Live Music Fans,
We had a wonderful time last Saturday Night with our Sing-A-Long musical experiment. Alan Nelson and Dan Sheridan led a full room in singing a bunch of familiar songs like “Here Comes the Sun” and many other cool tunes. Turns out, I knew most of the words and had a blast singing along. Felt great to sing together.
And as always, the most important shows are the next ones, right? Good thing that the Spring season is in full bloom and we are booking all kinds of amazing musicians for your listening pleasure. This week, we are really looking forward to hearing Ley Line again in the little, listening room. Quite a talented, award winning band from Austin that KDNK has chosen to be one of their featured shows. For good reason. Check out their original music in their website.
On Thursday Night, we are participating in a national tour of the Singing Out folks celebrating National LGBTQ Pride Month. Should be a cool reason to celebrate with some fantastic live music. Heather Mae has opened for Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Holly Near, Tom Paxton, Crys Matthews, Tom Goss, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, and Rebecca Loebe, and will participate in the Singing OUT LGBTQ Pride Tour which launches on June 1st in Decatur, GA, followed by a 30-day national tour.
Pearl & Wood let me know today that they will be moving their last show to the Way Home for more space.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – JUNE 19TH – LEY LINE FROM AUSTIN – 7:30PM – www.leylinesound.com
You may have heard this “Top 10 Best New Austin Band” and “Top 5 Best World Music Band in Austin” when they played the Mtn. Fair last summer or when they played a set in the room after their gig in the park. I have been looking forward to their return even since. And, KDNK Presents has made this band one of their featured shows, for good reason. Check out their website then come out for some fine original music in the best sounding room in this neck of the woods. You will be impressed and pleased by their live show, for sure.
“Four voices coalesce. Rooted in rhythm. The women of Ley Line transcend language and genres to create a sound that seems to emerge from deep within the earth. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele and percussion. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk and soul and inspired by their world travels, Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending rhythms and influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Ley Line’s multilingual performances unite audiences around the world.”
ORIGIN STORY OF LEY LINE
“Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin, Texas in 2015, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision. Through intimate live performances and multilingual lyrics, Ley Line’s music inspires connection across the peaks and valleys of the human experience.”
“The Austin-based quartet curates a unique sound connecting the music they grew up with sounds from around the world, inspired by their travels. Imagine blues, folk and soul done through a global, multi-lingual perspective. That’s the magic right there.” — KUTX Austin Music Minute
“Ley Line commits charm to soothing Latin American soundscapes …The quartet constantly educates itself on and connects with the communities they’re playing for.�— The Austin Chronicle
�“Transcending language and genre, the ladies of Ley Line create a sound that is grounded and truly unique, not to mention beautiful.” — We Are Austin, CBS Austin
“The four women of Austin who call themselves Ley Line Line sing a folky mixture of cross cultural multilingual music that fuses the light feel of buskers on the street with the singer songwriter chops of Gillian Welch or Neko Case. “ — Jennifer Levin of the Santa Fe New Mexican
THURSDAY NIGHT – JUNE 20TH – SINGING OUT TOUR – 8PM – www.heathermae.net
“The Singing out Tour 2019 with Heather Mae and Crys Matthews continues as part of the National Pride Month of June celebrating the LGBTQ community. We are touring from Atlanta to Seattle: 30 days, 25 shows, 15 states. Out tour is called The Singing OUT Tour and Crys Matthews and I (Heather Mae) are going on tour for LGBTQ Pride Month! We are playing some pretty accalimed venues such as Eddies Attic, Joes Pub, Evanston SPACE, Alberta Rose Theater, The Triple Door, and OF COURSE Steve’s Guitars! We are PUMPED to make our Carbondale debut!”
“Ask anyone about the new generation of social justice music-makers and they’ll mention either Heather Mae or Crys Matthews. Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has turned her personal struggle with mental health and body image into an empowering message of self-love, a universal light force that shines for every audience member. Matthews is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality”. These two singer-songwriters have joined forces with JJ Jones (Girlyman) and Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace) for The Singing OUT Tour.”
On June 1st, Mae kicks off the co-headlining “Singing OUT Tour,” an annual national tour for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, with artist and fellow powerhouse Crys Matthews. This year, the bands will play 23 shows in 15 states in 30 days. Mae’s band consists of JJ Jones, the former drummer for queer folkpop supergroup Girlyman, and Joe Stevens, half of duo Coyote Grace who starred in the 2016 documentary Real Boy.
FRIDAY NIGHT – JUNE 21ST – LAST PEARL AND WOOD SHOW – CANCELLED FOR THE SHOP AND MOVED TO THE WAY HOME
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon