Wednesday Night with Jeffrey Foucault – Friday Night with Just Pulp and the Colorado College Bluegrass Ensemble – Sunday Night with Jackson Emmer and Clint Alphin

Live Music Fans,

It’s starting to feel like a good, old fashioned Winter around here with more of the white stuff heading our way.  Just makes our funky, byob vintage music room even more cozy and inviting, don’t you think.  And, we just happen to have just what the room needs this week to take our minds off the cold, icy weather outside.

It starts on a weeknight with a fantastic folk singer back for another show.  Then, on Friday Night we have a sweet evening with some young musicians from Colorado College back in the room for their annual show/slumber party in the shop.  The music packed week ends on a great note with two very talented touring singer/songwriting pros; Jackson Emmer and Clint Alphin.  Lots to enjoy this week, so try hard to leave the cabin cave for some great entertainment in the best music room around.

See you at the shows!


“In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set. BLOOD BROTHERS is the sixth collection of original songs in a career remarkable for an unrelenting dedication to craft, and independence from trend.

A departure from the austere electricity of his last outing, BLOOD BROTHERS sets blues aside to pull together strands of country, R&B, gospel, rock’n’roll, and folk in a series of delicate small-canvas portraits. There’s a touch more light coming through the window, a certain gentleness in play, with layers of backing vocals sung by women – including Foucault’s wife Kris Delmhorst, as well as the various partners of the band – adding hue and shade.”


For the past few years, Keith Reed, the music teacher at CC has been coming to town with his talented students for a show and slumber party.  This annual show started because of a past player, JJ Worley, who went to CC and thought of bringing them to the room.  It’s a blast of next generation musicians honing their skills at college while getting credit for going on tour to Carbondale.  Where was this program when I went to UCLA?  Sounds way more fun than Managerial Accounting & Finance, for sure.

All kidding aside, these young players have always put on a first class show.  They are all advanced pickers with skills.  And, this year the bonus opening act is a side group called “Just Pulp” who sound like a fun folky group. “The Colorado College (advanced) Bluegrass Ensemble is an instrumental and vocal band created to provide for students a challenging and creative environment in which to develop material with the feel and structure of bluegrass music. The ensemble draws mainly from traditional sources including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The ensemble frequently performs at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, held annually in April. The ensemble receives academic credit and is by audition only. The intermediate Bluegrass Ensemble takes the skills developed in the beginning ensemble and moves it further into the performance realm. The ensemble receives academic credit and is by audition only.”

You can check out more about this sweet program at Colorado College at this weblink.

JUST PULP has Jack Schrott and Katherine Semler on guitar, Frances Murray on fiddle, Norbert McGettigan on bass, and Clare Ende on banjo. They are all seniors at Colorado College and have been playing together since August.  They are a folk group masquerading as a bluegrass band, and they love Beatles covers.  Sounds sweet.


Since moving back to town, Jackson has been making great live music happen all over the valley; and , especially in our little music room.  He has been making new fans all over the country on tour and in the valley, as well.  His original tunes are getting rave reviews by Rolling Stone and his growing list of listeners.  We have been lucky to hear Jackson in the room since he went to high school in Carbondale.  A life time lover of making music, it turns out.  He has been coming back to the room as a solo act, with other players like Clint and with Songwriters in the Round nights (one more coming on March 30th).  If you have not heard him perform yet, here’s another great opportunity to check him out.  And, he’s bringing a real bonus treat with Clint.  Should be cool. Check out their websites for more good reasons to come out and hear their fantastic, award-winning lyrics in a wonderful listening room.

“Americana songwriters are a dime a dozen these days, but few are writing songs like Jackson Emmer.” – Rolling Stone

“Jackson Emmer’s lyrically playful and intimate Americana style is as gleeful as it is irreverent. Combining an authentic country spirit with an honest and modern perspective, Emmer connects with listeners in the time-honored storytelling tradition.

His songwriting is often compared to that of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. Emmer has performed hundreds of shows around the country, sharing the stage with Leon Bridges, The Suitcase Junket, and Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show) and many others. He’s now touring nationally in support of his 2018 release “Jukebox,” via Lost Honey Records.”


“Clint Alphin writes and sings from the heart, always mindful of his rich southern roots.�— Jeni & Billy – Original Appalachian Folk Artists

“Folk, Bluegrass, and Country music fill the hearts of every local in the southern states. With, its rich acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies, the music is honest, pure and natural. This tradition is what laid the foundation for Clint Alphin’s music and words to reach and move audiences around the US and the world.

Hailing from North Carolina, Clint has drawn inspiration from his home state’s heroes. “There is so much great music that has come out of North Carolina,” Alphin says. “James Taylor is perhaps my biggest influence; his phrasing and harmonic melodies are what have inspired me to first write songs.”

Clint moved to Nashville, TN in 2003 and has released an EP and three full-length studio albums since then. His latest, “Postmodern Man,” was released in 2015. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard.

Telluride Troubadour Winner – 2017

Fresh Grass Festival Singer-Songwriter Award Finalist -2018

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase – 2018

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist – 2017

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Honorable Mention – 2017

Kerrville New Folk Finalist – 2015, 2018

Telluride Troubadour Finalist – 2013, 2015

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalist – 2014

Musically Yours,

Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon