When: Sunday, May 5th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 5:30pm for potluck and show starts 6:30pm Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
Mark Stuart will spend 2018 doing what he has always done. He will tour full-time as a musical artist, bringing his years of experience to the stage. Onstage, his focus is on the songs he has penned and recorded, delivered with a soulful singing voice and highly memorable guitar playing.
After many years on the Americana/Folk circuit, Stuart has cultivated a very rounded performance. His show consists of storytelling, flashy guitar "chops", and songs that seem to draw from his rock, blues, country, and folk music roots. Mostly, this artist from Tennessee has toured solo or in a notable duo with his wife ("Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart"). There were stints along the way as a sideman, though (Steve Forbert, Freddy Fender, Steve Earle, Joan Baez). If placed on the bill with a contemporary artist he is usually asked to play guitar on their portion of the show. Just ask Jason Ringenberg, Ray Wylie Hubbard, or Jimmy LaFave.
Jeff Graham So if you go to Jeff Graham's website and his Bio it is quite modest and it begins with, "Born in Joplin, MO. Have lived and played music in Joplin, MO, Springfield, K.C., Columbia, MO, Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, finally coming to rest in Tulsa, OK. If there's melody, some drive, a little twang, and some backbeat, it generally catches my attention." Then it continues on with a list of all of the great bands with whom Jeff has played or recorded, including playing guitar on my record "Foxhole Radio."
What he's not telling you is that he's a "solid guy, one of the good ones." Jeff can take his telecaster and channel Dick Dale or Chuck Berry and then pick up his acoustic guitar sing a thoughtful and witty folk pop song ala-Elvis Costello. His original music has elements of country, rockabilly, folk, and pop, and he delivers it all with unassuming grace indicative of mid-westerners. Jeff knows how to write a great song, and he never forgets that all important groove. Scott Aycock- Folk Salad Radio
When: Friday, April 12th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7pm. Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance 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 email@example.com Food: We will provide some food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB.
WHAT IS SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND? For those that maybe haven't experienced a "Songwriters In The Round," it is three songwriters sitting in a row and taking turns sharing songs, and sometimes a story or an explanation of how a song came about. It is very intimate and often gives a glimpse behind the curtain to the songwriting process, which is a mystery in many respects, even to the songwriter.
"Elbow Grease" - Rod Picott
Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame.
The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. It is here in the ordinary where Picott finds the gold he mines so beautifully on songs such as “Take Home Pay” – one of four songs written with longtime friend and co-writer Slaid Cleaves.
PRESS FOR ROD PICOTT “mesmerizing” - Rolling Stone.com “songs like Raymond Carver short stories” - Houston Chronicle “proves once again he’s a ringmaster at turning misery into art” - Boston Globe
ROTTEN TOOTH BROCK ZEMAN
When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it.
Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back.” In 2017 he returned to ISC as a finalist with his song “Dead Man’s Shoes.”
“I was inspired to write from the feeling I got when I listened to music,” Zeman recalls about his childhood. “I always hoped I could pass on the same overwhelming feeling to others.”
APRIL 12TH SONGWRITERS iN THE ROUND (Rod Picott, Brock Zeman, Scott Aycock)
May 5th Mark Stuart opener TBA
May 24th Gretchen Peters with Ken Pomeroy opening
June 1st SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND (John William Davis, others TBA)
When: Thursday, March 21st Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7pm. Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile. Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops. Her live show is truly unique - as both an award winning songwriter and interpreter of folk styles, a captivating vocalist, and a world class lap style dobro player, she has an unmistakable sound all her own. Her latest CD, Wishes on a Neon Sign was released in January 2018, and features twelve original songs, including a co-write with Chris Stapleton. She has opened for Lori McKenna, Hot Rize and Martina McBride.
"Not only a first-rate Dobro player, but a songwriter to be reckoned with." --John Platt, WFUV
Jared Tyler - Dirt On Your Hands (lyric video)
“Jared Tyler sings and plays as good as anybody. Period. His songs are poignant justice.” — Malcolm Holcombe “He transcends all the boundaries of music with a remarkable force that makes his music timeless.” —Ray Kennedy
At a fevered time roiled by anxiety and hatred, what more healing antidote is there than love? Tulsa native and respected multi-instrumentalist Jared Tyler’s third album, Dirt on Your Hands, celebrates romance, to be sure, but also the grounded, loyal love of family, friends, and characters who illuminate one’s life with lightning-bolt intensity. Thematically, it builds on 2010’s Here With You, which was informed by Tyler’s mounting dismay over the country’s direction. “I felt like, ‘Hey, y’all, wake up, it’s all about love,’” he recalls. Dirt on Your Hands is a rootsier, more compositionally focused Americana set bookended by paeans of devotion to his partner, and livened by sparkling romps (“Lucky I Am,” the pedal steel-washed “Fort Gibson Lake,” the Dobro-grooving title track) that dispense homegrown wisdom passed down by Tyler’s grandparents. At times he sounds like Darrell Scott’s kid brother, vividly evoking cherished people (“Gwendolyn”) and places (the beautifully melodic “Norway”) with his soulful tenor and nimble fretwork on guitar, Dobro, mandolin and ukulele. The longtime Malcolm Holcombe sideman also warmly interprets two of his boss’ songs, with gravelly harmonies from Holcombe himself. Tyler has recorded eight albums with the “super inspiring” Holcombe (two of which he produced) and toured with him throughout North America and Europe, opening for the likes of Billy Bragg, Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Wilco. On his own, Tyler has opened for Karl Denson and Nickel Creek, and relished performing onstage alongside heroes Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller after Harris sang on his 2005 album Blue Alleluia. Those enlightening experiences burnished Tyler’s artistry, and readied him for a broader stage on which to share his openhearted stories. Dirt on Your Hands is his most relaxed, truly realized album, recorded live in the studio with guitarist Kenny Vaughn, bassist Dave Roe and drummer Dave Dunseath, with additional contributions from virtuosic fiddler Casey Driessen, harmonica player Jellyroll Johnson, songwriter/pianist John Fullbright, clarinetist Mike Cameron, slide guitarist Seth Lee Jones and pedal steel player Roger Ray. Elements of bluegrass, country, gospel, pop, swing and Hawaiian music joyfully color images from Tyler’s past, and suggest a vision for his musical path forward.
Note from the Host: Just want to urge you to check out Sarah Potenza. Go listen to this artist sing. She is one of my favorite artists that we have ever hosted at House Concerts Unlimited. He songwriting, singing, and performing will leave wondering why she's not a huge star.
When: Sunday, March 17th Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 6:30pm and show starts 7pm. Suggested Donation: $18 at the door and DOS, $15 in advance through paypal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your payment through paypal will serve as your RSVP, but if you plan to pay at the door, then please RSVP to email@example.com Food: We will provide some beverages and some food, but we would appreciate any contribution of food for this show. BYOB also encouraged.
Sarah Potenza performing "The Mountain" at Music City Roots live from the Loveless Cafe on 4.09.2014
“I work for me,” Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence.
Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Road to Rome shines new light on a songwriter whose career already includes multiple albums as front-woman of Sarah and the Tall Boys, a game-changing appearance on The Voice, and an acclaimed solo debut titled Monster. Released one year after she sang in front of 12 million people during The Voice‘s eighth season, 2016’s Monster prompted Rolling Stone to gush, “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.” Three years later, that sound deepens and intensifies with Road to Rome, an album that shows the full scope of Potenza’s aims and ambitions.
And just who is Sarah Potenza? She’s a songwriter. A bold, brassy singer. A businesswoman. A proud, loud-mouthed Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, with roots in Nashville and an audience that stretches across the Atlantic. Road to Rome spells it all out. Co-written by Potenza, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche), and recorded with a female-heavy cast of collaborators, the album isn’t just her own story. It’s the story of all artists — particularly women, who remain the minority within the male-dominated music industry — who’ve learned to trust their instincts, refusing to let mainstream trends dilute their own artistic statements.
When: Friday, March 1st Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open 7 pm and show starts 7:30 pm. Suggested Donation: $22 at the door and DOS, $20 in advance 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 are going to donate at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Please bring a snack to share if you feel so inclined. It would be welcomed. Some beverages provided, but you may also BYOB
As we begin the new year, I would like to invite you to think about those who have less and bring a canned or dried good to be donated to Iron Gate Food Ministry, and it will be designated for those who have been affected right here in Tulsa by the crackdown on immigration. Thank you for your generosity.
Eliza Gilkyson- Eliza Gilkyson is a twice Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Eliza’s 2018 release is SECULARIA, a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times. The new collection features a stunning performance with the acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, cameos with Shawn Colvin, gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as several songs adapted from poetry by her grandmother Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson.
On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world.
Even her darkest moments are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive.” ~ All Music Guide
Ben Bedford- “Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
"Ben Bedford isn't gunning for poet laureate of Illinois but if ever there was an equivalent honor for a singer-songwriter he'd have to be in the running." -Roy Kasten, The Riverfront Times-St. Louis
“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.” –Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To me there's something special about a songwriter who in a few words paints pictures of unbelievable depth and clarity. Ben Bedford to me is something special!" -No Depression
KC Clifford- K.C. Clifford is a three-time Woody Guthrie Award-winning folk singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City. Music has always been a guiding force in Clifford’s life, and her talent and love of performing on stage revealed itself at an early age. She was two when she first sang in public and composed her first song at age seven. Early influences included artists such as Paul Simon, Carole King, The Beach Boys and the popular bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, founded by her father in the late 1960s.
The two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist studied opera at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, but found her true voice in folk music while earning a degree in vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville. Shortly after graduating, Clifford released her first full-length album, Times Like These, to critical acclaim in 2000. Her career continued to blossom with the release of her sophomore album, Teeth-marks on my Tongue, in 2004 and Pockets Full of Hope, recorded live at Oklahoma City’s historic venue The Blue Door in 2008.
In March 2009 she wrote an anti-hunger anthem for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma called “Raise Your Voice.” Food banks across the country were soon requesting live performances at food drives, and a year later the song was chosen as the theme for CROP Hunger Walk, a worldwide public awareness campaign led by Church World Service to help end hunger.
By her own admission, K.C. turned a corner in her craft with the writing, recording and release of her 2010 album, “Orchid”. A confessional album written over the course of one year, the 10-song set is led by the first single, “Broken Things,” and includes fan favorite “Songbird.” Also of note from Orchid is the moving epic “Story of Our Own,” written for the internationally acclaimed documentary “Finding Hillywood” about the rise of filmmaking in post-genocide Rwanda.
K.C.’s latest release, “The Tag Hollow Sessions,” was written in seclusion, at a remote Northeast Oklahoma cabin by Lake Spavinaw in an area known as Tag Hollow. The cabin – named Gleneyrie after her paternal grandmother, Glennes – was built by her great-grandparents in 1933. Clifford retreated to Gleneyrie following months of intense nationwide touring in support of her 2010 album, Orchid. The solitude reenergized her creative spirit. The cabin and its history became her muse.