Saturday, December 6
Sunday, March 19
Saturday, December 6
Sunday, March 19
Johnsmith House Concert with special guest Kelly Brightwell Sunday November 2 here at Doverlaff House Concerts was full before we could begin to promote it. Here is the poster.
“Matt’s greatest asset as a songwriter is his natural ability to tell a story,” says Austin-based singer Seela Misra. “The world in his retelling is brutally honest, tender and hilarious at the same, a comforting combination. Equally comforting is his singing voice. You believe what he tells you.”
Key words: Honest, tender, hilarious. Yes, Matt’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark. Haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. “I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future,” Newcomb says. “What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans.”
We had not heard Tim Easton before. He and Matt are touring together so we get them both. So I went on YouTube to check him out. See videos from each of them below.
For his first release in over three years, and his third for the New West label, singer/songwriter Tim Easton goes even further back to his roots. An album made on the road, its 13 songs were recorded in six studios in six different states. Still, it maintains a distinctive thread provided by Easton‘s unplugged, unvarnished approach and smooth yet earthy vocals. Various members of the Jayhawks contribute, but like Tift Merritt, whose barely-there backing vocals on the lovely “Next to You” don’t add much personality, they only bring muted accompaniment to what is very much a solo project. Only Lucinda Williams‘ trademarked whisky-soured harmonies on “Back to the Pain” convey another distinctive voice to the mix. Easton sticks primarily to emotional ballads, with even his own strumming guitar and occasional percussion relegated to the background as he sings primarily of alienation and lost or waning love. The album’s generally dark, somber lyrics mesh well with his doe-eyed sleepy voice and the laconic tempo of the songs. “C-Dub” and “News Blackout” return him to Bringing It All Back Home-era Bob Dylan with prominent harmonica and political lyrics on the latter that creep into the personal as he closes the song with “Sweetheart, please, please take my hand.” There is a lonely, solemn quality to the unaccompanied “J.P.M.F.Y.F.” (short for “Jesus Protect Me from Your Followers”) that sounds like Easton strumming in his bedroom as he quietly lashes out at those who are “spitting in the face of love with one hand on the Bible and the other in the purse.” The closing cover of the blues standard “Sitting on Top of the World” brings the disc to a resigned and tranquil conclusion. Easton shoots his bullets with a silencer on the scraggly, moving, and introspective Ammunition, a personal album that takes a few spins, or more, to appreciate.
Some Videos from Matt the Electrician:
Some Videos from Tim Easton:
Rich Warren, of Sing Out Magazine had this to say of Cosy’s 2008 release Eros, Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That’s all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album’s concept with the opening “The Story Of Longing,” which contains a line about “the gods holding out their hand to me.” Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. “The Beauty Cream” updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek “Weekend Workshop” sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. “You Still Love Me Somewhere” could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with “Happiness is Waiting,” a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There’s some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. I laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.
Some of Cosy’s videos that you may want to check out:
Well, that is just a taste of Cosy. We are sure you will love her show, we did when we saw her at Artichoke Music last year.
The suggested donation for this show is $15. To guarantee your seats, send us a check, made out to Dan Dover with Cosy Sheridan in the memo line. I will not cash the checks until the week of the show. We do prefer cash for at the door donations since I will need to give the money to Cosy after the show and will not have an opportunity to cash checks. You can mail checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, 97206
We sure hope you will join us for Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19. The show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Its going to be a great show. It will be better if you are here.
As usual, we will provide some snacks for free and will have beer and wine available. We suggest a $2 donation for wine and beer.
Hoping to see you at the show,
Cheryl and Dan
Hello Music Lovers,
Hello Music Lovers,
“A masterwork of southwestern acoustic sound that’s rich, colorful, and oftentimes funny.” — Acoustic Guitar ( on Chuck’s CD ‘Keepin’ Time by the River’)
It is hard to believe that it is almost time to start the Doverlaff House Concerts 2013-14 seasons, but it is true.