Tobacco Crossroads

Triangle – Triad Songwriters Gather ‘Round

Two master guitar pickers, an Irish storytelling siren, and a Southern sawbending rocker will share the stage in the first Triangle Meets Triad in the Round at  Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle Back Room on July 16 at 8:00 PM.

Durham blues and Americana artist, Jon Shain, will host the Bluebird Cafe style songwriters round.  Known for his gritty vocals, and Piedmont Blues guitar picking, Shain fronts the Jon Shain Trio and is featured in the NC Music Love Army compilation. Recently, Jon has been collaborating with IBMA award winning songwriter, Joe Newberry.  Jon will dig into his deep repertoire and introduce new songs from his upcoming record.

Sam Frazier was one of the collaborators for Greensboro College’s, The Healing Blues Project, benefiting the Interactive Resource Center. The project’s concept was to team up local Blues musicians as songwriters with homeless storytellers to create a 15 song CD about daily life on the streets of Greensboro.  Although no stranger to social and philanthropic causes, this unique project is one of his personal favorites. Inspired by his homeless storyteller Ryan L., here is Sam performing I Wait from the HBP.

As one of the Triad’s award-winning writers, Molly McGinn’s use of strong imagery captures an audience during her live performances. Molly’s smoky voice will draw the listener into a comfortable slumber while her lyrics gently burns like an addicting lover.  Her 2014 release of Postcards from the Dismal Swamp was one of my favorite releases of 2014.  Listen to Postcards from the Dismal Swamp here.

Frazier and McGinn often play together around their Greensboro hometown, where they support several social justice causes through their live and recording appearances. For Shain and Frazier, this series is the beginning of a new musical partnership.

Melissa Swingle (Trailer Bride, the Moaners) is no stranger to the Triangle scene. Originally from Mississippi, Swingle arrived during the hey day of the 90s Chapel Hill scene. She continues to bring her Deep South influence with a dive bar edge to her devoted cult fans. Some of her solo work reminds me of Nico from the Velvet Underground. Here is Melissa performing Arrowheads.

Who: Jon Shain, Molly McGinn, Sam Frazier, Melissa Swingle
Where: Cat’s Cradle Back Room
When: July 16, 2015  Time:  Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost:  $10 Adv / $12 DOS
Event Link: Triangle Meets Triad Songwriters Round

For fans of John Prine, Merle Travis, Velvet Underground, Amelia’s Mechanics, Bonnie Raitt, John Dee Holeman, Guiness, Sarcasm

Videos of the Week

Well, we might as well keep riding this Frazier / Shain carousel. With less than 10 minutes of rehearsal at Doodad Farm’s John Prine tribute, these two put together a grand finale style set that inspired the Triangle – Triad songwriter showcase.

Carousel of Love by John Prine

The Glory of True Love by John Prine

New Releases

The Sprinter – The Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony celebrates the release of their fifth  record, The Sprinter, with a two night event at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room. Known for their eccentric arrangements, front fella, Django Haskins, expanded the band’s musical influences to include some of Haskins’ recent collaborations from his recent Big Star tribute shows.

Recorded and produced by Mitch Easter at the Fidelitorium Recordings (Alejandro Escovedo, The Avett Brothers, REM), Haskins’ reached out to his Big Star tribute pals Chris Stamey (dBs) for special arrangements and Mike Mills (REM) to add guest vocals to two tracks.

Their first single from The Sprinter, The Magic Hour, is a dark sensual cut with a message about love. REM’s bassist, Mike Mills, provides more layers of harmonies   Check out the  The Magic Hour.

Who: The Old Ceremony
Where: Cat’s Cradle Back Room
When: July 17 and 18, 2015  Time:  Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Cost:  $18
Event Link: The Old Ceremony “Sprinter” Record Release Show

GR8PICKS of the Week

July 12 – 16 Amy, Amy Winehouse Documentary
July 14, 2015 Robert Earl Keen – Saxapahaw
July 15 Ballet Folklorica Cutumba

Planning Ahead

August 1 Shugie Otis w Greg Humphreys Trio
August 10 Lauryn Hill 
August 29 Shakori Hills Stars in the Round

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