Thursday, April 16, 2009

A String Of Sweet Shows this Weekend

Kris Delmorst, The Bittersweets at the Iron Horse, Friday, April 17, at 7 PM
Kris Delmhorst has one of the most distinct voices in American music. Her first two darkly rollicking roots records were produced by Morphine's Billy Conway. 2006’s “Strange Conversation” is a vibrant collection of Americana songs inspired by the work of famous poets. With her latest album “Shotgun Singer,” she has unveiled a series of gracefully open lyrics and figures that transcend genre, ranging into the borderlands between indie-rock and folk; that nameless territory inhabited by such hard- to-classify artists as Laura Veirs, Feist, Iron & Wine, and Juana Molina.

Alexi Murdoch, Dawn Landes- Iron Horse- Saturday, April 18 at 7 PM
Alexi Murdoch returns after two years in the Himalayas for a rare US tour with his band and his dark folk songs. Alexi finds beauty within his simple, tender arrangements which unavoidably evoke mentions of Nick Drake. Rated as one of the top 10 artists to watch by Rolling Stone, Murdoch emerged on the scene in 2002 with his self-released EP "Four Songs," which Nic Harcourt championed on KCRW Los Anegles’s popular program Morning Becomes Eclectic. His follow-up album "Time Without Consequence" (2006) has spawned songs featured on numerous television shows and movie soundtracks.

Felice Brothers, Willy Mason- Pearl Street Clubroom- Saturday, April 18 at 9 PM
The Felice Brothers distinct brand of songwriting and the lawless sound they’ve forged has earned them comparisons to Woody Guthrie, a young Springsteen, and Dylan with the Band. They travel the world performing homegrown and gritty Americana on the city stages as if they were hosting a sing-along on their own front porch. Last summer they hooked up with Bright Eyes for a string dates on the East Coast and kicked it with Levon Helm for one of his classic Midnight Rambles upstate. WRSI 93.9 The River is all over this band.

Slaid Cleaves, Eleanor Whitmore –Iron Horse Sunday, April 19 at 7PM
Slaid Cleaves’ new album "Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away" is due this Spring. The Austin based singer/songwriter phrases like a grifter trying to croon his low-down past away — and writes like he knows he never will. When his new folkie peers see angels over every other barista's shoulder, Cleaves sees through the sentiment.

Shawn Mullins, Alex Woodard – Iron Horse Wednesday, April 22 at 7 PM

Atlanta-based folksinger and songwriter Shawn Mullins is best known for his Top 10 hit “Lullaby,” but his repertoire goes well beyond the popular ditty. Last year's album "honeydew" teems with humanity: railroad workers, traveling salesman, homeless troubadours, and several generations of family members, living and dead. It is a richly interwoven work, the most panoramic album of Mullins’ career as well as the most intensely personal. “These songs are character sketches of people I've come across and places I've traveled through,” he says.

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