Thursday, February 9, 2023
Gabe Stillman and his band hit the stage in high gear and only go higher as they embrace all corners of American Roots Music with their impromptu selection of original gems and carefully chosen covers.
Since landing in the final eight of the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and being further honored as the recipient of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award, Gabe and his band have been focused on expanding their footprint on a national and international level.
Gabe’s first self-produced release “The Grind” received wide acclaim. Gabe’s 2nd release, “Flying’ High” is backed by the legendary blues band, The Nighthawks. Gabe’s most current project, “Just Say the Word”, is his first full-length release with 15 tracks and 13 originals, released on the Boston-based, Vizztone Record Label. This robust project was guided by famed musician and producer Anson Funderburgh.
“Gabe is somebody who has it all. His songs move me, he has a way with words. He is an amazing singer, a great songwriter, and a wonderful musician.” –Anson Funderburgh, Producer
“One of the most promising young blues talents on the scene today. He’s a fine songwriter, excellent guitarist and strong singer, plus he puts on an exciting, energized show. His talent has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple years. Don’t miss him!” -Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records.
Chuck Prophet & Mission Express
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism. After a false start recording in his hometown of San Francisco, Prophet decided to get out of Dodge and found himself re-energized in Upstate New York just a few miles from the Vermont border to make 2020’s The Land That Time Forgot, a record that is much a 21st century exorcism as it is America.
Written mostly with Prophet longtime collaborator and co-conspirator klipschutz, the songs that inhabit The Land That Time Forgot come at you from an array of locations both real and imagined including San Francisco’s Tenderloin, an English roundabout, and Nixonland while hanging out with the ghosts of Johnny Thunders, Willie Wonka, and John the Baptist, and contemplating the train that carried Abraham Lincoln home for the final time.
To compliment the critically acclaimed album, in early 2022, Prophet released The Land That Time Forgot Revisited, a four-song digital live EP recorded at the Make Out Room in San Francisco featuring “Meet Me at the Roundabout,” “Womankind,” “Fast Kid,” and “Kiss Me Deadly,” with his band, the Mission Express, and a string quartet (the Makeout Room Quartet).
“I know a little bit about how to craft a studio LP,” says Prophet. “But recording live with a string quartet on a linoleum floor on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in an empty barroom in San Francisco’s Mission District is something different. For one thing there is an actual “arranger.” Like Nelson Riddle. Or what Randy Newman does, adding his own secret sauce to the compositional gene pool that has scored half the soundtracks in Hollywood history. They’re a new way into the songs—and an adventure finding our way out. There’s still an acoustic Mission Express in the mix, along with the strings. Three songs from The Land That Time Forgot reimagined, plus a Lita Ford cover that has to be heard to be believed.”
Kelly Willis, Brennan Leigh & Melissa Carper
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Kelly Willis, Brennen Leigh and Melissa Carper, all celebrated singer songwriters, have joined forces for this special show collaborating on a collection of each of their works. all for one amazing night of music! “Together, the three played off each other perfectly, while each proving exceptional in their own right.” –– Austin Chronicle
Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer who’s to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, across the United States and the United Kingdom. Her songs have been recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Sunny Sweeney, Charley Crockett, and many others. “Brennen will carry the torch for REAL American music for her generation, and she’s the best one to do it in my opinion,” says Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel).
Kelly Willis is the alluring voice and songwriting talent who pioneered both Americana and the Texas young country scene with her debut album in 1990 and has since proven how she can do it all from contemporary to traditional and beyond with finesse, smarts and irresistible charm. As a new traditionalist singer/songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. “There’s no point in being nostalgic for the generic delineations of the past. We are in the present. That’s where Kelly Willis lives, and it’s there that she sings, as keenly and movingly as any singer in the country or pop or rock present,” says No Depression.
Carper’s deep, old-timey music roots were firmly planted as a child, playing upright bass and singing in her family’s traveling country band in rural Nebraska. Her love of country classics was cultivated as she laid beneath the console listening to her parents’ record collection. When Carper’s father gifted her a collection of Jimmie Rodgers’ recordings, she began to find her voice and calling as a songwriter. “Melissa is one of the greatest classic golden era country singers and composers of this generation,” says Saving Country Music.
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Hailing from Akron, Ohio, 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. In 2020, the band was nominated for “Best Honky-Tonk Group” at the Ameripolitan Music Awards, an honor they have been nominated for again at the upcoming 2023 awards ceremony.
They have shared the stage with luminaries such as Marty Stuart, Asleep at The Wheel, Steve Earle, Sheryl Crow, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charley Crockett, Radney Foster, Chris Isaak, Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead, Kim Richey, Dale Watson, and many more. The band also performed an official showcase at AmericanaFest 2021 in Nashville.
Produced by Grammy-nominee and BR549 founder Chuck Mead, the band’s 2021 release 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 spent over eighteen weeks on the Americana Music Association Top 30 album chart -- including three weeks in the Top 10 – and has received regular airplay on Sirius XM Outlaw Country. The album also reached #1 on The Alt-Country Specialty Chart, #1 on The Roots Music Report Country Albums, #1 On The Roots Music Report Americana Albums, #42 On The Americana Music Association Most Played Albums Of 2021, and was named by the Country Mile UK as one of the Top Five Albums Of 2021.
On February 24, 2023, The Shootouts will release their third album, Stampede, produced by 10x Grammy-winner Ray Benson, lead singer of Asleep at The Wheel. Distributed world-wide through Soundly Music, Stampede is steeped in all things country music – an energetic fusion of Americana, honky tonk and Western swing. The album will feature special guest appearances from Ray Benson & Asleep at The Wheel, Marty Stuart, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Raul Malo, lead singer of The Mavericks.
The same day “Stampede” is released, The Shootouts will be making their Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, TN.
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, perform with a well-honed and solid power – always in the groove from their years of experience and mutual inspiration. Started as a side project during Jefferson Airplane days, the constant, the very definition of Hot Tuna, has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history.
From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, DC area, through years of inventive psychedelic rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current acoustic and electric blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen is a highly respected interpreter of roots music, blues, Americana, and popular rock-and-roll. Jorma’s repertoire goes far beyond psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music. Jorma tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues while writing new songs of weight and dimension.
One of the most unique innovators in the sixty-year history of the bass guitar, Jack Casady made his sweeping melodic mark helping to create the “San Francisco Sound” with legendary rock group Jefferson Airplane. Jack went on to track with Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Warren Zevon, members of the Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, and Gov’t Mule. Casady, regarded as one of rock’s greatest bassists, is certainly one of its most original.
Loudon Wainwright III
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
“75 is a big number,” says Loudon Wainwright III. He’s referring to the age he recently turned, as well as “How Old Is 75?” one of the many beautifully reflective songs on his latest release Lifetime Achievement. Milestones aside, the truth is that Loudon has always been a keen observer of his own aging process, documenting it with an honesty that few songwriters would dare use.
After thirty albums, countless concert appearances, a Grammy, many film and TV roles, and songs recorded by such artists as Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Bonnie Raitt and his son Rufus, Loudon sounds as engaged and passionate as ever. His singular talent as our foremost six-string analyst and tragicomedian extraordinaire is not only undiminished, but hitting new heights of what NPR calls his “unmatched wit and wisdom” on Lifetime Achievement.
“When I think about the fact that I’ve been doing this for half a century, it’s kind of incredible. It’s encouraging in a funny kind of way – that it’s gone on this long and it’s still a lot of fun. The performing part of it, and the mysterious thing of getting to write a new song. After the doldrums of the past two years, I had a creative burst in the last year, and that felt good. It was something to build a record on.”
With a full tour itinerary already in place, Loudon is looking forward to taking the new songs onto the stage. Looking back on a legacy the New York Times calls “rich, complicated and often surprisingly dark,” he says, “I remember when I made my first record for Atlantic in 1969. I was always saying, ‘I want to make a voice and guitar record, and I want it to be a record – not only a recording, but a document that captures a moment.’ I was 21 and very serious, and I thought I’d be dead in four years (laughs). So I wanted to make something that would last. A testament. Now, fifty years later, I guess I still want to make a testament. I want to write a group of songs and get them down in the best possible way. And I like to think they might last a while.”
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist – Tom Russell takes the stage at Natalie’s for a very special show that will include “the hits” as well as selections from his new album to be released in the spring of 2023, as well as his latest “October in the Railroad Earth”….of course, Russell will tell some stories, and have original art, prints and books for sale.
Russell has recorded thirty-seven highly acclaimed records, & published five books, and his compositions have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times. His latest album, October in the Railroad Earth, features Bill Kirchen on lead guitar and includes 10 original compositions. Tom describes the songs and sound as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield.”
BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Beth Nielsen Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, whose diverse body of work spans fifteen albums and seven #1 hits, including compositions that have been recorded by Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, the Indigo Girls, and Keb Mo’ and her music has been featured in film and TV. This Kiss, ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year, sung by Faith Hill, garnered her a Grammy nomination. Also nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for The Mighty Sky , she was Nashville NAMMY’S 1999 Songwriter of the Year and inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame in 2016. Having lost her first husband to cancer in 1994, Chapman survived breast cancer herself in 2000 and a brain tumor in 2009 so in her concerts, workshops and Keynotes, she draws from direct experience in her inspiring presentations about the fascinating dance between cognition, healing and the creative flow. Her songs take you on a journey through the depth, humor and the wonder of life.
Beth’s latest album, produced by Ray Kennedy is called “CrazyTown” will be internationally released September 23rd on Cooking Vinyl.
Alison Prestwood & Scarlett Egan
Sunday, May 21, 2023
What happens when a renowned studio bass player from Alabama and an aspiring songwriter from Germany run into each other at a gig in Nashville? Precisely, they start a band! Alison Prestwood, known as a bass studio ace around town, and Scarlett Egan, a singer/songwriter known to tour with Billy Prine, have formed an acoustic duo. Scarlett and Alison played and sang on each other’s 2022 albums. Scarlett’s EP “The Next Man Who Loves Me” came out in May, and Alison’s album “The End And The Beginning” had its release date at the end of July.
The songs they write individually mix well together in concert, with each of them having a very observant, clever and heartfelt way of putting their world into words and music. No performance with these two is ever the same; you’ll always hear something new they’ve worked out. Come and enjoy seeing two friends and real-deal musicians having a fun time playing some great songs for you!
Prestwood has toured extensively with Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton-John, and the Dead Reckoners, as well as with Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Wynona Judd, Jim Lauderdale, and many others.
Egan, from Heidelberg, Germany dreamed of one day moving to Nashville…from an early age she was exposed to American Country and Folk music as her parents had their own touring Country band. Over the years she built Nashville connections and has recently gathered lots of recognition for opening for acts such as Jonell Mosser, Sarah Buxton and Emily West and is also joining Billy Prine, brother of the late John Prine as an opener and duet partner on his tours.
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Dave Alvin, a Grammy Award winning songwriter, singer and self described barroom guitarist, is considered by many to be one of the pivotal pioneers of Americana.
A fourth generation Californian, Alvin grew up in the small town of Downey and got his musical education by listening to the late night border radio stations, watching his older cousins play guitar and banjo, collecting dusty, rare 78s and sneaking in underage to bars with his older brother, Phil, to see their legendary blues heroes perform live and to learn from them firsthand. Since forming the highly influential Roots Rock/R+B band, The Blasters, with his brother in 1979, and through his long, critically acclaimed solo career after he left the group in 1986, Dave Alvin has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining blues, folk, rockabilly, Bakersfield country, surf and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from writers like Raymond Chandler and John Steinbeck, Alvin says his songs are like California…a big, messy, melting pot.
Alvin has recorded with such diverse artists as Bobby Rush, Tom Waits, John Mellancamp, Little Milton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Knitters, while his songs have been recorded by performers like Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakam, James McMurtry, Buckwheat Zydeco, Joe Ely and Marshall Crenshaw as well as having been featured in various movies/TV shows including The Sopranos, Justified, Girls, Crybaby, Dusk To Dawn, The Wire and True Blood. Special projects include Alvin reunited with his brother Phil for two blues albums including the Grammy nominated Common Ground, an album with Texas Flatlander Jimmie Dale Gilmore, a reunion with The Flesh Eaters, and his most recent project, The Third Mind.
In the best of days, Dave can usually be found somewhere with his band, The Guilty Ones, on some interstate highway headed to his next gig.