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Aug
22
Thu
JUNIOR BROWN
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm
JUNIOR BROWN ‘THE AMERICAN ORIGINAL’
Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Arizona, Junior Brown showed an affinity for music at an early age. Discovering a guitar in his grandparent’s attic at age seven, he spent the next several years woodshedding with records and the radio. Junior was also able to tap into music he couldn’t hear at home which older, college aged kids were listening to. This was possible as a result of his father’s employment at a nearby campus in 1958. Armed with this broad spectrum of source material, he had developed some formidable chops by the end of his teen years.
Brown’s passion for Country and Western music had intensified by the late 1960’s. With many prominent figures as his inspiration, he spent his nights further sharpening his musical skills in small clubs across the southwest. ‘I played more nights in honkytonks during the 70’s and 80’s than most musicians will see in a lifetimeI did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean after that, you gotta get good or get out.’ Brown still prefers to refer to his favorite music as ‘Country and Western’ as it was called when he began his career. More recently, however, with the exception of Classical, Modern Jazz and Rap, he has shown himself to be equally adept at virtually all styles of American music, leading many to dub him America’s most versatile musician. A listen to his catalog of recordings reveals a virtuosity in Country, Western Swing, Hawaiian, Rock and Roll, (Hard Rock, Surf, etc.), Blues, Trad. Jazz, (Swing), Pop, Bluegrass, and even Mariachi.

Junior knew he could play and sing almost anything, but he had yet to explore his potential as a songwriter. ‘I realized no one was going to walk into a club and discover meso I started hanging out with some songwriters who I’d played some gigs with, and they showed me how to support myself by writing and publishing.’ With his songwriting coming together by the mid 80’s, Brown upgraded his gear in a way that no artist had ever done. Struggling through each show with the back and forth switch between the six string guitar and its steel counterpart, he had a dream one night about the two instruments mysteriously melting into one. The result was Brown’s unique invention, the ‘Guit-Steel’, a double-necked guitar combining standard guitar with steel guitar, allowing him to switch instruments quickly in mid-song while singing. There are other Guit-Steel players now, but Junior was the first, and for many years the one and only. For this and other reasons, he is truly an American original.

In the early 90’s Brown and his band (including wife, Tanya Rae) relocated to the fertile Austin, Texas music scene and landed a weekly gig at the Continental Club. His unique and entertaining combination of singing, songwriting, instrumental skills and producing led to a seven record deal with Curb Records that began with ‘Twelve Shades of Brown’ in 1993. He later released two albums on the Telarc label.

OVER THE RHINE with LEIGH NASH
Aug 22 @ 8:00 pm

Over The Rhine

When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented musical couple comprised of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s timeless voice “which has the power to stop the world in its tracks” (Performing Songwriter). But then the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine writes, “Over the Rhine creates true confessional masterpieces that know neither border nor boundary” and included Bergquist and Detweiler in their list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Rolling Stone recently wrote, Over the Rhine is a band “with no sign of fatigue, whose moment has finally arrived.” That’s quite a sentiment for a band celebrating 30 years of writing, recording, and life on the road. But as Karin Bergquist states, “There is still so much music left to be made.” Love & Revelation, the brand new album from Over the Rhine, is a record for right now. The songs have been rigorously road tested and burst at the seams with loss, lament, and resilient hope. The LA Times writes, “The Ohio based husband and wife duo has long been making soul-nourishing music, and the richness only deepens.”

www.overtherhine.com

 


LEIGH NASH

  
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Start Time: 8:00

More than two decades into her career, singer-songwriter Leigh Nash shines a light on her Texas roots with The State I’m In, a solo album that plants its feet on both sides of the border.

Nash was raised in the Texas Hill Country, where the radio stations played country music and the small towns rang with mariachi bands. A shy kid, she built up her confidence by learning how to sing. Nash began by impersonating the artists she heard on the FM dial — with particular emphasis on Tanya Tucker and Patsy Cline — before graduating to her own gigs at the age of 13, when she began singing with a country band during a series of weekly shows in New Braunfels. Within a few years, she’d also joined a band called Sixpence None the Richer, which ultimately introduced the pop world to her signature, sparkling vocal and led a successful run that included Top 5 hits like ‘Kiss Me’ and “There She Goes.”

www.leighnash.net

Brooks Hubbard Band with Grey Revell
Aug 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Brooks Hubbard Band
Brooks Hubbard Band has been a tight knit unit since their inception in Nashville, TN in 2015. Their music consists of an exciting mix of folk/americana, pop, funk, rock, blues, and soul. While touring the country promoting Brooks’ newest release, ‘American Story,’ they have captured audiences with their exhilarating balance of structure and improvisation through a focus on musicianship and love of songwriting.
http://www.brookshubbardmusic.com

Grey Revell
Grey Revell (born October 28, 1973) is a music producer and songwriter originally from Los Angeles, California. In the late 1990s, he moved to New York City, where among other artists, including Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis and Regina Spektor, he found a creative home in the Lower East Side Anti-folk community.

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Aug
23
Fri
THE FLOORBOARDS
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Floorboards are an American Roots Rock Ensemble hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The band marries rock & roll and country roots with the sights and sounds of southern mountain towns. Jake and Rob shake the leaves from the trees. Chris coaxes stringed cries from the hills and hollers. Matt writes and sings the story.

The Floorboards released their second studio album, Borrowed Moon, on November 21, 2017. Borrowed Moon finds the Roanoke, VA based band delicately walking a line between singer/songwriter, Matt Browning’s, evocative lyrics and guitarist/songwriter, Chris Blankenship’s, tastefully blistering guitar work.

Since the Floorboards’ debut album in 2012, the years have gone by in a flash of Ford Econoline and rock ‘n’ roll. Borrowed Moon was given its first kick at life in 2013 with the band’s original lineup. Something with the music didn’t feel right, so they took to the road to figure it out. As the dust settled, the band experienced lineup changes, a few broken bones – and the songs that singer/songwriter Matt Browning penned with an acoustic guitar became their proud workingman’s rock ‘n’ roll music. Somewhere between Birmingham, Alabama and New York City, the band agreed a total change of scenery was needed to drive their next album forward.

Since forming in Roanoke, Virginia in 2012, The Floorboards have toured extensively throughout the East Coast, sharing stages with Dwight Yoakam, Trampled by Turtles, Darryl Scott, Tim O’Brien, Yarn, Los Colognes, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Will Overman, and many more.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Friday, August 23
  • 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.
JIM LAUDERDALE
Aug 23 @ 9:00 pm

Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-one albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles. His prolific streak of releases continues in 2019 with his new album ‘From Another World’.

The twelve songs contained within, all written or co-written by Jim, are his antidote to the anger, divisiveness of today’s world, a world full of bad news and folks yelling at each other on CNN. This is music from another world, a world of empathy, love, forgiveness and humility. Where people find freedom through togetherness, where they struggle to change for the better, where country music still cries with the sound of pedal steel guitar and psychedelic-tinged lyrics flow through aching indelible melodies. 

 

Aug
25
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for our FREE LIVES TUNES.
Each week we’ll be featuring a rotating cast of super talented folks playing Bluegrass and Americana tunes from 4-6 pm

Aug
30
Fri
DELBERT McCLINTON
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm
DELBERT McCLINTON
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group. 

Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.” 

The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world. On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.

Prick Of The Litter blends Delbert’s signature rhythm and blues sound with a newer jazz-influence inspired by Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole and other legendary crooners. He includes some upbeat traditional blues (“Don’t Do It”) with a romantic take on Tony Bennett’s San Francisco (“San Miguel”) while “Skip Chaser” paints a vivid picture of the perils of the profession. A highlight is the album’s closer, the gentle and hopeful “Rosy.” McClinton’s road band, Self-Made Men provide a hard-driving rhythm section, powerful guitars and innovative piano, accented by punched-up horns. Delbert’s definitive vocals and distinct harmonica licks bring it all together. 

Delbert McClinton has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was established. He has won two Grammy awards in the blues category for Best Contemporary Blues Album; and one in the rock category (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group), with Bonnie Raitt for ‘Good Man, Good Woman’.

Delbert’s unique musical style grew from his Texas music beginnings. Influenced at a young age by Tejano, Western Swing, Rhythm and Blues and War songs, he developed a signature sound that served him well. 

Delbert grew up around Lubbock and Fort Worth, and spent his early career in the desegregating roadhouses of Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway, leading the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and others, while making a local name for himself. Later, Delbert traveled to England where he headlined shows with Bruce Channel (“Hey Baby”) with a little-known Liverpool band [The Beatles] as the opening act. He then rolled into Los Angeles as songwriters began to take top billing, and headed back to Texas for the progressive movement and blues renaissance that helped kick off Austin’s role in American musical history. 

Aug
31
Sat
Laura Thurston
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

‘Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, ​Thurston is a one-woman band’

THE CONTENDERS
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Contenders are an Americana Folk Roots duo of Jay Nash (9 albums, 10 EPs, 900 shows, 400,000 miles) and Josh Day (Sara Bareilles, John Oates, Brandi Clark, and Jennifer Nettles drummer) they have toured the US, opened for The Milk Carton Kids half a dozen times, played Americana Fest with Patti Griffin, played Merle Fest where Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers joined them onstage, toured Europe (Holland, Germany, and France) have released an EP ‘Meet The Contenders’ and released their debut Album ‘Laughing with the Reckless’ last year to critical acclaim.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, August 31
  • 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.
Sep
1
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for our FREE LIVES TUNES.
Each week we’ll be featuring a rotating cast of super talented folks playing Bluegrass and Americana tunes from 4-6 pm

Sep
3
Tue
Jason Charles Miller (founder of Godhead) with Roger Hodges
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm
Jason Charles Miller is a critically acclaimed and highly accomplished singer/songwriter. His latest album, “In The Wasteland,” was released on Sony/Red Music and combines elements of outlaw country, Americana and Southern rock. Jason’s music has been featured on such TV shows as True Blood, The NFL Today, The Deadliest Catch and Critical Role. He has written songs with Billy Ray Cyrus, Rickey Medlocke [Lynyrd Skynyrd], Charlie Starr [Blackberry Smoke], Marilyn Manson and Ben Moody [Evanescence] and has been awarded 3 gold records. As a voice actor, he has appeared in over 100 cartoons and video games, and also hosts the Geek & Sundry show Starter Kit, presented by Legendary Pictures. Jason is also widely recognized as the founder of the rock band Godhead.
Sep
6
Fri
Emily Scott Robinson with Abigail Dowd
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Emily Scott Robinson

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album. 

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

Abigail Dowd

Abigail Dowd

Abigail Dowd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a gift for telling stories. She grew
up under the longleaf pines in the Sandhills region of North Carolina; land that
could only be tamed by Scotch-Irish settlers. Dowd brings this heritage of
storytelling and determination to her music and weaves together hints of Celtic
melodies with the soulful gospel of the south. There are also strands of something
haunting and mysterious, as unique as the journey she took to get to where she is
now.

Dowd comes from a long line of musicians and always knew music was her destination, and it shows. Every song is like an ethnography of the places she’s
been and the people she’s met along the way. Dowd’s playing has been described
by PopMatters as ‘Robust acoustic guitar and subtle tones of instrumentation that
offer themselves well to the songs’ feelings of reflection, carried forward most
ebulliently by [her] warm, sonorous vocals.’ She combines her classical 
fingerpicking style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff to create a
sound that dances between folk, rock and blues.

Sep
7
Sat
TELLICO
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

With vivid, original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and intelligent arrangements, Asheville, NC band Tellico creates an innovative sound that redefines what today’s Southern Appalachian music can be. Instead of modernizing tradition, Tellico takes it deeper, effortlessly weaving meaningful, imaginative songwriting with intelligent arrangements. There is no gimmick here, and yet, there is nothing tired or cliche. Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of tradition and an unmistakable sound.

At its core is the voice and guitar of Anya Hinkle. Her sound is rooted in the mountains of her home in southwestern Virginia, but seasoned by travels across the world and back. With arresting honesty, her singing and songwriting comes from the heart. The foil to Hinkle’s heartfelt singing and songwriting, can be found in fellow songwriter, vocalist, bass and harmonica player, Greg “Stig” Stiglets. Inspired from the stories and events of daily life, his attention to melody and groove help to further showcase the instrumental prowess of the band.

Both Aaron Ballance (dobro, lap steel, pedal steel) and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo, electric guitar) hail from central North Carolina. The state itself provides its own conservatory for study, and its students learn from first generation roots music pioneers as well as serious students of the genre in the classrooms of jams, bands, and festivals. Obsessed with playing music going back to their teen years, Ballance and Willis are veteran players.

These four musicians deepen their awareness each year of the synergy among them while eyeing terrain that is yet uncovered. From their converged paths emerges a sound that has jelled over more than a decade of collaboration. Their freshman effort Relics and Roses was well-received, gathering accolades from tastemakers and earning them stage appearances at the country’s most prestigious festivals (MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Official Showcase Artist and World of Bluegrass-IBMA).

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: Saturday, September 7
  • 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.
Sep
8
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for our FREE LIVES TUNES.
Each week we’ll be featuring a rotating cast of super talented folks playing Bluegrass and Americana tunes from 4-6 pm

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.
Sep
13
Fri
Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park – Keller & the Keels w/ Coddle Creek
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

First Ward Park, at 301 E 7th Street, is again hosting a FREE Americana concert series in 2019.

Sounds of Summer in First Ward Park

Definition: Appalachian Psychedelic Bluegrass

“Award winning flat picker Larry Keel and his rock solid, in the pocket bass playing wife, Jenny Keel, make up two thirds of this super fun trio I started in 2004. With two albums recorded together the handful of gigs we play a year turn into acoustic picking parties. We vowed from the beginning that we wouldn’t do it often so that when we did, it would be special and it is.” –Kw

Performing With: Coddle Creek – 7pm

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Sep
15
Sun
Free LIVE TUNES every Sunday
Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us every Sunday for our FREE LIVES TUNES.
Each week we’ll be featuring a rotating cast of super talented folks playing Bluegrass and Americana tunes from 4-6 pm

Sep
21
Sat
JESSE DAYTON
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm

‘Like the Possum (George Jones) Dayton is the possessor of a tear-stained voice, a lost soul sensibility and probably a high degree of familiarity with the kinds of places mama warned you about.’ — The Austin American Statesman

Sep
29
Sun
BOMBADIL
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm

Bombadil is a trio of North Carolina and France-based vocalists, songwriters, and visual artists. The band specializes in technicolor Americana pop, with knitted three-part vocal harmony. They use traditional instruments (acoustic guitar, bass and drums), and combine them with lush piano and keyboard sounds to create a singular sonic landscape. 

Bombadil’s sound is a wonderful collection of colorful folk, good-hearted lyrics, and thoughtful melodies. Their superb live show always has a full schedule of performances throughout North America and Europe. The band has received press coverage in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Paste, and their songs have been featured in the movie Trainwreck and the Hulu original series Runaways.

New album Beautiful Country (release date Sept 20, 2019) now available for pre-order! https://orcd.co/beautifulcountry
 
 
Nov
7
Thu
The SiriusXM Coffeehouse Tour featuring Joshua Radin & The Weepies
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Share in an evening of indie-Americana with singer-songwriters Joshua Radin and Deb Talan and Steve Tannen of The Weepies. These musicians explore the intricacies and adventures of love with distinctive sentiment and exceptional lyricism.

About Joshua Radin

Love and the complications surrounding it have long been Joshua Radin’s songwriting forte. Featured in more than 150 different films, commercials and TV shows, Radin’s songs have reached large audiences with their ability to convey all of the ambivalence and excited uncertainness of new love.

About The Weepies

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen began writing songs together the night they met. Soon after, they formed The Weepies, an indie junket launched by the now husband-wife duo’s harmonies and insightful songwriting. Their charming performance style and prolific work ethic have led to the sale of more than 1.5 million records and fans across the globe.

Dec
10
Tue
Robert Earl Keen’s Countdown to Christmas
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Robert Earl Keen announces the launch of his eighth annual Christmas show with his most extensive tour yet!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Keen’s theme for this year’s tour is COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Lunar Tunes & Looney Times. He and his band will pay homage to the space race and all things celestial in an out-of-this-world evening of family holiday fun. “This show will turn on the psychedelactic jukebox and light up the tree of tranquility!” Keen adds. “The countdown begins now!”  In T-minus 122 days and counting, concertgoers will blast off with Keen’s classic “Merry Christmas from the Family,” fan favorites, and unearthly covers from his band members.

Opening act: Shinyribs

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