Inspired by the late, great Townes Van Zant, songwriters come together for this monthly showcase to enjoy each other's music. The rest of us are just there to listen, have all the feels, and applaud when appropriate. Artists will bring a mix of Americana music featuring bluegrass, folk, classic country, and blues sometimes tinged with the punk and metal backgrounds of some of the performers. Loosely grouped under what's come to be known as Americana music, the common thread to these performances is original songwriting and storytelling. There will normally be two full sets by a mix of local and touring acts, as well as individual performances before, between and maybe after the two headlining acts. These will often be new, recently written songs by engaging songwriters putting their heart into the moment.
This month's lineup:
Brook Blanche is a songwriter and performer based in Wichita, Kansas. He has spent the last 12 years touring with his band, The Calamity Cubes!, and performing solo. He has toured nationally for over a decade, has performed at Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tenn., and [WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT TO INCLUDE], and toured Europe during the summer of 2018. Blanche sings classic country music with an of-the-moment sensibility utilizing his by turns raucous and subtle vocals to add effect to his already emotionally-charged songs and performances.
Charlie Marie was first introduced to country music by her grandmother. She was already hooked on Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. With vocals reminiscent of "The Queen of Country Rock," Linda Ronstadt, and current influences like genre-breaking Margo Price, Charlie Marie is adding a modern touch to traditional country music.
Matt York began playing the clubs of Boston as a teenager and has since played stages throughout New England, New York, Nashville, Toronto, and points beyond. Gatehouse Media's Peter Chianca writes: "Boston's Matt York...[plays] country rock with a jangly edge [that] has instantaneous appeal, combining wry lyrics about barflies, ex-lovers and fading summers with infectious melodies and a rocker's penchant for strumming his way through heartbreak."