This year’s version of the Acoustic Café evening Tour features Pieta Brown, Carrie Rodriguez (hosting), and Kelly Joe Phelps.
Each evening is hosted by Carrie Rodriguez who explains the evening and how it will flow. The order of artist appearances on stage changes every night at the whim of the artists and the promoters. Each act performs a solo set that may or may not include some musical or vocal help from the other acts. Each night is a detour, an exploration. The constants are that the artists all enjoy themselves and each other, that they all play together for an encore at the end of the night, and that the audiences get an intimate, affordable, often amazing live experience featuring great solo artists collaborating live together.
Carrie Rodriguez’ most recent releases, Love & Circumstance (2010) and We Still Love Our Country w/Ben Kyle (2011) are primarily cover collections that highlight her vocal and interpretive skills. But Rodriguez has become more well known as a burgeoning singer- songwriter in her own right behind the strength of her first two solo releases, She Ain¹t Me (CRS – 2008), and Seven Angels On A Bicycle (Trainwreck – 2007) & a world-class instrumentalist based on her recorded work and her touring with Alejandro Escovedo (2008-2010) and as part of the Acoustic Café evening tours (February 2010 & 2011) which she hosts.
Pieta Brown is a striking poet-songwriter with a haunting voice and an unmistakable style. Her beautiful new record on Red House, Mercury, has been high on the folk radio charts since its September 2011 release. Her unique blend of alt-country, folk, blues and indie-rock speaks to music fans around the world and has garnered rave reviews from the likes of the BBC and The Boston Globe, as well as a variety of hip music blogs and indie radio stations. She spent most of 2011 opening shows for Mark Knopfler, Richard Thompson, Amos Lee and Greg Brown.
Kelly Joe Phelps has been described as “The Phantom Monk Of Folk-Blues,” and rightly so. Over the past 17 years of recording and touring, Phelps has been talked about as much for his passionate, spirit-driven, lone musical ways as for the inventiveness of his playing and singing. He uses the blues as a pallet, his songs as literally a canvas, making each performance an original improvisation.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Rodriguez at her freewheeling best, an inspired mix of passion and energy that captures the spirit of her feel-the-burn live shows.” – The Huffington Post
“The best poet I’ve heard in a long damn time.” Iris DeMent on Pieta Brown
“Phelps speaks directly to your soul. If that isn’t the stuff of legends, I don’t know what is.” – Popmatters