Robert Sarazin Blake
- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Saturday, March 29, 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 Louis Ledford
[Louis Ledford's] land is the "Old Weird America" Greil Marcus wrote so emotively about. His stories seldom end with a hero on the proverbial mountaintop. His narratives are typically told by the losers, those close to the edge, in the grandest sense. This latest record puts him in front of a microphone, sans accompaniment, where he pours out live-sounding interpretations of his own music, which while not your Daddy's folk, has one foot planted firmly either side of Cripple Creek. Adios King represents Ledford's most accomplished work, which at it's peak stands shoulder to shoulder with that of modern luminaries as Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, and the like. - J. Holgren, 9X Magazine.
Louis Ledford's forthright, Southern tales match the songwriting craftsmanship of Kris Kristofferson with the rolling piedmont fingerpicking style exemplified by Etta Baker. Practitioner of the "no metaphor" school of songwriting, His subjects, often centered around the effects of poverty on the human spirit, paint unforgettable portraits that insinuate themselves in your memory. - Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records.
Louis Ledford was born in Richmond Virginia. His roots are in rural South Western Virginia and The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
He first received notice as part of Used Carlotta. The band emerged as part of the Mid-Atlantic roots movement in the late 90's Ledford went on to record his debut solo album "Reverie", released by Waterbug Records in 2004, establishing a career as a solo performer.
The idea for Adios King came out of those sessions when producer Bob Rupe suggested the songs that featured Ledford alone were some of the record's best.Map & Directions