Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 8:00 PM
As rock phenoms go, Sarah Borges has never been easy to pin down. Since bursting onto the national scene in 2005 as the lead singer of the Broken Singles, she hasn’t allowed a speck of dust to settle on her sound or her story. Instead, the Massachusetts native has just kept on moving and shaking. Sarah has been dubbed everything from an Americana darling to a roots rocker, to a cowpunk by tastemakers as diverse as The New York Times and Sirius XM Outlaw Country Radio.
Borges’s unbridled joy at making music two decades into a storied career came through loud and clear on her most recent record, Love’s Middle Name. Her third studio record with the Broken Singles, it’s a muscular 10-song cycle that pulses with gritty, unfettered emotion.
Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 8:00 PM
The Shootouts are known for their energetic blend of honky-tonk, Americana, and traditional country. After releasing their acclaimed 2019 debut Quick Draw, the band charted Top 50 on Americana radio and in 2020, were nominated for an Ameripolitan Music Award for “Best Honky-Tonk Group.” They have shared the stage with luminaries Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Sheryl Crow, and many more.
Produced by Grammy-nominee and BR549 founder Chuck Mead, their new album Bullseye ranges from catchy pedal steel-filled numbers (“Everything I Know”) to two-step worthy tunes (“Here Come The Blues”) to never before recorded fan live favorites (“Rattlesnake Whiskey” and “Saturday Night Town”). Released April 3oth, 2021, Bullseye has been praised by a range of outlets including Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, The Boot, and The Bluegrass Situation, amongst others; the album currently sits in the Top 15 on the Americana radio album chart and was listed as one of the best roots/country albums of 2021 so far by Saving Country Music.
"The Shootouts mix supple Western swing with brash barroom country to A-plus results. Chuck Mead, a torchbearer for such vintage sounds, produced the group’s upcoming album Bullseye — it’s a match made in honky-tonk heaven." - Rolling Stone Country
"The Shootouts effectively straddle the line between being a uniquely sounding outfit yet feeling as comfortable as an old friend from the first moment you hear them. (Bullseye is) everything Quick Draw promised and more." - American Songwriter
"If you want something done right, you go to the experts. So if you want some vintage honky-tonk, you go to The Shootouts." - No Depression
"The Shootouts and Bullseye are fire." - Saving Country Music
Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 8:00 PM
Guitar Player Magazine dubbed Bill Kirchen the “Titan of the Telecaster.” Rolling Stone said he’s “an American treasure” and “one of our best.” No matter what you call him, Kirchen is a founding father of the Americana movement, now at the peak of his impressive career. Kirchen was originally known as co-founder and lead guitarist of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and it was his scorching guitar licks that helped define their sound and drove their hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln,” into the Top Ten in 1972. Bill has performed world-wide with Nick Lowe (who produced one of his albums) and Elvis Costello (who named his festival band after Kirchen’s “Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods” record). For this special show at Natalie’s, Bill will be performing solo.
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 8:00 PM
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet (including the amazing Jerry Miller on guitar) that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock. For well over a decade, they’ve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, and sharing stages with Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris and many more.
That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on her most recent album Gypsy. By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Jewell seamlessly blends heavy electric guitars and dirty fiddles on the rollicking country rocker Crawl with the sweet and understated horn section of the tender Witness. 79 Cents (The Meow Song) skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor over a circus bed of musical saw and horns. Longtime fans who love Eilen Jewell in classic country mode will delight in the pedal steel-driven These Blues and the sole cover on Gypsy, You Cared Enough To Lie, written by fellow Idahoan and country legend Pinto Bennett. Rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these twelve tracks propel Eilen Jewell’s eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full length.
Sunday, October 31 - 8:00 PM
With Mission Express & Matt Jaffe
Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism. His latest album, The Land That Time Forgot, is something different, a weather vane picking up signals from outer space – or maybe it’s the Heartland. Priced out of his beloved hometown, San Francisco, Prophet found himself re-energized in Upstate NY just a few miles from the Vermont border – and made a record that is much a 21st-century exorcism as it is America.
The songs inhabit a world where a Fast Kid might be on the run from the truant officer or a handsy boss…or the Immigration Service. These are love songs that turn political on a dime (Love Doesn’t Come from the Barrel of a Gun), and melodic hallucinations about kicking back in the Oval Office after-hours “talking to my baby, saying baby, let’s not fight.”
Where else, besides a Chuck Prophet LP, are songs going to come at you from both the Tenderloin and an English roundabout, with stopovers in Nixonland and a love-struck mirror on a Saturday night while a workingman tries his Best Shirt On? With special appearances by the ghost of Johnny Thunders and Willie Wonka and John the Baptist and the train that brought Abraham Lincoln home one last time. And it all leads up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where a singer has his say, in two and a half loping verses and a middle eight.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 8:30 PM
Maia Sharp has always managed to play all sides of the songwriting field. She has had her songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Keb’ Mo’, Cher, Edwin McCain, Terri Clark, David Wilcox, Art Garfunkel, Lizz Wright, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb and more. She produced Edwin McCain’s album Mercy Bound (429 Records) and two songs for Art Garfunkel’s retrospective double album The Singer (Sony). And through it all, Maia has continued to record her own albums. She has eight solo releases, a collaborative project with Art Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock, and a duo project with writing/production partner Anna Schulze. Each release has led to extensive touring throughout the US and UK and appearances on Mountain Stage, Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CBS Early Morning, and The Today Show to name a few. Maia is also an adjunct professor at NYU for the Summer Songwriter Workshop and she has been writing for Songwriting with Soldiers since 2017 where active duty service members, veterans and/or their family members are paired with professional songwriters to share their experience and turn it into a song.
Maia Sharp returns with Mercy Rising, her boldest, most confessional offering to date. After living in the Los Angeles metro area for most of her life, Maia moved to Nashville at the beginning of 2019, partly to be in an unapologetically songwriter-centric town and partly as a personal life reboot. She reflects, “In the last 2 years, just about everything that could have changed has changed and it feels now like those long walks outside of all of my comfort zones were heading toward this album.” Mercy Rising is out now to critical acclaim and features co-writes and guest appearances by Mindy Smith, Gabe Dixon, Noah Guthrie, and P.J. Pacifico.