JARROD BIRMINGHAM is new to the Rear Window, but definitely not new to Ganado! If you haven't yet seen his latest video release called "December Gone," then check out this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK1m73pyAtI to have a look n listen, then get your tickets NOW. This is one of Birmingham's best works to date, and that really is saying a lot! Birmingham is one of the music industry's most prolific lyricists and in the eleven years I have known and worked with him, he has always written lyrics with master level craftsmanship. Whether the song is about Love, Love gone wrong, Life (up or down), or about the circle you see on a cowboy or farmer's clothing, Jarrod is truly a wordsmith that I can easily put in the same ring with the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, Mark Junger, Slaid Cleaves, and any other notable songwriters. One of my newest favorite lines is, "I've opened doors and I've burned some bridges I'm still lookin' for my fairy tale ending, there's a lot of time left before the credits roll. Quit tryin' to guess the ending and join the show!"
Talk about joining the show ... come an join us for Jarrod's first show at the Rear Window, an evening of truly experiencing this Texas Treasure up close & personal!
Joining Jarrod on the Rear Window stage will be accomplished musician & vocalist, Billy Jo High, and vocalist Jennifer Martinez. This will be an evening to get to know Jarrod up close and personal, and to hear his award winning music from start to finish with no distractions or noise.
The Listening Room Concept ... Set up similar to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, once the artists take the stage, the audience is quiet and the music begins. It really doesn't get much more intimate than this. If this is your first visit to the Rear Window or a similar venue like this, you are in for a real treat.
More information about Jarrod will be coming soon, so please stay tuned!!!
This night, you will very likely get to hear Jarrod as you never have before, so don't delay in getting your tickets.
Last year, we had Ellen all set to come and play the Rear Window. About a week before her scheduled date, her car was rear-ended by a drunk driver. Ellen spent several days in the hospital, and has only recently climbed back in the music saddle. Please check out her website at www.ellencherry.com
SUSAN GIBSON returns to the Rear Window Listening Room with her singing and songwriting perfection. It really doesn't get any better than this remarkable songsmith and performer.
OPENING for Susan this evening are Dawn Sablatura, Beverly Holik, and Gabriella Sablatura, three up and coming singer-songwriting divas. Beverly Holik is making her second appearance at the Rear Window, while Dawn & Gabriella will be on stage for the first time. This trio will perform "in the round" which means they will each take a turn with songs they have written. Dawn & Gabriella who share the Sablatura last name, are cousins who are carrying on the very deep roots of music attached to the Sablatura name.
SUSAN GIBSON is familiar to the Rear Window and to our incredible audience of music lovers. Gibson's accomplishments run deep, and she is logging mile after mile after mile bringing her passion for music and her perfectly crafted songs to the world. The word “troubadour” is thrown around a lot these days, but music fans need look no further than Texas’ own Susan Gibson for an example of that word in action, or rather, in motion. Gibson never stops; she puts 60,000+ miles a year on her Sprinter van touring all over the country. From playing listening rooms and festivals to teaching songwriter classes and workshops, this award-winning singer/songwriter defines poetry in motion.
You come to the Rear Window to see this evening's fantastic lineup of musicians and singers and you will definitely leave knowing you have experienced songwriting at its very best!
Ladies and gentlemens ... the Rear Window Listening Room proudly presents the finer side of Cajun music with Ganey Arsement! Coming here direct from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ganey will help our audience learn about cajun music, its roots and how it has evolved into what it is today. (Even Ganey doesn't know this part yet!) Look forward to another superb evening at the Rear Window!
Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, you might think that Cajun singer, songwriter, and accordion player Ganey Arsement makes his music on the fringes of Cajun country. Actually, Lake Charles is more of a crossroads, a meeting point between the honky-tonks of East Texas (Beaumont, Texas, the home of George Jones, is 45 minutes away), and the Cajun dancehalls of Southwest Louisiana. Ganey’s music reflects these crossroads, and on his new album, Le Forgeron, he slips as easily between the cranking heat of the Cajun accordion and the electric twang of East Texas country and electric blues.
Ganey sings in French primarily, but more than that he also writes songs in French, a relatively rare thing for Cajun artists these days, many of whom can’t speak the language fluently. But Ganey comes from a family steeped in the tradition. His great-grandfather, André Doucet, was a blacksmith and a well-known accordion player. You can hear him playing here with fiddler/vocalist Vinus Lejeune on the last track, his titular “Two-Step de Forgeron” (The Blacksmith’s Two-Step), recorded in the 1970s.
Ganey grew up around his French-speaking great-grandpa, and for years wanted to update Doucet’s autobiographical song. As Ganey says in the liner notes, “His recording of Le Two Step du Forgeron, when I was but eight years old, lit a fire in me that has burned uncontrollably, ever since. It is what started me on my musical journey.” The title track to the new album, “Le Forgeron”, is his version of his great-grandfather’s signature song, a chance for Ganey to pay homage to the rich Cajun heritage that’s so inspired him, but also a chance to look forward to the sound of Lake Charles today.
Most of the songs on Le Forgeron are originals, written in French and English by Ganey. He originally aspired to be a writer, studying English in college and focusing on writing poetry. He started writing French poetry and then thought, “Why not try my hand at writing a song in French?” Clearly, songwriting is in his blood, because any of the songs on the new album could be picked up as Cajun classics. “C’est Trop Tard” is a great Cajun dance song about hard economic times, while “Bayou Anglais” is a fun song from the lengthy repertoire of Cajun songs about beautiful women. But what sets Ganey apart is his insightful and beautiful songwriting in both French and English. On “Here in my Arms,” he tells the story of his grandparents love and the passing of his grandfather. The song has a hopeful end, with the image of his grandparents dancing in the herafter, but Ganey struggled with the difficulty of writing a song about these deaths in his family. Ultimately, writing the song in French and English enabled him to talk to both sides of his family, and to bring his American and Cajun heritages together. It’s a powerful moment that speaks to Ganey’s artistry, especially in an idiom dominated by dancehall anthems.
Ganey’s got a great love for the blues and early country music that’s easily discernible. The classic Lake Charles triangle of blues, country and Cajun heard on this album can also be heard in the music of nearby friends and Louisiana music legends Jo-El Sonnier and Doug Kershaw, both of whom Ganey sometimes performs with live. For example, “Pipeliner Blues” by Western Swing fiddler Moon Mullican, mixes East Texas twang, an old country blues foundation, and some of Ganey’s hard-driving Cajun accordion. “In the Pines” is a tribute to Leadbelly, a fellow son of Louisiana and a huge source of inspiration for Ganey, who often imagines what a meeting between Leadbelly and the great Creole accordionist Amédé Ardoin would have been like. Ganey’s song “Small Town” draws from the bluesier strains of Texas country roots music, and “I’m Sorry” sounds like it could be heard on CMT.
There are a lot of different influences in Ganey Arsement’s new album, Le Forgeron, but that’s to be expected from an artist at the crossroads of some of the most musically fertile land in America. This is pure Americana, at once informed by our shared traditions, but driven to keep moving, to keep driving down the highway of American roots music.
This is going to be a great show, so please come join us. I think we will try to put a 100% cajun dinner together for this evening's food faire! Check back on this ...
You ever have one of those days when everything is just kind of okay, but you're wishing something would give you a boost? Well ... I just experienced one of those adrenaline pumping moments when I found out that The Farewell Drifters, a world class band from Nashville is coming to the Rear Window!!! This is amazing news, and a great Happening for both the Rear Window, Ganado, and Jackson County. Can't wait to hear these guys lay down some of the best music you've ever heard!
This will be Dana's debut at the Rear Window Listening Room. He is a consummate artist, in that he is a remarkable guitarist with a terrific voice and expertly crafted songs. That combination is what makes for a delightful evening of music listening and appreciation at the Rear Window. Come and give a warm welcome to Dana and get to know him up close and personal!
Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.
At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.
Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting.
Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.
His prolific endeavors have resulted in 20 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper recently released The Conjurer which features some of the bluesiest, rawest music of his career. Grammy-award-winning singer/songwriter Kim Carnes, who also co-wrote the opening song, “Enough”, joins Cooper on vocals. Dana Cooper continues to tour the United States and Europe gaining new fans wherever he goes.
Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas)
Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival (N. Ireland)
Napa Valley Music Festival (California)
Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark)
The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
The Cactus Café (Austin, TX)
Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)
Berlin Guitars (Berlin, Germany)
McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)
The Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)
Passim (Cambridge, MA)
Here comes another evening of music perfection ...
Taylor Pie brings some amazing history with her tonight. One of the founding members of the very popular Pozo Seco Singers, Taylor has continued to write and play music through the years. You can't help but know that tonight is going to be a musical treasure with Taylor at the helm. Appearing with Taylor Pie is accomplished musician, singer and songwriter, Michael O' Conner. This will be Michael's second appearance at the Rear Window, and I gotta tell you that the impression he left us with after his first time with Adam Carroll was HIGHLY FAVORABLE, so we can't wait to see him again.
I can only imagine that we are destined for a stellar evening with this world class pair of performers. Don't miss out on this phenomenal evening!!!
Although you think you know what you're getting when you sign on for a show with SEAN ASHBY, you can be sure that you will ALWAYS get a little bit more. Ashby has been entertaining audiences from 50 to 50,000 for years. He is credited with multiple gold records and was Sarah McLachlan's lead guitarist for 12 years. It is with great confidence and pleasure that we bring Sean back to the Rear Window Listening Room. Do what you need to do, but make sure you come and join us in a warm Rear Window welcome for the one ... the only ... SEAN ASHBY!!!