Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters
Gerle Haggard Band
Bo Porter
Lindsie Feathers
Lynn Conover and Little Sue
Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan
Jennifer Smieja

2 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.
Free admission
All ages welcome

About Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival

We're launching a grand ol' country festival - yeehaw! Join in the four days of fun for all ages, where free live music will be heard indoors and out on multiple stages, with a little bluegrass and Americana to boot.

Live Music Schedule

Pat's Stage
Jennifer Smieja | 2 p.m. 'til 3:50 p.m.
Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan | 5 p.m. 'til 6:20 p.m.
Lynn Conover and Little Sue | 7:30 p.m. 'til 8:15 p.m. 

Main Stage
Gerle Haggard | 4 p.m. 'til 4:50 p.m.
Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters | 6:30 p.m. 'til 7:20 p.m. 
TBA | 8:30 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Garage Door
Lindsie Feathers | 4 p.m. 'til 6 p.m.
Bo Porter | 7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m. 

Event Schedule

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

6:30 p.m. 'til 7:20 p.m.

Main Stage

Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters

Hailed as "Darling of the NW Americana music scene;" Ashleigh Flynn & her new band the Riveters spin infectious well-crafted Americana music delivered by a well-curated band of musically virtuous middle-aged women who write classic songs that speak to our common humanity - songs about love and loss, the forces of good and evil...and love and loss, good and evil are just that - regardless of whether you are young or old, gay or straight, man or woman...

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ashleighflynnmusic

Videos:
http://www.ashleighflynn .com/videos/

Website:
http://www.ashleighflynn.com/

Gerle Haggard Band

4 p.m. 'til 4:50 p.m.

Main Stage

Gerle Haggard Band

Gerle Haggard Band is a seven-piece, all-female tribute that brings the best of Merle Haggard's timeless music to audiences who have been loving songs like Mama Tried, Misery and Gin and Working Man Blues for nearly five decades as well as introducing these and many more classics to a whole new audience.

Founding member Maria Callahan had a dream one night that she was in an all-female Merle Haggard tribute band called Gerle Haggard. She woke herself up laughing and decided she had to put it together.

Callahan remarks: "The best thing about playing Merle's music is that his songs continue to stay relevant . . . the hardest thing is trying to decide which of his hundreds of songs to work on next!"

Website:
http://www.gerlehaggardband.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/GerleHaggardBand/

Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-929637874

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUEpMC92B9x7nWb4K9gCU9w

Bo Porter

7 p.m. 'til 10 p.m.

Garage Door

Bo Porter

Bo Porter Texas Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee. Great big Thanks to my sponsors Budweiser and Texas Hatters. More information on my sponsors and showdates at www.BoPorter.com.

Lindsie Feathers

4 p.m. 'til 6 p.m.

Garage Door

Lindsie Feathers

For all intents and purposes, Lindsie entered the Chicago music scene in 2004, but her relationship with music began at age nine in the middle of Illinois cornfields, watching Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline movies on her grandmother's VCR, being captivated by their voices, their outfits and their stories. Not long after, she encountered her first guitar.

"I stayed with my Uncle Jack [my mom's brother] for a few weeks in the summertime with his family, my cousins," she remembers. "One afternoon, he was sitting on the couch strumming his guitar. I recall hearing this magical sound float in the air, and I ran from my cousins room to seek what I was hearing. I went right up to him, put my body next to the instrument, and asked him about it. Even now I can feel how the first sound of those strings resonated within my body, like a magnet. I didn't know what it was, but I needed to be close to it."

That need informed the rest of her life. After meeting Cliff Balsamello -- owner of Medicine Man Recording Studio -- as a teenager, she began her first studio sessions, singing Balsamello's songs with no idea where it would lead. Not long after, she bought a guitar and asked him to show her three chords, figuring out the rest for herself. Learning a few of her favorite songs, and writing some of her own, she connected with Chicago singer/songwriter Gayle Ritt, and was asked to join Ritt onstage. After a series of open mic gigs, Feathers (with Ritt) opened for Vonda Shepard at House Of Blues Chicago.

"Big stage," she recalls. "I was hooked."

Quitting her day job with a trading company at 23, Feathers started working in bars and restaurants to make ends meet which allowed her to focus on her music. However, after a few years of recording demos with the likes of Chuck Gladfelter (Dovetail Joint/Ivory Wire), Joe Cassidy (Assassins/Butterfly Child), Preston Graves (Cupcakes) and Matt Walker (The Smashing Pumpkins/Morrissey), she was ready to take her creativity in another direction. Feathers left music (and Chicago) behind to study filmmaking at The Art Institute in Portland, graduating with high honors and having the documentary she produced, Not So Square, showcased on PBS's POV. After graduating, music entered back into her life, starting a band that gradually shifted from psychedelia to country, touring with Brush Prairie (a country band fronted by The Dandy Warhols' Zia McCabe). The band recorded an album in 2012, but parted ways before it could be released.

This might seem like a lot of information, but all of it is relevant to explain how a chance connection with delta blues guitarist Bob Shoemaker could lead to a 2 1/2-year process of rehearsing, writing and recording Feathers' full length album, Neon Renaissance. 

"The songs are about love, the life journey, slowing down, the planet and it's dwindling resources, liberating cultural belief systems and programming, being true to the self, connecting to our ancestors and family, releasing fear, making choices, and honoring our heroes," Feathers says. "Spreading your wings and trusting in the flight."

That may be an ambitious mission statement, but it's hard to argue with. Engineered and Mixed by Adam Selzer at Type Foundary (M. Ward, She & Him, The Minus 5) and Produced by Lindsie Feathers and Bob Shoemaker.  The album is supported by Decemberists pedal steel player Paul Brainard, Fabulous Thunderbirds drummer Jimi Bott, Jackstraw harmonica player David Lipkind, Fernando pianist Ralph Huntley, organist Mike Walker, and Belinda Underwood, Julia Schlippert and Feathers' mentor Gayle Ritt on backing vocals, the album is a confident, accomplished, remarkably complete work. 

"More to Love" opens the album harkening immediately back to Feathers' VHS roots, evoking classic Loretta Lynn with a decidedly modern twist. "Be Good To Me" is a rabble-rousing anti-fracking protest song, while "Swine" is a self-empowerment anthem--very different songs, yet equally effective. The lovely "On Our Way" is a gentle reassurance buoyed by Feathers' tasteful lead playing, while "Honey Bee" is a honky-tonk rave-up with Feathers' gentle vocal taking on a sly, winking quality, putting her choir of backing vocalists through their paces. "Horse Moon" features an unstoppable bass groove and pulsing behind Shoemaker's positively seductive slide guitar. The album's two bonus tracks are worthy inclusions as well, with "Fly Like A Bird" featuring nine-year-old protege Iris Coleman on vocals, leading the band through the song's serene, comforting nursery-rhyme cadence.

In the words of the Neon Renaissance creed, written to define the album: "Let us follow our dream, teach the earth, serve humanity. We seek to love; not hate. To Heal; not hurt. Let love prevail." 

Website:
https://neonrenaissance.com/

Lynn Conover and Little Sue

7:30 p.m. 'til 8:15 p.m.

Pat's Stage

Lynn Conover and Little Sue

Acoustic singer/songwriter duo

website:
http://www.littlesue.com

Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan

5 p.m. 'til 6:20 p.m.

Pat's Stage

Catherine Loyer & Strawberry Roan

From clubs, festivals and corporate events, to session work, touring, and radio jingles, Catherine Loyer has a rich career in music. She is known for her electric presence and a voice that has power and control to spare.

Catherine is backed by a top notch band, consisting of Jim Loyer on acoustic guitar, Toby Rapp on bass, Dennis Elmer on drums, Gabriel Trees on lead guitar, and Willow Welson on vocals. She and Strawberry Roan play an array of originals, artistic covers, as well as everyone's favorites. The songs range from country, to pop, roots rock, and even rock-n-blues. By adding their own personal slant, Catherine and each player create the distinctive sound, known as Strawberry Roan.

With a busy gig schedule, Catherine and Strawberry Roan plays on, creating fans wherever they perform.

 

facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CatherineLoyerMusic