Live Music Fans,
Here we are in the midst of another cold Winter, high up in the Rockies with lots of snow, and the crazy musicians are still making their way to our little byob music room. Thank the musical gods for good vehicles to bring all these talented musicians our way just for our entertainment. Just another example of how important good live music is for the soul. Come on out to refresh your self when you can.
See you at the shows!
SATURDAY NIGHT – OCTOBER 19TH – PEARL & WOOD ALBUM RELEASE PARTY – 8:30PM – www.pearlandwood.com
Natalie and Ellie have been making beautiful live music happen in the old room for years. We have loved seeing the evolution of their songs and high quality live performances under the Pearl & Wood banner. They display a rare combination of gorgeous vocals along with sweet cello and banjo. It’s a very cool original sound that is a joy to hear especially in our intimate room. And this will be a special night where they share the music that is on their recently recorded album. Hear the tunes live and then go home with their album to listen more.
“Hailing from the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, Pearl & Wood weave silvery harmonies, raw banjo, refined cello, and foot stompin’ rhythms to deliver a fresh taste of Americana.”
Natalie Spears and Ellie Barber
“Beautiful smokey-voiced angel singing.” – Elise Osenga
Here’s a few words on some of their music from their website. The Cuckoo – The cuckoo is an old English folksong that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. According to Alan Lomax, a field collector of folk music, “no creature is more common in southern English love songs than the cuckoo, the herald of spring and bearer of good omens to lovers. From ancient times, the bird has been a sexual symbol and, because it leaves its eggs in the nest of other birds for them to hatch, has acquired the reputation of an adulterer; thus, men with unfaithful wives were called cuckolds. The American songs mentioning the cuckoo suggest the importance of this ‘messenger of spring; in the lore of the West.” (Lomax, Alan. Folk Songs of North America (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company INC, 1960), 201.
This version we play of the Cuckoo is based on Clarence Ashley’s banjo version. Ashley was from the Southern Appalachians and traveled as a performing musician in the early and mid 1900’s. In this song, Ashley uses and sweeping brush stroke on the “three-and” in one of the measures as a way of mimicking the bird call which creates a subtle shift in the 4/4 meter of the song. (“Banjology:The Coo Coo Bird by Clarence Ashley,” Duke University. 2015. http://sites.duke.edu/banjology/transcriptions/coo-coo-a-study/the-coo-coo-bird-by-clarence-ashley/.)Clarence Ashley- The Cuckoo
SOME MORE SHOWS BOOKED FOR JANUARY
23 – The Mighty Pines – www.themightypines.com – Soul inspired Roots Rock from St. Louis
25 – The Way Down Wanderers – www.thewaydownwanderers.com – High Energy Americana Band from Peoria, Illinois
26 – Eldergrown – www.eldergrown.com – “Funkalicious Rockin Roots” five piece band from Durango
Well, there’s five very good reasons to leave your warm couch. Come out and enjoy the magical wonders of live music in a sweet, comfy historic space. And, with NO 2-drink minimums or big screens blaring. Hard to beat when you are in the mood for just good live music. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it for another show. Hope to see you out proving my theory correct. Why not?
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon