Songwriters in the Round
May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Purchase: SeasideRep.org, 850-231-0733, in store at Amavida Coffee, and at the door (as available)
The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents an evening of “Songwriters in the Round” on May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy seven amazing artists (two duos and three solo) as they share the stage and trade off playing original songs. And you’ll see them up close in the intimate 75-seat Meeting Hall Theatre, where there’s not a bad seat in the house. The Rep presents only the best in music, so you can expect a great show!
Describing Rick’s music with just a few adjectives is a tough task because it comes at you from so many directions. His lyrics strike you first with their penetrating honesty about life and love and the world we live in. When you step back and look at it deeper you realize you are also being drawn in by his beautiful, melodic, and frequently “edgy” melodies. Rick’s voice is as versatile as his songs… sensitive to powerful.
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Rick moved to Nashville to pursue his love, and it didn’t take long before he was drawing attention from all the major record labels and would sign a deal with Steven Spielberg’s company “Dreamworks” and begin recording an album with legendary record producer James Stroud.
As a songwriter Rick struck gold when superstar Tim McGraw took his song “Something Like That” (the BBQ stain song) to number 1 for 5 weeks in a row. At the end of 2009 “Something Like That” emerged as the most played song of the decade in any musical genre. Martina McBride also topped the charts with his power ballad “Where Would You Be.” Rick has had songs recorded by a wide range of artists from classic country like Earl Thomas Conley and Eddie Raven to new country like Montgomery Gentry, Julianne Hough, Jason Michael Carroll, Sarah Darling and Rio Grande.
Granville Automatic is Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins. The duo write quiet and lyrical story songs pulled from a shared love of history, storms, horses, war, and heartache. After writing together first in the spring of 2009, the pair spent a year composing more than 70 songs. A sonic combination of Gillian Welch, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, and Hem, Granville Automatic’s debut record is expected in fall 2011.
The yet-to-be-titled album will be produced by Jim Reilley at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville, and will be mixed by Grammy-award-winning mixing engineer Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne’s God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, Carolina Chocolate Drops). The musical cast on the recording is a notable one: Wilco’s Ken Coomer on drums, Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) on bass, Geoff Sprung (Taylor Swift) on upright bass, Bethany Dick (Pam Tillis, Sara Evans) on fiddle, mandolin, and backing vocals, Michael Webb (John Fogerty) on piano, and Al Perkins (Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris) on pedal steel.
The record will include tracks such as “Carolina Amen” (about a solider lost in the Civil War battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse), “Blood and Gold” (which looks at the history of the mustang in the American West), “The Groundskeeper” (about a ghost the two encountered at the Battle of Franklin site south of Nashville) and “Flying Mercury” (in which a trapeze artist from the 19th century Pepin and Breschard circus looks back at her life).
Vocalist/songwriter Olivarez wrote and recorded a Top 10 single in Canada, has three cuts on Sugarland records, including a song on their multi-platinum Enjoy the Ride album, and received a Dora nomination for her work in the Toronto production of Hairspray. She was also a finalist on the second season of American Idol. Guitarist/songwriter Elkins is a Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest who has showcased at the Billboard/BMI Acoustic Brunch at SXSW, at BMI showcases in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville, and at CMJ. Her songs have appeared on television programs from “Smallville” to “Rescue Me”, “Jersey Shore” to CNN and in the Paramount Pictures film “Mean Girls 2.”
Since April 2010, Granville Automatic has played more than 100 tour dates, including shows at nationally-recognized rooms such as the Tin Angel and World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Bitter End and The Living Room in New York City, Momo’s in Austin, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and Douglas Corner and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have also showcased at BMI’s Acoustic Lounge in Los Angeles and played live on Nashville’s #1 country station 103 WKDF, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Thacker Mountain Radio, and NBC Atlanta’s Morning Show.
In 2011, the group was chosen to perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival, the Key West Songwriters Festival, and SXSW (a set at the CNN Grill, which was broadcast live on CNN.com). In May, Granville Automatic tapes an episode of PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions, a live session recorded at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studio. Their episode will air on PBS in fall 2011.
Acoustic demos from the band led to a third prize win in Spin Magazine’s Next Great American Road Song contest (“Lost in Texas”), a top 10 finalist placement in the Maurice Small Town Sounds competition (“Angel in a Country Dress”) and a finalist nod in USAA’s GarageBand Playoff (“Ghost of Traveller”).
Balancing lives between Atlanta and Nashville, both girls also co-write frequently across the States for other artists – including collaborations with Nashville’s top country and pop writers and some of the best and brightest pop and urban writers in Atlanta and New York City.
For the past 5 years, soul singing, songwriting sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe have been captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity.
NoDepression.com says: “Larkin Poe brings together emotional expressiveness, beautiful melodies, technical mastery, and tasteful restraint in a way that’s tremendously compelling.”
From the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to the hippy-fest Bonnaroo, these chameleon performers continue to impress and mature, attracting attention from music lover and celebrity alike. In the words of Elvis Costello they’re “already gifted as instrumentalists and, having a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony in their vocal blend, their songwriting has leapt forward and now surprises and delights in equal measure.”
Emily Lynch is a young singer-songwriter hailing from Atlanta, Georgia with more than just a pretty face. She sings with experience, humility, and a sweet vintage voice that truly sets her apart. Her voice has been compared to that of Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, and Emmylou Harris. She is a proficient guitarist and songwriter with an undeniably endearing and engaging presence and a heart full of songs that captivate her audiences.
After a brief stint as an intern with OMG Entertainment, in Greenville, SC, Emily was introduced to producer Dan Hannon (Manchester Orchestra, A Rocket To The Moon, Aaron Shust) in May of 2008. Hannon’s initial impression was very favorable, and he agreed to help Emily develop her style and ‘find her voice’ as an artist. In the ensuing months, Emily wrote and demoed an astonishing 80 songs. “It’s rare to find an artist as dedicated and as driven as Emily,” says Hannon. “There are plenty of artists who expect to show up and have a career delivered to them on a silver platter.” Emily has greatly enjoyed and benefited from working alongside Hannon. “Dan is the one who pushes me to be the best – always raising the standard. He keeps me focused on the important things, even when it’s difficult, and I’ve grown to appreciate and respect him for it. We make a good team and I am a better artist because of his influence,” says Lynch.
Emily’s much-anticipated self-titled debut album has been recorded, mixed, and mastered, and is slated for a February 15, 2011 release on the newly formed Eldest Only Recordings label.
Emily is a proficient writer, having already written about 70 new songs since finishing her debut album. Lynch muses that “that kind of discipline is the least I can do, if I’m trying to follow in the footsteps of the greats—Emmy Lou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Patty Griffin, and Alison Krauss.”
Jon Roniger’s heartfelt roots rock is a truly American slice of songwriting a la John Hiatt, Steve Forbert and Tom Petty. Roniger has music placements on HGTV, Platinum Babies, and the theme song for UK based company Bedford for Beds. He also has a song in the full length feature film “Island of Fantasy” due for a fall 2011 release.
Touring internationally since 2007, his last record “Charmed Life” saw regular spins on BBC, BBC Wales, BBC Scotland, and nationally broadcast Radio Amsterdam. Recently selected for the 2011 French Quarter Festival and the 2011 Key West Songwriters Festival, Roniger has played such renowned venues as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and New Orleans’ House of Blues.