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Tuesday January 2 2018
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
 
•••  21 AND OVER
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
The River Arkansas
www.theriverarkansas.com/
 Roots \ Gipsy Folk
Willy Tea Taylor
willyteataylor.com/
 Folk
Desiree Cannon
desireecannon.com/
 country-folk songwriter

The River Arkansas
Mike Clark, Macon Terry, Robin Chestnut,
Rachel Sliker, Ben Gallagher, Danah Olivetree
-from Pueblo, CO

-The River Arkansas is a band based in Colorado with members living all across the state from Boulder, Saguache, Trinidad, and Pueblo.  

"The sound of this band is absolutely at home at any mountain festival, but don’t assume it to be another one-trick folk pony. No way. This’ll play in the city." -Stubborn Sounds

Mike Clark is a Colorado native living on the banks of the Arkansas River in Pueblo. In the winter of 2014 he penned a collection of songs about heartbreak, love, and escaping the clutches of day-to-day society. The following spring, Clark decided to make that collection into a record.  By good fortune Macon Terry, a bass player and good friend of Clark's happened to be in the neighborhood the day the studio was booked for recording. Though Terry arrived not knowing any of the songs, what they captured was the beginning of something great.  Later they would add drums, violin, and piano. The band has traveled the midwest, south, and western United States as well as playing shows all across Colorado delivering their distinctive mixture of Country, Blues, Folk and Americana. 
 



Willy Tea Taylor
Willy Tea Taylor
-from Oakdale CA

-Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud. He and VandenAvond have travelled the country together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.

On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”

Led by producer Michael Witcher, the songs on Knuckleball Prime are arranged and accompanied magnificently by a first rate team of musicians and engineers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor Knuckleball Prime, and just about anything else Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.



Desiree Cannon
Desiree Cannon Wattis
Jonathan Mei
Phyl
-from Oakland, CA

-Desiree Cannon is a singer/songwriter based in Oakland. She sings country folk songs.