The Honey Dewdrops at Pale Fire
The Honey Dewdrops return to Pale Fire!
Saturday, January 25th
7PM doors, 8PM music
$8 advance, $10 at door
Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish have long felt the push-and-pull between their original roots in the Appalachian mountains and their current home in urban Baltimore. You'll hear it in their harmony soaked songs and the mastery of their instruments acoustic tones, but also in their songwriting, which reflects the hard realities of today. With their fifth independent release, Anyone Can See out on March 1st, 2019, they have primed the creative energy so prevalent on their previous releases. Each song sparkles with focused intensity, and, with their new album, the duo show that they're growing rapidly as artists, enthusiastically exchanging an impossible quest for perfection for the compelling ebbs and flows that accompany an intimate, authentic kind of expression.
With Anyone Can See, Parrish and Wortman wanted to recreate the flexible, spontaneous atmosphere of their live performances. We focused in on that live energy by sitting close to each other in the studio so we could hear everything in a natural way, says the duo. "By recording each song in its entirety and keeping edits minimal we found the takes that had the magic often had some variation of voice and rhythm, like the songs were unfolding themselves. Chasing this magic, Parrish and Wortman also found their sense of musical clarity evolving over the course of the albums creation. The process made us look at how we define what is right in our performances, says Parrish and Wortman. What sounded good to us was the unexpected, the improvisational moments that enhanced the arc of a song. It helped too that producer Nick Sjostrom guided the duo towards a grounded result, helping to manifest a succinct album while also encouraging a freeing creative atmosphere. Though the creation of Anyone Can See contains elements of an artistic awakening in certain senses, Parrish and Wortman have also remained loyal to their roots, with the album evoking the duos characteristically powerful melodies and intricate chord progressions.
Making the album in Baltimore, it was inevitable that the city would be reflected in the songs, and three of the albums best tracks focus on different experiences in Baltimore today. Rainy Windows paints the scene for the many overcast and wet days the two have had there, and Welcome to the Club, is a somewhat ironic take on their changing neighborhood of Hampden. One of the most powerful songs on the album, Going Rate, is a sobering reflection on the protests and the curfew that surrounded the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 while in police custody. Not ones to shy away from difficult topics for songwriting, For One More, speaks to a more humanist view on immigration based on welcoming rather than excluding. Were all better together, says Parrish. Rounding out the album, the duo return to their American folk and country roots with the melodic instrumental Ecola and a clever cover of Hank Williams Ramblin Man.
Ultimately, The Honey Dewdrops decided to keep their listeners at the forefront of their thoughts throughout the production of Anyone Can See. We want people to feel like they are sitting in the room with us, close by, said the duo. The result is a record drenched in sonic roominess, each of the tracks stretching to fill the space, but with a warmth that allows the album to fit comfortably anywhere. In this way, the intimacy oscillating throughout the record complements and overturns the melodic vastness: nobody will get lost in this expanse.
(Photo by Nolan Zunk)
Cat's Cradle Kitten Bowl At Pale Fire Brewing
Pale Fire Brewing's Tap Room will be hosting Cat's Cradle's Kitten Bowl on Saturday, February 1st from 1-5pm! Watch adorable, adoptable kittens and special needs cats play on their very own feline football field! Enjoy delicious beer, a yummy bake sale, silent auction, and mingle with adorable kitties at this fun all-ages event. Come enjoy a great time for a great cause!
Winter on Little North Mountain by Rebecca Ryan
"Winter on Little North Mountain"
New works from Rebecca Ryan
Rebecca Ryan grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She studied Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing at James Madison University.
Rebecca currently lives in Timberville, where she paints from scenes from the farm she owns with her husband. Rebecca has done illustration work and has shown her art at the Art Works Gallery, the Quilt Museum in Downtown Harrisonburg, The Blue Nile, the Plains District Memorial Museum in Timberville and Clementine Cafe in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia
Dr.How and the reasons to live
A night of music! and....Its our dear friend Xtian Perritt Birthday on Feb. 7th. what better way to say i love you than Insults,Jabs, and poor taste humor....its just like spending an evening with Christian except fun. Also the wonderful Dr.How and the reasons to Live will be performing lovely music throughout the evening. so come for a night of bliss and Embarrassment as we take the wonderful guy you know and love and make fun of him....(mostly about his grey hair). and music!! just come for the music.
An Evening with Bryan Elijah Smith & Szlachetka
An evening with Bryan Elijah Smith and Szlachetka
Sunday, February 9th
$3 at door
BRYAN ELIJAH SMITH
Bryan Elijah Smith is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Smith’s innate songwriting ability and haunting voice leave you with a sense of timeless nostalgia. With over 1,000 songs penned & 11 independent releases, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18. Aside from touring the United States for well over a decade, Smith has also toured internationally in both Australia & Honduras. Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kings of Leon. Smith recently won 2nd place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2019 where the title track to his new album, ‘In Through The Dark’, was 1 of 12 songs chosen out of 970 national entries. Smith has been a CASC finalist 2 years in a row (past finalist include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt & Lera Lynn). 'In Through The Dark' won 1st place in the Unsigned Only 2019 international songwriting contest where there were 6,000 entries from over 100 countries. ‘In Through The Dark’ also appears in the new NETFLIX series 'Virgin River' which premiered in December 2019.
In Through The Dark : youtu.be/e_FYwkXqFZE
The sophomore album from Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch,”
SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) was released February 16, 2018. With its mix of modern Americana, 70s California rock, and singer/songwriter sentiments, Heart of My Hometown is a classic record for the contemporary world.
Singer/songwriter Szlachetka co-wrote the 11 songs for his record while on the road—finding breaks during a busy two-year period that saw him playing roughly 400 shows. Traveling alone, he kept an eye on the world unrolling outside his car window. The sights, sounds, and stories he encountered along the way eventually found their way into his own music, resulting in a hook-filled, guitar-driven record about highways, homes, and the people who fill both.
Years before he teamed up with Grammy-winning producer David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams) for the Heart of My Hometown sessions, Szlachetka was the frontman of acclaimed LA-based roots-rock band the Northstar Session. With the band, he recorded five albums and appeared in NBC’s TV series Parenthood. He began his solo career in 2014 releasing Waits for a Storm to Find.
Three years later, Heart of My Hometown shines new light on Szlachetka as a singer, prolific songwriter, storyteller, and fiery lead guitarist. It's an album whose touchstones include the charged roots-rock of Tom Petty and the warm, acoustic sounds of Jackson Browne. Szlachetka moves between both ends of that spectrum with ease, splitting his time between full-band anthems —including the riff-heavy "Until That Echo," co-written with Train's Scott Underwood — and more intimate, acoustic moments like "Wildflowers on the Highway," featuring an appearance by duet partner Katelyn Clampett. The album's title track rests somewhere in the middle, layering pop hooks and three-part harmonies into a nostalgic song about remembering one's roots. It's an album built for road trips, slow dances, wild Friday nights, and everything in between.
Rolling Stone hailed Szlachetka as one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know, describing his forthcoming album as "a soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland...a collection of road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he's left behind in the rearview mirror."
Now based in Nashville, Szlachetka continues to tour nationally with a schedule that's seen him open for Brandy Clark, the Byrds' Chris Hillman, the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell, Brandi Carlile and more.
Mike Frazier / Amy Martin / Mitchel Evan
Mike Frazier with Amy Martin Music and Mitchel Evan
Thursday, February 13th
Mike Frazier is a lyric-spinning Virginian who blends Americana, folk and rock n roll music to tell tales of life in the Shenandoah Valley. He released his debut LP “Elegy” on AF Records (Anti-Flag, Homeless Gospel Choir) and released his sophomore LP “Where The Valley Kissed The Sky” in 2019 on Geneva Records. He’s spent the last few years touring relentlessly across the US and has supported artists like Amigo The Devil, Cory Branan, Austin Lucas, Vandoliers, The Last Bison, Fort Defiance, and Gallows Bound.
Rappahannock Oyster Co. Pop Up at Pale Fire
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your love...and oysters! Rappahannock Oyster Company is shucking oysters on site from 1-7pm.
$10 half dozen, $20 full dozen.
Choice of Rappahannocks (sweet) and Olde Salts (briny).
Sean K. Preston + Dropping Julia
Sean K. Preston (Baltimore) w/ Dropping Julia (Charlottesville)
$8 advance, $10 at door
Sean K. Preston is an internationally touring band from Baltimore, MD. Signed to RUSTY KNUCKLES MUSIC , their latest album “Forgive” was released in November 2018. Currently, the group is touring the country to share stories told in the tongue of Americana, Punk Blues, Mountain Gospel and Rock'n'Roll.
The music of Sean K. Preston draws heavily on the influences of the classic heartbroken sounds of Country & Western music from the 40’s through the 70’s, the honesty of the Blues by the likes of Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker, the bombast of 50’s Rock’n’Roll, the lyrical sophistication of musical poets like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, the raw energy of Punk, and the spirituality of Mountain Gospel. His own songs range from delicate laments and lullabies to fiery sermons and confessions.
Sean’s interest in music developed as a teenager while growing up in Alice Springs, a small desert town in northern Australia. Sean fell in love with the early Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, and Blues that filled his father’s record collection. When he and his family moved to the United States, Sean would go to his first rock concerts, inspiring him to learn guitar. Eventually, Sean’s music took him to Ireland where he made his living performing on the streets of Dublin. His move back to Baltimore prompted a successful solo career with his self produced debut record “Hoarse Whisper” and his 6 song EP “Sean K. Preston.” In 2013, Sean began to form his touring band “Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols” and released a full length album, “The Colt From Old Regret.” The addition of two integral members in 2013 and 2015 gave Sean the audacious sound he was searching for.
Christopher “Sparky” Spiridigliozzi went from beating on trash cans as a kid growing up in Hampton, VA to drumming and singing in gigging garage rock bands by the time he was 16. Sparky taught himself guitar during his time in the US Navy and eventually made his way to Baltimore where he spent 7 years playing guitar and singing as the frontman for Mother Jefferson. After building a career in radio and raising a family, Sparky went back to drums full time playing for numerous Baltimore based garage, surf, and punk bands. When he is not touring, Sparky is expertly repairing vintage drum kits at Baltimore’s most reputable drum shop or writing and recording for his solo musical project, Sparky’s BUTTERKNIFE.
Cory McGrath was raised on Black Sabbath and Bad Company in the military town of Browns Mills, NJ. His love for playing music began with drums, but he would later go on to play upright bass for 8 years with Full Blown Cherry. Cory’s style is heavily influenced by the sounds of 1960’s garage rock and high octane country. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. When Cory isn’t playing music on the road you can find him hunched over his 1944 Chevy project in the garage or driving around in his 1976 Ford Torino.
It’s Blues - Punk - Country - Rock’n’Roll...Amen.
Central Virginia based Neo-soul / pop band with lively elements of rockabilly, funk, rock and R&B layered over dreamy and haunting stories. Upbeat, fun and quirky, Dropping Julia weaves together their own lush tapestry of roots music that is both uniquely modern and longingly retro.
Tap Room Hours
Monday1pm - 11pm
Tuesday1pm - 11pm
Wednesday1pm - 11pm
Thursday1pm - 11pm
Friday1pm - 11pm
Saturday1pm - 11pm
Sunday1pm - 9pm