2018 Listening Room Season
Saturday, February 13th at 7:30 pm- Jackie Allen Band
Jackie Allen is an American jazz vocalist, composer, and educator. She has released twelve records as a leader for labels such as Blue Note Records, Naxos Records, A440 Music Group, and Avant Bass.
Influenced by jazz, folk, and pop singers, Allen is perhaps best known for interpretations classic jazz ballads (“bringing out the beauty of the lyrics” -Scott Yannow, All Music Guide) and transformation of contemporary tunes (“her gift with more pop-oriented material is utterly distinctive and even innovative, since there isn’t another singer out there who phrases like her” -Thom Jurek, All Music Guide).
Rose Fingered Dawn is Jackie’s newest CD, released in October 2017.
It features ten tunes written for Jackie by Hans Sturm, performed by her working band and a three-horn section.
“Allen’s vocals cradle the lyrics gingerly. Rose Fingered Dawn is a culmination of her influences and experiences, favoring songs that move audiences emotionally and ultimately, profoundly.” Susan Francis, BlogCritics
Learn more about Jackie- here
Sunday, February 18 at 7:30 pm- The Mammals
A high-octane Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley, The Mammals carry on the work of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature “trad is rad” sound.
“ Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” LA Weekly
“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with electric guitar and drums to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions !!” No Depression
Founded in 2001 by Seeger’s grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler / singer, Ruthy Ungar and banjo / guitar songsmith, Mike Merenda, the Mammals reemerged in 2017 stronger than ever.
“The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating ole-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.” The Washington Post
learn more about The Mammals HERE
Friday & Saturday nights, March 9th and 10th, 7:30 pm Darrell Scott
i am travelling less these days
trying to figure out
to be in this world
at this age
at this time
in this world
“I look like an insider because of everything I‘ve done but I always felt like an outsider,” Darrell Scott says. “And that’s important—to be an outsider.”
He’s also a master. Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he’s taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years. Couchville Sessions is that album, and it continues Scott’s long tradition of tackling the profound issues—loneliness, the demise of relationships, mortality—without ever becoming maudlin.
Darrell is also releasing a new LIVE CD, Live at Station Inn, which was recorded in Nashville in ____.
The fact is that Darrell has a lot of music recorded that has never been released. The time he is spending “off the road” has given him time to catalog and remix these vast archives of music. He also spent part of 2017 touring with The Zac Brown Band.
A Darrell Scott solo show is a rare treat. We have two nights for you to choose from. Or, what the heck? Just come to both shows. I guarantee they will be exceptional and different and memorable.
learn more about Darrell HERE
Friday, April 6th at 7:30 pm – Melodime
Melodime’s americana-flavored songs merge a slight country twang with rock and roll, successfully blending stunning piano melodies with catchy guitar riffs and sing-along choruses.
Melodime, featuring Brad Rhodes (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Sammy Duis (piano, organ, bass), Tyler Duis (drums), and Jon Wiley (bg vocals, guitar, mandolin, dobro), has performed 125+ shows annually throughout the continental United States, sharing the stage with such well-known acts as Sam Hunt, Jonny Lang, A Thousand Horses, and Sister Hazel.
The band has also left its mark internationally with performances in Mexico, Canada, and Europe, all while founding and running a charity, ‘Now I Play Along Too,’ which provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged children in the DC area, Florida and Haiti.
Learn more about Melodime HERE
Friday, April 20th at 7:30 pm – Sweet Talk Radio
From their Facebook page: Sweet Talk Radio write songs in their pajamas, enjoy laughing & pancake breakfasts. But mostly, they write songs & sing them.
It’s all about chemistry. SWEET TALK RADIO is the husband and wife team of Kathrin Shorr & Tim Burlingame. This dynamic duo, based in Los Angeles, draws on the combination of Shorr’s captivating vocals and Burlingame’s lyrical guitar. Their music has earned them recurring spots on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart and the ears of music supervisors on some of today’s top tv shows.
“With undeniable chemistry both on stage and off, STR create alternative-folk-pop songs full of depth and yearning, delivered with an earnest desire to connect.”
—Santa Barbara Independent
Tim And Kathrin have spent the past 6 years in Los Angeles, writing and recording songs for television. But the REAL reason that they stuck close to home is for Ben, their son. Now they are ready to brave the road with young Ben in tow. Welcome back !!! We may never let you leave.
Learn more about Sweet Talk Radio
Friday, May 4th at 7:30 pm – Korby Lenker
Folk-pop, songs for people
An abbreviated list of Lenker’s achievements so far includes: a significant amount of airplay on the legendary Seattle indie rock station KEXP; a BBC 2 interview with Bob Harris, which is only about the highest honor a rootsy singer-songwriter touring the U.K. can get; opening slots for acts ranging from Willie Nelson to Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, Susan Tedeschi and Tristan Prettyman; a successful run with one of the hottest young West Coast bluegrass bands of the aughts; and wins in the Merlefest folk songwriting contest as well as the Kerrville Folk Festival’s elite New Folk songwriting competition in 2015. He won the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest in 2016.
Korby’s 7th album, Thousand Springs was one of the most added albums to reporting Americana Stations 2 weeks in a row. The unique album with a unique story is quickly becoming a favorite among DJs and music programmers across the country. Stand out tracks include ‘Nothing Really Matters’ ‘Friend and a Friend’ and ‘Book Nerd’ along with the claw-hammer groove track ‘Stormy Seas’.
“I like it simple,” says Lenker. “I just do. As soon as there’s a weird chord, I’m like, ‘Why? That’s all been done. Who cares?’ What’s really hard is to hit people in the heart and to reach them. That’s what I’m trying to do: make music that’s easily likeable, but with a kind of secret sophistication. I’m always trying to write a song that you can hum along with on the first listen. You’re like, ‘Yeah, I’d like to hear that again.’ Then maybe you hear it 20 times and you’re like, ‘Damn, that’s actually something I’m going to think about now.’”
Learn more about Korby HERE
Sunday, June 10th at 7:30 pm – Zoe Lewis & the Rubber Band
Affectionately know as “a band in a body” Zoë plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! She’s traveled the globe picking up grooves and stories along the way. Troubadour/hot jazzer/vaudevillian/storyteller/singer-songwriter.
Originally from England, she now resides in Provincetown on Cape Cod.
Winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award, Kerrville New Folk Contest and a Falcon Ridge Audience favorite. Her song SMALL IS TREMENDOUS was on 2 major TV commercials. Another song SHEEP was #1 in the satellite radio children’s charts. She’s written the soundtrack for a documentary on the VAGINA MONOLGUES; has just finished her first musical WAKE UP; and her songs have been appearing on Broadway.
Her latest recording is entitled A CURE FOR THE HICCUPS.
She will be performing with Roxanne Layton ( Mannheim Steamroller ) and Kate Wolf.
Learn more about Zoe HERE