

FRIDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 10TH – KORBY LINKER – www.korbylenker.com

“Longtime East Nashville resident Korby Lenker returned to his native Idaho to record his 7th studio album Thousand Springs. Eschewing the standard recording studio, Lenker recorded his latest batch of songs in various places important to him as a child – the Snake River Canyon, Craters of the Moon, and in a small cabin north of Sun Valley. Letting the natural landscape set the tone, he recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. Then, after laying down the guitar and vocal tracks, Korby took to the road, adding more than 30 artists to his dozen songs, including Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Carrie Elkin, Angel Snow, Amy Speace, Matt the Electrician, and many others. The result earned, among other accolades, a 4 star review from MOJO Magazine, who dubbed his effort “Scintillating Songwriting from a travellin’ man.”

Korby is the recipient of numerous songwriting awards – most recently a 1st place win at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters’ contest (past alum include Gregory Alan Isakov and Deb Talan, to name a few). In March, NPR Music premiered the song and video he wrote and performed with Nora Jane Struthers ‘Let’s Just Have Supper.’ Korby tours constantly and has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek and many others.

In addition to his musical creations, Korby is a published author. His collection of short stories, Medium Hero, came out December 2015 on Turner Publishing and received critical praise from such variegated sources as National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Kirkus Reviews.

In summer of 2018, Lenker turned his efforts toward the small screen, creating a scripted series based on his life as traveling singer-songwriter. Lenker wrote, produced and stars in a web series called MORSE CODE, which premiers August 3.

“One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn’t just play it, he becomes it — or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.”  – No Depression

“Scintillating songwriting from a traveling’ man. 4 stars!”  – MOJO Magazine

“His self-titled new album is filled with excellent playing, charming hooks and lots of spirited variety — from rootsy vibes to indie-pop.”  – Idaho Statesman

“…sweet, likable, even huggable folk-pop confections.” – American Songwriter Magazine

“If you’re looking for heartache, sincerity, passion and intelligence all in one musician’s body of music, you will find that Korby Lenker is the guy for you.” – Music Connection

SATURDAY NIGHT – AUGUST 11TH – THE GRATEFUL BLUEGRASS BOYS – 8:30PM – www.gratefulbluegrassboys.com

Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more.

These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show.

The band consists of Aaron Redner, violin, mandolin, and vocals,who is known for his work with Hot Buttered Rum with whom he toured for 13 years.  David Thom, who fronts the David Thom Band and Vintage Grass, plays mandolin and guitar, and sings like an angel. He also spent two years working for David ‘Dawg’ Grisman.  Isaac Cantor, banjo, also plays in Dusty Green Bones Band. He is one of the finest young jam-jo pickers on the scene today.  Ben Jacobs, accordion, can be seen with Poor Man’s Whiskey and Achilles Wheel. Ben is a highly sought-after keyboard player and we are honored to have him play with us! We have a rotating cast of bass players that include Bryan Horne (Hot Buttered Rum), Aspen Stevenson (Poor Man’s Whiskey), Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), and Russel Simon (Rusty Stringfield).

SUNDAY AFTERNOON – AUGUST 12TH – SECOND SUNDAY IN SOPRIS PARK – FREE CONCERT FROM 4PM TO 8PM www.ajfullerton.com  www.thegratefulbluegrassboys.com

“Raised as an only child in the mountains of rural Western Colorado, A.J. was brought up surrounded by numerous styles of music ranging from; Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Roots, & Blues. His biggest musical influences ended up being found in his parents’ collection of Classic Rock & Blues records. Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll.

 In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society’s “I.B.C Competition” ,  as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society “Members Choice Awards”  for;  Best Slide Guitar (2016), Best Acoustic Act (2016),  Best Young Performer (2016), & Best Duo Act [A.J. Fullerton ft. Nic Clark] (2016)

At the 2017 Colorado Blues Society  “Members’ Choice Awards” A.J. won an unprecedented 8 awards for:

  – Best Guitarist

  – Best Solo/Duo

  – Best Band

  – Best Male Vocals

  – Best Slide Guitar

  – Best Songwriter

  – Best Acoustic Act

  – Best Local Recording (“Kalamath”)

Fullerton has played such events as; The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN., The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival,  Bohemian Nights New West Fest, and The Durango Blues Train.  Playing on average 200-250 shows each year,  A.J. is often hailed as, “The Real Deal”, and is frequently called one of the hardest working young musicians on the scene.

Six nights of a wide variety of musical choices for your highly refined entertainment desires.  Something for everyone and more. Next week is a good one so don’t miss out!

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon