3rd Annual Townes Van Zandt Day at The Warming House

Townes-loving musicians play the songs of the Townes Van Zandt!

3rd Annual Townes Van Zandt Day at The Warming House

Tue · January 1, 2019

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 4:30 pm

Free (but $5-20 suggested donation)

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3rd Annual Townes Van Zandt Day at The Warming House
3rd Annual Townes Van Zandt Day at The Warming House
Join us for our 3rd Annual Townes Van Zandt Day at The Warming House. Talented Townes-loving musicians will play Townes' songs from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Performers to include Brianna Lane, Pleasure Horse (duo), Amanda Standalone, Ryan Holweger, Greg Neis, John Louis, AJ Scheiber and Sarah York and Chad Guerrero. This event is on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner or food to share, and your own beverage (nonalcoholic). Suggested donation is $5-$20, and all proceeds go to support The Warming House, a tax-exempt music listening room.
Amanda Standalone
Amanda Standalone
Amanda Standalone is a writer, folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from Minnesota. Standalone has released two albums,Millions of Blackbirds (2010), which bears the Title track Bird flew Hard for the HBO documentary ‘Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert,’ and Trouble (2014), funded in part by a grant from the Lakes Region Arts Council. Her music is a soulful blend of acoustic folk/blues strongly influenced by American Roots music. She skillfully attacks the guitar, banjo, and her single stringed washtub, while packing an extra punch with her rich vocals. Currently, Standalone is working on her 3rd album, a concept album based on ghost stories and stories ‘from the other side.’
Pleasure Horse
Pleasure Horse
Pleasure Horse began in 2012 with the duo of songwriter Tim Evenson and guitarist Ben Mahowald. Thereafter, the band worked to craft a uniquely Minnesotan brand of country music. Implementing the emotive clarity of Townes Van Zandt and a Parsons-esque passion for traditional music, Pleasure Horse self-released several collections of cosmic cowboy classics over the following years.

Dave Hoenack of Hymie’s Vintage Records writes, “Pleasure Horse offers just a little of just about everything you’ve ever loved about country music: beer-soaked heartbreak and twang, a little Tex-Mex and a little rock and roll.”

The release of Pleasure Horse’s New Lonely is the realization of their full musical potential. Featuring a collection of guest performers, the added instrumentation is a rich and eclectic accent to the group’s already solid foundation. With recording support from Neil Weir of Blue Bell Knoll and Scott Nieman at dubNemo Productions, the sonic quality of New Lonely is ready for the airwaves.

The inspiration for the song writing originally came from a desire to emulate the Outlaw Country songwriters of the ’70s like Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie and Townes. It accomplishes that and more. A nod from any one of those songwriters would lighten the hearts of the group and those who listen. The songs come to life when each member stamps their own unique musical background on it. Most of which and oddly enough hails from the plains of South Dakota.
Ryan Holweger
Ryan Holweger
Ryan Holweger lived a lot of life before releasing his first solo record, Gunmetal Sky. Those familiar with Minneapolis roots music will recognize the voice that fronted the Western Fifth during their storied run, now it has returned and is coming from a seasoned songwriter fronting a new handpicked band of Twin Cities musicians. Refueled Magazine, describing the storm of emotions that are Holweger's songwriting, said: “You can nearly feel the fading heart, the grieving, the loss, the warm fluids running across cold fingers.”

Gunmetal Sky is a record over three years in the making, written in Minnesota backyards and Thailand living rooms, honed in dive bars and breweries across America and western music halls throughout Southeast Asia. It’s a record written by a father raising his daughter on two continents, writing his emotions wherever he is, and recorded with Mark Stockert at Underwood Studios whenever his feet hit the Midwest soil that raised him. There are more musicians on Gunmetal Sky than students in Ryan’s graduating class in his rural North Dakota hometown, and they balance raw talent with intense energy harvested in a way seldom seen from a debut full length.

The album features heavy hitters like Dave Boquist from Son Volt on fiddle and guitar, Mick Wirtz and Jimmy Peterson from Bellwether on drums and National Steel Guitar, respectively, and a host of other seasoned veterans of the Twin Cities music scene. It also includes meaningful contributions like Ryan’s longtime friend and bass player from Western Fifth, Joshua Christenson. The most heartwarming appearance on Gunmetal Sky, though, comes in the form of the incredible vocal harmonies of Katie Anderson, who calls Ryan her husband. The wedded duet truly stands out on a track that Ryan reconstructed from sheet music for a song his grandfather wrote about a lost love so many decades ago.

This is the record that Ryan Holweger has been trying to put out since he started writing music. At long last we’re able to hear his words, chords, and travels in a collection that is both polished and rusted, cohesive and chaotic, personal and relatable.

This is Gunmetal Sky.
Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane
Brianna Lane is an Americana singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. She has the voice of a chain-smoking angel, songs that balance hope and despair, and the stage presence of an old friend.

For fans of Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Ryan Adams.

“Poised, ambitious, a soul-singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist.”
— Jim Walsh (Star Tribune Minneapolis, MN)
Greg Neis
Greg Neis
John Louis
John Louis
John Louis is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who crafts twangy folk songs about love and loss.

Louis writes to connect the personal with the universal: hope and longing, change and regret, love and death, loneliness and kindness.

For fans of Townes Van Zandt, Patty Griffin, Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams.

Quotes


“John Louis's songwriting is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.” The Current, Radio Heartland

“Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota is both gentle and intense. It welcomes listeners in, and gives them something to think about.” No Depression

“Rootsy singer/songwriter John Louis [is] equal parts John Prine and Robert Earl Keen . . . .” StarTribune

"A terrific live album!" The Sundilla Radio Hour (commenting on "Live at The Warming House, Minneapolis, Minnesota")

“’Drift ... deserves a spot in any real roots-Americana lover's library.” Jim Walsh, former City Pages music editor and award-winning columnist for the Pioneer Press.

“Love it!” Jonathan Byrd (commenting on “Drift”)
AJ Scheiber
AJ Scheiber
AJ SCHEIBER is co-founder (with Liz Wilkinson) of the honky-tonk / country-folk band Wilkinson James, whose music one listener called “the bastard offspring of Townes Van Zandt and June Carter Cash.” Besides writing the bulk of the songs for two Wilkinson James albums (the most recent, Abandon, is just out in Fall 2016), AJ has contributed to records by bands like Mystic Shake and The Somebody Club. He once described himself to an interviewer as “sort of a non-smoking John Prine,” but you’ll be able to tell that he definitely inhaled while listening to folks like Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Mose Allison, and Gram Parsons.
Sarah York & Chad Guerrero
Sarah York & Chad Guerrero
Chad Guerrero and Sarah York have been playing together for a while, at the square dance, festivals, and various shindigs. Both had a stint as guitarist for the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers.
Besides old-time music, they value the power of a good song. Sarah is is a songwriter and sings for the honky-tonk band Hello Heartache. Chad is a multi-instrumentalist who has shaken the dust off of many an archaic melody and made it shine.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409
http://thewarminghouse.net/