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 features:
If there was a person born to play the guitar, it was Alyssa Hankey. Born in the countryside just north of Pittsburgh, she began shaping her signature sound in her teenage years. Pulling from roots of blues and old country folk, her lyrics bring you into the heart of the steel mills and the bucolic landscape of rural America.
As a singer/songwriter Tim Shannon likes to write songs that either tell stories or highlight some truth that wrestles its' way into his life. Performing out of Wyndham, Maine, Shannon says, “Life is a classroom and I like to write about the things I struggle with, learn and enjoy. Musically I challenge myself to make each song sound almost entirely different than the last. I combine acoustic guitar and 'in the moment' looped rhythms to bring out the song’s uniqueness.”