Live Music Fans,
Well, there’s a little Spring in the air and the longer days are quite welcome in the valley. And, the little music room is all ready to host two more excellent acts. You know by now, that I like presenting a wide variety of acts in order for my own personal entertainment. Last week, we had Martha Scanlan, the Let Them Roar Trio and a fantastic 5-piece pop rock band from upstate New York. This week features some cool country songs on Friday Night and another special visit from Major League Folkie, John Gorka, on an early Sunday Night. Can’t miss on either show. Why not?
FRIDAY NIGHT – MARCH 22ND – DYLAN EARL – 8:30pm – www.dylanearl.com
We all live on the “Western” Slope but country acts are hard to find and book, for some reason. Well Dylan is the real country deal so take advantage of his rare visit to hear some high-quality Western songs.
“Dylan Earl has taken things formerly relegated to the Aaron Tippin-and-Travis Tritt crica-1992 vault and breathed new life into them. He’s anything but insincere in his musical approach…the kind of baritone that’s custom built for pairing with pedal steel and sticky VFW dance floors.” – Arkansas Times
“[I] dug his real feeling brand of country, none of that pop shit here, real country, sad songs sung with beauty and power.” – Covington Imagery
Dylan Earl is a post-country/countrypolitan/twangcore songwriter from Lake Charles, Louisiana and is currently based out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. After embarking on his own, he released his first solo EP in August 2015 titled “Blessing In Disguise” produced by Daniel Romano in Ridgeville, Ontario. Last summer saw the release of “Yee-Haw from Arkansas” a 3 track “pop-up” EP on LA based Play Yah Records at Route 2 Recordings also in Los Angeles. A full-length studio album “New Country To Be” was released September ’17 recorded at East Hall Recording in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas. His second full-length pedal steel drenched LP is scheduled out Spring ‘19 on his own independent label, Fabulon Records. This past year consisted of shows ranging from Los Angeles, CA to Stockholm, Sweden and many more stops across North America and Europe with his band the Reasons Why.
Dylan has shared stages with the likes of: Tanya Tucker, Wanda Jackson, Jesse Dayton, Jamie Wyatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mike and the Moonpies, Doug Seegers, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, American Aquarium, Daniel Romano, Zephania O’Hora, Magnolia Electric Co., Hiss Golden Messanger, Hang Rounders, Adam Faucett, and The Mallett Brothers to name a few. He has also embarked on numerous headlining tours of his own. See him in your town….”
SUNDAY NIGHT – MARCH 24TH – JOHN GORKA – 7:30pm – www.johngorka.com
“From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.
In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends—Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.
In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs displays John’s creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genres—folk, pop, country and soul—and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.
In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.
Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.”
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon