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Stories & Songs: A Songwriter’s Series from Nashville
December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT$20.00
Cover: $20 Artist Donation
The Listening Room is proud to present “Stories & Songs: a Songwriter’s Series from Nashville.”
The night of storytelling through music will feature the music of Eric Erdman, Molly Thomas & Joe Langley.
Eric Erdman is a storyteller with a life that gives him stories to write songs about. His guitar takes him around the world and he can write four songs from one break up. His lyrics are introspective but fun, quirky but accessible, profound and palatable, and they draw listeners in like old friends. With a voice that sounds like JJ Grey and James Taylor, Eric’s career began as the lead singer of the funk rock band, The Ugli Stick. They released four albums, toured the country, and performed on three USO tours. In 2012, Erdman recorded his fist solo album, My Brother’s Keepers, that showed his true essence as a songwriter and performer. He followed that up with Color the Silence, recorded in Australia. A successful Kickstarter campaign funded his new album, Not Slowing Down, that was recorded in Muscle Shoals with eclectic songs that are a mix of 70’s funk, pop rock ballads, and a reggae murder mystery.
“To me, being a true artist is being a tracker. You hunt for that next spark that electrifies or inspires you and then you genuinely listen to see where it is going. I wouldn’t say it is leading you per se, but it will tell you where it is headed. It is then up to you to catch up…. So I search for those sparks every day, in every situation…whether it be serious, sad, happy, or funky. And when I find one that lights me up….the chase is on. It is this chase that keeps me from slowing down.”
To find out more about Eric Erdman, visit: http://www.ericerdmanmusic.com
Molly Thomas doesn’t shy away from expressing who she is in her music. Never trying to emulate anyone with her sound, but always mindful of the influence that her experiences bring, she has constantly continued to craft her skills. She has now poured them into a stunning showcase, in the form of her latest effort, Make Everything Bright.
The road to Make Everything Bright started when she began playing violin as a child in Mississippi and has taken her around the world sharing the stage with names like Todd Snider, Will Hoge, Matthew Ryan, Mando Saenz, Amelia White, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack and K.S. Rhodes. Each mile prepping her for making the type of music that begs to be written. Her desire to share her stories and evoke emotion from others is where her talent and heart shines brightest.
Make Everything Bright, co-produced by Marco Giovino (drummer for Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) is filled with the same gritty passion that has always permeated her music. It’s an album made of “real” and reflects on life with an exuberant joy but certainly not through rose-colored glasses.
It is an album that cuts through the predictable female singer songwriter stereotype and Molly is able to call it like it is and move on. But these aren’t the ramblings of some prepubescent
wallowing in her misery these are the stories of a woman who sees through the games people play without becoming bitter or victimized.
Molly’s music stirs up a plethora of emotions. Sometimes, tied to a sense of loss, but if you are able to step out of this disjointed world in which we live, you will find that there is also plenty of room for toasting, loving and laughing. Molly’s music is a reflection of these ingredients of the human spirit and this album provides a perfect snapshot in which to relate.
To learn more about Molly Thomas, visit: http://mollythomas.com
Joe Langley is the lead singer of the Marlow Boys.
Cousins Joe and Karl Langley (of the Kyle & Karl Band) grew up around Marlow, a small community on the Fish River in Baldwin County, Alabama. They have performed together since their teenage years, singing and playing a wide variety of music and venues. In 2014, they began creating music with Stan Foster (Rollin’ in the Hay, Deluxe Trio) and Phil Proctor (Dog River Boys, Deluxe Trio) at Mars Hill church in Fairhope, Alabama. The following year, the four of them started performing outside of the church and collaborating on original music. That music is both personal and universal, acoustic and electric, serious and, well, you get the picture. Someone summed it up when they said “The Marlow Boys: Good people, good music.” We’d like to think so.
To learn more about the Marlow Boys, visit: https://www.facebook.com/marlowboys/