DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN & BOB BEACH NOVEMBER 15, 2019 @ 7:30 PM POTLUCK & DOORS @ 6:30 PM $10-$15 SUGGESTED DONATION(100% to the artists) CHENANGO CRAFTSMAN SESSIONS, BINGHAMTON, NY
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet, known both for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. Jacobs-Strain began playing on street corners and at farmers markets in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, as a teenager, and bought his first steel guitar with the quarters he saved up. Before dropping out of Stanford to play full time, he had already appeared at festivals across the country, often billed as a blues prodigy, but he had to fight to avoid being a novelty act: “I wanted to tell new stories, it just wasn’t enough to relive the feelings in other people’s music.” Since then, Jacobs-Strain’s ability to capture emotional intensity in a deeply personal way has made him a mainstay at festivals such as Strawberry, MerleFest, the Vancouver Folk Festival, and Telluride Blues. His guitar work, both thundering and shimmering, has landed him onstage alongside Taj Mahal, Bob Weir, Los Lobos, Etta James, and Del McCoury. Boz Scaggs chose him to open for two different summer tours. At David Grisman‘s invitation Jacobs-Strain appeared alongside many of the nation’s great string players on the Tone Poets compilation.
ELOISE & CO. APRIL 12, 2019 @ 7:30 PM POTLUCK & DOORS @ 6:30 PM $10-$15 SUGGESTED DONATION(100% to the artists) CHENANGO CRAFTSMAN SESSIONS, BINGHAMTON, NY
Eloise & Co. features the combined creative force of two of the country’s most sought-after dance musicians, Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell. These two crank out dance and concert music with unbridled energy and soaring beauty. Their depth and versatility is evident not only in their dynamic playing but also in their rich and unique repertoire, ranging from exciting original compositions to rock-solid traditional tunes. Eloise & Co. was born out of Becky and Rachel’s transcendent melodic connection, their shared love for powerful rhythmic momentum, and their joy in making music together. The blissful vibe is contagious, drawing everyone in the room into a sublime and memorable experience.
Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry & April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth–in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always…. music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list, and check it twice… Newberry & Verch are coming to town!
Lindsay McCaw and Aaron Jonah Lewis–both champion multi-instrumentalists and singers, and two-thirds of the inimitable Corn Potato String Band–are rolling through town, and stopping over for a Chenango Craftsman Session. As you may remember, Aaron played our inaugural houseconcert with Ben Belcher, the other third of CPSB. So it’s the Corn Potato Duo again, but different! As if that’s not enough, Emily Keener will be in town to open the show. Emily turned the chairs of all four coaches to become a finalist in Season 10 of The Voice, and is the winner of the 2017 No Depression Singer-Songwriter Award.
SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2018 @ 7:30 PM POTLUCK & DOORS @ 6:30 PM CHENANGO CRAFTSMAN SESSIONS, BINGHAMTON, NY $15 SUGGESTED DONATION (100% to the artists)