New York Communion May 2012
Sunday, 6th May 2012 at Public Assembly, NY
New Country Rehab
Take Canadaâ€™s hottest fiddle player, a guitarist who evokes Tom Morello and Kevin Breit, a percussionist who grooves on sawblades as readily as he does cookie sheets mix together with one of the most versatile double bass players in Canada and you get NEW COUNTRY REHAB. With John Showman, James Robertson, Roman Tomeâ€™ and Ben Whiteley, the bandâ€™s unique OUTLAW INDIE COUNTRY sound channels Hank Williams Sr. as much as Arcade Fire to create exciting new music. Their debut, self-titled album released in Canada in Jan., 2011. Recorded by Roots and Indie â€“ Rock producer Chris Stringer (Obijou and Timber â€“ Timbre) NEW COUNTRY REHAB highlights the groupâ€™s original compositions and deep musical palette.
Christopher Paul Stelling
Christopher Paul Stelling arrived in NYC in 08′ with a guitar and a duffle bag. Not necessarily concerned with making a name for himself, circumstance and necessity soon found him singing and playing guitar on the subway platforms. The years prior had seen him through an odyssey. From studying under a master guitar builder in colorado, working a produce market in Boston, sleeping in a closet in North Carolina, managing a used bookstore in Florida, wandering aimlessly through Seattle, all without a said plan in mind, vaguely unaware that something was being stitched together beneath it all. Those New York subway platforms soon gave way to stages. Christopher has played many of New York’s stages including Rockwood Music Hall, Highline Ballroom, Lit Lounge, Pianos, The Living Room, Bowery Electric, Sidewalk Cafe, Glasslands, The Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, etc. He has opened for many acclaimed national acts and headlined many of his own shows. He has toured regionally and nationally.
His finger-style guitar playing comes off effortless, bringing to mind the likes of at times John Fahey and Sandy Bull and at other times that of Segovia. Christopher’s song writing reaches deep, spineward, with a lyrical styling reminiscent of anything from Dylan, to Faulkner or Walt Whitman.
Aunt Martha is the creative vessel of New England based songwriter and vocalist Tim Noyes. The band has taken various shapes since its formation in 2008, all the while being propelled by the constant writing and touring that has become NoyesÊ¼ trademark. 2011 was their busiest year yet, with over 150 shows played and five released recordings (2 EPs, 1 full length, 1 album of cover songs and 1 single). The touring brought them all over the U.S. with stops at more than a few well known music festivals including Bonnaroo and Orlando Calling, along with opening appearances for the likes of Deer Tick, Blind Pilot, Matisyahu and many others. Like the band itself, the music tends to fluctuate. Sometimes itÊ¼s quiet and sentimental, stripped down to nothing more than acoustic guitar and vocals. At other times, particularly on the most recent full length album Norway, ME, it becomes a lush wall of sound filled by layered vocal loops, electric guitars, makeshift percussion and synthesizers. To kick off 2012 the band has released La La Lonesome, an EP of 5 simple acoustic songs. It was recorded in a series of motel rooms while on tour in December of 2011.
The Dead Exs
At the crossroads of East Houston and 2nd Avenue in NYC, The Dead Exs summon the gods of Blues and Rock & Roll recording LIVE in the studio with dp (David Pattillo) on electric slide guitar and vocals and Wylie Wirth on the skins. In July 2011, The Dead Exs were voted â€œNYC Artist of The Monthâ€ by The Deli Magazine. In just a year the band has released a full length debut, opened shows for The Del Fuegos renuion tour, generated buzz from blogs, been licensed by several skate and surf brands, been featured at John Varvatos Thursday Night Live in NYC, and received thousands of views on Youtube. Their single â€œMore Stuffâ€ is charted Top 5 on Twitter.
Kat Edmonsonâ€™s sophomore album Way Down Low is out now onSpinnerette Records. The native Texan makes not only her songwriting debut on the record but also co-produces the album. Edmonson duets with Lyle Lovett on the title track â€œLong Way Homeâ€ which Entertainment Weekly calls â€œan airy country duet.â€ The album was recorded at the historic Avatar Studio and Capitol Studios with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke) and producer/bassist Danton Boller. The sessions also included input from producer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon â€œStill Crazy After All These Years,â€ Billy Joel â€œThe Strangerâ€).
Doors: 6pm / Show: 7pm