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!”
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Many artists find inspiration on the road, but few do so with the keen eye and narrative talents of William Matheny. The West Virginia-based singer-songwriter finds inspiration for his brand of Appalachian Americana at truck stops and hotel lobbies, filtering his experiences through a perspective that’s equal parts curious and compassionate. On That Grand, Old Feeling, Matheny shares that perspective across nine new tracks.
That Grand, Old Feeling follows Matheny’s 2017 album Strange Constellations, which drew critical acclaim from outlets like NPR and PopMatters. Matheny wrote and completed That Grand, Old Feeling before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, recording the LP with producer Bud Carroll at Trackside Studio in Point Pleasant, WV. Carroll joins the proceedings on guitar, with Adam L. Meisterhans (guitar), Clint Sutton (drums), Jeremy Batten (piano, organ), John R. Miller (bass, vocals) and J. Tom Hnatow (pedal steel) rounding out the band. All of these fantastic players are fellow West Virginians and Matheny’s longtime friends.
WONDER WOMEN OF COUNTRY
Kelly Willis, Melissa Carper & Brennen Leigh
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
“Together, the three played off each other perfectly, while each proving exceptional in their own right.” –– Austin Chronicle
When Kelly Willis, Melissa Carper and Brennen Leigh – three accomplished singer-songwriters who have forged their own unique lanes in country music – joined forces as a power trio, there was no more appropriate moniker than Wonder Women of Country.
At the end of 2021, after serendipitously sharing bills separately several times, Willis approached Leigh and Carper about teaming up and playing some shows together. Wanting more than your standard songwriter-in-the-round arrangement, the three learned each other’s songs to create a more integrated, band approach. Those first few shows together were so much fun and so well-received that they decided to continue.
Wonder Women of Country have discovered that, together, their own individual superpowers come alive. (One of their superpowers is being able to find hidden treasures in any thrift or vintage store.) With Leigh playing lead guitar and mandolin, Carper on upright bass, and Willis playing rhythm guitar, they support each other’s distinctive original material with beautiful three-part harmonies.
“At every show, folks were asking if we had records together,” says Willis. “After months and months of that, we finally found a chance to go make one.”
Their forthcoming, six-song EP, Wonder Women of Country: Willis, Carper, Leigh, was recorded at Bismeaux on the Hill in Austin, TX in December of 2023. It features two songs by each artist, including a couple of Carper/Leigh co-writes, and one reimagined John Prine tune. Each track captures the magic these three create night after night on the road. Wonder Women of Country are the super heroes we’ve all been waiting for.
BRENNEN LEIGH – “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. Brennen’s upcoming release “Obsessed With The West” is set to release May 6th featuring Asleep at the Wheel. The album features 12 original songs that Brennen says, “is my love note to Western Swing; To the rich culture it comes from, as I see it.”
KELLY WILLIS – “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.
MELISSA CARPER – “Melissa is one of the greatest classic golden era country singers and composers of this generation,” says Saving Country Music. Melissa’s most recent release “Daddy’s Country Gold” is just that, 12 glittering Carper originals from the country, western swing and jazz variety. Melissa has a new album in the works for release in the fall 2022.