Robert Sarazin Blake
Santi Elijah Holley
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Friday, March 28, 2014
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Robert Sarazin Blake
In 1997, Robert Sarazin Blake dropped out of college and hit the
The folk music of his father’s house had combined with the DIY punk
ethos of the day and produced his first batch of songs, Another
Irrelevant Year. On the heels of Richard Manning, Billy Bragg, and Ani
Difranco, Blake’s 18-year-old release is an early document of the
folk-punk movement. On his first US tour, Blake played 30 shows around
the US planting seeds as he developed touring, not as an economic model,
but as a lifestyle. He hasn’t stopped. Ten full length albums into his
career, he’s continued to write pulling from folk roots, his travels,
his contemporaries, and the quiet spot in the back of his mind. The
writing has evolved, mellowing with experience and expanding with
reference, but the essence of the work has remained the same-strong
narratives solidly built on the folk foundation and fully in the
immediacy of the now.
The touring and performing has become an art in itself. Performing 200 shows a year, Blake is a world class performer in a neighborhood venue. The show is a combination of songs and rambles landing somewhere between a concert and a theatrical instillation. The neighborhoods have been all over Ireland and the US and occasionally in Canada, Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France. The shows are booked, managed, and driven to by Blake- a one man cottage industry existing underneath and outside the main-streams of the music business.
His songs continue to be influenced by Bob Dylan, John Prine, Shel Silverstein, Christy Moore, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell- his stories and stage banter by Arlo Guthrie, Garrison Keillor, Spalding Gray, his outlook by Naomi Kline, Jim Page, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, and his essence by James Baldwin, Henry Miller, Jeannette Winterson, John Steinbeck, and Philip Roth. His contemporaries, Anais Mitchell, Louis Ledford, Hamell on Trial, The Heligoats, CR Avery, Jeffrey Lewis, and Jinx Lennon, continue to influence and inspire.
From his home in Bellingham (WA), Blake started his own record label SameRoomRecords, "recordings of songs and musicians in the same room and the same time" -- an oddly unique idea in an era of digitally manipulated sounds -- and has sold over 10,000 albums from his suitcase.
This philosophy reflects Blake’s dedication to the moment, to the connection within live performance. There is always a moment in a Blake show where the room pulls together and the space between the singer, the song, and the listener disappears.
About Santi Elijah Holley
Santi Elijah Holley is a singer, guitar player, and songwriter, based in Portland, Oregon. Formerly of Portland's dark country-blues band, Blind Bartimaeus, Holley began performing exclusively as a solo act in early 2013. He has since been invited to support such national and international touring acts as Patterson Hood, Whitehorse, and Jamie N Commons, among others. In the autumn of 2013 he released his debut solo album, Better Days By & By, accompanied by former Blind Bartimaeus bandmates, Liz Chibucos and Allen Clayton; Lanie White, formerly of Closely Watched Trains; Moorea Masa, from The Ruby Pines, Ural Thomas & the Pain, and Morning Ritual; and Grammy-nominated musician Amanda Richards. Holley's songs explore the interaction between religion and sexuality, love and hate, life and death, while remaining rooted in classic American musical traditions and storytelling.Map & Directions