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May
21
Tue
ANCHOR DETAIL w/ Mountainwalker, Uncle Buck
May 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Anchor Detail: Rock/Post Punk
Mountainwalker:
Spiritually driven lyric Hip Hop backed by full live band laced with moments of soul and psychedelia
Uncle Buck: Groove driven hard rock and blues roots. Modern fuzz laden psychedelia. Genre-bending songwriting… UNCLE BUCK!
May
24
Fri
TRAPPER SCHOEPP
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 2​7​ years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.

The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), just returned​ ​with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). The record follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut Run Engine, Run. That LP earned notices in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and Paste, with the folks at Huffington Post calling him a “master storyteller” and PBS hailing his “story songs that explore and explode the conventions of rock and roll.”

On Rangers & Valentines, Schoepp defies the limitations of the standard-issue Americana platter, hopping genres – you’ll hear lots of brass, backing singers and B-3 — as the songs build to delirious musical highs. His narratives, meanwhile, find subjects in the narrow margins of society, the strange twists (literal and metaphorical) in the weather, and the vagaries of a troubadour’s transient life – with lyrics that flash a lacerating wit and humanist streak that’s at the core of his craft.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, May 24
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May
30
Thu
RED WANTING BLUE
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hailed as “Midwestern rock heroes” by American Songwriter, Red Wanting Blue has spent the last twenty years establishing themselves as one of the indie world’s most enduring and self-sufficient acts, notching appearances everywhere from Letterman to NPR and reaching #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, all while operating largely outside the confines of the traditional music industry. For their powerful new album, ‘The Wanting,’ the band handed production duties over to acclaimed singer/songwriter Will Hoge, who helped them create their most ambitious, fully realized collection yet. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the record draws on many of the group’s traditional strengths—indelible melodies, infectious hooks, explosive performances—even as the making of it pushed them far outside their comfort zone and forced them to take an unprecedented, nearly year-long break from touring.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, May 30
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
May
31
Fri
SPIRIT SYSTEM w/ Cheveron, VIA
May 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 2:00 am
Spirit System:
Spirit System initially began in 2013 as a recording project between Laurie Ruroden (vox, bass, efx) and Eric Gilstrap (gtrs, synth, efx) to reconnect as songwriters after the breakup of their former noise pop band, Telltale. After relocating from Brooklyn, New York to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the spring 2014 they had fleshed the band out by adding another member, Gary Guthrie (drums, smplr, synth). Spirit System then took a break from regional touring to begin recording their debut album with Jeff Berner (Psychic TV, NAAM) at GaluminumFoil Productions in Brooklyn. At the beginning of the summer 2015, Spirit System released the EP ‘Afterblume’, 4 tracks containing the outtakes of their forthcoming debut full length, ‘Nightfalling’, due to be released March 2016.
Cheveron: Aural assault for your curious mind.
VIA: Many years ago, a boy and a girl met in a small West Texas town. The girl, a long time musician, and the boy, who had never made music ever before, decided to cultivate a sound together. Some years later, they made a move to another small town in North Carolina where they planned to grow themselves and their music. On this small mountain top where they lived, their sound grew, matured, and evolved into what it is now. The rest is still being written…
Jun
2
Sun
Liz Longley Michael McArthur
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm
Liz Longley

Liz Longley

While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Liz’s songs have won some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on TV shows such as ABC’s “Beauty & The Beast”, Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, and MTV’s “Scream”. The latest release, ‘Weightless’, is the highly anticipated follow- up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 Sugar Hill Records debut, which earned accolades from critics, who proclaimed the album “a thing of beauty,” (Popdose), and praised her “captivating stories set to tunes that will be running through your head after a single spin.” (American Songwriter). Liz is currently recording her sixth album with 5-time GRAMMY nominated producer, Paul Moak.
 
Michael McArthur

Michael McArthur

Songwriting has always been a form of therapy for McArthur. Over the past decade, the Florida native has filled a handful of EPs with his own mix of raw soul and lushy layered folk, working with producers like David Bianco (Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) and Greg Wells (Adele, One Republic) along the way. He makes his full-length debut with 2019’s Ever Green, Ever Rain, an album
that’s by turns warm, woozy, and wistful. The album shows the full range not only of McArthur’s voice – a gorgeous instrument that soars and swoons, flecked with vibrato and palpable emotion – but his songwriting, too, bouncing from the soft acoustics of “Elaine” to the percussive pulse of “Save Me From the Fire.” Recorded with Grammy-winning producer, Ryan Freeland and inspired by McArthur’s long period of isolation and self-repair, Ever Green, Ever Rain is both earthy and anthemic – the sound of a songwriter who’s unafraid to shine a light on his own faults.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/
Jun
8
Sat
Caroline Spence CD Release Charlie Whitten
Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm
Caroline Spence

Caroline Spence

‘Her debut for Rounder Records, Mint Condition follows Spades and Roses—a 2017 release praised by American Songwriter as “an album of stunning beauty and lasting impact.” In bringing Mint Condition to life, Spence worked with producer Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Erin Rae) and recorded at his Nashville studio Goosehead Palace, landing a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris and enlisting musicians from Spence’s previous projects and live band. “It’s wonderful to step into a room full of people who already know me,” says Spence. “They have this unspoken understanding of my instincts, so it made the whole
process really comfortable and collaborative.”
 
 
Charlie Whitten

Charlie Whitten

Whitten has previously released a few pieces under his own name but says he ‘enjoys being sideman just as much as a singer-songwriter.’ Pretty obvious that he enjoys it when you can catch Charlie playing guitar for Andrew Combs and Becca Mancari. He’s also played and sang with Molly Parden, Erin Rae McKaskle, Caleb Groh, Chrome Pony, and his current side project, Stationwagon; a band of tall songwriters and friends featuring Mark Fredson, Pete Lindberg, Andrew Hunt, Brett Resnick. You can hear bits a pieces from his heroes Jim Croce, Don McLean and Harry Nilsson in his songs. There’s a bit of Rayland Baxter in his arrangements as well.

Dreaming, Whitten’s 2012 debut, channeled some of the trippier sounds that came out of those two decades, from Dark Side of the Moon to Big Star’s Sister Lovers. The album was lush. It was dreamy. Keyboards, horns, and percussion collided, creating a soft foundation for Whitten’s vocals and guitar leads. When it came time to write songs for 2014’s Hey Love, though, Whitten took the electric guitar out of the forefront and focused on a quieter, stripped-down sound. In other words: less David Gilmour, more Don McLean. 

Charlie Whitten’s new EP, Playwright, was released August 25th. The whole thing is phenomenal, a quick 4-song EP showcasing a moment in time for the young songwriter. The writing on each of these tracks is wonderful and points to Whitten’s budding brilliance but the up-tempo, jaunty, pining of ‘Since She’s Gone’, with it’s entwining of heart-break, acceptance and humility is really impressive. 

Charlie Whitten grew up during the last gasp of the 20th century, a time when grungy rock bands and teen idols ruled the airwaves. You can’t blame the guy for looking back a bit, for rustling through his Dad’s collection of vintage records and finding some better music to soundtrack his life. Years later, the Nashville-based songwriter is rolling those influences into his own sound, a mellow brand of folk-rock that tips its hat to Pink Floyd’s psychedelic swirl one minute and Simon and Garfunkel’s acoustic wistfulness the next. 

Some would call him an old soul. Others would just say he’s got good taste.

Jun
15
Sat
Will Varley Travers Geoffray
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
Will Varley

Will Varley

Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who this year walked over 500 miles along England’s south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album next year. His last two received rave reviews from The Independent, fRoots & Q magazine and in February the 27 year old singer-songwriter was invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as ‘One the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’
His return from the walking tour saw tracks played on BBC Radio 2, 6 & XFM including mentions from Steve Lamacq, Communion Records show and Rob Da Bank. The summer saw Varley visit some of the country’s finest music festivals, performing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs from Kendal Calling to Cambridge Folk Festival and everywhere in between. He was also invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at 2014’s Secret Garden Party.
 
Travers Geoffray
Travers Geoffray

‘The music of New Orleans courses through singer/songwriter/pianist Travers Geoffray’s veins like the Mississippi River cuts across the South.

You can hear the Crescent City in his piano playing, steeped in the classic ragtime-turned-stride styles of Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and James Booker.

What makes Geoffray’s music endure, though, is his commitment to the melodies and harmonies of classic American songwriting tropes, from the musical theater to the Brill Building.’

Sep
12
Thu
YARN
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. “that’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction” singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Thursday, September 12
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.