2017 Listening Room Season
Friday, January 13- THE WILDWOODS
Sunday, February 12- KORBY LENKER
Saturday, March 4- STAR BELLE LIVE RECORDING !!
Saturday, March 25- JOHN SMITH & DAN SEBRANEK
Saturday, April 22- JALAN CROSSLAND BAND
Sunday, May 7- THE STEEL WHEELS
Friday, July 21 – THE RAILSPLITTERS
Sunday, August 20 – NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE
Friday, September 8 – PIERCE & GRACE PETTIS
Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 pm – THE TALBOTT BROTHERS
Folk, Rock, Pop
The Talbott Brothers are an Alternative Folk/Rock band based in Portland, Oregon. Nick and Tyler form an alternative sound that balances sibling-blood-harmonies with their instrumental ensemble of guitars, mandolin, harmonicas and percussion. Their entertaining effect onstage is embraced by multiple generations, as they are known for charming and energetic performances that blend singer-songwriter styles with folk, rock and pop.
2017 marks the release of The Talbott Brothers’ third full-length studio album- GRAY ( February 2017). Honest, organic and vulnerable, the album is driven by warm, melodic vocals, diverse instrumentation and authentic storytelling. With the album’s release, the brothers experienced more deeply what it means to submerse themselves in their songwriting, spending four months off the road in their new home base of Oregon.
Friday, November 3rd at 7:30 pm – PETER MULVEY
Modern acoustic, singer-songwriter
Over the past 20 years, Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician- immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner- his attitude is, “when you love what you do, you can work all the time,”- he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
His early years were spent in Dublin and then Boston, where he took to playing in the subways as a full time occupation. The seven hour sessions playing to passers-by and commuters not only strengthened his accomplished guitar playing but also sharpened his innate gifts as a communicator. Lucky for us, he took his show on the road. He resettled in his hometown of Milwaukee. Peter has recorded 14 albums, including two collaborations with fellow songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault, titled REDBIRD.
In every aspect of his career, Mulvey draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, listening, and eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes. Argentinean trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands. Said the Irish Times: “Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see.”
Peter Mulvey’s latest record, produced by Ani DiFranco for Righteous Babe Records, is called “Are You Listening?” The record is his personal reflection on our personal and political lives in 2017 under the Trump administration.
Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm – Bluestem / Robin Harrell & Carey McGehee
bluegrass, folk & americana
Blue Stem is a talented group of musicians, connected by family and a common love of music. Cindy Uden and Christy Peterson are sisters who grew up singing in their family band. Cody Carson Brown is their cousin from the sandhills, who started playing mandolin with her husband Todd Brown on guitar 15 years ago. Add to that mix, bluegrass guitarist Dan Deffenbaugh and you have a creative mix of blood, bluegrass and great harmonies.
Cindy was inducted into the Nebraska Bluegrass Hall of Fame 10 years ago. Christy and Dan were featured on NET Radio’s Friday LIVE a few months ago. Todd and Cody have performed on the Listening Room stage many times, performing Todd’s original songs. I guess what I’m trying to say is that these folks are Listening Room family and we’re happy to feature them and their talents.
Robin and Carey have been singing together for 25 years. Ha ha. I am Robin Harrell,the “mother” of the Listening Room and Carey McGehee is my daughter. Our set will include some of our new favorite songs by artists like Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson and Rodney Crowell. We have several special guests planned and we look forward to performing together on the Listening Room stage for the first time since September 2008 !!!