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2018 Concert Season

AMY OBENSKI

August 18, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Amy Obenski’s musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She took up piano at age six and has been studying music ever since. She finally picked up the guitar when she began songwriting at twenty-two. First and foremost you’ll be struck by Amy’s crystalline voice which “will hook even the most hardened cynic.” (Performing Songwriter Magazine) She’s a California native. Raised in San Diego and now based in San Francisco, you can hear the sound of the wind and ocean in her music. She’s toured the U.S. and France and her song “Carousel” was featured in the TV Show, Grey’s Anatomy. Amy’s newest project uses a looper. She layers upon her own solo performance with up to ten part harmonies, nurse beat boxing, bass lines, guitar and piano. Taking you through verse, chorus, bridge and the grand finale: her looping is seamless. This exploration is captured in her sixth album, AN EMPTINESS TO FILL. Amy is a talented and fascinating artist.

KORBY LENKER

September 29, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Korby Lenker’s  deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of a career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards (including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few. “For me,” says Lenker, “the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you’ve got to tell your own story and no one else’s…one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing. Korby is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, poet, director, etc.  Published by Turner Publishing December 2015, Lenker’s first book features twenty-seven stories culled from his fifteen years as a solo touring indie artist. For his 7th CD Thousand Springs, he recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. After recording the basic tracks, he spent the next several months driving around the country, recording his friends where they lived — in backyards and hotel rooms – in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, Boston and more. Thousand Springs was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch, Beck Warren and many more.

RONNY COX

October 12, 2018 – Friday

05:30pm Potluck Dinner & 06:30pm Music

Ronny Cox is a well known American actor, with notable roles in Deliverance, Star Trek, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Robo Cop, etc., and in the recently released Pure Country: Pure Heart with Willie Nelson. Not as many people know of his life-long love and dedication to music. These days, Ronny spends less time acting and more time as a singer/songwriter performing at festivals, concert venues and small intimate theaters all over the U.S. Music is his first love, and allows him a really special connection to audiences – a connection that works both ways. He turns down about 90% of the acting jobs he is offered, in order to play his music. Ronny is a superb singer-songwriter and storyteller. He brings his extraordinary view of life into a magnetic, likable, onstage persona. Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells something about “the human condition”. He’s released eight CDs, including the audio version of his book… The Deliverance of Drew. Come meet, see and hear this American treasure. You will be thoroughly entertained.

ELLEN CHERRY

November 17, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

ellen cherry (lowercase letters intentional!) is a singer, songwriter, musician, designer, artist, producer, recording engineer, and human.  The Emmy nominated singer/songwriter is a full-time touring and working performer based in Baltimore, MD. In 2016, ellen presents a new touring project called Portraits in Song that marries her love of storytelling and her passion for history through songs and portraits of interesting women in history.  This year, she is releasing three new recorded works (PortraitsThe Thread, and Anthrawfony) as a follow up to the very intimate, piano-based album entitled Please Don’t Sell the Piano (2012). ellen was a Strathmore Artist-in-Residence and co-produced Mobtown Moon, a re-imagining of “Dark Side of the Moon” (2013) that featured over 50 musicians from Baltimore. In 2010, she wrote, recorded and performed a song for an Emmy nominated TV campaign and also composed the score for a shadow puppet piece entitled “Alonzo’s Lullaby”, which has been awarded the prestigious UNIMA Citation of Excellence and jump started years of continuing work with puppeteers. ellen tours nationally and internationally, charming audiences from house concerts to festivals! Mixing equal parts of pathos and humor throughout her songs, ellen cherry is mysterious and powerful on stage and her banter gives audiences a peek into a whimsical, curious mind. She seamlessly fuses her love of History, Poetry, and Literature with the Usual Suspects of Love, Loss, and Despair, with a powerful, commanding voice and skill on both guitar and piano.

HEATHER STYKA

December 8, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy. After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Styka moved to the city to studying creative writing, meanwhile honing her song craft among Chicago’s long-standing folk community. Her 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis brought her to national attention, hitting #3 on the FOLK-DJ charts. Styka’s honest, image-heavy songs have garnered her a number of awards, including being a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (2015, 2017) and official showcases at Folk Alliance International and Regional Conferences. Heather is currently working on her fifth full-length studio album, North, which was recorded with Danish backing band The Sentimentals in a cabin in northern Wisconsin. The resulting recordings are lush and immediate, with songs that are both anchored in the current political reality and timeless in their poetry and empathy. Live, Heather Styka comes off as something like Leonard Cohen crossed with Patsy Cline. Armed with a guileless, unvarnished delivery, she’s equal parts wordsmith and entertainer. Styka’s energetic shows feel as intimate and candid as late night conversation, peppered with a quirky sense of humor and confessional storytelling.

THE GOOD TIME TRAVELERS

December 15, 2018 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental acoustic duo with vocal harmonies and a stage presence so big that they have been described as a “2-piece power-trio”. Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. They’ve performed around the country at festivals such as Big Sky Big Grass (MT), Northwest String Summit (OR), Folk Alliance (MO), Winter Wondergrass (CA/CO), River City Roots Festival (MT), Beartrap Festival (WY), Mystic Hot Springs Music Festival (UT), and Salmonfest (AK). The Good Time Travelers have opened for Bluegrass greats such as Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, and Del McCoury & David Grisman.

Singer-Songwriter Michael Kirkpatrick is a modern day minstrel residing in Colorado. His voice has been described as “deep, earnest, swoony and powerful”. Original Americana, Rock and Folk combine with Michael’s rich baritone to define his theatrical presentation—imagine a Cat Stevens-Darrell Scott-David Bowie hybrid. Performing over 250 dates a year on guitars, mandolins and voice, Michael brings it all to the stage: sweat, sensuality, tears, and sometimes: blood.   Michael has been named “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” by the Fort Collins Musicians Association four years in a row (2013-2016), his 2013 album KEY TO MY CAGE was awarded “Best Colorado Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album of 2013” by The Colorado Sound Fan Poll.  In 2014, he was crowned Telluride Troubadour and his 2015 release HONEY RIDER earned a spot in the Colorado Sounds Top 50 albums of 2015. In 2017, Michael will release his 3rd Solo album LITTLE MUSE and The Holler!’s WILDWOOD.  Aside from performing as a solo artist, you can catch Michael on stage with The Good Time Travelers, his Folkadelic Rock band The Holler!, Uptown Toodeloo String Band, Blue Canyon Ritual and Littlest Birds.

An award winning singer-songwriter and a cutting-edge musician’s musician, Pete Kartsounes is fulfilling a vision of writing music in the key of truth. This heavily seasoned performer/songwriter has spent most of his life traveling the globe and creating original music that entertains and enlightens any room. Pete is on a quest to enrapture you with his soul filled music, to be celebrated by music lovers, and to make a difference one note, one word and one show at a time. Originality is a cornerstone as Pete continues to write a plethora of great songs and music in many different genres. Already with a handful of highly acclaimed CD’s under his belt; Pete continues to push the envelope of his craft and has recorded and performed for years with his own bands, along with members of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Pearl Jam, Blues Traveler, String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass and many more.

2019 Concert Season

KYLE CAREY

January 26, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Kyle Carey weaves together resonant threads of Celtic and American roots music into a rich tapestry of acoustic storytelling called ‘Gaelic Americana’. Kyle was raised by her schoolteacher parents first in the Alaskan Bush (where she heard Yup’ik Eskimo spoken as often as she heard English), and then in rural New Hampshire. She studied literature in college, and then travelled to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on a Fulbright Fellowship to begin her study of the Gaelic language and its music. Carey is one of those scarce-as-hen’s-teeth Irish-Americans fluent in the language of her ancestors. That was followed by a two-year sojourn, attending Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye, where she cemented her command of the Gaelic language and fell under the tutelage of Christine Primrose, a native of nearby Lewis and one of Scotland’s most revered traditional singers. From Primrose she learned the secrets of pronunciation and tone that distinguish those who sing from the deep heart of that music.

Carey has showcased that style in the traditional Gaelic songs—two on each album—that have graced her previous CDs and also this third one. Her debut, ‘Monongah’ was recorded in western Ireland and produced by Donogh Hennesy of the acoustic super-group Lùnasa. ‘North Star’, released in 2014, was recorded this time in Scotland, and was produced by Seamus Egan, a founding member of Solas.  In her original material, she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new American sort of folk music. The essence of that revolution lies in the real distinction Carey draws between Celtic Americana—i.e., the well-traveled path of American musicians performing in the style of traditional Celtic music—and the Gaelic Americana that she writes and performs. Her music is innovative not only in its bone-deep feel for Celtic tradition, but in all that she is able to graft on to it by way of a personal vision as capacious as the North American continent.

The “Americana” portion of this synthesis has been plucked variously from bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes; in the lyrics from personal experience, Appalachian folktale, Dustbowl narrative, the Old and New Testaments, Greek mythology, and the rough-hewn poetry of West Virginia’s Louise McNeill.

She is the daughter of non-fiction writer Richard Adams Carey and a direct descendant of the Adams and Quincy Adams families. In 2017 she became engaged to Italian philosopher and 2016 ‘Gaelic Learner of the Year’ Carmine Colajezzi.

STEVE SESKIN

March 23, 2019 – Saturday

04:00pm Potluck Dinner & 05:00pm Music

Steve Seskin is a successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet. In 2014, Steve was nominated to the NSAI Hall of Fame. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas, “This Too Shall Pass,” by Sinclair and “Standing Still”, “Proof”, “Lift You Up” and “Electricity” by Seth Glier. While Steve is best known for writing hits, he is also a successful performer, recording artist, keynote speaker and songwriting teacher. Seskin began his songwriting career when he moved to San Francisco in 1972. Crystal Gayle suggested that Seskin go to Nashville. During his first visit there in 1985, Seskin began with only one appointment with an ASCAP executive who subsequently arranged Seskin appointments with several publishers. Seskin also is known for performing at schools in support of the Operation Respect / Don’t Laugh at Me tolerance project, named after “Don’t Laugh at Me,” a song he wrote with Allen Shamblin that was performed by Mark Wills, Peter, Paul and Mary, and many others.

Date Being Determined

AMILIA K SPICER

Singer-songwriter Amilia K Spicer has a thing for wide-open spaces and mystical places.  Even her record label name, Free Range Records, reflects her vagabond spirit—which has carried her from the green hills of her native Pennsylvania, through the hill country of central Texas, to the mountain monasteries of Tibet.  Based in Los Angeles and Austin, she might tell you she feels most rooted when she’s heading toward a distant horizon.  Amilia is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, organ, Hammond B3, banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and glockenspiel.Amilia drew attention the first time she played an LA club on a whim.  Ears perked, and she was on her way-—to a rare Mainstage Kerrville Folk Festival debut, three Kennedy Center performances, song placements in several high-profile TV shows (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek), and quirky indie films. The songs on Spicer’s new album, Wow and Flutter, capture the vastness of those horizons with a cinematic quality, somehow sweeping us into the panorama as we listen. It should surprise no one that she pursued a career in film before music became her muse.  The dichotomy of shadow and light, grit and wonder, are in the sonics, rather than on the screen. “Born a small, fierce critter in the midst of Hollywood sharpshooters”. From whisper to wail, there is more than a little attitude under that trademark cowboy hat.

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DON HENRY with special guests

Don Henry is a well respected songwriter in a town of songwriters… Nashville, TN. He and co-writer Jon Vezner were the first writers to capture Song of the Year awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association International , the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Recording Academy (Grammy), in the same year. His songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, BJ Thomas, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Matteaand many others. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Joey Ramone, Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Janis Ian, etc. Don is a veteran of 35 years in the music business. His experience in writing, publishing, producing and engineering has evolved him into the singer / songwriter / guitarist and entertainer he’s become today. Don’s unique perspective is expressed in instantly memorable melodies and equally smart arrangements that appeal to listeners across musical borders, and across the nation. And on top of that he is just a good, humble person.

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BILLY CROCKETT

Billy Crockett is a performing songwriter, music producer, recording artist, and the creative director of Blue Rock Studio in the Texas hill country.  He has recorded eleven solo albums and toured internationally. Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis, Beth Wood, RJ Cowdery, Darryl Purpose, and others.  He has been featured on the BMI songwriter panel at SXSW, the TV series Troubadour Texas, the Academy of Gospel Music Arts, and as guitar clinician for Yamaha. Billy’s most recent past releases are Wishing Sky (folk/pop) and Passages (instrumental guitar). He has recorded and toured across four decades.  He recently tracked 13 songs with a handful of renowned musicians – Roscoe Beck, Eric Darken and Daran DeShazo with Patrick Conway as Engineer. The result was Rabbitt Hole. Billy wanted to channel his creativity into more intimate, confessional songs, and there’s no question he’s succeeded. Billy is touring in support of his newest project.

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ANNA TIVEL

A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna Tivel was recently chosen a winner of both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Contest, placed second at the Rocky Mountain songwriting contest, and has shared the stage with heroes and friends alike. Anna was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland, OR home. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Her newest album, Heroes Waking UP, was produced by guitar mastermind Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter, Anais Mitchell, Kris Delmhorst), and released on Portland’s well-loved Fluff and Gravy Records. Folk Radio UK called it, “a superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.” Her previous album, Before Machines, was hailed by No Depression as “raw, yet superbly composed and executed, intelligent, personal and deeply expressive.”

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ROSE COUSINS

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fueled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine.  Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy. She asked Grammy Award winning producer, Joe Henry, whom she had befriended in 2012, to help her make her forthcoming CD Natural Conclusion. “My goal was to be wide open emotionally. This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable, and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.”

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THE SEA, THE SEA

THE SEA THE SEA (Mira Stanley Costa and Chuck E. Costa) is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering nearly 10 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter. They perform songs built around their vocals, guitar, banjo and percussion to the extent that their songs sound sonically full and engaging. Harmony-rich… lyric-driven songs… simple and true.

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SETH GLIER

Despite his relatively young age, MPress recording artist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Seth has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams, and IS known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has also caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike, with USA Today stating that his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.” Building on the acclaim of his Grammy®-nominated sophomore album “The Next Right Thing”, Glier’s subsequent record “Things I Should Let You Know” was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”. On his fourth album for MPress Records, “If I Could Change One Thing” (April 2015), Glier embraces a genuine modern-pop direction, marking a bold departure from his previous, more acoustic recordings. His latest album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There’s grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.