Past Shows At The Bistro
# 1 Elvis Tribute In the World Starring Ben Portsmouth
As Seen on the David Letterman Show.
Connor Garvey from Portland, Maine
Thom McKee Delphos, Ohio
Brandy Zdan from Austin, Texas
Ilo Ferreira From Cape Verde
Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters
Suzie Vinnick- Michigan
The Soft Parade-New Jersey
Kill The Rabbit-Van Wert, Ohio
Bryan White-Nashville, TN
It's the stuff of country music lore. A young man - really, just a kid not quite out of his teens - leaves his home in Oklahoma to move to Nashville to pursue his dream of playing and singing country music. The dream led to more success than even that young man had imagined. Success that brought him awards and accolades before he was barely into his 20s. Now, Bryan White is ready to start the next leg of his journey, with a new outlook on life and new music to go along with it.
Bryan began his musical journey by paying his dues as a teenage drummer in his parents' bands before heading to Music City. Once there, he burst on the country music scene in the mid ..90s with a string of six No. 1 singles. One critic called his first two albums "surprisingly mature, both in subject matter and in vocal approach." Although he quickly earned fans of all ages and musical persuasions, it was among young people that he became an instant star in a way few country singers ever have.
Molly Venter-Austin, Texas
Austin-based Molly Venter, recently released a new album, "Love Me Like You Mean It." With a husky voice reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Molly plays acoustic guitar with a quiet confidence and sings with a winning honesty.
Jeff Miller-Pittsburgh, PA
After high school, Miller was off to Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he studied Guitar Performance and Songwriting. His plan was to find compatible musicians, and to form another band. That never happened.
A degree from Berklee, a move back home to Pittsburgh, a move to Nashville, and 3 solo albums (and an EP) later, Jeff Miller is still playing music. In fact, he plays over 150 shows a year, touring the east coast and the midwest. His music has received airplay at over 175 stations, in the U.S. and abroad.
Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune. They come on less like stars strutting for their minions than pals sharing their favorite songs. In the friendly world of the coffeehouse, that remains a starmaking quality."
“Their sound recalls the harmonious interplay of Simon and Garfunkel and
the acoustic juice of the Indigo Girls”
Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson, the acoustic/pop duo brings
sharp, observant songwriting together with close, brother-like harmonies. With voices reminiscent of The Everly Brothers Seals and Crofts and Simon
& Garfunkel, they create a sound both classic and completely fresh. Storyhill has a deep appreciation for many musical styles—rock, roots, blues and country.
Often called "the greatest tenor voice in Country Music", Jimmy Fortune sang for the Statler Brothers for 21 years. He joined them as a temporary singer after Lew DeWitt heard him singing at a ski resort and recommended Jimmy as his replacement. Following an audition in Nashville, Jimmy was contacted by the Statler Brothers and performed with them in his first show on January 28, 1982 in Savanna, Georgia. Due to the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease, Lew was unable to return to the stage with the Statlers and Jimmy was hired as a permanent replacement in August of 1982.
Fortune quickly lived up to his name. He wrote the group's second No. 1 hit "Elizabeth," on their 1983 album Today, and then followed that with two more No. 1 hits: "My Only Love" (from 1984's Atlanta Blue) and "Too Much On My Heart" (from 1985's Pardners in Rhyme). Fortune also wrote their Top 1hit "Forever" from 1986's Four for the Show and co-wrote their last major hit, the No. 6 charting "More Than a Name on the Wall" from 1988's The Greatest Hits.
Kate Campbell-Nashville, TN
Jonathan’s stint in school musicals was short-lived, and when his freshman year of high school rolled around, he put music aside to begin playing basketball. He was heavily involved in sports until his sophomore year when he tore a ligament in his ankle. What he didn’t know then was that this injury would come to shape the rest of his life. Growing up with a father who plays four instruments gave him the inspiration to pick up the guitar. By senior year of high school, writing songs began to peak his interest. He eventually bought his own recording gear and put together a modest bedroom recording setup. It was at that point that Jonathan Clay’s path was truly set in motion.
Dean Fields -Virginia
It takes a long time for me to wake up. Often Ill get up in the middle of night, change the cat box, and go back to bed with no recollection of it. Im an over-thinker and an undecider. I make up words. I went to grad school to pursue music and left grad school to pursue music. I moved 7 times in 3 years between 4 states. I have 300 voices with 300 accents for 301 different moods. I cannot park a car. My wife is the coolest person I know. And she is not a horse.
Currently, Im revving up to release some brand new music. It’s a 5 song EP called “Under A Searchlight Moon,” and it’s the best thing I’ve ever created. Recently, I got married and signed a publishing deal. In some ways it feels like I just woke up and while I was sleeping I changed the cat box, recorded 4 albums, and played more than a thousand shows.
Ben Carroll-New York
Songwriting Contest finalist, winner of the Jack Maher Songwriting Award) and astonishing
vocals. The daughter of two gypsy musicians, Gabrielle inherited the genetic predisposition to
wanderlust and song.
She has toured and recorded with a wide variety of configurations, but most recently she has put
together a Boulder based group billed The Gabrielle Louise Show, which includes David Rynhart
on Lead Guitar/Piano/Mandolin and Vocal Harmonies, and Ryan Drickey on Fiddle/Cello. Carl
Sorenson is often found joining on Percussions.
Matt The Electrician-Austin, Texas
Jackie Bristow - New Zealand
Better Then Bacon-Ft Collins, Colorado
We’ve traveled more than 20,000 miles over the
majestic mountains and raging rivers of Colorado, finding favor among festivals,
ski towns, juke-joints and the late-night party scene, as well as from venue
owners and fellow musicians
Alan Rhody -Nashville, TN
In the fall of 1977, Rhody soon found himself with a fast moving hit on his hands by a gospel quartet making their first ventures into country music. Rhody would later included the song on his own first full length album, "Stop The Rain" (1981). The song was his haunting ballad, "I'll Be True To You" and the former gospel group was The Oak Ridge Boys. Now over four million in sales and having become a "Country Classic" on radio worldwide, "I'll Be True To You" first hit #1 on all three country charts and crossed over into the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1978.
Blame Sally - San Francisco, CA
At the Napa Valley Opera House last Friday night, they delivered a crowd-pleasing 17-song set drawn from five albums recorded over the past nine years.
Sarah Peacock -Atlanta, Georgia
BlackJack Billy - Nashville, TN
Once upon a time them boys started jammin', and God looked down and said, "It is good".
There’s no use in trying to compare or describe what they do. You can’t
really accurately and fully recreate the show experience to a friend. There’s a
good chance you find yourself bored with whatever follows them on your iPod. The
one thing you can do is keep listening. You have to. You can’t stop watching.
You can’t stop moving. You can’t stop singing.
BLACKJACK BILLY is Rob Blackledge and Noll Billings.
When they met in January of 2011, they had no idea that less than a year
later they would be creating and molding a sound that Nashville had never heard;
a sound that Nashville desperately needed.
It was, and is, a perfect mixing
pot. Blackledge, hailing from Madison, MS, brought the blues, soul, country and
melody. Billings, hailing from Kennett, MO stirred in the rock, more country,
hip-hop, and beat. Producer Jeff Coplan tied it together with a vision and an
electric guitar and what you got can only be described as BLACKJACK BILLY.
Beth Wood -Eugene, Oregon
Picture a tumbleweed blowing across the plains of west Texas, and another musician-songwriter is born! Beth Wood began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn’t dodging tornados and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her Dad’s Willie Nelson records.
Carey Murdock -Nashville, TN
Georgia where he was born, Carey Murdock relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in
August of 2011 after years of touring based out of Augusta. Sharon Jones, the
famed soul singer, called and left him a voicemail to wish him luck on his move
to Music City. Carey Murdock has since shared the stage with Shovels and Rope,
Shawn Mullins, Tracy Lawrence, Mountain Heart, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and more.
His latest album "Baby Don't Look Down" was produced by Patrick Blanchard (Shawn
Mullins) features Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope on guest vocals, and
Bandcamp named it a Staff Pick Favorite.
The John Byrne Band -Dublin, Ireland
and Dublin native John Byrne. His first solo effort, After the Wake, was
released to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With
influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, John’s
songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his
native and adopted homes.
John and the band promoted the albums with a series of sold out shows at
World Café Live in Philadelphia and many of the East Coast’s premiere live
acoustic venues. In the past year John and the band have sold out World Cafe
Live on 4 separate occasions, in Feb 2011 bringing 500 jubilant fans to the
storied Philadelphia venue.
Jason Myles Goss - Brooklyn, New York
There are several themes throughout “Radio Dial,” but the most prominent is that of struggle — the struggle to fight for things that you love, the struggle to find a place in the world, and the struggle that emerges when death injects meaning into the layers of your life. It’s easy to see the ways in which these struggles have helped Goss grow, as an individual and a songwriter, discontent with making music for the sake of staying in a one-genre box he strove to make an album that resonated with the things he loves most about music — a good story and a memorable melody. The break-out track off the album “Red Letter Man“, about that need inside all of us to no longer be invisible and to shed counterfeit notions of who we should be or need to be, grabs your attention immediately. The piano infused melody takes off from the first chord with the rattling and rolling beat of the drum. The chorus, enhanced by Goss’ warm falsetto glow, builds with the help of the guitar as it swells and collapses right along with the lyrical story where he proclaims “If it can’t be taken from you/then you know it was never real.”
Rebecca Pronsky & Band-Brooklyn, New York
folk she creates on her Nine Mile Records sophomore disc
'Viewinder' sounds more at home in the deep woods and green
pastures of Parsonsfield, Maine where it was recorded. Rebecca spent
two weeks holed up with her band at Great North Sound Society with engineer
Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, John Prine)
creating the sweeping soundscapes that dominate 'Viewfinder'. The
songs convincingly range from broodingly ambient to upbeat twang.
will be making their second appearance in Van Wert when they perform a benefit concert in the Childrens Garden July 10th at 8:30. There is nobody out there like them, their music is hauntingly unique. Mesmerizing, spellbinding, enchanting...Since the release of their first album, 'Wake the Hero' in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright's music has also been featured on national television to soundtrack heavy moments on shows such as 'ER' and 'Days of our Lives.' Their follow up EP 'Gravity' was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon.com, keeping good company with the likes of Adele and Bon Iver. They continue touring in support of their brand new full length record, "The Longest Day," gracing such notable venues as Lincoln Center and NPR's "Mountain Stage" in West Virgina, and sharing stages with the likes of the Lumineers and Norah Jones.
“Her songs are crafted with intricate attention and the kind of deep personal reflection that few people achieve in a lifetime and fewer songwriters are able to make manifest in their words. What’s more, her talents are not limited to those of a wordsmith or musical arranger, but she is blessed with a voice perfectly suited to bring her creations to life. The release of her third album, Brighter Than the Blues, showcases all of these talents and demonstrates once again that Kelley McRae is among the best singer-songwriters in America today.” - No Surf Music
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