Celebration Series: The Music of The Indigo Girls & Willie Nelson

Celebration Series: The Music of The Indigo Girls & Willie Nelson

Sat · August 26, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free (but $5-20 donation suggested)

Celebration Series: The Music of The Indigo Girls & Willie Nelson
Celebration Series: The Music of The Indigo Girls & Willie Nelson
The Celebration Series celebrates singer/songwriters in our midst! Each month we honor a particular singer/songwriter or two by inviting a handful of other performers to play the honoree’s songs onstage. This series, a fundraiser for The Warming House, happens with different honorees and different musicians every month. This month we celebrate The Indigo Girls and Willie Nelson. We have some excellent performers lined up for this: Rachel Ries and Brianna Lane (performing as a duo), Waltzing on Waves, Almighty American, Mike "Razz" Russell, Leslie Rich and John Louis! Doors at 7:30, music at 8:00. Suggested donation is $5 - $20, and all proceeds go to support The Warming House, a tax-exempt music listening room.
Leslie Rich
Leslie Rich
HELLO, I'M LESLIE RICH.

I grew up in Belfast in the 70's, when it was the norm to have soldiers patrolling the streets and to be searched by a heavily armed police force just to go shopping downtown. In 1989, I started to put my teenage frustrations and beliefs to music and after scarring mum's guitar for a few months, I finally got one of my own and started performing. Apparently I'm still at it, although the things I write about now are a little more grown up. I've been very lucky to have performed with almost all of my musical idols and to have released a bunch of music on my own and with some great bands like The Rocket Soul Choir, A Little Of The Ready and Hounds Of Finn. I moved to Minnesota in 2004 and consider it my home. I have a new record coming out in the fall with the Rocket Soul Choir called Kidder's Son on Loud Folk Records which contains some of the most enjoyable and exciting music I've ever played.
Waltzing on Waves
Waltzing on Waves
Waltzing on Waves is the solo act of Jen Bluhm, a genre-fluid artist who carries a special appreciation for the bittersweet places, the preciously awkward paces, and the borderline absurd spaces that music can identify and elevate in the hearts and minds of humans. She knows her voice well, accessing techniques and devices from many different styles of music. She is a multi-instrumentalist, but specializes in composing and performing on ukulele and acoustic guitar. Jen is also one half of the Indie duo, The Salt Vine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. They think she sounds like glitter.
Almighty American
Almighty American
Almighty American is the moniker of Minneapolis singer-songwriter, Michael Gay. He writes fundamentally simple songs with carefully crafted lyrics, paired with a classic sensibility and feel that will stick with you well after the fact. The songs themselves tend to consider topics like love, making mistakes, and learning how to be human. Other major influences include old books, cowboys, going fast and being free.

Growing up, Michael was enamored with the raw feeling and energy of 90’s and early 2000’s emo and pop punk. At the same time, his dad was educating him about the artists from his own upbringing, fostering in Michael an appreciation for the folk, country rock, and outlaw singers and songwriters from the 60’s and 70’s.

He cut his teeth as a drummer in various bands though middle school and high school, and eventually picked up a guitar. It all started about 8 years ago with a few simple folk songs, and he hasn't stopped since.

Recently, Michael decided to ask a few friends to help bring to life the full band sound he always imagined. He approached Andrew Schibilla (electric guitar), Joel Bowers (drums) and Beck Nebel (bass) to fill out the sound.

Almighty American is a personal outlet as much as it is a means to create something meant to impact the modern listener the same way music has impacted Michael in his own life. Almighty American is about adding something fresh to a long tradition of songwriting.
Rachel Ries
Rachel Ries
Rachel Ries, a recent transplant to Minneapolis, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted. With an electric guitar and piano; a clear voice and steady hand; she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry.

Anticipated in 2017 is Rachel’s 4th full length, To Love To Leave To Live, recorded in the midwest with members of Bon Iver and Field Report. In 2016, Ries released Cardinal; a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France. For Rachel, each of the songs is a direction; a key; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one’s path or the bonds of family and blood. Each Cardinal includes a limited edition linoleum block art print, handmade by Rachel herself. Recorded by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith, Cardinal is Rachel’s 2nd handcrafted EP and a spare, intimate cycle of songs.

2014's well-lauded, ambitious album, Ghost of a Gardener, features a duet with Gregory Alan Isakov, members of Cuddle Magic and cameos by Devon Sproule, Carrie Elkin, and Danny Schmidt. Rachel has also recorded, collaborated and toured extensively with Anaïs Mitchell, the brilliant mind behind Hadestown.

Proudly carrying the torch of her love for the domestic arts, Rachel’s homemade preserves and hand-stitched notebooks can often be found at shows, nestled amid the 180 gram vinyl, cds and t-shirts. If you need comparisons, think Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jeff Buckley. If you don’t – just listen.
Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane
"Poised, ambitious, a soul-singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist." - Jim Walsh (Star Tribune Minneapolis, MN)
Hailing from the song-rich soil of Minneapolis, Brianna Lane is the latest in a deluge of compelling songwriters flooding the region. Lane’s vocals are both confidant and fragile, running parallels to Mindy Smith or a close confidant to Americana veteran Patty Griffin.

Brianna Lane is a gifted singer/songwriter in true Americana form. She writes and performs on an acoustic guitar as well as a banjo, crafting songs that are clear-eyed and pure—with an integrity derived from her gritty, unflinching emotional honesty. Jim Walsh recently wrote that Brianna Lane is "She’s poised, ambitious, a great writer, a soul singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist.” (Star Tribune) Lane grew up in Minnesota and still calls Minneapolis home. In her eight years of touring Lane has shared the stage with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Colin Hay, Billy Bragg, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, The Weepies, Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland), and numerous other well seasoned musicians. She has also shared powerhouse, leg-powered bicycle tours with Signature Sounds’ artist Peter Mulvey. Lane has released four full length solo records and one duo EP with Cahalen Morrison as “Harbor Collective”. Her latest full-length CD is entitled “The Navigators Club”.

Behind Lane’s beguiling smile lies a heart that has had its share of heartache where songs like “In My Bones” and “Company” draw their inspiration. Her stories oscillate between a sense of urgency and resolve while seeking a tranquil balance. Brianna Lane is proof that talent, ambition, and honesty still mean something in today’s hyper-stylized and manipulated musical landscape.
Mike "Razz" Russell
Mike "Razz" Russell
Razz is a multi-instrumentalist who has played solo and in a number of bands, and has recorded and toured with artists such as The Jayhawks and Joe Henry.
John Louis
John Louis
John Louis is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter and guitarist who crafts twangy folk songs about love, loss, living and nostalgia.

“I think of my music as tonic from the chaos and swirl. Music for the road, or the kind of songs you sing with friends around the fire,” said Louis. His songs evoke hope and longing, change and regret, love and death, lost and found, and kindness.

Collectively, Louis says he’s been influenced by all of the music he has ever heard, but is especially fond of that long list of singer-songwriters that begins with Kris, Townes, Lucinda, Bob, Waylon, and Gram. “I am drawn to songwriters who are serious about their craft, but who make themselves vulnerable -- who from time to time put big pieces of their heart and soul into their songs.“ It is through these influences that John has put big pieces of his own heart and soul into his songs.
While Louis has written songs and played music with other musicians for many years, the release of Drift in September 2015 marked his first record as a solo singer/songwriter. Louis wrote the bulk of Drift in late 2013 and 2014. The album was recorded and mixed at Underwood Studio in Minneapolis with producer Mark Stockert and co-producer Brianna Lane. Mastering was performed by Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Mastering in Los Angeles.

For Drift, Louis pulled together some of the most gifted musicians around: Mike “Razz” Russell (fiddle, mandolin, guitar); Jimmy Johnson (pedal steel); Brianna Lane (banjo, vocals); Michelle Kinney (cello); Jed Germond (fiddle); Andy Carroll (bass); and Kris Schaefer (drums). Louis provides lead vocals and guitar to every track. The album also features gorgeous vocals by notable musicians Page Burkum and Jack Torrey (Cactus Blossoms), and Ben Kyle (Romantica).

When not playing music or writing songs, John can most often be found on a bike or listening to other musicians around town.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409
http://thewarminghouse.net/