Live Music Fans,
We hope you are having a wonderful, white Christmas and that you got everything you wanted. But wait, there’s still more presents coming your way. In the next few days, we have at least two shows featuring even more great musicians in the little room. A perfect way to cap off a fantastic year of live music. Come out and celebrate with us and, if not, we look forward to seeing you next year.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in 2019.
See you at the shows!
You may have caught AJ at the last Mtn. Fair or in the shop. Hot young West Slope roots guitarist who sounds amazing in the little byob room. He is bringing in a talented friend to round out the night right. Check out their websites and come hear some sweet tunes. Here’s a few words from theier links.
“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.
The term “good vibrations” can conjure up different meanings for different people, but for Erik Stucky it can mean only one thing – positive, upbeat and fun. That is exactly why he named his upcoming album, set for an early 2019 release, “Good Vibrations.” The tune is also his first single.
Check out Erik’s website for a good idea of this talented musicians background. Sounds like a perfect fit for AJ. We have a great room for this duo. Check it out.
“I wanted the album to be a compilation of feel good music with plenty of upbeat melodies that make people feel good,” Stucky says. The title track, “Good Vibrations” which features a lively horn section, driving mandolin solo, infectious melody and poignant lyrics will put a smile on any listeners’ face. “I wrote ‘Good Vibrations’ with Tiffany Gassett after we had a discussion about St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), where she lived and I visited a lot when I was younger. We decided to write an island tune, and it set the tone for the whole album. With all the craziness and anger in the world, I want to record and play music that elevates the listener. This project is sort of my protest to all of the negativity around us today.”
Stucky says this direction was a natural one for him, as it was the way his heart wanted to go when he set out to record this album, the second release of his career. The songs are meant to touch people’s hearts and tilt their mood to a positive note. The Montrose, Colorado native’s first album, “Stray Clouds,” was more of a roots sound with bluegrass overtones. Stucky relocated to Nashville in February of 2017, and says the move has shaped and changed things, musically, for him. With influences including Lyle Lovett, Paul Simon and James Taylor, Stucky has found a home in Pop music with his upcoming release.”
MONDAY NIGHT – DECEMBER 31ST – SPECIAL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY – 8:30PM TO THE NEW YEAR – LET THEM ROAR, WHITE RIVER RUNOFF, NATALIE SPEARS AND FRIENDS
Over the last couple of decades, we have put on some great shows on New Years Eve. The room has always provided a sweet, low key, low budget alternative to celebrating the coming of the New Year in a comfy byob historic room. Let us know if you want us to save you some seats. The live music this year will be presented by a bunch of talented local friends of the shop. We are looking forward to having old friends, Carter Colia and Harris Jackson back in the shop with one of their music projects, White River Runoff, a new collaboration born this past summer as an exciting venture into Colorado funky grass. They recorded an album which could be your new Mountain driving soundtrack when it releases in the spring. Come Celebrate with us and you will be among the first to receive a digital copy when it drops. This is a project with roots as deep as the mountains. Based in the songs of friends Carter Colia (drums) and Harris Jackson (guitar), who have been making music together since the age of 10, and infused with the creative juices of LET THEM ROAR & the power of the Steve’s Guitars stage, these songs soar and boogie and shake!
LET THEM ROAR can’t wait to share this new sound with the usual parade of friends, as well as many of your favorite songs and some brand new originals. With Carter Colia joining on the drums and dual lead guitars, you won’t be able to resist dancing. If you’re new to these fine musicians and their magic check out letthemroar.com Carbondalians for sure know Natalie Spears for so many wonderful projects, including Pearl and Wood and her duet with Lizzy Plotkins. She’ll be playing with a new collective and we can count on a warm, rhythmic, and melodious pie made more delicious with old time sauce.
We’ll Champagne Toast and “Auld Lang Syne” and give out fabulous door prizes. And OMG There is a desert bake off to kick it all off so dont be late! Dress to impress. It’s Carbondale’s New Years Eve bash!
Olivia and friends have set up a link to buy advance tickets; which is pretty uptown fancy for us. Check out the link and buy now as they have already sold over 30% of the tickets. Take advantage of seening both the last show of the year and the first live music for 2019. Only one opportunity for that to happen, right? https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4022104
“Ring in 2019 with LET THEM ROAR! LET THEM ROAR is thrilled to carry on our our New Year’s tradition of rocking Steve’s Guitars, the venue where this band was born.”
LET THEM ROAR is a band much like a stream rising from the rocky mountains – woven of strong currents, flowing towards the direction of truth, and brought together by an inspired sense of purpose. A band that brings their hearts to the stage and shares the meaning and purpose of their lives through their original music, LTR weaves a tapestry of transcendental folk from threads of tradition. Each member honors their history while pushing their creative boundaries. It’s the expression of a group close in friendship, and who have played together in various forms for nearly a decade.
Dual lead vocals feature soaring, powerhouse singer Olivia Pevec and the sweet and fierce dynamics of Sophia Clark (also on acoustic guitar). Their harmonies hypnotize and command awe, and have been compared to First-Aid Kit, Girly Man, & Gillian Welch with David Rawlings. Lead guitarist Mateo Sandate is an imaginative-mastermind exploring sounds, textures, and loops like Bill Frisell and solos akin to Pat Metheny; and Ashton Taufer on acoustic bass supports the sonic pallet and groove with finesse reminiscent of a young Charlie Haden. This dynamic group enjoys bringing an intimate acoustic experience, and is equally at home putting together electric 11-piece bands for a dance party that spills onto the street.
LET THEM ROAR has a live album and three studio EP’s. Their song “We Are Not The Broken Ones” off of TRIAD EP was featured on the May 2018 Relix CD sampler. They have performed in premiere venues and festivals throughout Colorado and have supported bands such as Elephant Revival, SHEL, Pato Bantan and the Now Generation, Tab Benoit, Paper Bird, The Shook Twins, Band of Heathens, Hit & Run Bluegrass, The Samples and more.
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon