Leo DiSanto, a singer-songwriter and modern troubadour from rural Pennsylvania, has spent the past few years touring the Eastern US- from New England to Appalachia- as founding frontman of the incendiary, eclectic string band Vinegar Creek Constituency, winners of the first annual Delfest Bluegrass Band Competition in 2008 (www.vinegarcreek.com). In early summer 2011, Leo released his first solo album- The Moon, A Silver Dime, which resounds with a diversity of influences from Sun Records-era Elvis to Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan, from country junkyard rock to acoustic folk to  warped, “Felliniesque” (Fly Magazine) circus music. With the release of his new music, Leo has begun traveling the country as a one-man band in addition to touring and recording with VCC: In winter 2012 DiSanto embarked on a 20-date DIY national solo tour, performing throughout the Appalachian South, Gulf Coast, and Texas. Described by a songwriter friend as “Lord Byron meets Merle Haggard,” Leo’s galvanizing solo performances have inspired comparisons to legendary troubadours such as Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Willie Nelson.

“Early rock and roll, jump blues, ragtime, swing, pre-war pop music, novelty music and even Dixieland infuse DiSanto’s tunes… In addition to DiSanto’s musical pre-dilections, the album displays a remarkably well-developed lyrical approach that, in many places, approaches cinematic… The album is filled with such compelling lines, many of them so arresting you’ll find yourself reaching for the rewind button.” – Fly Magazine

“DiSanto’s songs hearken back to a simpler time while having deeply thoughtful lyrics and a perfectly rendered narrative sensibility.” – Williamsport Sun Gazette

Leo has shared stages with many notable artists, including: Del McCoury, Sara Evans, Langhorne Slim, David Bromberg, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, David Mayfield, The Hackensaw Boys, Larry Keel, Railroad Earth, The North Mississippi Allstars, and Hoots and Hellmouth. http://www.leodisanto.com/

Day for Night explores classic country harmonies and other essential styles of American music. Inspirations include the Stanley Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, Webb Pierce, Merle Haggard and the influential pairing of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Doug Hubley and Gretchen Schaefer support their singing with guitar and mandolin. http://www.reverbnation.com/dayfornight

SAMUEL JAMES is part Bill Withers, part Tom Waits, part James Brown, part Leo Kottke, and part P.T. Barnum.

A roots troubadour of the highest order, James will sing you a song with raw, sweat-pouring soul, all the while playing the guitar with such commanding virtuosity you’ll swear he’s reinventing it. Then he’ll tell you a story enrapturing you to the point where you’ll almost forget he’s a musician. http://therealsamueljames.com/

DANA GROSS: Drawing on the wealth of music stored in the hills of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, and based out of Portland, Maine, D. Gross creates lyrical songs rich in earth imagery, heart, and struggle. Performing since the tender age of 12, Dana has refined his intention and ability, entertaining crowds from Maine to The Carolinas, and most places in between. Bringing the roots to life, and creating new shoots, D. Gross crafts modern music for the ages… http://dgrossmusic.com/

 

Singer/Songwriter Britt Connors (formerly Britt Sawdon) blends blues and folk with jazz voicings and pop sensibilities.  Her debut album “The Bad Side of Good” presents insightful lyrics and captivating melodies that leave the listener with a vivid tapestry of imagery and sound.  Currently working on her second album, she will be joined by her band, “Bourbon Renewal” including John Funkhouser, Greg Loughman, and Mike Connors.

 

The Portland Press Herald listed Gunther Brown as one of its ‘ten bands to watch’. In doing so, Bob Keyes says …
“Gunther Brown’s music is earthy, eloquent and entirely honest. The band from Portland reminds one of early Jayhawks, with maybe a touch of Wilco. It’s Americana music, with roots that spread to folk, rock and old-time country.”

http://www.reverbnation.com/guntherbrown

 

Local country, rock and blues duo, THE BLOOMERS, share an evening with 2 traveling folk-y bluesy singer/songwriters, Geneviève Beaudoin and DIETRICH STRAUSE.

 

THE LINE-UP…

 

6PM – Geneviève Beaudoin: A budding singer-songwriter currently based in Manhattan, Geneviève Beaudoin is 19 but she’s not young.

Genevieve’s music has been shaped by a vibrant family life and energized by the places she has called home — a small town in the heart of rural Maine, the cosmopolitan city of Lyon, France, and now New York. She draws on cultural influences from both the Old World and the New, and to that end, Geneviève’s original songs are raw, multi-faceted, and mature. With their perception and poetry, her lyrics reflect a solidified spirit – and the voice that sings them is one skilled beyond others of her years. Her folk and blues compositions are at times playful and witty; other times, achingly poignant. Regardless of its emotion, though, or the language in which it’s sung, Geneviève’s art is always stirring. http://www.genevieveoutloud.com/

 

8PM – Dietrich Strause: “Strause’s voice is mellifluous; his sound has traces of a young Paul Simon mixed with that Josh Ritter Midwestern wanderlust.” – Rich Kassirer, Modern Acoustic

“He writes poignantly about romance, innocence and the opposite poles of country vs. city life. …a first-rate lyricist…” – Steve Morse, former music critic at the Boston Globe

“The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craft—Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim James—and the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby.” – Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston

“Dietrich’s intricate, feathery-light guitar playing and smooth, clear vocals bring him aesthetically closer to folk than lit-rock, strictly speaking, but lyrically, his bibliophilic style is reminiscent of poetry-prose artists like The Weakerthans or The Decemberists. ‘Smart’ music can sometimes run the risk of coming off erudite and snobbish, but Dietrich seems like the boy next door who breathes clean, country air.” – The New England Deli Magazine

http://www.dietrichstrause.com/

10PM – The Bloomers: Tight vocal harmonies fuse with country, rock and blues influences in The Bloomers, a new Portland-based duo with Pip Walter and Jenny Van West. Their repertoire of original material and roots Americana reflects influences from Bonnie Raitt to Wanda Jackson and Richard Thompson to Warren Zevon.  https://www.facebook.com/thebloomersmaine

 

The Burners offer “a patented brand of Gypsy Americana played with fire and sweat.” Virtuosic rhythms on acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass are complimented by cafe accordion, hot violin and harmonized vocals.  Captivating lyrics, burning tempos, and diverse instrumentation define the bands music. The crisp sonority of each  song invokes yips, hollers and devilish dancing from audiences everywhere. The Burners hight-spirited, indie folk  sound offers a flavorful stew of fiery, passionate and foot-stomping music. http://www.theburners.org/

 

“Elusive, transcendent, mercurial Americana.”  - The Boston Globe

“Within the leagues of Ryan Adams, Pete Yorn, and even Tom Waits.”  - Julia R. DeStefano, Performer Magazine

“A distinctive new musical voice.”  - The Boston Phoenix

“A beguiling bluesman….”  - Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe

“Non-commercial folk music.”  - The Boston Herald

http://brendanhogan.net/

 

Welterweight is the recording and performing project of singer/songwriter Doug Cowan. Cowan was born and bred in rural Maine and survived on K-Tel Hits until he discovered his brother’s record collection, which was dominated by Neil Young and Elvis Costello vinyl. Adopting the emerging DIY attitude growing in underground music, he took two guitar lessons, ignoring everything but three barr chords, and promptly started a punk band without a name. Cowan sharpened his lyrical style and jagged guitar chops in the 90’s as front man for Portland’s agit-guitar band Pluck Theatre, and later as “the guitarist on the right” for pop heroes Between Dreams. Then came an 11 year, four CD stint with Bullyclub…where the songs got a little slower, the vocals were mixed a little louder, and the amps got smaller. Bullyclub was voted one of the top rock bands in the Portland Phoenix Readers Music Poll and chosen to showcase at Boston ’s 2002 NEMO conference. The Welterweight lineup is rounded out by musicians who Cowan can con, I mean convince, to accompany him live or in studio. The result combines the Neil Young-inspired “crunch and croon” of bands like Wilco and Old 97s, with the lounge-ie rock lyricism of American Music Club and Richard Buckner.http://www.myspace.com/welterweightrock

 

SAMUEL JAMES is part Bill Withers, part Tom Waits, part James Brown, part Leo Kottke, and part P.T. Barnum.

A roots troubadour of the highest order, James will sing you a song with raw, sweat-pouring soul, all the while playing the guitar with such commanding virtuosity you’ll swear he’s reinventing it. Then he’ll tell you a story enrapturing you to the point where you’ll almost forget he’s a musician. http://therealsamueljames.com/

DANA GROSS: Drawing on the wealth of music stored in the hills of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, and based out of Portland, Maine, D. Gross creates lyrical songs rich in earth imagery, heart, and struggle. Performing since the tender age of 12, Dana has refined his intention and ability, entertaining crowds from Maine to The Carolinas, and most places in between. Bringing the roots to life, and creating new shoots, D. Gross crafts modern music for the ages… http://dgrossmusic.com/

 

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