Live Music Fans,
Our music world continues to be unside down with an uncertain future of making live music for you in the old shop. But, we are happy to give some good news with the start of Streamin’ Steve’s grand opening this First Friday Night at 7:30pm. It still feels very strange to not have audiences in the music room but, at least we get to safely present some talented local solo acts. And then send it out in a live stream with Grass Roots TV’s help. Thanks to them we have installed some great HD cameras along with a sweet digital lighting system that creates a beautiful video picture that we stream out to you. You can go to www.grassrootstv.org and follow the link to see the four local musicians share their original songs with us. We will start at 7:30pm with Wes Engstrom, then William Steindler at 8pm followed by Jeremy Isenhart at 8:30pm and the night of live music ends with Jackson Emmer at 9pm.
After the live music we will stream the wonderful show we taped with the talented Jeffrey Foucault a while back in the shop. The HD high quality video looks gorgeous and Jeffrey is a master performer and guitarist. Let us know how you feel about the live streaming. Stay well and enjoy live music when you can.
See you in our streams!MAY 1ST – FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT IN CARBONDALE- – STREAMIN’ STEVE’S GRAND OPENING WITH LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITERS: WES ENGSTROM, WILLIAM STEINDLER, JEREMY ISENHART AND JACKSON EMMER – 7:30PM – www.facebook.com/reddirtriverband and www.facebook.com/jeremyisenhart www.jacksonemmer.comWe started our Consecutive Friday Night Streak 980 weeks ago in order to give our local musician friends a place to play their original music. T-Ray Becker started the Streak years ago and it’s very appropriate that our first Streamin’ Steve’s show start off with four more talented musicians happy to share their original music with us. MAY 1ST- FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT IN CARBONDALE – LIVE STREAM OF OUR RECORDED LIVE SHOW WITH JEFFREY FOUCAULT – 9:45PM Noy Holland BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to Jeffrey Foucault�s critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves (�Immaculately tailored� Close to perfection� – New York Times; �Pure Songwriter, simple and powerful� – Morning Edition, NPR) is a collection of reveries, interlacing memory with the present tense to examine the indelible connections of love across time and distance. The poet Wallace Stevens wrote that technique is the proof of seriousness, and from the first suspended chord of ‘Dishes’ – a waltzing hymn to the quotidian details of life, which are life itself (‘Do the dishes / With the windows open’) – Foucault deftly cuts the template for the album as a whole, showing a mastery of technique as he unwinds a deeply patient collection of songs at the borderlands of memory and desire. 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. Jeffrey Foucault was 17 when he learned to play all the songs on John Prine’s eponymous debut on his father’s mail-order guitar, spending long evenings in his bedroom spinning piles of old records on a hand-me-down turntable, lifting the needle to transcribe every line of �Desolation Row�. At 19 he stole a copy of Townes Van Zandt: Live and Obscure from a friend, and a few years later, having quit school to work as a farm-hand and carpenter Foucault began writing the songs that became his first album (2001�s Miles From the Lightning). Since then he�s been everything from solo country-blues troubadour to frontman for a six-piece rock ‘n’ roll band, along the way compiling a discography notable for its visceral power and complex poetics. Yet it wasn�t until he paired with drummer Billy Conway (Morphine) that the final piece fell into place and Foucault found the Luther Perkins to his Johnny Cash, the truly sympathetic collaborator to frame and fire his terse brand of Americana.MOJO:�Songwriting brilliance�THE IRISH TIMES:�Quietly brilliant�UNCUT:�The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection�In His Own WordsI live out in New England in a little town with a river through the middle. I can�t get home without crossing good water and it fairly makes up for living east, which isn�t in my blood. We have a chicken coop and a little barn and an old truck that runs. I like to listen to records real loud when I do the dishes, and I do most of the dishes.FULL DISCOGRAPHYUNCUT: “Roots-rock troubadour’s stunning glimpse into existentialism in a frenzied world”NPR MUSIC: “Mesmerizing, meditative… alluring and relatable all at once”CHICAGO SUN TIMES: �…Densely layered tales of longing and loss, beauty and simple pleasures.�BOSTON GLOBE: �Irony isn�t my thing,� observes this transplanted Midwesterner. What is his thing: plainspoken, allusive songs of resonating, space-filled intensity that roam the byways of American roots music.�NO DEPRESSION:�� An original voice staking out his rightful place in a pretty crowded Americana field.” (Review in Through the Lens’ “Best Roots Music Albums of 2018”)AMERICANA UK: �� An Americana album of the year contender. There is nothing not to love about this album.� (Review)Jeffrey’s show is well worth checking out and it gives you a great look at how all our shows will be in the future thanks to all the new equipment. Gorgeous video and audio for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!Once again, our great appreciation and many thanks go out to the following fans and sponsors of our live music. Streamin’ Steve’s has started this week with the help and support of the following fans listed below. We are so very close to our dream budget and have only one more HD camera to install behind the stage to record our enthusiastic audiences and my beautiful hanging guitars. Thanks to local friends and big music fans, Tom Berthiaume and Cherryl Kachenmeister we have a $1,000 matching grant that will raise another $1,000 and bring us very close to our dream fundraising goal. So close. Merci.
* 1st Bank of Carbondale * GrassRootsTV * Steve’s Guitars * Amore Realty: Lynn Kirchner * Cathy Young – Purvis Family Matching Grant * John Jaggers * Donna Riley * Douglas MacLean * Sarah O’Gara * Rich Lopez * Melissa & Assoff Horowitz * Mary Margaret O’Gara * Peter Gilbert * * John Masters * Owen Hutchenson * Sarah Kleinheber * Mark & Peggy Chain * Bear & Poppy * Georgia Chamberlain * Richard Sells * Paul Perry * Ken Wise * Howard Freeman * Jeff Dickenson * Ben Bohmfalk * Reid Haughey * Susan Drinker * Sloan Shoemaker * Hollis & Charle Sutherland * Barbara Reid & David Hyman * Mike & Linda Keefe * John Rehl * Kim Burns * George Wear * George & Emily Bohmfalk * Bob Schultz * Bill and Jane Mitchell * Malcolm McMichael * Anne Gonzalez * Mel Blumenthal * Stephen Libera * Laura Bond * Anita & Nathan Weedmark * Ronald Phaneuf * Rick Blauvelt * Ed Holub * Jeff Wadley * Robert Comey * Steve Tullar * Fred Malo * Marty Silverstein * Brion After * Tyler Stableford * Jenell Hilderbrand * Marjorie DeLuca * Carolyn & Marty Manosevitz * Larry Gottlieb * Peter Davidoff * Bob Hess
See you in Streamland.
Musically and Gratefully Yours,