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Friday July 19 2024
  8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM
•••  21 AND OVER
$13 in advance / $15 at the door
The Pine Box Boys
  (Album release party)
 Horrorbilly / Alternative Bluegrass
Secret Emchy Society
 queer country americana
Meredith Edgar Trio
 indie folk/Americana

The Pine Box Boys
-from San Francisco, CA
-4 guys make a lot of clatter (hollerin about killing folks) that sounds vaguely 'grassy, but is mostly just noisy.

Proceeding from a series of in-jokes, The Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment Show is, first and foremost, The Pine Box Boys. That being said, anybody who knows
anything about The Pine Box Boys’ front man Lester T. Raww knows that he has a tremendous affinity for coming up with side projects. These projects include Lester T.
Raww’s Graveside Quartet, Lonesome Lester T. Raww and His Acquaintances, The Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Horns, and now, with the addition of Gentleman Jimmy
Hadley to the line-up, we have Gentleman Jimmy and The Swindling Dwindlers.

How, then, does one balance limited touring schedules, band member availability, and audience demand? The answer seemed simple to Lester: VARIETY SHOW. The
Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment Show behaves as if it were an old time radio show from the 1930’s, sponsored by The Pine Box Boys’ fictional sponsor, Hollins
& Hollins Mortuary Services (As they say, “We’ll be the last ones to let you down.”). Other fictional sponsors are referenced as well: Amalgamated Breakfast Ltd., Snakes
In A Can, Skinflint Cigars, to name a few. In between the tongue-in-cheek advertisements, the various “bands” perform - now a song by The Graveside Quartet, now a
song by The Pine Box Boys - with occasional announcer cues by Vang Kruntz (the fictional DJ for WRAW - Music For Ghosts). Think of it as an antidote to A Prairie Home

All of this is fairly easy to pull off considering that all the bands have the same members. Lester T. Raww sings while plucking guitar or ukulele, blowing trombone,
occasionally providing an extended kazoo solo. Alex “Possum” Carvidi plays banjo, saxophone, musical saw, piano and accordion. “Gentleman” Jimmy Hadley sings and
picks guitar, but he distinguishes himself as the ensemble’s trumpet player. In each of the groups, the rhythm section is held down by Col. Timothy Leather on bass and
Slade Anderson.

The Pine Box Boys are familiar to most as darkgrass darlings, offering songs in the tradition of the murder ballad. The Pine Box Boys released their fifth album, The Feast
of Three Arms, last year. The other iterations of the band may be less familiar to audiences. Lonesome Lester T. Raww and His Acquaintances is the name Lester uses for
his smaller local gigs in San Francisco, focusing on Tin Pan Alley favorites, as well as some original material. In this format, Lester performs solo or invites a variety of
other local musicians to join him as one of his “acquaintances.” Lonesome Lester released an album in 2014, Anarkansas. Lester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet grew out
of numerous requests to record a children’s album. Lester feels as though their album Lester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet SINGS YOUR CHILDREN TO SLEEP does not
accomplish what it was intended to do. This is due to the fact that the album is more likely to produce nightmares in children than warm, fuzzy, Raffi-esque feelings.
This is, however, the band that Lester is focusing on the most recently; they will begin recording their second album this fall. Gentleman Jimmy and His Swindling
Dwindlers is the latest project. The Boys put this band together to accompany trumpeter Jimmy Hadley as he performs newer material or songs from his previous band,
Col. Jimmy and The Blackfish.

The fun thing about The Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment Show is how blurry the lines have become. The guitar/banjo duel of “The Tardy Hearse” has changed
into a conflict betwixt trumpet and sax. “Pretty Little Girl” swings at a steady, sinister pace. Crowd favorite “Mr. Skeleton” now sounds like something more suited to
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins than a bluegrass band. All of this gives the musicians in The Pine Box Boys more room to express their gallows humor worldview, and if Garrison
Keillor were dead today, he’d be spinning in his lonesome grave on the prairie.

Lester T. Raww
Vocals, guitars, ukuleles, trombone, kazoo

Alex “Possum” Carvidi
Vocals, banjo, accordion, saxophone, various sundries

Col. Timothy Leather
Bass, vocals

“Gentleman” Jimmy Hadley
Vocals, guitar, trumpet

Slade Anderson

Secret Emchy Society
-from Howell, MI
-From the first notes of the lead-off track to Secret Emchy Society’s new album, Gold Country / Country Gold, you realize that you’re not in Kansas anymore. It’s a
gothy, spaghetti western version of “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond Of Each Other,” written by Latin country musician Ned Sublette but popularized by Willie
Nelson. It’s also widely recognized as the first LGBT-themed mainstream country song by a major artist. Par for the course if you know Cindy Emch’s previous work.
As the First Lady of Queer Country, she is known for her distinct voice and ability to blend Americana, California Country, Hellbilly, Goth, and Honky Tonk, spinning
radically distinctive tales from her singular perspective.

Emchy’s not only a highly regarded musician in the Bay Area—nominated three times for Best Local LGBT Band by Bay Area Reporter—but she’s also a seasoned student
of the history of LGBTQA musicians dipping their toes in genres that have always been “off-limits” for non-hetero participants. She was the founding editor of Country
Queer and still hosts Gimme Country’s popular Emchy’s Outlaw Americana show. She’s also worked with the original queer country cowboy Lavender Country, the
award-winning singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah (from the all-women-of-color supergroup Our Native Daughters), out transwoman folk-punker Shawna Virago, and
Haitian-born / UK based Alt-Americana Country-Noire singer DeLila Black when Emchy produced the 2021 National Queer Arts Festival Showcase. Her previous albums
have landed her on the road with some of the most popular acts in the genre: Mercy Bell, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, and Karen & The Sorrows, led by the originator
of the Gay Ole Opry herself, Karen Pittleman. Needless to say, Cindy Emch has become well-known to anyone paying attention to the increasing popularity of turning
old tropes on their ear by melding classic twang with a punk ethos.

Emchy’s first taste of music was from her mother, who played standards on accordion. She grew up with a love for Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, but when she hit
her 20s, a college radio show introduced her to country legends like Yoakam, Cash, and Lucinda Williams. Throw in partiality to a smattering of post-punk bands like
X and Black Flag, and it’s easy to see what led Emchy to the Bay Area in 1995, where she honed her sound when she co-founded two well-regarded punk-country
bands, Vagabondage and Rhubarb Whiskey. After cutting her teeth as a side player for years, it was a lucky accident one night when she ended up at the front of the
stage, taking the reins to act as bandleader, only to realize that was where she had belonged all along.

Emchy’s music, created with her longtime band Secret Emchy Society, has been compared to songwriters like Ray Davies, Marijohn Wilkin, John D. Loudermilk, and
Cowboy Jack Clement, who wrote the early hits for African-American country pioneer Charley Pride. SES’s debut album, 2017’s The Stars Fell Shooting Into Twangsville,
swings beautifully from accordion-drenched waltzes to slow ballads to high-tempo roof shakers with lyrics soaked in long-standing country tropes, from day-drinking to
painful love to oversized ambitions. It was followed by 2019’s Mark’s Yard, a sparsely recorded collection of cover versions from singular songwriters like Tom Waits and
Hank Williams Jr. In 2020 she released The Chaser, a classic honky-tonk album both dark and light, ominous and joyous. It landed her positive coverage in No
Depression, Wide Open Country, Ditty TV, NPR, The Boot, and Americana Highways, just to name a few.

So, where to go from there? Well, more GUITAR (of course), to amp up her shitkicker attitude.

Up until the pandemic, Emchy has been an acoustic guitar devotee, and she still plays some acoustic guitar on the album, but Gold Country / Country Gold could just
as easily be named “Secret Emchy Society Goes Electric.” Emchy also collaborated with artists like queer country crooner Paisley Fields and trans musician Mya Byrne
on “I Wish I Was in Texas,” and recorded a version of drag and burlesque performer Jbird McLaughlin’s “My Old Flame.”

Along with their new electrified sound comes lyrics that speak to longing, wishing, loneliness, and nostalgia for friends and loved ones to be around. It also reckons with
the social upheaval that came with the pandemic years, bringing into focus a community that Emchy says she always assumed would be there for her. “The fact that I
was watching a lot of these wonderful, independent dive bars that I love so much struggling and other artists working really hard to adapt and trying hard to stay
connected with each other really affected me,” she explains.

Gold Country / Country Gold was recorded in May 2021 in Twain Harte, CA, in the heart of Gold Country. Emchy rented a cabin on a lake before the summer season
began, resulting in a neighborhood of mostly empty rustic cabins, enabling the band to be as loud as they wanted to get. The original plan was for their usual producer
and album lead guitarist, Tolan McNeil, to fly down from Canada to play and engineer the record. Three days before the recording was set to begin, it became clear that
McNeil was not going to make it across the Canadian border to meet up with the rest of the band. Armed with a double Virgo’s dedication and a non-touring musician’s
stubbornness, with lots of research help from her wife, Emchy and her merry band of musicians figured out what gear they needed to still make the album happen. A
few new credit card bills and some serious generosity later, they had a functional 11-channel interface, a computer strong enough to run it, and used Zoom to have
McNeil, and her other collaborators, sit in on the recording process.

The result is Secret Emchy Society’s best work to date. As soon as you hear Emchy’s big, boisterous voice, it’s easy to be drawn in as she uses her rich tone to color
lyrics about drinkin’, dancin’, and lovin’. Gold Country / Country Gold is an album that’s as rowdy as it is vulnerable, as loud as it is quiet. All the emotions Emchy felt,
as her life as a musician turned upside down during the pandemic, were embraced then put back into the world in song. It’s a hell of a ride, and everyone is invited to
the party.

Meredith Edgar Trio
-from San Francisco, CA
-Meredith Edgar is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter.

Her major musical influences include Billie Holiday, Morphine, Fiona Apple, Gillian Welch, Amy Winehouse, Kathleen Edwards, and Jolie Holland.

Meredith's songs are melancholy and melodic, and combine her loves of folk, jazz, and Americana.