Sep21

Rachael Kilgour @ Eddie Owens Presents: Ben de la Cour and Rachael Kilgour with The Weeping Willows

Eddie Owens Presents: Ben de la Cour and Rachael Kilgour with The Weeping Willows, Duluth, GA

Eddie Owen Presents: Ben de la Cour and Rachael Kilgour with The Weeping Willows Live at Red Clay Music Foundry Friday September 21st at 8 pm Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8497505/eddie-owen-presentsben-de-la-cour-and-rachael-kilgour-with-the-weeping-willows-duluth-eddie-owen-presents-at-the-red-clay-music-foundry Ben de la Cour “Gruff but well-read, quiet but dancing circles on one heel in the kitchen, de la Cour is the enigma, the lone picker, the troubadour, the drifter, the one man band.” (The American Music Project) Ben de la Cour has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, and agricultural worker. He lived in Havana, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New Orleans before finally settling in Nashville, and it was at Nashville’s Greenland Sound that de la Cour recorded the eleven songs of perfectly crafted Americanoir that make up his second album “Midnight in Havana”. “Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes de la Cour’s songs from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.” (No Depression) Influenced by giants such as Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon as much as by bands like Slayer, Nick Cave and The Gun Club, Ben de la Cour has somehow managed to meld all of these influences naturally into his Americanoir canon, delivering a uniquely modern, haunting and darkly humorous sound that is all his own. Songs filled with tales of substance abuse, murder and mental illness sit in perfect juxtaposition with playful lightheartedness and an ever-present glimmer of hope. However, upon closer inspection, darkness almost always wins…an unlikely hero, but one that suits de la Cour. “Ben de la Cour bleeds the songs he sings. Within the understated instrumentation and de la Cour’s baritone voice lie stark, haunting songscapes: moody recollections that recount the journey of a life that is not always pretty, but proves better than one of mundane predictability.” (Turnstyled, Junkpiled) In May of 2016, de la Cour was selected as one of six winners of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” competition. “Ben de la Cour is a folk musician with the songwriting acumen of a young Nick Cave and the lyrical wisdom of a vitriolic Leonard Cohen. His songs are stark, melancholic and packed with emotion and will send you collectively weak at the knees.” (Fresh Deer Meat) Rachael Kilgour Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. Married in her early twenties, Kilgour devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time (Self-Titled 2008, Will You Marry Me? 2011, Whistleblower’s Manifesto 2013) chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. Kilgour’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life. In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the aftermath, Kilgour found solace in songwriting. Her third full-length album, Rabbit in the Road, was born out of that time. Called “...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others” by Billboard, Rabbit in the Road took an intimate and often painful look at the failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Ravelin Magazine observed "this sort of metonymic ability to evoke the whole of someone or the entirety of a feeling is typical of Kilgour’s poetic songwriting." In the fall of 2018, Kilgour follows up with the release of her new EP, Game Changer. The aptly titled work examines the artist’s tentative first steps into a new world, post-heartbreak. With a clear head, Kilgour touches on the complicated nature of romance and relationship, sets up a stunning defense of queer love, and reassesses her priorities as a citizen of a changing wider world. Recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios and produced by Gar Ragland, the EP will be released on NewSong Recordings and features captivating string arrangements by violinist Sara Pajunen. The Weeping Willows “Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wrigglesworth's sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you'll hear this year.” - The Music (themusic.com.au) (Feb. 2016) “The (Weeping Willows) record is a stunning evolution for a band who doesn’t take their musical craft lightly, an impressive masterclass in songwriting and storytelling, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ is definitely an album worth spending some time with…" - Tone Deaf (tonedeaf.com.au) (Feb. 2016) "With Before Darkness Comes A Callin’, The Weeping Willows have delivered a world class Americana album ingrained with integrity and a good tip of the hat to the traditional elements of the genre. If this is the current quality of Americana music in Australia, we’re in good hands..." - Americana Australia (facebook.com/americanaustralia) (March 2016) “The Weeping Willows have created a real country-folk gem with their debut record. They take us back to what is beautiful about traditional country music: tender harmonies, wonderful guitar picking and lovingly crafted songs.” - Les Thomas, Unpaved’ (unpaved.com.au)
Oct13

Rachael Kilgour @ Jean Rohe and Rachael Kilgour

Jean Rohe and Rachael Kilgour, Springfield, MA

Tickets: $20 suggested donation; $5 for students with ID Doors: 6:30 for tickets; 7:00 for seating/snacks; 7:30 Show Jean Rohe and Rachael Kilgour are award-winning songwriters whose lyric-focused work takes an unflinching look at some of the most critical topics of our times. The two musicians connected in 2016 and immediately recognized a kinship in their writing. Both write songs with a rare combination of uncompromising musicality and a concern for storytelling that values both honest personal narrative as well as a sober assessment of the vast, often troubled world beyond the self. This fall they embark on their first tour of co-bills in the Northeast and Midwest. www.rachaelkilgour.com www.jeanrohe.com ABOUT RACHAEL KILGOUR: "...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others." (Billboard) Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. ABOUT JEAN ROHE: “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for her aspirational alternative national anthem, NationalAnthem: Arise! Arise!, which has now been performed by artists across the country and was published last year in the second edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Equally at home as a solo performer and bandleader/arranger, her award-winning 2013 release Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show found her at the helm of a 7-piece+ ensemble. Her upcoming record as a bandleader, Sisterly, is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, migration, and home. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Oct19

Rachael Kilgour @ Kirkland Arts Center

Kirkland Arts Center, Clinton, NY

Jean Rohe and Rachael Kilgour are award-winning songwriters whose lyric-focused work takes an unflinching look at some of the most critical topics of our times. The two musicians connected in 2016 and immediately recognized a kinship in their writing. Both write songs with a rare combination of uncompromising musicality and a concern for storytelling that values both honest personal narrative as well as a sober assessment of the vast, often troubled world beyond the self. This fall they embark on their first tour of co-bills in the Northeast and Midwest. www.rachaelkilgour.com www.jeanrohe.com ABOUT RACHAEL KILGOUR: "...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others." (Billboard) Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. ABOUT JEAN ROHE: “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for her aspirational alternative national anthem, NationalAnthem: Arise! Arise!, which has now been performed by artists across the country and was published last year in the second edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Equally at home as a solo performer and bandleader/arranger, her award-winning 2013 release Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show found her at the helm of a 7-piece+ ensemble. Her upcoming record as a bandleader, Sisterly, is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, migration, and home. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Oct28

Rachael Kilgour @ Cozy Cabin Concerts

Cozy Cabin Concerts, Green Brook, NJ

https://www.cozycabinconcerts.com/ Jean Rohe and Rachael Kilgour are award-winning songwriters whose lyric-focused work takes an unflinching look at some of the most critical topics of our times. The two musicians connected in 2016 and immediately recognized a kinship in their writing. Both write songs with a rare combination of uncompromising musicality and a concern for storytelling that values both honest personal narrative as well as a sober assessment of the vast, often troubled world beyond the self. This fall they embark on their first tour of co-bills in the Northeast and Midwest. www.rachaelkilgour.com www.jeanrohe.com ABOUT RACHAEL KILGOUR: "...a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others." (Billboard) Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. ABOUT JEAN ROHE: “A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for her aspirational alternative national anthem, NationalAnthem: Arise! Arise!, which has now been performed by artists across the country and was published last year in the second edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing. Equally at home as a solo performer and bandleader/arranger, her award-winning 2013 release Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show found her at the helm of a 7-piece+ ensemble. Her upcoming record as a bandleader, Sisterly, is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, migration, and home. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.