Twice Natalie came through the area and looked me up because she and artist within Concerts in Your Home network, and I'm a host in it; and twice it was short notice and I was booked. BOTH times I ended up seeing her, once at The Root Note and the next time at the Elmaro Vineyard. At the Elmaro I setup up her sound and she did stay over. Lori, Natalie and I stayed up way past bedtime talking about stuff. What a talented and loving soul. This spring determined not to miss her we held a slot open until we could get a date booked. Friday April 10th it is, and guess what, she's back at the Elmaro on Saturday... a double shot of Natalie... should be a great weekend for me, you should try NOT to miss one or the either opportunities. The house concert will be much better because of no background noise and the room is much warmer for sound.
Yes THE Bill Staines... I rarely use hero much, but this guy is one I so admire... I started listening to him after my tastes were honed on John Denver, Harry Chapin, and Jim Croce... and wow he was better, and accessible. Nanci Griffith called him today's Woody Guthrie, and he'll be at our house concert... yep expect it to be sold out, please get your name on the list early many have already.
I really love the use of Facebook Event planners, here's the link if you FB..
If you don't know Bill, well here a little press release:
After touring and playing
concerts for over 41 years, you would think that musician and songwriter Bill
Staines might think about slowing down, but that’s just not the case. Bill
continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000
miles getting to them.He is one of the
most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today.
Staines has twenty-six
recordings to his credit and has written over three hundred songs, many of
which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and
Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music is
sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around
the country. Songs like “All God’s Critters,”“The Roseville Fair,”“Child of
Mine,” and “River,” have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once
described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a
hundred years from now.”
On stage, Staines is an
intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60’s, encouraging
his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional
tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the
road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story
“I have always wanted to bring something of
value to people with my songs. I think that is important, to try to write
beyond myself, to write to the great things that we all experience in our
lives.” For Bill, that is what folk
music is all about--a music rich in the human experience and spirit.
Bill has recorded two children’s
albums, The Happy Wanderer and One More River, both of which have won
the coveted Parents’ Choice Award. His music has appeared in a number of films,
including the HBO series, Deadwood,Return of the Secaucus Seven, John
Sayles’ first endeavor as a director, and Off
and Running with Cyndi Lauper.
Bill has done numerous radio
and television appearances and, during its early years, was a frequent
performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion Show.”
Staines has released two
songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I’d be a
Song published by Folk Legacy and Music
to Me published by Hal Leonard Corp. An illustrated book of his song All God’s Critters was published in 2009
by Simon and Schuster with illustrations by talented artist, Kadir Nelson.
Bill’s memoir, The Tour, was released
Nanci Griffith once wrote,
“Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-
carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew.”
“When do you think it will be time to retire?”
someone once asked Bill. He answered, “In the words of my old friend, Tommy
Makem…about ten o’clock tonight.”
Yes... it just seems like yesterday Barbara Jean
and Erik Koskinen graced the Bluff View in September... in between I had
gigs, hosted Natalie Gelman for a night's stay, and went to my niece's
So this Saturday will be a great time with good
talented people... and new friends. By no means is it a full house yet,
but Lori got the traditional call, "You mean it's your house?" "You
mean I can bring a bottle of wine and enjoy myself?".. Yes, Yes, and
Truly the Pigtown Fling String Band is a
wonderful acoustic eclectic group of artists that will jump from blues
to bluegrass as easily as they jump from pop to country...Lori and I so
have liked to watch this group and are looking forward to hosting them.
Saturday Nov 8th at the Bluff View House concerts, Holmen WI
I am so excited about hosting the wonderful Barbara Jean at our house concert series Saturday September 13th.
I've been following her music for a few years now, and I've had a chance to see her maybe 4-5 times including when she has backed up Chastity Brown at the Root Note in LaCrosse; plus when she performed at the Great River Folk Fest in 2013.
Today I had a chance to work on some posters and social media pictures... boy did I get lucky; Barbara had just recently had a great photo set done with Stephan Hoglund Photography and it made it so easy.
Of course I can't decide on which poster to use; which is your favorite?
Sure I would have preferred to host this wonderful group of sisters, but I recognized that they deserve a huge audience, and a nice pay check for traveling to La Crosse area. So I did the next best thing, sponsored them to play at the Pump House, then I get front row seats! Really looking forward to seeing them for the THIRD time! Get your tickets early, I'm working to get this to be a full house. http://www.thepumphouse.org/store/concert-shel/
Drew Nelson is coming to the Bluff View Friday April 25th at 7:30...
Here's a recent video of Drew:
And here is his bio from his website:
Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles.
Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka.
He first met John Gorka in 2006, when Drew performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. John found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Drew has shared the stage with John several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival. “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists,” John Gorka says. “His songs sound like the rest of us feel….dazed, angry, amazed and climbing.”
Drew garnered further attention in 2009, when he released Dusty Road to Beulah Land (Waterbug Records), and it topped the folk radio charts. It also caught the attention of the Grammy-winning indie label Red House Records, which just signed him. “I love that Drew can rock out as well as write sensitive ballads,” Red House president Eric Peltoniemi says. “I admire his down-to-earth songwriting which portrays our world and ordinary people with such deep feeling and unflinching clarity. He has worked hard in life and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty. He has 100% credibility in the subject matter he writes about, and I’m excited to get the chance to work with him.”
Drew’s Red House debut Tilt-A-Whirl comes out in early 2012. He can also be heard on the new album Dark River: Songs of the Civil War Era, along with Jon Dee Graham, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry and new label-mate Eliza Gilkyson.
In support of his new album, Drew Nelson will be showcasing at the 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis and will be touring across North America and Europe.
When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga and working as an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins. He is also working on putting together a photography show.
Chrissy, Kimmy, and Sarah were outstanding! We had good audience turnout, and everyone left with a smile...
I should say that not everyone left when the most of the audience did, Tim Kolek from Rose River and Guitar Logic plus Steve Topel from Guitar Logic stuck around and pretty soon there was a jam session; unfortunately, you won't be able to listen to this short video unless you are Steve's FB friend.
“The Whiskeybelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more-than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award along the way.” - Milwaukee Magazine
Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw
mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female
traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect
three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing.
The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a
great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.
They released their debut album, “Whiskey Woman,” on July 29, 2012
kicking off a full schedule of summer gigs including coveted opening
slots for country stars Montgomery Gentry, Kentucky Headhunters and The
Chrissy Dzioba (joe-buh) ~ Guitar, Banjitar & Vocals
Chrissy began piano training and performance at the age of three,
reading music before she could read words. As a music major in college,
Chrissy focused on classical piano as well as saxophone, but continued
to write songs on guitar and mandolin. She soon began performing weekly
in various bands, and as a solo artist around Wisconsin. With two albums
under her solo name, 'In the Making' (1999), and the nationally
distributed 'Far From Dreaming' (2001 - produced by Joe Puerta), she
recently released 'Folk N' Soul' (2008) under her duo, Blonde On Blonde.
She has performed on NPR's Hotel Milwaukee, as well as Fox 6 Wakeup. In
2008, Chrissy was nominated for WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year.
Kimberly (Kimmy) Unger ~ Fiddle & Vocals
Kimmy hails from a musical family and has been playing violin since the
age of 10 after being inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof. She
has been a member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and loves
to keep in touch with her classical roots. Her live music career began
in 2004 with local Milwaukee band, Misses Murphy and in 2007 joined the
ranks of one of Cetlic rock band Reilly, currently signed to Oglio
Records. In 2009, she was brought together with the lovely ladies of The
Whiskeybelles. Bringing vibrant and rare reverberations to the table,
combining elements from classical, blues, folk and rock, Kimmy is
continually fine-tuning a sound using delay, distortion and other
effects to create a vibe of her own. She garnered a 2011 WAMI nomination
for Best Specialty Instrument of the Year.
Sara Moilanen ~ Bass, Acoustic Guitar, VocalsA recent winner of the 2011 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award
for Best Female Vocalist, Sara fits right in with this female,
vocal-driven trio! She also performs with her husband, Tim Suchocki in
the Americana/Folk duo West of East, which won the 2011 WAMI award for
Americana Artist of the Year. They released their first album, Love In
the Twilight Zone, in 2009 and a second album is currently in
production. Sara has been involved in music, one way or another, for her
whole life. Choir, musical theatre and in her early twenties she began
to discover her talents as a songwriter and guitar player. For nearly
ten years before coming to Milwaukee, she developed those talents while
writing and performing music with the PeaceHill Musicians in Michigan’s
Roots Country Music, Born of Gin Halls and Juke Joints –Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing. The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.
“One band that makes their performance look like more fun than legally allowed is the Whiskeybelles. Blessed with decent chops, excellent harmonies and outstanding camaraderie and charisma the Whiskeybelles delight audiences every night out.” - Paddy Fineran - Scene262.com
"I mentioned their perfect harmonies. I mean they were perfect. Yet -- and this is their gift-- the Whiskeybelles are wonderfully loose, making it sound and look easy so that the audience is engaged and involved. Really good set……..and they're definitely on my "go see them again" list." - Veronica Rusnak - The Sixth Station blog
The WhiskeyBelles Have Been Nominated and Awarded Several WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Awards: 2010: Won the People’s Choice Award, Nominated for Best New Artist. 2011: Nominated for the People’s Choice Award, Sara Won Female Vocalist of the Year. 2012: Nominated for Roots/Americana Artist of the Year, Kimmy Nominated for Strings and Chrissy for Vocalist of the Year. 2013: Won Americana/Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Kimmy Nominated for Strings and Chrissy for Vocalist of the Year.
Last night we received a reservation from a
couple coming from Rochester (over an hour away) to come to the show.
He said he heard Mary and Tim on the Bob and Tom show and thought they
were as funny as Burns and Allen. Here's the show he was talking about:
The reserve list is well over 30 at this point... call or email before you head over.... the seating might be on overflow stairs.
We also want to let you know that Amanda Grace will open the night instead of Lucky Dog.