The Kitchen Sink
May 18th, 2017
Innovative songwriter Tiffany Christopher in Concert
Doors 7:30 pm / Show 8:00 pm
Suggested donation $10.00 - $20.00
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WHIPPOORWILL’S Alysia Kraft was raised on a family-owned Wyoming cattle ranch, Staci Foster alongside the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. Foster and Kraft met by chance at a porch picking party at SXSW 2013. The two exchanged songs throughout the night before parting for separate tours, later naming themselves “Whippoorwill” for the bird cooing through the pauses in song on the night of their meeting. In 2016, Foster and Kraft put other musical projects on the backburner and worked as ranch hands while pre-producing Good to Be Around. Their debut contains 6 stick-to-heart tracks that earned them regional nominations for Wyoming Public Radio and the Colorado Playlist’s Best Albums of the Year. Culture Trip named them to the female edition of 50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State and MYCounty 95.5 called them a Top Ten Act to Watch in 2017. Tobias Bank joined the band in November 2016 on drums, bringing depth to the rhythm section and adding third part harmonies. Whippoorwill has shared sold-out stages with Colin Hay, Lydia Loveless, and Old Crow Medicine show.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE KITCHEN SINK
May 4th - Groundbreaking, Genre-bending music from right here in Santa Fe!
June 17th, 2017
Singer-Songwriter Jeffrey Foucault in Concert
Doors 7:00/Show 7:30
Tickets $20.00 BUY ONLINE
May 14th, 2017
Lee Roy Parnell and Jay Boy Adams in Concert
Long-time friends swapping songs and stories
Doors 7:00 pm / Showtime 7:30
(100% of this evening's proceeds will go to the artists)
A true master’s musicianship holds true to influences, yet follows spirit and heart first, setting aside rules and forging new and inspired art. Maybelle Carter did this, as did Django Reinhardt, Hank Williams, and Jimmie Rodgers. But in our modern world, profound musical originality is rare, and fewer still hold strong to tradition, while moving on to create distinctive new music. If, in this marketed world of overstimulation and oversaturation, you are seeking an artist with distinguishing musicianship and artistry, I recommend you listen to: Justin Johnson.
When I first heard Justin, I was amazed. His technique is studied and focused, but still achieves previously unaccomplished inimitable ingenuity. He does this through a lately unstudied and somewhat forgotten method: honesty. Even though it may seem a familiar pathway, listen carefully…the music of Justin Johnson sets new destinations. You may hear the guitar style here of the old masters, the sounds of a wailing blues guitar, the tones of an ancient arch-top Gibson, the perfect sounds coming from a rare mandolin made in the early 1920’s, but there is more: and Justin will take you there. I am blessed to have discovered Justin Johnson and ask that you join me, take in the music, take in the very soul of America… It is all here, and it comes from the only honest place it could: the heart.
–JOHN CARTER CASH, PRODUCER
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One of our most truly poetic songwriters. –No Depression
Massachusetts-based Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and poetic albums of rare power while garnering accolades internationally for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by itsinherently warm throaty delivery, hauntingly honest and poetic imagery, and weather-beaten cool. In addition to his solo career, Foucault also plays in the sextet Cold Satellite and the trio Redbird, which also includes Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey.
Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-schooled the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000, and he’s been going strong ever since.
Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts.
Parnell was born in Abilene, TX, on December 21, 1956. He joined Kinky Friedman’s Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join the city’s budding music scene. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York while honing his style and songwriting.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Awna Teixeira & Whippoorwill
Suggested donation $15-$20
There is no event parking available at the studio. Parking is available in nearby Guadalupe Street parking lots, in the municipal lot next to Allsups gas station, and ample parking is always available across the street from the studio at the DeVargas Mall.
May 4th, 2017
SONOSPHERIC IN CONCERT
Doors 7:00 pm / Show 7:30 pm
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After two and a half years of work, Tiffany Christopher's new record, “Tremendous Heart” is a polished version of the innovative artist’s renowned live arrangements. Using loop techniques and a variety of instruments and effects, she crafts a full sonic environment that provides the foundation for this recording. “T Heart” features Kenny Passarelli on electric bass and Dean Oldencott on drums, as well as guest appearances by fiddle player Bridget Law from Elephant Revival, cellist Philip Parker, John Macy on pedal and lap steel guitar, and Kalin Capra on upright bass and banjo.
“‘Tremendous Heart’ showcases a major new talent who's developed a mastery of multi-instrumental musicianship and a fine-tuned skill for songwriting and arranging,” said David Schwartz, former editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine.
AWNA TEIXEIRA plays old-time mountain music and accordion-driven folk. Best known for her work with Po’ Girl, Teixeira has released two solo discs and is hitting the road on a co-bill with her friends in Whippoorwill. After cutting her teeth in various Canadian outfits, Teixeira hooked up with Po’ Girl, one of Vancouver’s most loved roots bands, and began touring internationally, with Teixeira initially on electric and gutbucket bass, then stretching out on guitar, banjo, ukulele, keys, accordion, glockenspiel, harmonica and percussion, in addition to songwriting, arranging and producing. After a decade and 5 albums with Po’ Girl, Teixeira has been touring heavily as a solo act, utilizing all her musical influences and varied instruments.
Thursday June 8th 2017
Justin Johnson in Concert
$15 advance, $19 door.
Doors 7:00, show 7:30.
800-838-3006 or GET TIX ONLINE
in collaboration with
Southwest Roots Music
and Santa Fe Performance Exchange
Lee Roy moved to Nashville in 1987, where he quickly landed a publishing contract with Polygram Music, and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe. In 1989, he signed to Clive Davis’ Arista Records, led by friend and mentor, Tim Dubois. Produced by Barry Beckett, of the world-famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Parnell’s self-titled debut album featured a collection of horn-driven country-soul. It received good reviews but didn’t break him commercially; that would happen with 1992′s Love Without Mercy, which emphasized Parnell’s searing slide guitar skills. “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment” both went to number two on the charts, and the title track also made the Top Ten. 1993′s On the Road produced two more Top Tens with its title track and “I’m Holding My Own.” The Hank Williams / Ray Charles hit, “Take These Chains From My Heart” also made the Top 20. In 1995, Lee Roy was asked to help launch Arista’s sister label, Career Records, with the release of We All Get Lucky Sometimes. The album spawned two Top Five hits in “A Little Bit of You” and “Heart’s Desire” and featured duets with Trisha Yearwood and Mary Chapin Carpenter. “A Little Bit of You” was also a #1 hit on the Radio and Records Magazine charts; a first for a brand new label. During this time, Parnell’s sound was becoming more defined by roots and soul music. He was also allowed the creative freedom to record with some of his heroes, such as Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Their collaboration on the track “Cat Walk” garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental. Parnell released “Every Night’s A Saturday Night” in 1997. The album included another duet with Trisha Yearwood and the Grammy nominated boogie-woogie instrumental, “Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight,” which was written and produced by Lee Roy and his entire band, “The Hot Links” (James Pennebaker / Kevin McKendree / Lee Roy Parnell / Lynn Williams / Stephen Mackey). Next up was Parnell’s “Hits and Highways Ahead” in 1999. Lee Roy’s recording of the Son House tune, “John The Revelator,” featuring the “Fairfield Four,” garnered a CMA nomination for Vocal Event of The Year. The album also included the popular track “Honky Tonk Night Time Man,” handpicked and sent to him by Lee Roy’s good friend and mentor, the legendary Merle Haggard. An official video was also produced for the song “Lucky You, Lucky Me.”
Following his deal at Arista and Career, Parnell was ready to expand his musical horizons and partnered up with the rootsy Vanguard label in Los Angeles. His debut album with them was 2001′s Tell the Truth, which was recorded at the world-renowned Muscle Shoals Sound by Johnny Sandlin (chief engineer for Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers Band). In keeping with his quest for more artistic freedom, he teamed back up with Universal South in 2006, to return to the studio to record Back to the Well. This album delved even further into his blues and southern soul roots. The year 2011 brought Lee Roy Parnell what is probably his most cherished honor to date, when he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Parnell continues to produce and write with some of the most influential songwriters and recording artists nationwide as co-partner in his music publishing company, Dean Parnell Music, and is currently preparing for his first independent release
Jay Boy Adams is another legendary Texas musician. Lee Roy and Jay Boy will be getting together for this special night of music. He's a Top-Five Americana Chart artist who has toured with ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band Joe Cocker and Stephen Stills. In 2014, Jay Boy was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame (previous inductees include Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis and Joe Ely)
In 1976, Adams signed with Atlantic Records, which in 1977 released his first music. After two albums with Atlantic, manager Bill Ham sent Adams to Capricorn Records in Macon, GA to record, with Paul Hornsby producing. In early 1981, before his Capricorn album was completed, the label filed bankruptcy. Some of Jay's his best work was locked away in the legal vault. Adams is known for his ability for storytelling in song, a mixture of blues, rock and roll, country, and folk music. In the early years, Adams often spent more than half of the year on concert tours. Now he spits his time between Texas, and his adopted home of Santa Fe, where he has become a cherished member of the local music community.
Sonospheric combines the best qualities of digital, analog, and acoustic instruments to create compelling grooves and soundscapes. Their original compositions unfold in cinematic gestures as the performers listen carefully to one another, realizing a unique and compelling approach to improvisation.
Sonospheric is a new project of some of the most established instrumentalists in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Veteran collaborator and bandleader Dave Wayne (Orn Etc, Shake Alert) plays drums and drum machine. Jazz bassist and composer Casey Andersen (The Mitochondriacs) plays contrabass and synthesizer. And Classical pianist and composer Grisha Krivchenia (Lifesongs, Finding Refuge) plays a variety of keyboard instruments with and without digital processing.
The aggregate effect of this alliance is music that is adventurous yet accessible. Sonospheric invites dance as well as contemplation. You want to hear this.