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Sometimes dates and performers change on short notice. It’s a good idea to check the venue website before attending shows.

Sep
20
Fri
Kate Callahan @ Cherry Bridge House Concerts, Bridgewater MA
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Email andyjudysong@aim.com to reserve your seat and we will send you the address. We have a suggested donation of $15. 100% of the donations go to the performers.

David Buskin and Robin Batteau (Sophie Buskin opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Buskin & Batteau have been winning hearts and minds with their soulful acoustic balladry and fun-filled performances for more years than they care to remember.

“We’re not from the Cambridge, came-over-on-the-Mayflower first wave of folkies [Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Eric Von Schmidt],” says Buskin, “but we’d like to think we’ve stolen many of their licks.”

The Washington Post called their work “an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit, and killer wit. And while their humor runs the gamut from topical irony (“Second Homeless”) to terminal silliness (“Jews Don’t Camp”), it’s their unique combination of instrumental virtuosity (piano and violin, primarily, though both play other instruments as well), soaring vocal harmonies and unparalleled lyric-writing that prompts the standing ovations and rhapsodic reviews: “The most musically sophisticated act in folk” The New York Times; “Acoustic Heaven” The Boston Globe. And with the help of uber-percussionist Marshal Rosenberg, they manage to kick the rhythm pretty hard for a couple of seasoned troubadours.

Famous in the eighties as superstar jingle writers –Batteau’s “Heartbeat of America” heads a list of a hundred or more hits — they’ve also divided their time between writing songs for other artists — e.g., Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Peter, Paul and Mary and Bette Midler; helping a diverse group of non-profits — Paul Newman’s Hole-In-The-Wall Camps, Harry Chapin’s WhyHunger, Roger Payne’s Ocean Alliance, among others; and hosting their quirky, unpredictable Radio B&B show on WPKN-FM and WPKN.org. Their latest CD, Love Remembered, Love Forgot, was recorded at Neale Eckstein’s Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA, features some delightful guest appearances and is available now!

Sophie Buskin
Raised in the heart of New York City by two accomplished musical parents, singer-songwriter Sophie started studying piano at age three and first set foot in the studio at four. Her parents recall she was undaunted by the adult singers as she sat on the tallest stool to be close enough to the microphone: the headphones were bigger than her head! She caught the harmony bug and began working extensively as a child jingle singer, featured on many TV/radio spots from GE and Hess Trucks to Six Flags and the Kidz Bop CD series.

Sep
21
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please email Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com.  The first 14 signups are guaranteed a spot.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Bill Staines @ Maple Street Church Artist Series, Danvers MA
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Back by popular demand! Maple Street Church is pleased to announce renowned folksinger/songwriter BILL STAINES in performance on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, AT 7:30 P.M..  This performance will be held in the Sweet Maple Coffeehouse, located in the lower level of the church.  Admission is $15 at the door.  The doors will open at 7:15.  Parking is available behind the church and in the lot across the street from the back of the church.

 

Jez Lowe @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

September 21st   – – – – –  Jez Lowe  – – – – –

All the way from England comes this great folk legend.  No one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe.  You will be amazed by his singing, his multi-instrumental playing, and all the original songs that you’re likely to recognize. His songs have been covered by Gordon Bok, Liam Clancy, Fairport Convention, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish the Ladies, and literally hundreds of others. What higher compliment can a songwriter have!?! So, please come enjoy a super evening with a world famous folk singer right here in Hingham!
http://www.jezlowe.com

Don White, opener: Sway @ New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill MA
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Celebrate the start of the New Moon Coffeehouse’s 32nd season with famed and funny singer/songwriter/storyteller/humorist/teacher… Don White. No single label pins him down.

Don White shares life journeys in song and story, often time with humor, always with heart. Many songwriters use their life experiences for inspiration, but few do it like Don. His eyes are wide open to all the absurdities and innuendos in his life, and he expertly crafts songs to share them with his audience. Laughs are abundant at a Don White show, and tears occasionally show up too. His concert is a journey not to be missed.

In addition to honing his own comedic and songwriting craft, Don generously uses his time to support and tutor young performers. He will open his show with Sway, a young man from Lynn he has been mentoring.

Ellis Paul @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $30

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Martin Swinger @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA
Sep 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Martin Swinger @ Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield MA | Mansfield | Massachusetts | United States

Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door. The doors open at 7:30.

Martin Swinger is an atypical 60-something who can’t stop exploring music, songwriting and singing. Socially conscious, thought provoking and surprisingly entertaining, Martin is celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging delivery. He’s recorded 6 CD’s, won local and national songwriting awards, is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.

Sep
23
Mon
Chris Pahud with Mini Set by Johnny Flaherty @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sep
25
Wed
Steve Turner House Concert @ Private home
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Reservations are required!  Send email to HouseConcerts@fssgb.org.  Address and directions will be provided when you make your reservation.

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.

Steve began his career on the Manchester, UK folk scene at the end of the ’60s, with the Geordie band “Canny Fettle”, touring with them for eight years and making two albums with them. In 1979 he won the UK Melody Maker’s national “Stars of the 80s” competition, which persuaded him to turn professional, and for the next 12 years he toured solo, nationally and internationally, releasing four albums with Fellside Records during this period (Out Stack, Jigging One Now, Eclogue and Braiding).

After 13 years away from the folk scene he made a welcome return in 2004 performing in folk clubs and festivals, and in 2008 producing his 5th album, the highly acclaimed “Whirligig of Time” which featured UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.

Since then he has released further albums, “Rim of the Wheel” and “Spirit of the Game”, and his latest much anticipated 8th album “Late Cut”, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter, was released in January 2019.

In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her “Rocket Launcher” interview when asked “what was the best gig you ever saw?” answered “… Steve Turner …”

Sep
27
Fri
Cheryl Wheeler AND John Gorka @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CHERYL WHEELER

Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how entertaining a performer she is. If you’re not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell,
Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

From her albums, you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people’s comments about her you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you’ve been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded!

Cheryl’s first concert was to a captive audience. She found an old toy ukelele in a neighbor’s attic and serenaded her mother who was taking a bath at the time. A year later she got a real ukelele, followed by her first guitar. She learned guitar from a neighbor, who also taught a group of boys. Each week they would get together and play just about any song they could think
of for hours on end. Her first public performance was at a Hootenanny when she was 12. She started writing her own songs when she was 17.

Cheryl has never had a “day job,” and her first professional gigs were at the Steak and Ale Restaurant in her home town of Timonium, Maryland. The place only had one PA system; in the middle of her songs, you would hear: “Jones, party of four … Jones, party of four.” She finally convinced them to get a second PA system.

She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington DC before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives. She tours extensively, often performing solo or with Kenny White, who often opens her shows as well. She appeared as part of the On a Winter’s Night tour, and was part of the Philo 25th Anniversary tour.

Her funny stories between songs reveal her talent for diversity. Each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you’ve heard it before, you still find yourself laughing

JOHN GORKA

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970s, John was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the clubs basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardys legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin had become his peers.

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of Johns talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windham Hills Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that labels imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jacks Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single When She Kisses Me found a long-term rotation on VH-1s Current Country, as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network.

In 1998, after five successful recordings and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence. The 1998 release After Yesterday marked a decidedly different attitude towards making music for John, and his next release The Company You Keep held fast to his tradition of fine songwriting, yet moved forward down new avenues. Its fourteen songs display Johns creative use of lyrics and attention to detail. Andy Stochansky played drums and shared production credits with John and Rob Genadek. Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin contributed stellar guitar work and vocals to this fan favorite. Old Futures Gone was informed by his life as husband and father of two young children and also contained the colorful experience of many hard years on the road. Writing in the Margins followed in 2006 and was an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spanned many musical genre folk, pop, country, and soul and featured guest vocalists Nanci Griffith, Lucy Kaplansky and Alice Peacock. Now with this, his 11th studio album, he returns to his roots with So Dark You See, his most compelling and traditional album to date.

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collectors edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of Johns greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and Maura OConnell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters, and clubs all over North America and Europe.

CG

Sep
28
Sat
Cold Chocolate @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fred Eaglesmith @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jake Armerding at Sanctuary Hall @ Sanctuary Hall at East Weymouth Cogregational Church, UCC
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm
Jake Armerding at Sanctuary Hall @ Sanctuary Hall at East Weymouth Cogregational Church, UCC

Jake Armerding performs selections from “Sweet Octave,” his latest album. He’s allso play with old favorites and covers in the Edwardian acoustic and architectural splendor of Sanctuary Hall. Opening for Jake will be singer-songwriters Andy & Judy of Bridgwater, also known for their Cherry Bridge House Concerts. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for pay-what-you-can coffee and desserts.

Jez Lowe @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

$20 (WUMB members $19)   Jez Lowe,  Linden Tree Coffeehouse 35th Season Opener

                                       September 28that 8pm

Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies. His Men At Words tour of North America saw Jez joining forces with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher for much-acclaimed concerts across Canada and the USA. And as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell out theatre performances around the UK.

Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, The McCalmans, Mary Black, The Duhks, Bob Fox, The Young Uns, Enda Kenny, Cherish The Ladies, Tom McConville, The Clancys and scores more, have queued up to adopt his songs for their own repertoires. No wonder no less than Richard Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time”, and personally invited him to play at Thompson’s Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre in 2010.

 Jez Lowe’s contributions to the on-going BBC Radio series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. The project culminated in a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast In November 2018 to commemorate The Great War Centenary that featured Jez alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Michael Morpurgo. 

 As BBC Radio DJ Mike Harding said recently, “No-one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe”, and chances are, even if you’ve never heard the man himself, you’ll have heard his songs, sung at festivals, club-gigs, open-mikes or on CD, by the great and good, the professional and the enthusiast, the young and not-so-young. What higher accolade could a songwriter hope for?

 

‘Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters.’ BBC Radio 2

Sep
29
Sun
Heather Masse with Jed Wilson @ Peterborough Folk Music - Deb's House Concerts, Harrisville NH
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Show begins at 6 p.m.; pot luck supper starts at 5 p.m.

A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, Heather has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. She was a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys. Heather Masse is equally versed in a variety of American song traditions, which influences her more prevalent work in folk, pop, and bluegrass.

Heather continues to perform with The Wailin’ Jennys supporting their newest Album, “Fifteen” released on Red House Records, October 2017. Heather can often be heard singing duets with Garrison Keillor, or performing at venues across the country with pianist Jed Wilson.

Masse and Wilson met as jazz students at The New England Conservatory of Music and have been performing together ever since — for more than 10 years. Their live show mixes a range of music, including folk, jazz, blues and country. Their collaboration has resulted in two albums and a host of appearances across North America.

Oct
4
Fri
Joe Jencks Concert and Dinner @ Once in a Blue Moon Concerts, Billerica MA
Oct 4 @ 5:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us for a lovely, intimate evening of food and song! Joe Jencks is one of the finest singers around, and his lyrics can move you to tears, make you laugh, get you pondering about life, love and beyond.

Start your evening with a lovely home-cooked dinner with friends, hosted by Meg through Events By Meg, for only $15. Our intimate “porch room” seats just 25, so after the meal, settle in for a very ‘up close and personal’ concert with Joe – just $20.

Reservations are required, and no-shows will be charged. Your advance deposit of $15 (toward the dinner) made on PayPal (“sending to a friend” option), or via check mailed to Events By Meg, will reserve your seat. Pay the balance of $20 to Joe Jencks via check or cash (may be paid at the door, or via mail – inquire).

This is a house concert on the Billerica/Burlington line, only 4-6 miles off all major highways. Address and further info will be sent upon your reservation. Email to confirm: meg@eventsbymeg.com

Ryanhood (Meghan Cary opens) @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RYANHOOD

Named Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Bostons Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country. They’ve since gone on to perform more than 1000 shows in 45 U.S. states over the past decade and have shared stages with Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Train, and many more.

Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Greens explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, a match made in radio heaven.

And their star is still on the rise. They were recently named the Discovery of the Year by John Platt at WFUV New York City and were a featured act at Australias National Folk Festival in April 2018. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including Best Folk Band and Best Rock Band (you can decide for yourself which is most accurate).

MEGHAN CARY

Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. When her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into song, and sang my way out of the abyss. I keep making music to help others connect with their own stories and find their joy.”

Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded an Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, and even Bruce Springsteen.

Oct
5
Sat
Caroline Cotter and Emily Mure @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Caroline Cotter and Emily Mure @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA | Rockport | Massachusetts | United States

Advance tickets are $10. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $12 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $24 for families.

Caroline Cotter takes listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. Her songs are tinged with raw emotion and brimming with honest, soul-searching expression. With a captivating soprano voice and award winning songwriting, Caroline has performed over 700 shows in 45 states and 13 countries.

Raised on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, Emily Mure sharpened her songwriting chops while studying music at Ithaca College and busking on the streets of Galway, Ireland. She later returned to New York to pursue her songwriting career in the same city that hosted her grandfather, guitarist and songwriter Billy Mure. Over the course of three acclaimed albums, she has cracked the Top 10 on the Folk DJ Charts, showcased at the International Folk Alliance conference, toured internationally, and seen her music featured on NBC, ABC, and PBS.

The Monica Rizzio Band @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Kennedys @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Oct 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $20

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Oct
11
Fri
Texas Troubadours: Terry Klein, Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

TERRY KLEIN
Terry Klein is a songwriters songwriter. His debut record, Great Northern, was produced by Walt Wilkins. Great Northern appeared on multiple 2017 Ten-Best lists and garnered praise from Rodney Crowell and Mary Gauthier. Klein and Wilkins have teamed up again for Tex, which is out now. Tex covers a lot of physical and emotional ground: from West Texas to Central Asia, from anger and depression to hope and near-exultation. He draws inspiration from his musical heroes like John Prine and Bruce Springsteen, but also from literature, film, and painting. Terry is a recovering lawyer and he lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

Here’s what folks are saying about Terry Klein:

“Terry Klein has the poets heart and it’s very much in evidence on his brand new collection of songs.”
–Rodney Crowell

“Terry Klein’s songs bring me into his world, they make the crossing from one heart to another with ease. ‘Better Luck Next Time’ could have been written by Springsteen, Van Zandt, or Earle. But, no, this amazing song came from the guitar of a wonderful new voice in songwriting — Terry Klein. Close your eyes, give a listen, and let his songs take you on a ride. Its a beautiful journey.”
–Mary Gauthier

CHUCK HAWTHORNE
Chuck Hawthorne was sitting in a Chicago airport next to his guitar case. He had been visiting friends for the weekend and was waiting on a flight back to Austin, where he had recently relocated following his retirement from the US Marine Corps. Another gentleman toting a guitar took the seat next to him and struck up a conversation. That man was Juno Award-winning artist Ray Bonneville.

As the flight boarded, the two exchanged contact information, and Ray asked Chuck to send him some songs. Chuck had heard that line before and figured that airport conversation would be the last he heard from Ray Bonneville. But the next day, he emailed Ray a few songs anyway. Ray sent a reply that would change Chuck’s life and career. It read, Let’s meet for coffee and discuss your record.
he road that led Chuck to that chance airport encounter started on a cattle ranch in Amarillo and spanned the globe over 21 years of military service. Chuck developed his voice as a songwriter riding the Texas plains with his cowboy heroes Clifton Lowe and Alvin Hamrick, sailing the Adriatic sea and picking guitar aboard the USS Iwo Jima, writing Post 2 Gate in the basement of a Baghdad palace, and while experiencing the stories of the people he came to know in his hometown, his numerous deployments, and points in between.
The 11 songs on Chucks debut album, Silver Line, were produced by Ray Bonneville at Shine Studios in Austin, Texas, and feature a roster of stellar guest musicians including Eliza Gilkyson and Gurf Morlix. The record recently caught the attention of Michael Martin Murphey, who heard Chuck play at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Murph has since invited Chuck to play shows with him at the Saxon Pub in Austin and the Franklin Theatre in Nashville, and along with Bonneville, he has become a musical mentor to Chuck.

LIBBY KOCH
Texas Americana singer-songwriter Libby Koch (pronounced “coke”) is a country meets soulful (Free Press Houston), feisty Texas songbird (Country Music People) who sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart (Texas Monthly). Libby is working on the follow-up album to her critically acclaimed 2016 LP Just Move On (Berkalin Records). Working in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Bil VornDick, she draws on legends from Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, among others, to craft true cryin and leavin country songs. Combining her country soul with a seventh-generation Texas troubadours storytelling skill, Koch fills her songs with intimacy and honesty. Like the most timeless country classics, they’re the kind that make you feel good about feelin bad.

Koch’s gospel-grounded and honky-tonk voice powerfully navigates the emotions inherent in an album about relationships, starting with the opening break-up trio, Just Move On, You Don’t Live Here Anymore and Out of My Misery three diverse, retro-to-modern songs that ultimately convey more about the triumph of empowerment than the pain of loss. Tracked live with veteran players handpicked by VornDick, the album, her fourth, is a fine follow-up to her 2014 release, Tennessee Colony, which drew on her ancestor’s stories to address themes of family, faith and home. Calling it a frisky blend of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel set to some mighty fine fiddle, banjo and mandolin and labeling it daisy fresh, the Houston Press put Tennessee Colony on its year-end top 10 list.

Though Houston native Koch began writing songs in junior high school, she never considered doing so professionally until she attended law school at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, where she discovered she could hold her own in a city full of heavyweight talents. A job at a large Houston law firm convinced her music, not law, was her true calling, and eventually, she decided it was time to just move on.

Just Move On earned Libby three first-round GRAMMY ballot nominations in the Country Solo Performance, Country Song, and Country Album Categories.

Oct
12
Sat
Open Mic @ North Reading Community Coffeehouse, North Reading MA
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

If you are interested in performing, you must sign up in advance.  Please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse2gmail.com for details.  There is a 3 song/10 minute limit.  There is a lottery first 12 spots.  We need to do this to keep the event to three hours.  Thank you.

Oct
14
Mon
Tonight’s Feature Woody Carpinella – Mini Set with Dave Bleckley @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Oct
18
Fri
Open Mic @ Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Do you sing, play music, read poetry or do something else that you would like to share with others? Even if you are not a performer but you’re looking for a fun night of entertainment and want to be part of a judgement-free, receptive audience then the Open Mic Night is what you are looking for. Approximately 12 performances. 3 song/10 minute slots. You MUST sign up in advance to be guaranteed one of the performance slots. Musicians’ merchandise will be available for purchase and The Cat Cafe will be open all night for your snacking pleasure!  $10 Suggested donation – No charge for performers.  If you would like to perform or learn more about this new Open mic, please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com.