Bill Kirchen & His Silent Knights: Honky Tonk Holiday Show
Sunday, December 10, 2023
For a real taste of seasonal cheer, nothing says joy to the world like Bill Kirchen singing “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas!”
Bill Kirchen and his Silent Knights will make a stop on their annual Honky Tonk Holiday Tour at Natalie’s Grandview on Sunday, 12/10.
Featured is a sleigh-full of rarely heard holiday numbers from the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk bags: “Silent Surfin’ Night,” “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas,” “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin,” and more. But be ye not afraid, there’ll be so much more than holiday songs of questionable taste; you can count on a truckload of dieselbilly classics, rockers, and country weepers to take the edge off the holiday fuss. So mark your calendars and check ’em twice – Santa Claus is back in town! Kirchen is touring with his all-star Texas guys – Jack Saunders on bass and Rick Richards on drums.
Thursday, December 28, 2023
The Shootouts are known for their energetic mix of Americana, honky tonk & western swing, recently releasing their 3rd album, “Stampede,” co-produced by Ray Benson of Asleep at The Wheel. The album features appearances from Benson, Marty Stuart, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and Raul Malo. Recently, the band was named a “Country Artist to Watch” by Nashville Scene and made their Grand Ole Opry and SXSW debuts. Stampede has spent over 13 weeks in The Americana Album Chart Top 10, peaking at #4.
The Shootouts do it all: Great songs, great pickin’ and always lookin’ sharp. Stampede encompasses all forms of American roots music, which is no small feat to do well. You’ll be singing along in no time! If you don’t already know The Shootouts, you will now! – Ray Benson
Effortlessly combining western swing, Americana and roots sounds, and honky-tonk twang into a scrumptious and satisfying punch that goes down easy, Stampede gives The Shootouts’ signature style an extra little kick. – No Depression
A lively mix of Americana, honky-tonk, and Western Swing. – Uncut
The Shootouts mix supple Western swing with brash barroom country to A-plus results — it’s a match made in honky-tonk heaven. – Rolling Stone Country
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Zeppelin Productions presents a special evening of acoustic songs and storytelling with artist and songwriter Jack Harris . His introspective lyricism and creative penmanship provides unique depictions of common, relatable subjects.
He's appeared in the venues of his native Northeast Ohio, including Beachland Ballroom, Kent Stage, House of Blues, MGM Northfield Park and the Grog Shop. He's covered the U.S. from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas. He's appeared at Columbus' own Wonderbus Music Festival, Nashville's Americana Festival and, get this, the iconic Glastonbury '23 festival in the U.K. While participating in the Buddy Holly Songwriting Showcase in Lubbock, Texas, he was "discovered" and will soon make his acting debut as Eddie Cochran in an official Eddie Cochran documentary.
GABE STILLMAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST SEAN CARNEY
Thursday, February 22, 2024
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 – presented by Zeppelin Productions.
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.
Internationally acclaimed blues guitarist and vocalist Sean Carney opens the show. Sean is Ohio’s only International Blues Challenge first place winner. Sean is also the host of “Inside Blues”, a weekly music program airing on public radio station WCBE every Sunday night.
JORMA KAUKONEN WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN HURLBUT
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Jorma Kaukonen, along with special guest John Hurlbut, returns to Natalie’s with a very special evening of music! In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.
But performance and recording are only part of the story. As the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, Jorma and his wife Vanessa Lillian operate one of the world’s most unique centers for the study of guitar and other instruments. Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp is located on 125 acres of fields, woods, hills, and streams in the Appalachian foothills of
Southeastern Ohio. Since it opened in 1998, thousands of musicians whose skills range from basic to highly accomplished gather for weekends of master instruction offered by Jorma and other instructors who are leaders in their musical fields.
As Jorma’s former road manager and the only manager of his Fur Peach Ranch Guitar Camp, John Hurlbut and Jorma have been friends since 1984, and recently celebrated the release of their album The River Flows. Being close friends and neighbors allowed them to do a lot of picking and Jorma loves to step out of the spotlight to provide lead flourishes while backing up John’s signature vocal and rhythm guitar interpretations.
In 2019 St. Martin’s Press published Jorma‘s autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music, written to express his life both in and out of the music world. As Kaukonen describes, “My story is my story. Having told bits and pieces of it over my lifetime to a treasured few, it was time to tell all to a bigger audience…From rehearsals and jams in small apartments and tiny back rooms to Monterey, Woodstock, Altamont, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the world of the Grammys and beyond… this is part of the road I live on. This is my embryonic journey and much, much more!”