Wednesday, September 25, 2019

House Concerts Unlimited Jesse Aycock, Dustin Pittsley, Wendy Colonna

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Where:  The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127
Time:  Doors open at 6pm and show starts 6:30pm
Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS and $15 in advance and through PayPal.  Click button below to make donation through paypal.
RSVP required, as seating is limited.  Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP.  If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to scottaypoet@gmail.com
Food:  We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated.    Also, feel free to BYOB

    

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"Dirty Things" by Wendy Colonna

The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.”

Since 2000, Wendy has released eight acclaimed studio albums, a live album and DVD.  She’s produced several award wining songs for advertisements, a yoga DVD for traveling professionals and  musicians, and is co-owner of Austin’s beloved intimate private venue, “Tips Concerts.

Originally from the gulf-coast of Louisiana, Wendy has called Central Texas home since 2000.  Wendy’s songs echo swampy, soulful tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. Her resonant, signature, grit-infused-honey voice can moves from a sweet whisper to a full-on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.

Wendy’s eighth studio album, No Moment But Now”  was released in 2017.  Tracks from “No Moment But Now” were simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter playlist, as well as Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy garnered critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.

In 2018, Wendy was honored to work as music director and a featured performer at TedX BartonSpringsWomen.  In 2017, Wendy was invited to lend her uplifting songs to to the Austin Women’s March where there were 60,000 in attendance. She was also invited to emcee and perform Austin’s Earth Day Festivities. Wendy has had the honor of sharing the stage with legends like Mavis Staples, Delbert McClinton, Keb Mo and more.

Since 2014, Wendy has been writing and producing original, beautiful custom songs for advertisement. Most notably, Wendy’s Coca-Cola song, “A Happy Song” topped AdWeek upon its debut and SWLA Tourism’s “My Southwest Louisiana Home” took home several ADDY awards. 

She currently spends most of her time raising three awesome youngsters, performing with her bandmates in the Austin area, coaching artists and small business owners, co-writing powerful anthems with leaders in nonprofit and corporate world. Twice a year, she tours across the US. Sometimes with her incredibly talented singing step-children in tow. They’re known to do really amazing a-capella tunes on the spot like this one by Hozier and this Louis Armstrong classic. 


 

Dustin Pittsley & Jesse Aycock "A Song For You" Lambrosco'z Tulsa, OK

DUSTIN PITTSLEY
& JESSE AYCOCK 

Dustin Pittsley and Jesse Aycock have played in several bands together over the years, but these days each has his own musical pursuits. Pittsley fronts the blues-rock band that bears his name and Aycock has been touring nationally with Americana band The Secret Sisters, playing steel guitar for the Paul Benjaman Band, and continuing to write and perform his own tunes.

But any discussion of Tulsa music, particularly the New Tulsa Sound, must eventually lead back to the auspicious pairing of these two musicians, and the dual showcase they created around 2005 called Higher Education. That showcase’s long-running regular gig at McNellie’s has been pointed to by several of the musicians featured here, as well as longtime fans of the local scene, as a turning point for the current Tulsa music landscape.

“All these musicians started showing up,” Pittsley says. “Paul (Benjaman) would get up and play some tunes, Beau (Roberson) would play some tunes. We just tried to make it really open to a lot of musicians.”

Aycock credits that shared sense of openness and inclusion with a kind of sea change in the general vibe among those musicians.

“Until that time, it seemed like everyone was always competing for gigs,” says Aycock. “But with Higher Ed, everyone started playing together a lot more often and it became much more of a community.”

Pittsley adds: “And that community of people just kept showing up, and gradually that became the New Tulsa Sound group. We didn’t plan it that way. That’s just kind of how everybody came together.

“And we all really stuck together.”  -BY BY MATT CAUTHRON • WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY JARROD GOLLIHARE Tulsa People

Addendum:  Jesse Aycock has also been a member of Hard Working Americans and toured with Elizabeth Cook.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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House Concerts Unlimited is pleased to announce,

Watermelon Slim in concert. 

Opening Act Seth Lee Jones

 


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When: Friday, September 20th.
Where:  The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127
Time:  Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door and DOS and $15 in advance and through paypal.  Click button below to make donation through paypal.
RSVP required, as seating is limited.  Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP.  If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to scottaypoet@gmail.com
Food:  We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated.    Also, feel free to BYOB

    

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Watermelon Slim archetypal blues cognac 2010

WATERMELON SLIM - ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

“The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” A.W., Paste Magazine

2x Winner: 2008 Blues Music Award Band of the Year and Album of the Year
2x Winner: 2006 & 2007 MOJO Magazine’s #1 Blues Album of the Year
Winner: 6th Annual Independent Music Awards Blues Album of the Year

Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Paste Magazine writes “He’s one hell of a bottleneck guitarist, and he’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.”


 

Seth Lee Jones - "Long Distance Call" - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - 11/11/17

SETH LEE JONES
Ok, so I looked for some press on Seth Lee Jones and, not surprisingly, I found very little about this wonderful artist.  Like many gifted Tulsa artists, Seth is not one to "toot his on horn" or more accurate, "to bend his own string."

I did find articles about his skills as a luthier, which alone are quite remarkable, but Seth Lee Jones is a guitar player that could easily share a stage with some of the great slide players on the planet.  Sonny Landreth comes to mind, as well as our featured performer "Watermelon Slim."

If you have never had the opportunity to hear Seth work his magic on the guitar, which by the way, is a custom guitar he built, this young artist knows his way around a fret board and he writes and sings in a voice that comes from deep within and resonates in a tone that seems to link him to some of the best blues singers in the world.   We are fortunate to have such a talent in our own backyard and I am excited to introduce him to those of you haven't heard heard his music before.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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House Concerts Unlimited is pleased to announce,

 Flagship Romance and Chris Blevins in concert. 
 


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When: Saturday, July 20th.
Where:  The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127
Time:  Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm
Suggested Donation: $15 at the door and DOS and $10 in advance and through paypal.  Click button below to make donation through paypal.
RSVP required, as seating is limited.  Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP.  If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to scottaypoet@gmail.com
Food:  We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated.    Also, feel free to BYOB

    

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Flagship Romance - Hit The Ground (Official Music Video)

Flagship Romance Bio:
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”– John Ruskin (1819-1900) 

​It may be that the famous English art critic Ruskin uttered these words well over a century ago, but they remain relevant today, perfectly describing the life of married couple Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson.  As the Truth or Consequences, NM-based ‘Harmonic Alternative Folk’ duo Flagship Romance they live, work, and annually travel tens of thousands of miles together, deeply in love with each other and the process of bringing their emotionally powerful music to the people.  It is an inspiring union of hearts, minds and souls that entrances all who encounter them and their art.

Fluent, intense acoustic guitar playing; lyrics of life’s peaks, troughs, mysteries and wonders; soaring, yearning vocals; tender, though oft-anthemic melodies, and harmonies one could barely separate with a single human hair: this is the Flagship Romance sound.  Live, sharing a custom-built dual microphone stand, they deliver their beautiful material with passionate abandon, living each song as if it will be the last they will ever perform.  Such commitment to their music and stagecraft has, in just a few short years, seen the aptly-monikered Flagship Romance become huge favourites of the North American house concert circuit.  This suits them just fine, as Shawn and Jordyn’s preferred performance scenario is an intimate venue where the audience is tucked up close enough to them that they can hear them breathe (and, unfailingly, gasp at Shawn and Jordyn’s chemistry and dynamics).  Yet they have also appeared at festivals, clubs and concert halls, sharing stages with international acts including Half Moon Run, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings and the Goo Goo Dolls. 


 

Chris Blevins - "Black Top" - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - 11/11/17

About Chris Blevins Music:
A wicked blend of Southern rock & country crooning, seasoned with a shuffle and maybe even a hint of small town gospel, this talented Okie artist writes with a folk singer’s clear-eyed view of the world around him with wry political commentary, heartbreaking tales of love, and a romantic’s sense of longing and regret. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

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House Concerts Unlimited is pleased to announce,

Song Swap With

Greg Jacobs and John William Davis   
Scott Aycock Opening


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When: Saturday, June 1st
Where:  The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127
Time:  Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm
Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS and $15 in advance and through paypal.  Click button below to make donation through paypal.
RSVP required, as seating is limited.  Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP.  If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to scottaypoet@gmail.com
Food:  We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated.    Also, feel free to BYOB


Note from Host: This will be my 65th Birthday and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this landmark than with my fellow lover's of great songs.

I have a request that you bring a canned food item or dried good or even dried milk to be distributed to an Hispanic family in need, if you feel so inclined.

My Church, Trinity Episcopal, also the home of Iron Gate Ministry, has started a separate ministry to deliver food to specific families that have come to our attention as in need of help, due to having their primary bread winner deported.  These are families that have children and have been in the country awhile now.  Their children speak fluent English and most were born here. 

The mothers and grandmothers are fearful of leaving the house, except to go to their jobs.  They are afraid, even to show up at Iron Gate ministry for food, due to the threat of deportation.   

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Greg Jacobs "A Little Rain Will Do" Live at the Blue Door

Some call Jacobs the red dirt crooner because of his easy goin’ style, and that just might be right. He is the smoothest of all the red dirt troubadours, laying down a solid Okie groove, on songs that are both historic and personal. As Thomas Conner wrote in the Tulsa World, “Jacobs is the sweet voice of Oklahoma “Red Dirt”-not quite the grievous angel, but maybe the mischievous angel”. Jacobs remains one of the more original of all singer/songwriters working in America today and more than most delivers on the promise of Woody Guthrie, who said ‘ all you can do is write what you see’.

 

John William Davis, Hamlet, Redux

John William Davis:
"The first time I heard John William Davis it was his excellent CD Revelation Land. It's a collection of songs that range from the title cut, a Bruce Springsteen like rocker... to a clever, funny song about the south after the civil war called Yankee Town, that is reminiscent of Randy Newman's finest work. Then he writes a song like Brave New Christmas that sounds like it came out of New Orleans Rag/Jazz. Finally another one of my favorites off that record, Skeleton Man, is a story song with a smoky carnival like arrangement, that would be right at home next to a Tom Waits song.

He is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter, the kind of artist that, once you hear him, you are asking yourself, why is he not famous? Of course, on the up-side, if he were famous, I would not be able to present him to you in this intimate setting". :-) - Scott Aycock- Folk Salad Radio

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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House Concerts Unlimited is pleased to announce, 

 Gretchen Peters in Concert!  Ken Pomeroy opening


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When: Friday, May 24th
Where:  The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127
Time:  Doors open 7pm and show starts 7:30pm
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door and DOS and $18 in advance and through paypal.  Click button below to make donation through paypal.
RSVP required, as seating is limited.  Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP.  If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to scottaypoet@gmail.com
Food:  We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated.    Also, feel free to BYOB

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Gretchen Peters "On A Bus To St. Cloud"

PRESS:

“…songs that manage, with deft use of language, to cram a whole epic into three minutes. It’s astonishingly good writing.” – Pop Matters

“Peters’ ability to give voice to believable characters is unbeatable.” – The Mirror (UK)

“Stunning” – Rolling Stone Country “

…an album of incredible humanity and depth.” – No Depression

“Peters faces down her fears with strength and eloquence.” – USA Today

“50 minutes of exquisite-sounding emotional devastation, depression, murder and heartbreak” – The Tennessean

“Today’s most vivid, detailed songwriter. She is uncanny at transforming simple thoughts or images into song.” – Glide Magazine

“The natural successor to Lucinda Williams. – Uncut “Stunning

… Each song drips with vivid details, which her voice brings to life.” – John Platt, WFUV, New York City

"Lean and poetic, unafraid to tackle the deep, poignant stuff, yet strongly melodic too... affecting, beautifully measured, very grown-up."– Q Magazine

Has mastered (the craft) so completely, she can do anything she likes. – London Times

Expertly and sincerely free of cliches or false romantic notions about any subject it addresses, its large spiritual truths are revealed in the only way they matter: small, intimate experiences. -Thom Jurek, – AllMusic.com

The music has the sweet ache of 1970s Tom Waits while the lyrics pack an extraordinary amount of story-telling into five minutes. – Financial Times (UK)

“Peters' choir-girl voice has a seductive hint of late nights and cigarettes.” – Time Magazine

"If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as "On a Bus to St. Cloud,"... she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers.” – People Magazine “

...Peters' songs about emotional thirsts that never get quenched have a quiet power all their own…" – Entertainment Weekly

This is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation. – Associated Press

Woody Guthrie's "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" by Ken Pomeroy

Ken Pomeroy Bio:

Ken is a 16 year old singer/songwriter with a Folk Americana sound. Transcending her age, Ken has a unique vocal quality that blends smoothly with her heartfelt lyrics.  Ken began singing, writing songs, and playing the Baritone ukulele at age 9.  She quickly learned to play the Concert and Soprano Ukulele, and at age 10 began playing guitar. In 2018 Ken opened for the legendary Wanda Jackson at the Oklahoma Rodeo Centennial Opry. Just recently in 2018, Ken won the 1st Annual Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Willie's Saloon. She shared the stage with Stoney LaRue and Bo Phillips at the Bob Childers Gypsy Cafe Event benefiting the Red Dirt Relief Fund in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Every year she is a regular at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival playing Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern stage, and  The Hen House at the festival.  Fans can also catch Ken playing numerous venues around Oklahoma City and Norman on a regular basis.  Sundays is a favorite to catch Ken and many other talented songwriters at JJ's Alley downtown OKC.  She has played the Grand Stage at the Riverwind Casino, and she is also a regular at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry.  In January of 2018 she played the first Mile 0 Fest music festival in Key West, Florida and she will be returning to the Fest in January of 2019. Ken was also featured on The Oklahoma Room 2018 compilation CD and attended Folk Alliance International in February of 2018. You can purchase that CD or download the music on the album produced by Horton Records. Available on Bandcamp. In 2016, Ken received the Rising Star award from the Songwriters Association of Norman, and has attended the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls since it's inception in 2015.  Ken released her debut EP “Minutes to Hours” in 2017.  Ken has just completed her 2nd album "HALLWAYS".  Ken's musical influences include such local talent as Kyle Reid, Carter Sampson and John Calvin Abney.  She is also influenced by the music of John Moreland and by classic artists like John Denver & James Taylor.