The Haunted Windchimes sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. It’s the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). “When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful,” writes Bill Reed of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin).
On the group’s 2006 debut EP “Verse/Visa”, The Haunted Windchimes presented what Denver Post journalist, Eryc Eyl, called “a beautiful chamber pop sound.” However, with 2010’s “Honey Moonshine,” the band “perfected an old-timey hoedown sound, executed with passion and precision.” May 2011, the band released “Live at the Western Jubilee,” a celebration of its career so far. Recorded in December 2010 at the Western Jubilee Warehouse, a legendary Colorado Springs venue, the record’s 13 tracks capture the five musicians in peak form in front of an appreciative audience. Their latest album, Out With the Crow, awarded album of the year by The Colorado Springs Independent in 2012, reflects “a barrel-aged maturation that punctuates their moonshine roots. The album and the band’s public performances make clear that The Haunted Windchimes aim to rekindle the flames of Americana music for generations to come,” writes Angus Edward (No Depression).
Navarro started his career as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...
In the 1990s, he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit...
He’s moonlighted as a singer and voice actor for 25 years, in major motion pictures, such as The Book Of Life (as the archvillain “Chakal”), plus The Lorax, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (on the Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), and a dozen more; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Subaru, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds of others...
He has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’l, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , SoundExchange and the musicFIRST
Dan also serves on the boards of SAG-AFTRA, Folk Alliance, The Levitt Pavilions LA and the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, fighting the neuromuscular disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which tragically took Eric Lowen’s life in 2012...
In 2009, after 22 years and 12 albums with Lowen & Navarro, Dan released the spirited “Live at McCabe’s”, backed by his pals from Austin-based Stonehoney. His next album , “Shed My Skin” — his first studio album of new material—is slated for release in 2015.
He is the father of a 18-year-old son and a known abuser of acoustic guitars.
March 22, 2015 - 7:30 P.M.
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"His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside"
- No Depression
It's the truth behind what an artist does and the way they choose to do it that defines their art. And while the ways in which audiences get their music has changed, the reasons why a certain kind of artist makes music have remained the same. Call it an uncompromising commitment, an inspired motivation, or just the need to share with and connect to those who listen. For
Jeff Black, it is his life's work that has driven him to build a career like few other singer/songwriters in the business. Boston's WUMB listeners voted Jeff Black as one of the top 100 most important Folk artists of the last 25 years.
Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, BlackHawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.
Folklore is the 10th release from the prolific songwriter. Recorded over a 2 day period in Nashville, Tennessee at Arcana Studios, Jeff Black arms himself with a guitar, harmonica and a banjo to traverse the clay-dust roads that trace the cutting edge of pop culture, delivering a collection of modern folk and acoustic classics.
"The tradition of an artist delivering songs that are damn near perfectly crafted and filled with the wisdom of the ages."
McGraw spent a decade as a wildlife biologist, working everywhere from Mexico to the Grand Canyon. Fer logged some time in Spain, where she studied music and local culture. Together, the two songwriters have built a music career on those travels, funneling everything - the characters they met, the things they saw, the sounds they heard, the stories they learned - into a mix of rich, detailed folk music and rootsy Americana.
McGraw’s consoling, coupled with Fer’s soaring and subtly powerful vocal approach, likened to that of Patty Griffin, puts a spit-shine polish on the finely crafted body of songs they have generated together. The intricate weavings of their vocal harmonies are undeniably exceptional. McGraw’s hard-hitting tunes echo narratives of the culture and landscape of the American West, wherein he thoughtfully spins tales of everyday folks looking for a little something more in their earthly existence. Fer takes a more dreamy approach, evoking complex and ethereal imagery within her sultry and haunting melodies. Her potent electric lead guitar playing bravely propels this duo through their uniquely heartfelt and spirited live performances, winning over audiences night after night.
June 6, 2015 - 7:30 P.M.
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Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue.
Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and started playing soul music in his early years, steeping himself in the rich cultural heritage of the black South. "I've written poetry all my life," Taylor recounts. "When I learned how to play guitar, it was a natural progression to write songs." After high school, a brief stint at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, just "didn't work out," according to Taylor.
"Music lured me away," says Taylor. "I thought I'd make my way to California like everybody else back then but I ran out of money and ended up in Houston." It's a good thing he never made it to California, because the musical environment in Houston during the '70s was just what Taylor needed to inspire him.
Taylor learned intricate blues guitar stylings from music legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell while working at the Family Hand club. Later, he developed his own unique guitar picking style, that would be imitated by many of his contemporaries from the early Houston days, such as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith. "There were no lines drawn in the sand between musical genres in Houston back in those days," Taylor remembers. "You were just a musician. I believe so many great writers came out of that scene because you could learn from others. Isn't that the point of this whole
with Jackie Blount
August 9, 2015 - 7:30 P.M.
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Fleming is an energetic and entertaining performer of Southern blues and finely crafted original material. With passionate singing, innovative guitar work and engaging storytelling, she celebrates tribulation and triumph in songs that range from gentle to gritty, from heartfelt to humorous.
“A first-rate songwriter, easily the best lyricist in the state … rich, dynamic … a totally engaging, must-see live performer … a fully realized folksinger at the peak of her power.” (Iowa City Icon)
Gayla Crake Paul, writing for Acoustic Music Magazine, calls BeJae Fleming “one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard.”
BeJae has sung her songs for audiences of all descriptions, in every imaginable venue, all over the country. From East Coast coffeehouses to Las Vegas convention centers, from the World’s Fair to the Kerrville Folk Festival, from colleges, universities and community festivals to Nashville showcases, her compelling music and her wry wit have earned BeJae the respect of critics, fans, and fellow artists alike. The Iowa Press-Citizen described BeJae’s material “strong as new rope,” while Karen Impola, host of KUNI’s Live from Studio One, called BeJae’s performance “definitely one of the best.”
Sunday, September 13, 2015
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Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the
Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. This hunger to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release Silver Lining, a Top Ten record on national Folk and Americana stations. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation.
Rising star Sarah
McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and
“honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she
seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as
well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes
much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born
in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and
now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the
genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her
interpretations of material from around the globe and down the
centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has
drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,”
wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but
glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should
feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
The Rough & Tumble are two scarecrows in a cornfield, two pairs of hands stealing the same piece of candy, a dust devil that traveled seven states to get to you only to make you cry. They are the only surviving memory of the first bike accident in the history of bikes and the skinned knees and the broken hearts. They love eating fish but always feel bad about it when they put them in the pan, especially when the eyes are still intact. They wake up every morning and work on that crossword puzzle written in a forgotten language that only gets harder the more you forget. The Rough & Tumble are here to lock eyes with you in a crowded room, smile and wink at you.
The Rough & Tumble is Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler.
14, 2015 -
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Mark Stuart has been a fixture on the Americana/Folk music scene for 17
years. Non-stop touring landed the artist in theaters, clubs, radio, TV,
house concerts, festivals, and coffeehouses. Much of this was solo, much of it in a duo "Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart". A fine singer, musician, and songwriter he is. In his performances expect stellar guitar work, soulful vocals, and thought-provoking songs. Interesting stories find their way into his show, too.
A career that has repeatedly taken Stuart to Europe, UK, Canada, and 49 of the United States
began in his native Nashville as a teenage working musician. From membership in the Nashville Rebels (his
father's band that appeared in the Waylon Jennings movie "The Nashville Rebel") to sideman stints for Steve Earle, Freddy Fender, Joan Baez, and Steve Forbert he has NEVER STOPPED WORKING as an active musical force. In
previous years the artist fronted rock/blues bands of his own that included
notable guitarists Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band) and Dave Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine) serving HIM as second guitarist!
Mark Stuart is celebrating his 50th birthday in January 2015 and touring as heavily as ever. Audiences will find his usual material from solo CDs and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart CDs. But, they will also hear a special nod
to Paul McCartney for the calendar year. Mark will expose which of his own songs were influenced by McCartney's style and include some
McCartney tunes, delivered in MARK STUART style!