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About Brandy Zdan
We first saw Brandy Zdan at Americanafest 2018 where she helped blow the roof off Nashville's Basement East while backing the great Ruby Boots. About one month later, Ruby played a much quieter set at Kelly House Concerts in St. Louis. Backing Ruby again, and opening for her that night: Brandy Zdan. This wasn't blow-the-roof-off time. This was demonstrate-great-singing-and-songwriting time. And, once again, Brandy blew us away.
Whether she's rocking out with a full band or strumming a guitar as a solo act, Brandy Zdan owns the stage.
She has been performing since she was 15 and spent nearly a decade making gothic-folk music as one half of the Juno Award-nominated Twilight Hotel in her native Canada. When she moved to the States, landing in Austin, she joined the all-girl Americana outfit, The Trishas, where she acted as lead guitarist and utility player (lap steel, accordion), before moving on to a solo career.
Brandy released her latest album, SECRETEAR, in May. It's a rocking, tour-de-force. As Lily Hiatt put it, "Listen to this turned up with the windows down. GO!"
But strip away the drums and...well...the rock, and you have a beautiful collection of songs, delivered by a great singer. (Check out the videos on this page. Two versions of "More of a Man" from SECRETEAR -- one the official video (recording from the album), the other a stripped-down, live version.)
For Secretear, the songs took Brandy on a journey of self-discovery as she navigated the worlds of past relationships (“Get To You,” “The Ones”) and her relationship with Haynes (“I Want Your Trouble,” “Be The One”), while simultaneously strengthening the love she has for herself (“Secret Tears,” “I Will”), creating a collection of unconventional love songs…that rock.
“I feel like I’m coming to terms with a lot of things on this record, because there were so many things I was coming to terms with in my own life while I was writing it,” she reflects. “There were a lot of things I was discovering about myself that I didn’t want to accept, in terms of relationships and making the same kind of mistake over and over again.”
But she came out the other side stronger both personally and as a musician. “I don’t choose what kind of songs I’m gonna write,” she explains. “The only thing that was on purpose when I started to write for my solo project was cut out the fat, punch you in the face kind of songs.
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About Darden Smith
Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship, and in service to others. He is the founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a nonprofit that pairs award-winning songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.
Smith began writing songs the age of ten, and has been recording since 1986. His music remains rooted in the songwriting traditions of his home state of Texas, while reflecting influences of rock, folk, and Americana rhythms and melodies. Described by All Music Guide as “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion,” Smith continues to write songs and tour across the U.S. and Europe. His latest album, Everything, was released in 2017 on Compass Records and features musicians Roscoe Beck (bass), JJ Johnson (drums), Charlie Sexton (guitars), Michael Ramos (keyboards) and David Mansfield (mandolin, pedal steel and strings), with vocal help from James House, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bonnie Bishop, and Kelly Willis. Recorded in Austin during August 2016, the collection features songs written by Smith and with collaborators House, Radney Foster, Matraca Berg, Bruce Robison, and Jay Clementi.
About Everything, songwriter Mary Gauthier says, “Darden Smith has made a beautiful new record, filled with hope and love and heartfelt tenderness. These songs are medicine for a world gone wrong. Give a listen, let them wash over you, receive the balm. This music is magic, and who doesn’t need a little magic right now?”
Concert to Benefit SongwritingWith:Soldiers
SongwritingWith:Soldiers transforms lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections, and strengths.
SongwritingWith:Soldiers uses songwriting as a catalyst for positive change. We offer our participants a unique way to tell their stories, rebuild trust, release pain, and forge new bonds. In SW:S retreat and workshop settings, service members are paired with professional songwriters to craft songs about their experiences, often about combat and the return home. Through their songs, participants rediscover their creativity and reconnect with family, friends, and communities. The songs are recorded and shared through CDs, concerts, and social media in order to bridge the divide between military and civilian communities, and build awareness of the challenges faced by our returning service members.
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About Amy Petty
Amy’s debut CD ‘Mystery Keeps You’ (July 2008) and her sophomore album ‘House of Doors’ (November 2010), both released on the Red Pill label, were produced and engineered by musical powerhouse Jacob Detering (Bonnie Raitt), and feature spectacular performances by R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow, Peter Mayer), Eric Grossman (K’s Choice), Jimmy Griffin, Joe Meyer, Dave Aholt, Dan McMahon and others. Amy has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Club Passim in Cambridge MA, Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry NH, The Bitter End in NYC, The Sheldon in St. Louis MO, Uncommon Ground in Chicago IL, Berklee College of Music and Boston University, among others. She has shared the main stage with artists like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Andrea Corr, Darlene Love, Suzanne Vega, Loreena McKennitt, Steve Van Zandt, Catie Curtis, Sarah Bettens, and Melissa Ferrick.
Concert to Benefit The Angel Band Project
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About Brian Owens
Brian Owens is vibrantly vintage—aesthetically he follows the groove gospel of classic 1960s and 1970s soul with heavy dose of traditional quartet stylings, but it has a very “in the now” emotionality. Brian offers an experience that invites audiences to partake to honor the past and attend to the present and future through performances that are about “preservation. Brian is making music with intent, art that inspires positive change.
“Brian Owens is one of the newly emerging talents whose artistry will no doubt capture the imagination of an ever wider audience as time goes on. I feel extremely privileged to have crossed paths with him so early in what I believe will be a very successful musical career.” - Michael McDonald
Travis Linville - June 2018
It’s a quiet confidence, an air of authority limited to only the most studied artists, a commanding irreverence woven with a thread of vulnerability. There’s something inexplicably authentic about Oklahoma’s Travis Linville, and it’s carried him from dive bars and classrooms to “The Tonight Show” and esteemed theaters and festivals across the globe.
Linville is legendary regionally for his work in the now-defunct Burtschi Brothers and for his behind-the-scenes influence—including producing John Fullbright’s first album and teaching guitar lessons to a then nine-year-old Parker Millsap. The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like Fullbright, Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland.
His acclaimed solo releases include 2012’s “Sun or Moon” and 2014’s “Out on the Wire” EP, called “rich, soulful and beautiful” by Jimmy LaFave. A live audition of a track from the latter even netted him a role in a William H. Macy film, in which he performed the song.
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Concert to Benefit Craft Alliance
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is a non-profit art center in St. Louis, Missouri, working to reveal the power of craft through bold programming that uncovers craft’s unique qualities, its evolving role, and its full potential for innovation. Craft (the making of objects in woods, metals, fibers, glass, and clay) is both an ancient tradition and a site for innovation, adapting to new materials and responding to the ever-changing human experience.
Nationally recognized as one of the premier craft organizations in the country, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the only organization of its kind in the region solely dedicated to contemporary craft. Craft Alliance began as a cooperative gallery in 1964. Since then, Craft Alliance has grown exponentially, with a primary location in the popular Delmar Loop district and a second location in the Grand Center arts district. Craft Alliance offers exhibitions, classes in craft techniques, artist residencies, free community programs, and a gallery shop. With an annual budget of $1.8 million, Craft Alliance has grown to serve 50,000+ people each year—a large and diverse audience, residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan region, including professional artists and craftspeople, art collectors, families/kids, students from disadvantaged schools, and adult students.
Lindi Ortega - February 2018
When Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn’t heard in some time – her own. Amid sparse, atmospheric production, it’s precisely this voice – a combination of Ortega’s fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano – that grips your attention on a brand new EP, Til The Goin’ Gets Gone.
A dogged resilience permeates this unadorned collection – three originals and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting ‘Round To Die.” The songs are the hard-won spoils of an internal war with words that struck after an extended stretch of touring, addressed in the EP’s title track about the detours and ditches that a traveling musician faces.
“What A Girl’s Gotta Do,” a song that is the silver lining of an otherwise dreadful date, explores the gritty pragmatism of making ends meet. Alongside the title track, this song offers a second metaphor about artistic life that strengthens the EP’s overall sense of resolve. Ortega’s somber rendition of “Waiting ‘Round to Die,” acknowledges a personal debt – her recent discovery of the legendary songwriter’s music is what finally cured her writer’s block. The closer, “Final Bow,” came when Ortega assumed she only had one song left in her. “I thought I had to quit music but I wanted to leave gracefully,” she says. “But then I decided to get up and sing some more.” As a whole, this statement captures the essence of Ortega’s new EP – it’s about dusting off, gutting it out, stepping up for another round.
Ortega recorded Til The Goin’ Gets Gone in a converted East Nashville manor, where therapy horses linger on the property. Recording with her longtime guitarist James Robertson, Ortega co-produced the set with Jay Tooke and Jason “Rowdy” Cope. The small production team and minimalist instrumentation make an intimate, immediate setting for Ortega’s stark vision of the human condition. Although classic country is an indelible part of her musical history, the EP also sets the tone for the next chapter of her career: “I'll always love Loretta, Dolly and Patsy. But I just want more space. I want more ambience.”
Ortega’s guitar-playing chops and innate country music instincts put her in an elite group of artists; she has earned an unusually inclusive type of success with both indie cred and mainstream country recognition. From supporting Carrie Underwood on the CMA Awards to her opening slot on Chris Stapleton’s upcoming Canadian arena tour, Ortega is a sought-after and unique personality in Nashville’s music community and beyond.
Shannon McNally - September 2017
Shannon McNally's critically-acclaimed new album, Black Irish, has been entrenched on the Americana Airplay charts this summer, but classifying her music simply as "Americana" does not do it justice.
Rooted in blues and blues-rock with plenty of gospel, soul, R&B and folk and jazz, McNally's music defies simple labels.
She's a wise poet, a soulful singer, mean guitar-player and great story-teller.
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
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Peter Case - August 2017
A founding member of the Nerves and leader of the Plimsouls, Peter Case is among the most respected singer/songwriters of his, or any, generation.
If you're looking for some evidence, read liner notes from A Case for Case -- a three CD set featuring 47 artists who cover Peter's songs. All who sing his songs, sing his praises, including Dave Alvin, John Prine, Joe Ely, Kim Richey, James McMurtry, and Steve Wynn.
The AllMusic.com review of that album says Peter has "inexplicably remained under the radar despite the consistently high quality of his songs."
Before you assume he's one of those songwriters who can't do justice to his own songs, check out the videos on this page. Peter is an outstanding guitarist and singer.
That's why he's long been on our radar. When we launched (ware)HOUSE concerts, we included Peter among the first wave of artists we invtied. We're thrilled that he'll be joining us on August 19 after he spends a few days riding the rails and performing with Dave Alvin and others on the Roots on the Rails (New Orleans to Chicago, August 16-18) tour.
May 26, 2017
What a way to launch (ware)HOUSE Concerts!
The Grahams, from Nashville, rocked the (ware)HOUSE on a warm spring night. Foot-stomping Americana. Tear-jerking ballads. Songs inspired by railroads, the Mississippi River and Route 66. The Grahams delivered a (nearly) two-hour set that left the (ware)HOUSE crowd standing and cheering for more.
About the Grahams
Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was seven and he was nine, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.
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